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The Rhône river cycling
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The Rhône river cycling

The Rhône river cycling

Cycling from Lyon to Orange

  • Lyon; the French capital  of Gastronomy
  • Cycle along the Rhône valley with its rich history,nature and gastronomy
  • Enjoy the scents of `La Provence´
  • Orange; an impressive and ancient historical city
Map cycling route Rhône river- from Lyon to Orange
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Start: Lyon                     Finish: Orange

Day 1: Arrival in Lyon
Day 2: Lyon - Vienne (34 km or train option)
Day 3: Vienne - Serrières (34 km)
Day 4: Serrières - Valence (61 km)
Day 5: Valence - Montélimar (72 km)
Day 6: Montélimar - Bourg-Saint-Andéol (30 km)
Day 7: Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Orange (51 km )
Day 8: Departure from Orange

Day 1:    Arrival in Lyon

Arrival in the beautiful city of Lyon. Your options for the rest of the day are endless. Walk to the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière for a great view in town, shop, visit a museum, or see the typical Halles de Lyon Market, you can also reward your soul of cyclist with a delicious meal in a "petit bouchon", authentic restaurant in the "French capital of gastronomy"!

Day 2:    Lyon - Vienne (34 km or train option)

After buzzing Lyon, the itinerary leads through the towns of Grigny and Givors, on to St-Romain-enGal. The historic importance of navigation is clearer here than anywhere else along the Rhône. Museums at St-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne give a good picture of the river’s rich history, from classical to contemporary times.

Challenge: 34km, 80m ascent, 95m descent

Day 3:    Vienne - Serrières (34 km)

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

Challenge: 34km, 20m ascent, 40m descent

Day 4:    Serrières - Valence (61 km)

Your itinerary today runs between steep vineyards and dense orchards. Heading south from Lyon, this is the first ViaRhôna stage to enter the rugged Ardèche, a beautiful département (or French county) on the mighty Rhône’s west flank. 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 laden with Gallo-Roman history.

Challenge: 61km, 40m ascent, 55m descent

Day 5:    Valence - Montélimar (72 km)

After a halt at Valence’s southern river port of L'Epervière, your route leads you back onto the western, Ardèche bank of the Rhône. The Ardèche is known for its exceptional caves, archaeological sites, characterful villages, châteaux and nature reserves. Continuing south along ViaRhôna and cycle on the recent Himalayan-style footbridge at Rochemaure is a great experience, built using the pillars of the Vieux Pont, it is an historic bridge over the Rhône. Here you are at the gates of Provence: "Montélimar" where a human presence has existed for more than 50,000 years. Renowned for its nougat, Montélimar is a pleasant town where it is good to stroll in the old city center.

Challenge: 72km, 20m ascent, 60m descent

Day 6:    Montélimar - Bourg-Saint-Andéol (30 km)

Leaving the beautiful city of Montélimar, cycle beside branches of the Rhône and pass through historic towns: Viviers, with its medieval spirit; Bourg-Saint-Andéol, its treasures including a rare sculpture of a Mithraic deity. Today your short itinerary is packed with heritage treasures, especially religious ones, including cathedrals, chapels and grand clerical residences. Those who love history as well as nature can enjoy their fill.

Challenge: 30km, 20m ascent, 50m descent

Day 7:    Bourg-Saint-Andéol - Orange (51 km )

Today is your last cycling today, and not just anyone. The program of the day : Pedaling through a impressive nature with the scents of Provence and across the charming village of Pont-Saint-Esprit. In the afternoon you 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 Triumph and the Theatre (UNESCO heritage), the stage wall of which the Sun King, Louis XIV, described as the most beautiful wall in his country.

Challenge: 51km, 30m ascent, 60m descent

Day 8:    Departure from Orange

End of your trip after breakfast. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit the history city of Orange.

'standard' hotels

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included.

You can book this trip with upgraded hotels in double room. Please check with us for price difference. 

