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Tour du Léman

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On their tour around Lake Geneva, cyclists will be rewarded for their efforts by stunningly beautiful landscapes.
moderate
189.7 km
13:15 h
1677 m
1677 m
Lake Geneva is the largest natural lake in the Alps and offers an incredible panorama to everyone delighting in its shores. The vast expanse of water, which reflects the snowy mountains, is encircled by a varied landscape. The contrast between water and mountains is a constantly changing feature of the route around the lake. The easy pedal along the lake shore is followed by steep sections on the slopes; the urban bustle on the busy streets is replaced by a peaceful, rural ambiance. Some protected sections are more suitable for families than others that are exposed to road traffic. We recommend cycling clockwise around the lake to stay as close as possible to the shore. The route runs from Geneva along the northern lake shore via Chablais in the French department of Haute-Savoie. At one end lies Geneva, the well-known Swiss metropolis, at the other a peaceful oasis, the nature reserve of Les Grangettes in Valais. To the north are Lausanne and the Vaud Riviera, one of Switzerland's main tourist hotspots. To the south the sheltered French shore, where the mountains seem to plunge directly into the lake. Lake Geneva also owes its charm to its border location; it is a rich and varied culture that feels as familiar as it is new . Those wanting to really sample and understand it however must take at least two or three days. If you could only make time stand still!

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Grandvaux, 543 m
Lowest point
Le Bouveret, 372 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Tips, hints and links

More information: Tour du Léman

Start

Geneva train station (388 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.209501, 6.142769
UTM
32T 279598 5121293

Destination

Geneva train station

Turn-by-turn directions

200km of marked trails lead through 5 regions in 2 countries: Geneva, Pays de Gex, the cantons of Vaud and Valais, as well as the Chablais Haut-Savoyard. The Swiss part of the tour is marked out with red bicycle signs (Route No. 46, Tour du Léman). In France, follow the green-blue signs with a bicycle icon.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train to Geneva railway station.

Getting there

The N1 motorway runs alongside Lake Geneva, circles the city and leads straight into the centre.

Parking

Follow the parking instructions.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

http://www.tour-du-leman.ch/

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 270 Genève / 260 Saint-Cergue / 261 Lausanne / 262 Rochers de Naye Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000 Genève (Map 17): Cycling map with Switzerland's cycling routes to scale 1:60'000

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
189.7 km
Duration
13:15h
Ascent
1677 m
Descent
1677 m
Public transport friendly Loop Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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