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Rhone valley 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1 Lyon to Orange

  • 7days
  • France

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From Lyon to Orange 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 soft caramel ice cream? 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 Lyon to Orange Cycling Tour:

  • 6 x overnight stays
    Breakfast buffet or continental breakfast
    Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    Well elaborated route description
    Detailed tour information (route maps, route description, tourist attractions, important phone numbers)
    GPS tracks
    Rental bike insurance
    Service hotline

Not included in the tour:

  • Your journey to Lyon and your journey after departure from Orange
    Costs for parking
    City tax
    Optional sightseeings
    City maps
    Travel Insurance and costs of the private requirements


  • Arrival / Parking / Departure
    Good train connections from Lyon (TGV-station).
    Arrival by plane in Lyon or Marseille
    Multi-storey Parking space in Lyon approx. € 20,- per day no reservation necessary 
    Train ride from Orange to Lyon approx. 2,5 hours
    Return transfer to Lyon every Saturday morning, cost € 100 per person plus 19 EUR for your bike,- reservation necessary.

If you would like to rent a bike (75 euro) or e-bike (189 euro) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

Departures Sundays and Wednesday's

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Lyon

    Since 1998 the old part of town of Lyon 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 – Serrières, approx. 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. You follow the course of your ‚companion’, the river Rhône and soon you reach Vienne 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. The cycle path leads you directly along the Rhône riverbank. On either side of the river, vineyards of the Cotes du Rhône rise up steeply. However you stay on flat terrain and soon cycle through a nature reserve with numerous observation points for you to marvel at flora and fauna. Onwards through alluvial forests with lots of shade until Serrières, a charming village located directly on the river Rhône.

  • Day 3

    Serrières – Valence, approx. 60 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 – Bourg St. Andéol, approx. 30 km

    Today’s stage is very short and hence leaves you with lots of time to just enjoy! Several times you switch from one side of the river Rhône to the other side via impressive suspension bridges. Then onwards along the cycle path to the former diocesan town of Viviers. Behind the cathedral dating back to the 12th century you have an amazing view across the Rhône valley. Then it becomes very quiet in the alluvial forests except for the buzzing noise of your spokes. Vibrancy is back after that in Bourg St. Andéol. The old part of town is characterised by picturesque houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century, situated directly on the river Rhône.

  • Day 6

    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 7


    Individual departure or extension of your stay in Orange

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Sep 21 2022 Sep 27 2022 12 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 779€
Sep 25 2022 Oct 01 2022 12 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 779€
Sep 28 2022 Oct 04 2022 12 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 779€
Oct 02 2022 Oct 08 2022 12 Single rooms 1,049€
Double rooms 779€
Oct 05 2022 Oct 11 2022 12 Single rooms 985€
Double rooms 715€
Oct 09 2022 Oct 15 2022 12 Single rooms 985€
Double rooms 715€

Car rental in France

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

Paris Theatres

Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]

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