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Rhone Cycle Path 10-day Self-guided Cycling Tour (Level 1) Lyon to Sete

  • 10days
  • France

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From Lyon to Sète Self-guided Cycling Tour

Follow the vital line of the Rhône-Alpes region into Provence. Be accompanied by lush vineyards, sunflower fields and fragrant orchards. This is an area both rich in nature and culture. Splendid cathedrals and relics from Roman times are testimony to an opulent era long gone. During your tour marvel at cultural treasures such as the large Roman theatre in Vienne, or the architecturally outstanding museum of the Confluences in Lyon. Just as contrasting can also be the culinary treasures. Frog legs or Nougat from Montélimar? You can already see there will be something to everyone’s taste.

Tour character: Level 1

The terrain is mostly flat and easy to cycle on. The Rhône cycle path is overall well-constructed and a perfect example for signposting and routing.

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 7 x overnight stays in 2*- 4* accomodation
  • Breakfast buffet or continental breakfast
  • Personal welcome tour briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Well elaborated route description
  • Detailed tour information (route maps, route description, tourist attractions, important phone numbers)
  • GPS tracks and App navigation
  • Rental bike insurance
  • Service hotline

Not included in the tour:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Costs for parking
  • City tax
  • Transfers
  • Optional sightseeings
  • City maps
  • Travel Insurance and costs of the private requirements
  • Extra nights

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Lyon, Marseille, Nimes and Montelimar airport
  • Good train connection from Arles and Sete to Lyon (approx 2.5-3.5 hours)
  • Parking garage near the hotel approx. € 28,- per day, payable on site, no reservation possible. 
  • Return transfer to Lyon available every Sunday - 130 EUR per person (minimum 4 persons) 39 EUR extra for your bike
  • Return transfer from Sete available every Tuesday - 160 EUR per person (minimum 4 persons) 39 EUR extra for your bike

Notes:

  • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
  • Arrival dates every Sunday from April to October
  • No minimum number of participants is required for this tour.
  • Extra nights
    • Lyon: From 86 EUR p.p (double) or 156 EUR (single)
    • Arles: From 70 EUR p.p (double) or 130 EUR (single)
    • Sete: From 79 EUR p.p (double) or 142 EUR (single)
  • This tour is available over 8 days/ 7 nights (on request)

If you would like to rent a bike (119 EUR), 30-gear Bike (189 EUR) or E-bike (299 EUR) please contact our office when booking: [email protected] 

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Lyon

    Since 1998 Lyon’s old part of town is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Mighty churches, about 30 museums and an excellent food serving industry guarantee a delightful stay.

  • Day 2

    Lyon - Saint Désirat/surrounding approx. 50-69 km

    Already after just a few kilometres the futuristic museum ‚des Confluences’ appears with its spectacular location on an island at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. There is a lot of traffic in the cities as well as Lyon. We recommend to go by train to Givor (not incl.). You follow the course of your ‚companion’, the river Rhône and soon you reach Vienne where you will stay tonight with its many remains of an ancient Roman colony. You will be impressed by the temple of Augustus and Livia and by the biggest Roman theatre in Gaul. One overnight in Saint Désirat.

  • Day 3

    Saint Désirat/surrounding – Valence approx. 55 km

    The beautifully designed cycle path takes you South again, directly along the Rhône riverbank. World renowned grapes are grown in the surroundings of Tournon sur Rhône. We recommend you have your lunch break in one of the charming villages with their medieval village centres and sample at least one glass of the famous ‚Hermitage’. After that you will soon reach the main town of the Drôme-region called Valence. Also called the ‚Northern Gate to Provence’, it will amaze you with its vibrant town centre full of cafés and restaurants.

