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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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5: ViaRhôna from Seyssel to Belley through Chanaz

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Genève to Lyon , ViaRhôna dans le Belley Bugey Sud , ViaRhôna autour de Chanaz , ViaRhôna autour de Chautagne , ViaRhôna autour du Pays de Seyssel ]
  • 33 km
  • expert Level Expert

This ViaRhôna stage goes along both banks of the Rhône. This route is provisional. It leads between crests and plateaux, through landscapes marked by lakes and waterfalls. Then you come to a land of vineyards and gastronomy set below the Bugey Range, passing delightful little historic stops like Belley, Culoz and Chanaz. This physically-demanding stage is along a mix of greenways and roads.

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The route

Leave Seyssel on a greenway. Between the Fier and Loi bridges, the D 991 and D 904 roads have lots of traffic and bends on which you must take extreme care. Then between Loi’s bridge and Chanaz it’s a mix of specially laid-out roads and greenways.


For families

- Culoz <> Chanaz: go via the train stations at Culoz or Chanaz-Vions.

- Belley <> île aux Oiseaux <> Barrage de Lavours: turn around to retrace your route at Lavours Dam. Parking spots to access this stretch: at Belley or l’île aux Oiseaux


Alternative options 

From Chanaz, there’s a bike+boat link to reach Aix-les-Bains via Lac du Bourget. Prior reservation is essential. See Practical Information below.

Canal de Savières <> Lac du Bourget: taking the D18 road alongside the canal

Railway stations (SNCF) :


Culoz station :

TER (local services) Line 51 : Chambéry > Culoz > Geneva

TER (local services) Line 35 : Chambéry > Culoz > Ambérieu > Lyon

TER (local services) Line 03 : Geneva > Bellegarde > Lyon


Vion-Chanaz station :

TER (local services) Line 51 : Chambéry > Culoz > Geneva

>>Check TER timetables in Rhône-Alpes


Tourist Information Centres :


Seyssel tourist office

Ph. : 04 50 59 36 56


Culoz and Colombier tourists offices

Ph.  04 79 87 00 30


Communauté de communes Belley – Bas-Bugey 

Ph.  04 79 81 29 06


Chautagne tourist office (Ruffieux)

Ph. 04 79 54 54 72


Don't miss :


Lavours : its marshes, declared a nature reserve in 1984, with a nature trail on raised boardwalks to allow you to appreciate this exceptional site to the full. 

Belley: a charming historic town with Roman roots. It’s renowned as the birthplace of Brillat-Savarin, a ground-breaking writer on gastronomy who encouraged the area’s culinary traditions.

Ruffieux: visit the prestigious Chautagne wine cellars here.

Chanaz: an enchanting village beside the Canal de Savières, offering an outdoor sports and recreation centre, cruises to Lac du Bourget, and tours of an historic walnut oil mill

Aix-les-Bains/Chambéry: reach the historic lake-side thermal spa town of Aix-les-Bains by boat from Chanaz; then a greenway, partly beside Lac du Bourget, leads south to Savoie’s historic capital, Chambéry. Bikes are accepted on boats from Chanaz, but you must book in advance: +33 (0)4 79 63 45 00


Marchés :


Culoz : Wednesday morning

Belley : Saturday morning

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Your reviews

  • auto Amsterdam - Seyssel, Fiets Seyssel - Avignon, trein Avignon - Seyssel !!! Prima te doen, ook voor 65plussers. - Marian Verweij

    Bij Restaurant-Chambres d'hotes Michaud, net buiten Seyssel konden we de auto laten staan "tot we waren uitgefietst". Een goed adres voor de eerste en laatste nacht van 14 dagen fietsen naar Avignon en vandaar terug met de trein naar Seyssel. Let op: Op openbare parkeerterreinen in Frankrijk mag je je auto niet langer dan 5 dagen laten staan!

  • Pretty good - AFRF

    Nice rides and pretty scenery. Some country roads but not too much traffic. And as said at the very beginning the French drivers are very polite. If you use GPS no problem to find the way out of Seyssel. But again GPS differs from sign posting.

  • Greenway sections lovely - Browning

    The signs in Seyssel to the Viarhona are confusing. The cycle path runs alongside the Rhone to start with. The provisional sections on the D991 and D904 are quite busy. The Viarhona cycle path crosses the D904 just before the bridge over the Rhone. This is confusing, because perhaps it is possible to pick up the Viarhona sooner. Once you are on this section the cycle path is great. At Belley there is McDonalds, Carrefour, etc by the Viarhona and in the town itself a former monastry with [...]

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