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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1590USD

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Overview

Trip Code: RLP

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the stunning landscapes of the south of France
  • Exploring historic towns and cities of Lyon, Orange and Vienne
  • Following the dedicated cycle route connecting the Rhône-Alpes region with Provence.

Connecting the Swiss Alps with the Mediterranean, the Rhone River holds an important place in French history. Serving as an inland trading route where goods were transported as far back as the Greek and Roman civilisations, the Rhone connected many of France's most important cities and subsequently many smaller villages were built alongside it. Today, the cultural and architectural legacy of this period can still be found in many places along the river and can be discovered by cycling sections of the Via Rhona Cycle Path. This section of the dedicated cycle route connects the Rhône-Alpes region with Provence. Beginning in the culinary capital of Lyon your journey along the Rhone to Orange will be lined with lush vineyards and fragrant orchards on many of the sections. However it's the cultural remnants that make this stage of the Rhone Cycle Path so special such as the splendid cathedrals and relics from Roman times reminding us of an important era long ago. During the ride you can also marvel at cultural treasures such as the large Roman theatre in Vienne, or the architecturally outstanding museum of the Confluences in Lyon. From pastries at the boulangerie to soft caramel ice cream, there are so many culinary treats to replenish you as you cycle towards Orange.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your own way to Lyon and your hotel. Since 1998 Lyon’s beautiful old town has been listed with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Grand churches, about 30 museums to discover and a superb culinary scene guarantee an interesting and delightful stay. Your bike will be delivered today or by 9am tomorrow morning.

Meals:  Nil

Today you'll leave behind the buzz of Lyon, and cycle through the towns of Grigny and Givors, and on to St-Romain-en-Gal. The historic importance of navigation is clearer here than elsewhere along the Rhône, where museums at St-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne give a good picture of the river’s rich history, from classical to contemporary times. Overnight in Vienne.

Meals:  B

Today's cycling offers a great variety of landscapes. From Vienne, once an ancient capital of Roman Gaul, the nature reserve of L’île au Beurre bears witness to the Rhône’s wild side. Then via steeply terraced vineyards including the prestigious Côte-Rôtie, and the first major orchards along the Rhône Valley, this stage will particularly delight those interested in history, nature and gastronomy. Overnight in Serrières.

Meals:  B

The itinerary today runs between steep vineyards and dense orchards. Heading south from Lyon, this is the first stage of the Via Rhona Cycle Path that enters the rugged Ardèche, a beautiful département (French county) on the Rhône’s west flank. The Ardèche is known for its exceptional caves, archaeological sites, characterful villages, châteaux and nature reserves. Here, the tamed river supports orchards, market gardens and vines producing top-class Saint-Joseph wines. Arriving in Tournon-sur-Rhone enjoy a pleasant break and soak in the Gallo-Roman history. In the afternoon, there is much to enchant you, including pretty villages in typical southern style. The town of Valence, the capital of the Drôme département, is a great introduction to the south, with its colorful markets, shaded gardens and historic quarters. Overnight in Valence

Meals:  B

As you leave Valence's southern river port of L'Epervière, the route leads you back onto the western, Ardèche bank of the Rhône. Continuing south, you'll cycle on the suspension footbridge at Rochemaure, which is a great experience. Built using the pillars of the Vieux Pont (old bridge), it is an historic bridge over the Rhône. Continue to the town of Montélimar, where a human presence has existed for more than 50,000 years. Renowned for its nougat, Montélimar is a pleasant city to explore. You can take a tour of the oldest nougat factory, or enjoy a stroll in the old city centre. Overnight in Montélimar.

Meals:  B

Leaving Montélimar, you'll cycle beside branches of the Rhône and pass through the historic medieval town of Viviers to Bourg-Saint-Andéol, whose treasures include a rare sculpture of a Mithraic deity (the 'Gouls du Vallon de Tourne' springs). The short cycle itinerary is packed with heritage and religious treasures including cathedrals, chapels and grand clerical residences. Those who love history as well as nature will particularly enjoy the stage. Crossing the bridge over the Rhone, continue along small roads to Pierrelatte which also has an interesting story about its creation. The town's name is derived from Petralatta, or thrown rock, because it was said that the giant Gargantua was tired from his travels and sat down on Mont Ventoux to take a stone out of his shoe. He threw the stone into the middle of a vast plain and where it landed became Pierrelatte. The large rock is a feature of the town and used as a backdrop for open air theatre and concerts. The town itself has a lovely historic heart to explore.

Meals:  B

Today you'll pedal through impressive natural scenery, delighting in the scents of Provence and passing through the charming village of Pont-Saint-Esprit. In the afternoon you'll reach the beautiful city of Orange. Of the numerous Roman buildings and monuments originally built, you still can see parts of the City Wall, the Arc de Triomphe and the Theatre (UNESCO heritage listed), the stage wall of which the Sun King, Louis XIV, described as the most beautiful wall in his country. Overnight in Orange.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast in Orange. We can assist with extra nights accommodation if you'd like to further explore Orange, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - continental style and generally consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked, GPS Tracks available on request
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of max 20kg per person)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Hybrid rental bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) equipped with a pannier, anti-theft device, helmet, bike computer, map holder and repair kit

  • Travel to Lyon and from Orange
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners daily
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Transfers

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The cycling is a moderate (3) grade with daily cycling distances from 30 to 71km/18.5 to 37mi over relatively flat to lightly undulating terrain. The Rhone cycle path is overall well-constructed and signposted making it easy to follow. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos, visit a museum or enjoy the market places in many of the interesting towns visited. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list. Electric bikes are available on request (supplement applies).


Departure dates

Daily from 15 Apr to 15 Oct

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Total Priceper person from

$1590USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Hotel upgrade supplementUSD$90
  • e-bike supplementUSD$130
  • Single Supplement - standard hotelsUSD$450
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - standard hotelsUSD$480
  • Single Supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$520
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - upgrade hotelsUSD$550
*Prices listed are per person

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