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Rhone valley 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1 Lyon to Orange
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.
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.
Arrival / Parking / Departure
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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. One overnight in Lyon.
Lyon – – Saint Désirat 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.
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. One overnight in Valence.
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... One overnight in Montélimar.
Roundtrip of Montélimar
Discover the Drôme provencal today. Discover dreamy "Villages perchés" (rock villages built on mountain slopes) and old Romanesque churches that blend picturesquely into the landscape against the backdrop of the Drôme mountains. You can't miss the lavender fields either. Another overnight stay in Montélimar. (approx. 65 km)
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 Rhônevalley. 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. One overnight in Bourg-St. Andéol.
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. The 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. One overnight in Orange.
Departure or extension The tour ends after breakfast. Individual return journey.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 21 2023||May 28 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|May 28 2023||Jun 04 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|Jun 04 2023||Jun 11 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|Jun 11 2023||Jun 18 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|Jun 18 2023||Jun 25 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Jun 25 2023||Jul 02 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Jul 02 2023||Jul 09 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Jul 09 2023||Jul 16 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Jul 16 2023||Jul 23 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Jul 23 2023||Jul 30 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Jul 30 2023||Aug 06 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Aug 06 2023||Aug 13 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Aug 13 2023||Aug 20 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Aug 20 2023||Aug 27 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Aug 27 2023||Sep 03 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Sep 03 2023||Sep 10 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Sep 10 2023||Sep 17 2023||12||Single rooms||1,478€|
|Sep 17 2023||Sep 24 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|Sep 24 2023||Oct 01 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|Oct 01 2023||Oct 08 2023||12||Single rooms||1,398€|
|Oct 08 2023||Oct 15 2023||12||Single rooms||1,348€|
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