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Bridge and vineyards
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Lyon - Orange

Rhône Cycle Path II.

‘Bonjour’ Lyon, as they say, on this eight-day bike tour along the lifeblood of the Rhône-Alpes region to Provence. Lush vineyards, fragrant orchards and gorgeous purple lavender fields accompany you on your cycle route in the heart of France. In addition to the multi-faceted natural scenery, the tour also reveals cultural treasures: magnificent cathedrals, relics from the Roman era and the outstanding Musée des Confluences in Lyon are on the programme.

Details of the cycle tour on the Rhône cycle route II

Over eight days you cycle from Lyon along the Rhône and admire impressive cultural treasures as you go. For example, the largest Roman theatre in Gaul, Vienne. Or the architecturally outstanding museums and art galleries. The culinary treasures definitely shouldn’t be missed in France. Frogs legs, snails or goose liver are on every menu. For those who like more traditional fare, a delicately melting caramel ice cream would be the perfect choice.

The highlights of the bike tour along the Rhône at a glance:

  • Spectacular Musée des Confluences: It is located on an island at the confluence of the Rhône and Saone. Above all, the futuristic façade and the impressive exhibitions will definitely impress.
  • Pearl of the region: In the surroundings of Tournon sur Rhône, immerse yourself in the medieval old town! Tip: Take a lunch break and order a glass of the famous ‘Hermitage’!

Important information about the cyle tour Lyon - Orange

275 kilometres of cycling will take you from Lyon to Orange over eight days. From the starting point in Lyon, you cycle comfortably without significant hills to Vienne, Serriéres, Valence, Montélimar and Bourg St. Andéol. Most of the Rhône cycle path is well developed and a prime example of good signage and an attractive route. Even for the entry-level cyclist this cycle tour is perfect, you spend between 35 to 65 kilometres per day on your bike.

Casual Cyclist

Casual Cyclist
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Valentina Stankovic
Valentina Stankovic
+43 6219 7444 135 Contact

Itinerary

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.

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 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.  

Today 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. You however 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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Tour character

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.

Prices and events

All data for 2018 at a glance
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Season 1
Apr 14, 2018 - May 12, 2018
Sep 30, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018
Arrival Thursday, Saturday
Season 2
May 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 2, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
Arrival Thursday, Saturday
Season 3
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018
Arrival Thursday, Saturday
Lyon - Orange, 8 days, FR-RORLO-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
740,00
305,00
795,00
305,00
845,00
305,00
Season 1
Apr 14, 2018 - May 12, 2018
Sep 30, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018
Season 2
May 13, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 2, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
Season 3
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018
Lyon
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Orange
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
60,00
95,00
65,00
105,00
60,00
95,00
65,00
105,00
60,00
95,00
65,00
105,00
Price
7-gear unisex
21-gear unisex
7-gear gents
21-gear gents
Rental bike 21-gear
Rental bike 7-gear
Electric bike
80,00
80,00
80,00
80,00
80,00
80,00
180,00

Services and infos

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Rental bike insurance
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Lyon train station
  • Lyon or Marseille airport
  • Multi-storey car park, costs € 70 per week, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible/necessary
  • Return transfer by minibus to Lyon every Saturday morning, costs € 90 per person incl. your bike, reservation is necessary
  • Good train connections from Orange to Lyon

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Valentina Stankovic
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Valentina Stankovic, Customer Service

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
4 stars
Peter S. DE | 08.09.2018
Rhone-Radweg
4 stars
Ursel K. DE | 24.06.2018
Geburtstag
4 stars
Manfred Vesper | 24.05.2017
Rhône-Radweg II

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