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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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6: ViaRhôna from Belley to Groslée through St-Genix-sur-Guiers

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Genève to Lyon , ViaRhôna dans le Belley Bugey Sud , ViaRhôna autour de Morestel , ViaRhôna autour des Avenières ]
  • 39 km
  • expert Level Expert

This ViaRhôna stage meanders through the beautiful Bugey area, between the majestic Rhône and the Lavours Marshes, below the imposing Grand Colombier Mountain. To the south, enjoy the Haut-Rhône plain, the mountains and the vineyards, arriving at the Pays de Lhuis and Izieu through magnificently varied countryside. On this stage, you follow greenways and laid-out roads, except when going through La Balme’s tunnels, where the road is narrow and very busy .

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The route

Greenways and well-signposted roads lead beside the Rhône. Take care on the very tricky stretch from Virignin to La Balme: there’s a 3km-section that hasn’t been set up for cyclists, with heavy traffic, steep slopes, one tunnel to go through on the west bank and two on the right bank – only for highly experienced cyclists. 

The greenways are beautiful between Belley and Virignin and from La Balme to Groslée; these stretches are ideal for family cycling outings.



to Genix-sur-Guiers, signposted and adapted for ViaRhôna users from the Barrage de Brégnier-Cordon, a dam (Gélignieux)


SNCF (railway station):


Be careful not train directly in the path of this step.

The nearest train station : Culoz

TER line 35 Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu-en-Bugey > Lyon

TER Line 03 : Saint-Gervais > Evian > Genève > Bellegarde > Lyon


Pont de Beauvoisin station : TER line 54 Chambéry- Aiguebelette – Pont de Beauvoisin – Bourgoin Jallieu – Lyon

Tourist Information Centres :


Belley Tourist Office

Ph. 04 79 81 29 06


Yenne Tourist Office

Ph. 04 79 36 71 54


Pays de Lhuis and Izieu Tourist Office

Ph. 04 74 39 80 92


Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers Tourist Office

Ph. 04 76 31 63 16



Don't miss :


Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers: beautifully located in the Guiers Valley, at the confluence of Guiers and Rhône. Discover the hide-out of a famous bandit, Mandrin, his connection with the cave system here brought out on a dramatic son-et-lumière tour.


Murs-sur-Gélignieux: for its outdoor sports and recreation centre

Izieu: for its heart-rending Musée Mémorial des Enfants Juifs, telling of Jewish children hidden here in the Second World War

Brégnier-Cordon: Musée Escale Haut Rhône, offering an interactive tour of the natural and manmade riches of the Rhône between Geneva and Lyon, with models of traditional boats that plied the river, plus the dugout unearthed in alluvial deposits at Cordon - Also, along ViaRhôna, look out for old boats caught in the sands, contemporary art installations and the remnants of a chain ferry.

La Balme-les-Grottes: impressive natural caverns you can visit, the play of water and light enhancing the tour.

Glandieu: for its waterfall


Markets :


Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers : wednesday morning

Belley : saturday morning


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  • Good - AFRF

    There is only one critical section: it's between Virignin and La Balme. Approx. 1 Km on a very busy road with 3 tunnels. But you can use the hard shoulder which is good for cycling. Or push the bike. Very nice landscape. Quiet and esygoing. New bike paths. Sign Posting is ok. No problems if you use the GPS.

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