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Rhone River Route: Lyon to Orange

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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

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.

Daily program

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.

Day 2: Lyon – Serrières (43 miles/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. You follow the course of your companion, the river Rhône 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.

Continuing the 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.

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 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.

Day 4: Valence – Montélimar (40 miles/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...

Day 5: Roundtrip from Montélimar (19 miles/30 km)
Today, you explore the region Drôme Provencal. Enjoy small romantic towns, called "Villages perchés" and old romantic churches with the background of the mountains Drôme. Cycle alongside many wonderful lavender fields throughout the day.

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 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 characterized by picturesque houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century, situated directly on the river Rhône.

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.

Day 8: Departure or extension

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.


Thursdays and Saturdays: Apr 18-Oct 12, 2019
Low season: Apr 18, 2019 - May 10, 2019, Sep 29, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Shoulder season: May 11, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019, Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019
High season: Jun 22, 2019 - Sep 07, 2019


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Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 755
Shoulder season surchage
€ 55
High season surcharge
€ 105
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 305
Bike Rentals
21-speed hybrid bike
€ 80
Electrically assisted bike
€ 180
Helmet (for purchase only)
€ 35
Extra Nights, Lyon
Per person, double occupancy
€ 60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 35
Extra Nights, Orange
Per person, double occupancy
€ 65
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 40
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
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Ruckenwind Terms and Conditions

Cancellation by customer / substitute participant / changes in booking

1. The customer has the right to cancel his booking any time before start of the tour. The cancellation has to be declared in written form. Following cancellation fees are due in case of cancellation or non appearance:

a) Cancellation terms for bicycle tours

until 28 days before start 20%*
27 to 14 days before start 30 %
13 to 8 Tage before 50 %
7 to 4 days before start 70 %
3 days before start and "No-show" 90 %
of the travel price (* not less than € 50,-)

b) Cancellation terms for bike & barge**

until 84 days before start 20 %
83 to 42 days before start 30 %
41 to 28 days before start 60 %
27 to 4 days before start 80 %
3 days before start and "No-show" 90 %
of the travel price (** but not less than € 50,-)

We strongly recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering at least the cancellation fees.

2. Each registered tour participant is entitled to name a substitute. We need to be informed latest three days before start of tour. The tour operator has the right to decline the substitute for important reasons. In this case the a.m. cancellation fees apply. If a third party substitutes the registered participant, the original contract is not affected. We are authorized to charge € 50,- administration fee for each amendment.

3. Any changes regarding to the number of participants, number or type of rooms, hotel category or catering are basically acceptable up to 14 days before start of the tour - if this is possible in the hotels and the capacity is available. An administration fee of € 50 for each amendment (not for each person!) is due.

I. Conclusion of Travel Contract

1. With booking a journey the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel contract. The registration is made in writing and on the registration form. Any other mode of registration, whether by phone, oral, or written with us or one of our partner offices is also binding. The registration is made by the customer expressly on behalf of all the other named participants. The customer accepts the binding conditions of travel valid at the time - also in the name and on behalf of the named participants.

2. The agreement is reached when the tour operator or one of its partner offices accepts the booking and returns a booking confirmation.

3. Collateral agreements and changes of the signed travel contract need to be re-confirmed by us in written form.

II. Services

1. The scope of services for each tour is detailed and binding in the valid tour operator catalog. No mediating partner or travel agencies is authorized to pledge any changes of the scope of services. Hotel- or regional brochures are not relevant. Towns indicated at each daily stage in the tour description are usually and principally the destinations of the stage. If for some reason we have to switch into the near surroundings these changes apply automatically without any further consent of your side or any price reductions or compensations. Possible deviations from the catalog described course is possible because of organizational reasons, but do not affect the content or the description of the journey.

2. The basic tour price is calculated per person in double room. A single room can be booked - if available – against surcharge. In some hotels, however, the number of available single rooms is limited, so that you might have to put up with simpler accommodation or be accommodated in another hotel or private guest house. If exceptionally no single room is available, you will have to share a double room with one of the other participants. In such case the single room surcharge will be refunded proportionally.

3. Children up to an age of 14 are granted a 25% discount on the basic price, provided that they sleep in one room of two full price payers (with an additional bed).

