Geneva to Lyon self guided cycling vacation, France

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Starts any Sunday from April through October 2016
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Responsible tourism: Geneva to Lyon self guided cycling vacation, France

Environment

Cyclomundo promises to offer you a unique way to offset your carbon footprint by traveling by bike. Traveling by bike, you are no longer an observer — you are an active participant in the local environment and culture.

We promise to use many quiet local roads for our routes and to support the national project to connect Geneva to the Mediterranean with bike paths. Traveling many small and quiet roads along the Rhone River, this tour will allow you to experience part of the rural countryside and ride through famous and authentic villages that beautifully illustrate the multi-faceted Alpine character.

We promise a variety of locally produced and grown products will be accessible on our tour. During this trip you may get to experience the best of fine local produce by tasting traditional cuisine of the Rhone-Alps and Lyon like Fondue, quenelles de brochet, coussins de Lyon or by directly buying authentic regional food and produce, like Reblochon cheese, cardons, bugne (strip of fried dough sprinkled with sugar), etc.

We promise to encourage environmentally-friendly travel alternatives. To further improve eco-friendly solutions we recommend train travel. To travel within Europe, we recommend taking trains over renting cars or air transports. Trains are more energy-efficient and will minimize CO2 emissions per capita. When flying is required, we encourage selecting an airline that contributes to funds aimed at offsetting carbon emissions.

We promise to strive for sustainable recycling and transportation options. In cities, we recommend clients use public transportation, bicycles, or walking. City bike rentals are more and more widely available in big and medium-sized cities across Europe. They are the best way to get around congested cities.

Community

We promise to provide access to local Alpine arts and crafts and to give sponsors of the local economy the opportunity to display their goods to an international clientele.

We promise to support local and family run hotels and restaurants. Forget the non-descript and indistinguishable big chain hotels; we use genuine places with local charm. We relying on local guides and family-owned hotels, and we hope to ensure a warm, personalized welcome. We expect these properties to be run by people who have a passion for the Rhone-Alps region, culture, gastronomy, and historical heritage. We use genuine places with local charm, blending harmoniously into the environment. Our hotels offer guests a pleasant, proper environment. Some of them have as few as two rooms, while others are small personal hotels.

We promise to team up with local bicycle renters throughout France. We value their expert work and most of our clients are renting bikes directly through them instead of bringing their own. This, of course, benefits the local economy.

We are based in France. This is where we live and work. Our office is located in the French Alps, just a stone’s throw from the Swiss border, and we ride the very same roads we recommend for our cycling vacations. As firm believers of sustainable development, we have established a friendly network of professionals, comprised mainly of local tour guides, small operators, and family-run agencies. Most of our people have created their own jobs/enterprises in order to live out their passion for the region and cultural heritage. All have extensive travel experience and have lived in various places before falling in love with the area they now call home. We promise that traveling with us guarantees you will be taken care of by dedicated professionals who chose to build their lives here.

Reviews of Geneva to Lyon self guided cycling vacation, France

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Probably the most memorable part was riding into St Emelion. The town is magnificent.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This is a fabulous sightseeing trip go enjoy. Suitable for all levels of cyclists.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Probably all three.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great, energetic, peaceful,l wonderful scenery. We covered a lot of miles but bikes were easy to ride. Hotels we stayed in were very good,comfortable and generally good food. Highly recommend this vacation.

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