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Rhone Valley

Cycling week along the ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

Follow the marked and secure path along the ViaRhôna from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the Provence lavander fields. A perfect trip for Nature and History lovers!

Reference VR0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Easy
  • April to novembre
  • Minimum age 12 years
GPSGPS application available
860€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the ViaRhôna, a route rich of 2000 years of History. From the Antique theater in Vienne to the Palais des Papes in Avignon including the château de Rochemaure and the Thriumph Arch in Orange, experience a trip through the Ages. The lanscapes are always changing from the abrupt Ardèche to the lavander fields, from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the ones in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be impressed by the many bridges crossing the Rhône river, exceptional pieces of art! The itinerary is either on green paths or shared lines and crosses 5 very different departments. Last but not least, the food variety in the Rhone valley will please everyone!

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Vienne

    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

     
     

    Vienne - Serrières

    Bike
    34km
    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

     
     

    Serrières - Valence

    Bike
    59km
    Stop in Saint-Vallier to visit Saint-Valéry church in which stands the funeral chapel of the Poiters, lords of Saint-Vallier and parents of the beautiful Diane de Poitiers, lover of the King of France Henri II. Then, you cross the Rhône river on the brigde "passerelle Seguin", oldest still used today suspension bridge in France and enter Tain l’Hermitage and its famous wines.

    After the vineyards, the scenery changes and you ride through the orchards of Ardèche. Don’t hesitate to taste the delicious fruits stopping in a farm. Valence, Ville d’Art et Histoire opens the gates of the South. With its colorful market places, its gardens, its lively areas and the its pedestrians streets, Valence rhyme with Provence!
       

    Cité du Chocolat Valrhona 2h

    Discover all the chocolate making secrets and know-how of Valrhona through an interactive and multi-sensory journey.
    7,50 € / child
    9,00 € / teen
    9,00 € / adult

    Day 4

     
     

    Valence - Montélimar

    Bike
    74km
    Keep riding South along the Rhône river having in the background the beautiful Abbey of Cruas and the Rochemaure castle. These two pieces of art perfectly illustrate the rich architectural heritage in the Rhône Valley. Then you cross the Rhône river on the amazing "himalayan bridge" build on the pilars of the old Bridge of Rochemaure, quit an experience! You are now in the Drôme and your way will gently ends with some sweets in Montélimar, the city of "nougats"!

    Day 5

     
     

    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 6

     
     

    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 7

     
     

    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...

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Avignon

    Enjoy a last walk in the streets of Avignon and visit the Palais des Papes before your departure or you can extend your stay.
  • 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

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

    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

    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 do not stop in Vienne. To plan your trip, www.oui.sncf


    Parking

    If you come by car to Vienne, you can park in the secure car parks of Saint-Marcel (11,60 €/day) or SNCF station (11,50€/day).


    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 Vienne. Bikes are accepted for free. The duration of the trip is about 2h. Full rate is 31.70€/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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