III. Liability and restriction of liability

1. The tour operator is liable to exercise the diligence of an ordinary trader for the conscientious preparation of the tour, the careful choice and assessment of partners. Further the tour operator is liable for the correct scope of services indicated in the actual catalogue at the time of the tour, valid at the time of printing of the catalogue.

2. Participation in a bicycle tour is at the customer’s own risk. Minors can participate in a trip only in the company of a legal guardian.

3. Participants are responsible for their personal health to be up to the demands of the journeys.

4. Participants are also responsible for compliance with traffic regulations.

5. The terms of transport of the respective haulier (bus, boat, plane and the like) are valid for all transports.

6. The tour operator can not be held liable for cancellation of any sightseeing tour as per program for any reasons beyond their influence (rebuilding, renovation etc.).

7. Should any damage occur caused, neither wilfully nor gross negligently by one of our service carriers or ourselves, our liability - out of whichever legal argument – is limited to the triple amount of the tour price.

8. The tour operator is liable for any damage or loss of luggage if the damage or loss was caused by us and was reported to us immediately after occurrence; however, compensation is limited to € 200,-- per person. We recommend taking out a Luggage-Travel-Insurance or a Travel-Safety-Package to cover the risks. The restrictions of liability include all tours for which the tour operator is acting as travel agent.

Liability is excluded for:
* any objects usually not transported in luggage
* any means of payment
* optical damage of handles and rollers
* any damage for luggage exceeding a weight of 20 kg

Transportation of customer bicycles basically is possible during transfers as well as during the tour. The customer accepts full risk. The bicycle trailers are customised to fit the bicycles of the tour operator. Any other bicycles might be subject to small damages (e.g. lacquer). The tour operator can not be held liable for any damage during the tour. This limitation of liability also applies for partner tours and services of third parties.

9. Should a tour be cancelled for reasons beyond our influence (strike, natural disaster and the like) or should less than 8 persons participate in a tour (15 persons for boat tours) – unless a different minimum number of participants is indicated in the corresponding tour description - we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 25 days in advance of the start of tour. In this case you will be informed immediately and any payment made to us will be refunded. No other claims or compensations can be accepted.

IV. Warranty

1. Legal redress
If services provided are not in compliance with the contract, legal redress can be sought. Contractual compliance is determined on one hand by the service description and on the other hand by the local standard of destination. The tour operator can refuse the redress, if an extraordinary effort is required. However redress can be provided in form of substitute services of equal or higher value. The customer can refuse acceptance of such substitute service only on the grounds of important, objective determinable reasons. The redress claim has to be directed to us or to the travel guide. The travel guide is not authorized to acknowledge any claims.

2. Reduction of the tour price
After his return the customer can claim a reduction of the tour price for the duration of noncompliance of services as determined under VI.1. No reduction applies if and to the extent that the customer determinedly refrains from claiming redress as per VI.1. in time to allow substitute services.

3. Any claims have to be asserted latest within one month after contractually determined termination of the tour.

V. Cooperation obligation

1. If travel documentation is not provided in time, the customer is obliged to inform the tour operator immediately.

2. In case of problems interfering with the regular execution of services the customer is obliged to contribute to a reasonable extent to terminate the problems and to avoid or to limit any possible damage. The customer is especially obliged to immediately inform the relevant persons as per VI.1. of any complaints. They are authorized to provide legal redress, as far as possible. If the customer refrains intentionally to indicate the shortcomings, a claim for reduction cannot be made.

VI. Miscellaneous

1. The customer is responsible to comply with all passport, visa, custom, and health regulations.

2. All rights reserved to change prices and services, as well as to correct mistakes and printing errors.

3. If a single regulation of the travel agreement is inoperative, this does not result in inoperativeness of the whole agreement.

VII. Legal domicile / applicable law

1. The Conditions of Travel are subject to German law.

2. The customer can sue the tour operator only at its headquarters.

3. The customer's place of residence is decisive for the tour operator's suits against the customer, unless the suit is directed against entrepreneurs or persons that do not have a general legal domicile in Germany. In this case the tour operator's place of headquarters is decisive.

Your money is safe with us – Money protection
All tour packages booked with the tour operator are covered by insurance. This insurance protects any payments of customers made for tour packages in case of insolvency to the extent of not consumed services and additional cost for returning home. Touristik-Versicherung-Service GmbH (Tourism-Insurance-Service), Elisenstr. 3, 80335 Munich.

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