Hotel Ibis Gerland Musée des Confluences (Lyon)
Hotel Ibis Gerland Musée des Confluences*** (Lyon)

The ibis Lyon Gerland Musée des Confluences hotel is located in the 7th arrondissement of the capital of French gastronomy, Lyon is the only place to start your vacation. Head out and explore Lyon city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just 10 minutes from the hotel, as well as Place Bellecour, Old Lyon, Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica and Les Halles Paul Bocuse market for a gourmet break


Grand Hotel de la Poste
Grand Hotel de la Poste** (Vienne)

On the left bank of the Rhône, and the legendary road National 7, this picturesque roman town of Vienne, with its 30,000 inhabitants, merits this two-star hotel of character, located in an ancient postal inn dating from the 18th century.


Hotel Schaeffer (Serrières)
Hôtel Schaeffer*** (Serrières)
Hotel Alpes Cevennes (Valence)
Hotel Alpes Cevennes** (Guilherand-Granges)

The Hotel Alpes Cevennes is situated in Guilherand-Granges, at 1,8 km from Valence. It has been entirely renovated and the rooms are fully equipped. It is located on the ViaRhôna ideal for cyclists.


Hotel le Printemps (Montélimar)
Hotel le Printemps *** (Montélimar)

You will be stay in one of the 11 rooms, classified "2 Logis chimneys", you can relax on the lovely terrace, enjoy the swimming pool, and enjoy the regional and contemporary gastronomy of the restaurant.


Domaine des Oliviers (Pierrelatte)
Domaine des Oliviers ***(Pierrelatte)

Ideally located in the town of Pierrelatte between the hills of the Drome and the Gate of Provence, “le Domaine des Oliviers” invites you to make a gourmet break between Les Gorges de l’Ardèche and the lavender fields and vineyards. Le Domaine des Oliviers is a peaceful haven less than 10 minutes away from the motorway “Autoroute du soleil”. Our new 3-star hotel and its sophisticated comfort welcome you all the year. All efforts were made to allow you to spend a pleasant moment among us.


Hôtel Lou Cigaloun (Orange)
Hôtel Lou Cigaloun *** (Orange)

A charming destination at the gates of the Provence, Orange is the ideal place to explore this region. Ideally located in the heart of the old Roman city, close to the ancient theater (240 meters), the Lou Cigaloun hotel welcomes you in its 17th century building.


'Select' hotels
Novotel Gerland Musée des Confluences (Lyon)
Novotel Gerland Musée des Confluences**** (Lyon)
Hotel Ibis Lyon Sud Vienne Saint Louis*** (Vienne)
Hotel Ibis Lyon Sud Vienne Saint Louis*** (Vienne)
Hotel Schaeffer (Serrière)
Hotel Schaeffer*** (Serrière)
Hôtel l'Atrium (Valence)
Hôtel l'Atrium ****(Valence)
Hôtel le Sphinx (Montélimar)
Hôtel le Sphinx*** (Montélimar)
Hôtel Domaine des Oliviers (Pierrelatte)
Hôtel Domaine des Oliviers*** (Pierrelatte)
Hôtel le Glacier (Orange)
Hôtel le Glacier (Orange)
practical info

Departure any day of the week from 1st May to 31st October.

The international Lyon Airport is served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines.

From Paris, you can take the TGV (high speed train) to Lyon (approx. 2h). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

On the end of your trip you can take a train from Orange. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

From Paris to Lyon (approx. 4h30 - 470 km/292 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

Parking informations on request


SCOTT Sub Cross Men/Lady Alloy Frame, 24 Speed  

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock


                                            SCOTT Sub Cross 



The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 


                                             SCOTT E-Sub  

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 7 Nights in selected 2*/3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental


  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Upgrade Supplement hotels 3/4
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental 
  • E-bike supplement 


'Standard' hotels 'Select' hotels
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