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Rhône cycle path | From Lyon to Orange

From Lyon to Orange

Follow the lifeline of the Rhône-Alpes region until Provence. Be accompanied by lush vineyards and fragrant orchards. This is an area both rich in nature and culture. Splendid cathedrals and relicts from Roman times are testimony to an abundant 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 for everyone’s taste...

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  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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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.

Please take the train from the station Lyon Perrache to Givors. You follow the course of your ‚companion’, the river Rhône and soon you reach Vienne. The route continues through shady riverside forests to Saint Désirat, a charming village in the green Ardèche. (approx. 59 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. (approx. 60 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. (approx. 65 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. (approx. 30 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. (approx. 50 km)

We recommend the connecting tour Provence roundtrip - from Orange.

The route

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 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Lyon
  Season 1
03.10.2022 - 09.10.2022

Wedesday and Sunday
Season 2
15.05.2022 - 17.06.2022
13.09.2022 - 02.10.2022

Wedesnes and Sunday
Season 3
18.06.2022 - 12.09.2022

Wednesday and Sunday
Rhône, Lyon-Orange, 7 days, FR-RORLO-07X
Base price
715.00
779.00
829.00
Surcharge sgl room 270.00 270.00 270.00
Season 1
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Wedesday and Sunday
Season 2
May 15, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022
Wedesnes and Sunday
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
Wednesday and Sunday
Rhône, Lyon-Orange, 7 days, FR-RORLO-07X
Base price
Surcharge sgl room
715.00
270.00
779.00
270.00
829.00
270.00
Season 1
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Season 2
May 15, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
Orange
Extra night dr/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
65.00
105.00
65.00
105.00
65.00
105.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Lyon
  Season 1
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022

Wedesday and Sunday
Season 2
May 15, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022

Wedesnes and Sunday
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022

Wednesday and Sunday
Orange
Extra night dr/bb 65.00 65.00 65.00
Extra night sgl/bb 105.00 105.00 105.00
Filter
7-gear unisex
7-gear gents
21-gear unisex
21-gear gents
30-gear bike Premium
Electric bike
75.00
75.00
75.00
75.00
135.00
189.00
Filter
Transfer
Transfer incl. own bikes
100.00
119.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

Services
Included:
  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Personal welcome tour briefing (German, English)
  • Detailed travel documents, route cards, route description, sight-seeing, telephone numbers (German, English, French)
  • At best elaborated route
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • GPS-Tracks on request available
  • Rental bike insurance
  • 7-day-service-hotline

Not included:

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

Arrival and Departure

  • Lyon train station
  • Lyon or Marseille airport
  • Return transfer by minibus to Lyon every Saturday morning, costs € 100 per person plus € 19,- for your bike, reservation is necessary
  • Good train connections from Orange to Lyon

Parking

Multi-storey car park, costs € 20 per day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible/necessary

Hotels

2** - 4*** hotels (French classification).  All rooms with shower/toilet or bath/toilet.

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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