Geneva to St Genix-sur-Guiers

Stage 1 of 3

116.9km

8 days

Comfort

Popular time

july

Starting from

€1160

Overall

Distance:

14.3 min | 19.5km average | 24 max

Ascent:

116 min |565.5m average | 1025 max

Cardio:

2   2.3   3

Follow the Camino Preview Map Trip 639

On the first section of the Geneva Way (also called Jacob’s Way) , you leave Switzerland and make your way through the beautiful French countryside with the distant Alps as your backdrop. Look forward to the scenic lakeside city of Geneva and the beautiful Rhône-Valley. After passing the river, you will climb Mont Tournier and finish at St Genix sur Guiers.

Geneva

Geneva

Start your walking holiday in the cosmopolitan city of Geneva, one of Switzerland’s biggest cities. Its beautiful lake, Swiss flair, and noble atmosphere make it a popular destination for tourists from around the world. In preparation for your pilgrimage, you could visit the 800 year old Cathédrale St Pierre and climb its tower to enjoy a great view of the city.

The Rhône-Valley

The Rhône-Valley

The second half of this section will lead you along the outstanding beauty of the lush Rhône-Valley. Look forward to seeing the meandering blue river, vineyards and picturesque villages, and embrace the feeling of a way of life which has changed very little over centuries.

Mont Tournier

Mont Tournier

On the last day of this leg of the Via Gebennensis, you climb Mont Tournier, a part of the Jura range in Savoie, boasting spectacular views of the Rhône-Valley. This hike combines forests and meadows with numerous viewpoints over the surrounding green rolling hills of the Yenne district and river.

Geneva to St Genix-sur-Guiers

Starting from € 1160

GENEVE

SAINT GENIX SUR GUIERS

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

GENEVE

Bienvenue à Genève! Sitting on the western shore of Lake Leman, Geneva is home to the UN, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, and the world’s tallest fountain Jet d’Eau. Take time to explore the traditional old town, wander through the many museums and art galleries and indulge in some fondue or fish freshly caught from the lake.

Day

2

20.5 km

GENEVE COL DU MONT SION - SAINT BLAISE

Starting out, you will walk through the suburbs of Geneva before hitting the countryside and crossing the border from Switzerland into France. Continue through the Rhone-Alpes region and into the village of Beaumont before reaching your stop for the night at the sleepy village of Col du Mont Sion.

Day

3

19.2 km

COL DU MONT SION - SAINT BLAISE CHAUMONT

The walk today will be over the gently rolling countryside typical of the Rhone-Alpes region. Weaving past lush green fields and densely packed forests, the walk today is pleasant before a gentle ascent up to the picturesque hilltop village of Chaumont for a night’s rest.

Day

4

21.6 km

CHAUMONT MOTZ

Today you will continue towards the Rhone River. You will be walking over rolling green hills interspersed with quaint Alpine villages such as Desingy. Just beyond this placid section of the trail is Rhone Seyssel. Take a break in this bustling town before your last stretch of the day to Motz.

Day

5

14.3 km

MOTZ CHANAZ

At this stage the Rhone is now a wide river that flows beside you along crop fields and the occasional forest track. Arriving into the small village of Chanaz, you are now in the Savoie Department. This lively little village is nicknamed Little Venice for its waterways. You can soak up the relaxed atmosphere and perhaps enjoy an evening meal on the water’s edge.

Day

6

17.2 km

CHANAZ YENNE

Another pleasant day of your walking holiday awaits you along the left of the Rhone River. There are some mild climbs from the river to rolling farmland and small forested patches. Today you will start to see vineyards on the surrounding fields, as well as passing through some small villages. You will walk back down to the Rhone again as you come into Yenne.

Day

7

24 km

YENNE SAINT GENIX SUR GUIERS

Today you will leave the valley as you climb up the forested Mont Tournier. The majority of today will be on this ridge, along forest paths. You will know you are getting close to your destination for the night when you start to gently wind down through mountain villages to St Genix sur Guiers. Delve into locally produced wines and cheese and celebrate finishing this section of the Geneva Way pilgrimage.

Day

8

km

SAINT GENIX SUR GUIERS

Today we say Au Revoir and hope to see you on the next section of the Geneva Way. If you want to stay on to explore this small town, we recommend trying the cake (Gâteau de Saint-Genix), filled and decorated with pink pralines, for which St Genix sur Guiers is known.

How to Get There

Getting to Geneva, Switzerland

To begin your Camino, it is best to fly into the airport in Geneva.

Fly into Geneva

Geneva Airport is served by all the major airlines across Europe, including Iberia/BA and Aer Lingus out of Dublin. From the airport, the train will reach the city’s Gare Cornavin in just over 5 minutes, while a bus will take you 20 minutes to reach the centre of Geneva. We can also organise a private airport transfer to get you to your first night’s accommodation.

    Getting home from St Genix Sur Guiers, France

    It is easiest to return from St Genix Sur Guiers via Lyon Airport.

    Fly home from Lyon

    In St Genix Sur Guiers, head for Sal Fete then get off at Gare-Routiere in the town of Chambéry. Move to the main bus station and get the direct line to Lyon St Exupéry Airport. This trip should take around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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