Take the chance of a short 3-day biking trip to discover the ViaRhôna from Montélimar, city of the famous "nougats" to Avignon and its "Palais des Papes". This colorful part of the itinerary gently takes you to the heart of Provence. You follow the bike path along the ViaRhôna to Pont-Saint-Esprit, then keep on biking on small typical roads of Provence. Discover a wild Rhône river snaking through orchards and vineyards. Your trip ends in the gorgeous historical cities of Orange and Avignon, witnesses of a prestigious past.
Wellknown stop on the road to the South, Montélimar has a flair of Provence! Walk the pedestrian streets in the old district, admire the colorful houses and enjoy a drink sitting in sidewalk cafes in the cool shade of trees. You can’t miss tasting the famous nougats which will rejoice kids and parents.
Montélimar - Pont-Saint-Esprit
Leave Montélimar and ride through the medieval cities of Viviers and Donzère, witnesses of the flourishing past in the area. Your next stop will be Bourg-Saint-Andéol with its numerous historical buildings. There, you’ll see the most important bas relief in antique Gaule. Then, you will reach Pont-Saint-Esprit, crossroad of 3 departements : Vaucluse, Ardèche and Gard. Cross its 700 years old stone bridge and enjoy the beautiful view over the medieval city and its cathedral. It is a jump in History!
Pont-Saint-Esprit - Orange
You keep on following the Rhône river to reach Caderousse. This Provence village is a beauty with its stone dam protecting the town since the 19th century against the regurlar floodings.
You leave the Rhône river to cross the plains and discover the roman city of Orange.The typical ochre colors of the city will tell you you are in Provence. With an exceptional historical heritage, Orange will take you back to the heart of the Roman civilisation. Of course, you will visit the Antique Theatre, very well preserved and still used today during the summer festival and admire the impressive Triumph Arch.
You leave Orange to reach Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its 3000 hectares of vineyards. Of course, tasting its Grands Crus is a must!
Take a stroll in the small streets of the village up to the ancient Chateau des Papes, resort place for the Popes from Avignon.
Then your path takes you through the beautiful vineyards back to the Rhône banks. Following the river, you’ll get slowly to the impressive Cité des Papes. Admire the gorgeous treasure of Avignon : the Palais des Papes, the bridge Saint Bénezet named « Avignon’s bridge », the city walls, the numerous churches and chapels...
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 (+1m55).
You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)
For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags
with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to
be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.
For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking
(see rate in "Prices")
Our word of advice :
- We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
- Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
- We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental).
- We advise to take an extra set of clothes with you if you expect to arrive before 5p.m. at your accommodation.
as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
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 the itinerary and its points of interests.
Our documentation contains a very detailed description of the itinerary. No matter how you usually navigate, you will find your way thanks to our comprehensive guidance material including:
- a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
- a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest
Example of a map and of a step-by-step description
For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.
Our GPS App
For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).
You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to
follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and
useful alerts on the way.
-> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will
be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.