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4-day cycling tour on ViaRhôna from Montélimar to Avignon

Discover biking along the ViaRhôna from Montélimar to Avignon, from the orchards in the Drôme to the vineyards in Provence. A trip rich of new tastes and culture!

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Reference VR0403
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Very easy
  • April to Novembre
  • Minimum age 8 years
GPSGPS application available
368€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • 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.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Montélimar

    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.

    Day 2

     
     

    Montélimar - Pont-Saint-Esprit

    Bike
    49km
    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!

    Day 3

     
     

    Pont-Saint-Esprit - Orange

    Bike
    36km
    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.

    Day 4

     
     

    Orange - Avignon

    Bike
    42km
    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...
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You are accommodated in **/*** hotels selected for their ideal situation on the itinerary. 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 (+1m55).



    Luggage


    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")

    • 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)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Le Vélo Voyageur App

    Like a sat nav, the route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. Discover and enjoy every moment of your trip by following the directions and listening to the descriptions of the point of interest on your way.

    Following the itineray becomes easy as a child's play and you can enjoy the trip instead of concentrating on the maps.
    Your cycling holiday also includes practical information from our partners and all the latest news.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download the Le Vélo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. During the trip, once the app dowmnloaded, your phone can be off-line


    Travel documents

    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.

    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 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: flight to Lyon or Montpellier, then take a regional or TGV train to Montélimar.
    • By train: Direct TGV trains from Paris, Gare de Lyon. The duration of the trip is about 3h. Plan your trip on www.oui.sncf.


    Parking

    You can park your car at the secure parking of your hotel in Montélimar. The parking price is 6€/day. Otherwise, you can park at the secure parking of the train station (21€/4 days).


    To get back to starting point:

    Trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. Regular regional trains are riding between Avignon and Montélimar. Bikes are accepted for free. The duration of the trip is about 56mn. Full rate 15€/pers. You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.

    If you have taken the baggage transfer option, you can pick up your luggage from 4pm at the drop off point.


    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 thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

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    1 bike travelers reviews 4.00 / 5

    “ Un voyage à la fois reposant et intéressant ”

    On the 2019-10-01 by Christoph
    Les trois étapes à vélo offrent de vues sur de très beaux paysages et des rencontres avec des villes et des villages très intéressants sans qu'on doive faire un grand effort.
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