  • Day 4

    Valence – Montélimar approx. 65 km

    Effortlessly you cycle through the fertile Rhône-valley. The temptation for ‚petty larceny of food’ is especially high today, since there are peaches, apples and kiwis growing directly along the route. Nevertheless, make sure you also look up and do not miss high up a once proud castle which has sadly crumbled and turned into a ruin, but still keeps a watchful eye over the valley. In today’s Day Finish Montélimar it is all about ‚nougat’, which is produced here in special quality. Temptations from dawn to dusk.

  • Day 5

    Montélimar – Orange approx. 68 km

    You change banks of the Rhône several times over impressive suspension bridges. The cycle path then leads to the former episcopal town of Viviers. Behind the 12th century cathedral, you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Rhône valley. In the floodplain forests that follow, it becomes quiet, nothing can be heard except the whirring of the wheel spokes. In Bourg St. Andéol, picturesque houses from the 16th to 18th centuries characterise the old town directly on the Rhône. Along the way is the small town of Pont St. Esprit, where a 600-year-old bridge with 25 arches stretches impressively over the Rhône. The destination, however, is the town of Orange with its famous Roman theatre and the town foundation arch, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One overnight stay in Orange.

  • Day 6

    Orange - Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Avignon approx. 35 km

    In Caderousse, whose surrounding dykes protect the Provençal hamlet from possible floods of the Rhone, the route goes along the ViaRhôna through the famous wine-growing region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The path leads through the vineyards directly along the slopes and offers beautiful viewpoints over the Rhone valley. In Avignon, we recommend a stroll through the old town with a visit to the Palace of the Popes, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. One overnight stay in Avignon.

  • Day 7

    Bourg St. Andéol - Orange approx. 50 km

    On your final stage you casually cycle through glowing yellow sunflower fields, apple orchards and peach plantations, past tomato- and basil fields. En route, you come across the little town of Pont St. Esprit, known for its 600-year old bridge, whose 25 arches stretch impressively across the river Rhône. You will be staying in the town of Orange with its well-known Roman theatre and the city founding arch, both part of the UNESCO-World Cultural Heritage.

  • Day 8

    Arles – Aigues Mortes approx. 55 km

    You reach the beautiful Camargue region, watch wild horses and pink flamingos. On beautiful cycle paths you reach the majestic town of Aigues-Mortes with its impressive walkable city wall. The battlements with their three corner towers are particularly beautiful, as are the salt mountains of the Salins du Midi. One overnight stay in Aigues Mortes.

  • Day 9

    Aigues Mortes – Sète approx. 63 km

    This easy and cycle-friendly stage marks the end of the ViaRhôna on the Mediterranean, where the beaches await you. First you cycle along the Rhône-Sète canal to Le Grau-du-Roi. Then the route leads along the Mediterranean and the beaches through lively seaside resorts to Sète. Sète is almost completely surrounded by water and is also called the "Little Venice of the Languedoc". Here, an evening stroll can be perfectly combined with a good dinner. One overnight stay in Sète.

  • Day 10

    Departure or extension

    The tour ends after breakfast. Individual return journey.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 21 2024 Apr 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,269€
Apr 28 2024 May 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,269€
May 05 2024 May 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
May 12 2024 May 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
May 19 2024 May 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
May 26 2024 Jun 04 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
Jun 02 2024 Jun 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
Jun 09 2024 Jun 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
Jun 16 2024 Jun 25 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jun 23 2024 Jul 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jun 30 2024 Jul 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jul 07 2024 Jul 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jul 14 2024 Jul 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jul 21 2024 Jul 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Jul 28 2024 Aug 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Aug 04 2024 Aug 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Aug 11 2024 Aug 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Aug 18 2024 Aug 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Aug 25 2024 Sep 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Sep 01 2024 Sep 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Sep 08 2024 Sep 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Sep 15 2024 Sep 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,828€
Double rooms 1,429€
Sep 22 2024 Oct 01 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
Sep 29 2024 Oct 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,369€
Oct 06 2024 Oct 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,269€
Oct 13 2024 Oct 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,269€

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If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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