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Paris to Geneva Cycle – Guided (5 Days)

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Paris to Geneva Cycle – Guided (5 Days)

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About this adventure

Take on the challenge and cycle from Paris to Geneva – Enjoy the fantastic rolling French countryside between these two iconic cities. Arrive a day early and enjoy the sights of in Paris, or stay an extra night in Geneva before flying back to the UK.

Quick Facts

  • Reasonable to long distances on cycling days: 120-150 km (75-95 miles)
  • Hotel accommodation for five nights
  • Five days of cycling
  • Support vehicle to provide luggage transfers and mechanical assistance
  • Professional cycle guiding during the event
  • We can return your bikes back to London
  • Starts in Paris and finishes on the lake shore in Geneva
  • 620 km (386 miles) trip
  • Enjoy fine scenery, from the vineyards in Burgundy to the Jura Alps in Switzerland.

About & Details

This trip takes you between two iconic European cities, and between two famous European landmarks: The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Jet d’Eau in Geneva. The route passes quaint French villages, medieval towns, expansive vineyards, wide open farmland, lush forests and alpine passes – The ever changing landscapes really make this trip, and you will experience the ‘off the beaten track’ rural side of France. The riding is reasonably level leaving Paris, following the River Seine for a while, until you reach the wonderful rolling hills of Burgundy, where there of vineyards as far as the eye can see. As you approach Geneva, tackle the Col de Magnard and admire the far reaching views of Mont Blanc, a truly epic final climb.

You’ll stay one night each in Paris, Sens, Avallon, Chalon-Sur-Saone, and Saint-Claude before arriving into Geneva.  In Geneva, you can take time to soak up the atmosphere in its many restaurants and cafés or walk along the shore of Lac Leman where you witness the amazing Jet d’Eau fountain.

Inclusions

  • Five nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast
  • Qualified and experienced cycle leader(s)
  • Support vehicle
  • All luggage and equipment transfers on cycle days
  • Assistance with bicycle transfers to Paris, and from Geneva.
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
  • Financial Protection: in the unlikely event of insolvency, all our trips are protected in accordance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start point and journey home from the finish point of the trip
  • Bike as luggage on the flights
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • You will need to bring or buy snacks and drinks for the cycling days
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Bike and bike equipment

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night in Paris prior to departure £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in Paris prior to departure £120 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Geneva at end of event £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in Geneva at end of event £120 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Departures

We run the Paris 2 Geneva Cycle as an open or bespoke event.

Our open events normally runs Sunday to Friday, from May to September. For bookings of 10 people or more, we also run this as an exclusive event on the dates of your choosing.

To book any number of participants on to an event, simply select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure. You will then receive an automated confirmation and full details will follow from our office in due course.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Paris to Sens

    Make your own travel arrangements to arrive in Paris the day before the start. Relax and enjoy this amazing city.

    Typically we meet at 07:30am from the famous Trocadero Gardens in Paris which has a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Our route takes us out of the city on cycle-ways and quiet roads and follows the course of the River Seine. We climb gently and gradually out of the Paris basin to arrive at the historic city of Sens. The countryside around Sens is known as Burgundy’s granary: cereals and orchards predominate. The town grew up on the River Yonne and has the Cathedral St-Etienne at its centre.

    94 miles (151km)

  • Day 2 - Sens to Avallon

    After breakfast we continue cycling towards the foothills of the Alps and deeper into the Burgundy Region. The route heads out into the country on minor roads and cycle-ways, passing through wooded countryside which has a real backwoods feel at times. We usually choose to have a cafe lunch in the historic town of Auxerre before riding deeper into the Burgundy countryside to finish at the old town of Avalon. Placed centrally in Burgundy, Avallon has been important strategically in history. This fortified town lies between two ravines and from the ramparts you can look across the rooftops to the Valley of the Cousin.
    76 miles (122km)

  • Day 3 - Avallon to Chalon-sur-Saone

    The day starts with a ride through the town centre, then out into rolling countryside and forest on quiet D- and minor-roads. We pass through traditional French towns and villages and there are opportunities to enjoy typical French cafes. The last 20-miles is flat and passes through vineyards and along canalside cycle-ways to finish in the centre of Chalon-sur-Saone. Chalon is in the wine growing area and is famous for wines such as Mercurey, Givry, Montagny and Rully.
    91 miles (146km)

  • Day 4 - Chalon-sur-Saone to Saint-Claude

    The morning section is on easy flat terrain using minor roads and cycle-ways to reach the regional resort of Lons-le-Saunier. In the afternoon we meet the first hills of the Haut Jura Nature Reserve where we climb through pine forests before descending into the town of Saint Claude. Here you can sample the famous Vin Jaune de Jura and local mountain cuisine. It’s a small town surrounded by mountains and rivers- the perfect place to relax in the clear air following your day in the saddle! The 2017 Tour de France passed through this town.
    84 miles (135km)

  • Day 5 - Saint-Claude to Geneva

    Starting at around 400m we climb steadily for over two hours to reach the Col de Magnard at 1172m. The gradient is mostly between 3% and 5% with sections of 8% at the start. We usually stop at 2 to 3 places along the climb to take in the stunning scenery and regroup. There is a descent before the village of Mijoux where we often stop at a cafe before another, shorter climb to the Col de la Faucille at 1323m. We then descend this category 2 climb to reach our final destination, the Jet d’Eau at Geneva – the trip ends here. Either stay a night in Geneva or return late afternoon or evening to the UK.
    41 miles (66km)

Notes:

This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. All timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking.  You can then choose between the two different options below.

Self-Funding

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10 weeks before departure.  With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge.  This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance.  This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee.  With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

More Information

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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