Guide to The River Rhone Cycle Route, an 895km bicycle ride starting high in the Alps of central Switzerland and finishing at the Mediterranean Sea, near Marseille. The route - which is mostly downhill - is divided into 20 stages (averaging 45km per stage) and can be completed by most cyclists in 12-14 days. The described route uses two waymarked national cycle trails: the Swiss R1 Rhone Route and the French ViaRhona, which together have been adopted by the ECF (European Cyclists' Federation) as EuroVelo route EV17.
The guide provides detailed route descriptions and 1:150,000 mapping for each stage, together with plenty of practical advice such as preparing for the journey, transport options there and back, what to take, accommodation en route and more. A Swiss/French glossary is also included.
Taking in dramatic mountain vistas, Lake Geneva's enchanting beauty and the coastal delights of southern France, the route showcases some of the region's most spectacular scenery, making it a veritable gem for any tour cyclist looking to stretch their legs in stunning surrounds. If a visual feast is not enough, cyclists can indulge in the gastronomic wonders of the region. And need we mention the fact that the Rhone flows through some of the greatest wine producing regions of both Switzerland and France?
Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 20 years. He has walked all the major British trails, the GR5 through the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean and has explored the Italian Dolomites- Alta Via routes. He has also walked in Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway and Chilean Patagonia.
Map key Overview map Introduction Background The Rhone Cycle Route Natural environment Preparation Getting there and back Navigation Accommodation Food and drink Amenities and services What to take Safety and emergencies About this guide The route Switzerland Stage 1 Furkapass to Brig Stage 2 Brig to Sierre Stage 3 Sierre to Martigny Stage 4 Martigny to Montreux Stage 5 Montreux to Morges Stage 6 Morges to Geneva Stage 5A Le Bouveret to Thonon-les-Bains Stage 6A Thonon-les-Bains to Geneva Stage 7 Geneva to Seyssel France Stage 8 Seyssel to Champagneux dam Stage 9 Champagneux dam to Lagnieu Stage 10 Lagnieu to Lyon Stage 11 Lyon to Vienne Stage 12 Vienne to Sablons Stage 13 Sablons to Tournon-sur-Rhone Stage 14 Tournon-sur-Rhone to Valence Stage 15 Valence to Le Pouzin Stage 16 Le Pouzin to Montelimar Stage 17 Montelimar to Pont-St Esprit Stage 18 Pont-St Esprit to Avignon Stage 19 Avignon to Arles Stage 20 Arles to Port-St Louis-du-Rhone Appendix A Stage summary table Appendix B Facilities summary table Appendix C Twelve-day schedule Appendix D Tourist information offices Appendix E Youth hostels and gites d'etape Appendix F Useful contacts Appendix G Language glossary