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4-day cycling tour on ViaRhôna from Vienne to Valence

This cycling tour starts in the Gallo-Roman city of Vienne and keeps on along the Rhona cycle route, the ViaRhôna, through the world-famous wine region of Côtes-du-Rhôna till Valence. A great family cycling holiday or gourmet cycling holiday!

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Reference VR0402
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Very easy
  • From april to november
  • Minimum age 1 year old
399€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The ViaRhôna is a 815 km long cycling path connecting Geneva Lake, from the North, to the Mediterranean Sea, to the South. In between, you will cycle alongside the Rhône River from the amazing Alpine mountains to the marvelous Mediterranean Sea beaches. A dream for everyone!
    From Vienne, the old roman capital, this trip offers a great variety of landscapes. You will cross a lot of typical French villages and have a magnificent view of the steeply terraced vineyards, the first major orchards along the Rhône Valley. You will follow the greenways for most of the path, riding your bike at an ideal speed, which will give you a chance to enjoy history, nature and gastronomy all at the same time!

     
     
    Vienne boasts many Gallo-Roman vestiges. The best way to visit it is to walk from one site to the other, as the majority of the built heritage is located in the town center. Among them, the most famous are the antique theater, remarquable for its size, and the temple d’Auguste et de Livie, which nicely stands out in the middle of a town square.

    Day 2

     
     
    You cycle quietly along the Rhône River on the bike path before crossing the river to get to the “Ile au Beurre”. Have a break on this peaceful island known for the diversity of its fauna! Take the time to have a look around since you are in the heart of the major vineyards of the Rhône Valley including the famous Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie. From this point on, you will get your first glimpse of the typical Provence villages and houses.

    Day 3

     
     
    Just before crossing the river once again, have a break in the Village of Saint-Vallier. As strange as it may seems, the railway connecting Paris to Marseilles split the Saint-Vallier historical center in two. Enter the Saint-Vallery Church, and the Poitiers family’s burial chapel (parents of Diane de Poitiers)
    As you arrive at Tournon-sur Rhône you can cross the Rhône River through the oldest French hanging bridge that is still in use today. This “Passerelle Seguin” bridge allows you to reach the village of Tain-l’Hermitage, home of the famous wine and ValRôna chocolate. Be sure you taste both of these delicious regional specialities.

    Day 4

     
     
    The cycle path now offers a gentle introduction to the South of France, with its pretty villages in typical southern style. Vineyards and fruits orchards are now the main part of the landscape.
    Discover the surprising blind channel around “La-Roche-de-Glun” village. Make sure you have a close look at the Diane de Poitiers Tower.
    Your trip ends in Valence, a classified Town of Art and History. With its colorful markets, shaded gardens and historic quarters, this living city makes you feel like being in Provence already.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You are accommodated in ***hotels selected for their ideal situation on the itinerary and in your overnight stops, to enjoy a nice stroll after biking. You will be comfortable and warmly welcomed. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary (bound A5 format) giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: the nearest airport is Lyon Saint-Exupery. At the airport, there is a shuttle tramway Rhone Express taking you to the city center at Lyon Part-Dieu train station in 30 mn.
    • By train: many regional trains go to Vienne from Lyon, from either Lyon Part-Dieu or Lyon Perrache train stations (duration of the trip about 20min). High-speed trains don't stop in Vienne. To plan your trip, www.captaintrain.com


    Parking

    If you drive to Vienne, you can park your car in the secured car park of your accommodation. The rate is € 8/day.


    To get back to starting point:

    Trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. Regular regional trains are riding between Valence and Vienne. Bikes are accepted for free. The duration of the trip is about 50mn. Full rate € 13.80/pers.

    You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We advise you to plan half a day for visiting Vienne, which is worth it. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

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    “ Bien ”

    On the 2016-08-12 by FRANCETTE
    Circuit très facile, un peu court.
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