Day 1: 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.
Overnight in Lyon
Day 2: Lyon – near Serrières (43 miles/69 km)
After just a few kilometers the futuristic museum Des Confluences appears with its spectacular location on an island at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. (Note: There is traffic in the cities as well as Lyon. We recommend going by train to Givor, ticket not included in tour price). You follow the course of your companion, the Rhône River, 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.
Overnight near Serrières
Day 3: Serrières – Valence (37 miles/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 centers and sample at least one glass of the famous Hermitage.
After that, you will soon reach Valence, the main town of the Drôme-region. Also called the Northern Gate to Provence, it will amaze you with its vibrant town center full of cafés and restaurants.
Overnight in Valence
Day 4: Valence – Montélimar (40 miles/65 km)
Effortlessly you cycle through the fertile Rhône Valley. The temptation for petty theft is high today since there are peaches, apples, and kiwis growing directly along the route. Make sure you look up to see the once-proud castle, now a ruin, keeping a watchful eye over the valley.
Overnight in Montélimar
Day 5: Roundtrip from Montélimar (40 miles/65 km)
Today, you explore the region Drôme Provencal. Enjoy small, charming towns, called "Villages perchés," and old Romanic churches with the Drôme mountains in the background. Cycle alongside many wonderful lavender fields throughout the day.
Overnight in Montélimar
Day 6: Montélimar – Bourg St. Andéol (19 miles/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 Rhône River to the other 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 characterized by picturesque houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century, situated directly on the river Rhône.
Overnight in Bourg-St. Andéol
Day 7: Bourg St. Andéol – Orange (31 miles/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.
Overnight in Orange
Day 8: Departure or extension