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This trip is Self Guided allowing you to discover the area and explore on your own but we can arrange guiding if you prefer.
This trip is ideal for Cycling Breaks with Friends and Seasoned Cyclists.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

The Rhône Valley provides the perfect holiday destination for both beginners and more experienced riders. Travel through beautiful orchards, lavender fields and world class vineyards where you can sample the finest in French wines. Enjoy the traditional gastronomy in the bistros of Lyon and  discover the rich cultural and historical legacy in the region's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
DAY 1Arrival

You will arrive in the dynamic city of Lyon where the choice of activities is endless.  Visit a museum, admire the views from the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, be tempted by the array of shops and sample some Lyonnais specialities in an authentic restaurant or ‘bouchon’.

DAY 2Cycling to Vienne

You will head towards St-Romain-en-Gal, passing the delightful towns of Grigny and Givors.  Discover the history of the Rhône in the museums of St-Romain-en-Gal and the ancient Roman Gaul capital of Vienne.

Today’s ride is approximately 35km or there is a train option if you prefer.

DAY 3Cycling to Serrières

Ride to the beautiful nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, via fields of bountiful orchards and vineyards, including the well known Côte-Rôtie. 

Today’s ride is approximately 35km.

DAY 4Cycling to Valence

As your ride southwards through magnificent orchards, you will enter exquisite Ardèche. Visit the market gardens and vineyards where you can sample the excellent local Saint-Joseph wines.   Immerse yourself in the Gallo-Roman history in Tournon-sur-Rhone, the last stop for the day.  

Today’s ride is approximately 60km.

DAY 5Cycling to Montélimar

After stopping off at the river port of L'Epervière, you will continue to the spectacular western Ardèche bank of the Rhône.  Explore the many caves in the area, adorned with unique cave paintings.  In addition there are several museums, colourful historical villages and beautiful nature reserves throughout the region.  You will then cross the famous footbridge at Rochemaure, arriving at Montélimar, where you can sample the locally produced nougat.  

Today’s ride is approximately 65km.

DAY 6Cycling to Bourg-Saint-Andéol

Today you will pass through the medieval town of Viviers, riding onwards to Bourg-Saint-Andéol. This is home to many historical, religious and architectural treasures including the palace of the Bishops, the church with the sarcophagus of St. Andéol and the sculpture of a Mithraic deity. 

Today’s ride is approximately 30km.

DAY 7Cycling to Orange

​After heading past the idyllic village of Pont-Saint-Esprit you will cycle through the beautiful countryside until you reach the old city of Orange.  Walk up to the top of Colline St Eutrope and enjoy the views over the UNESCO heritage Roman theatre and the relics of the city wall.

Today’s ride is approximately 50km.

DAY 8Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.

AREA
INFORMATION

Commanding an influential spot on the Rhône, Lyon, the start of your adventure, has been luring people since Roman times. Your ride will continue 300km down the Rhone taking in beautiful, rural flatlands nourished by the Rhone. You will head into the Vaucluse and finally into Orange in Provence, named after it's 300 year association with Netherlands royalty. This trip allows you to explore the towns and villages that rely on this great river and discover ancient history and traditions.

Weather
INFORMATION

The Rhône climate is quite variable. Summers are warm and the Mediterranean influences see Spring and Autumn temperatures offer great riding. It tends to be warmer as you get closer to Provence ant to rememebr that the Mistral wind, blows very cold in early Spring so we reccommend riding from around May time through to September.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your accommodation will be in small family run hotels but we can upgrade you to 3 and 4* hotels if you require.
You will be met and collected at Lyon airport before being whisked away to the beautiful city of Lyon. On your final day, we can transfer you to Avignon TGV or take a transfer to Marseille. 
Your trip will be bed and breakfast but we can upgrade you to half board if you prefer. Please just let our cycling experience team know when you enquire. 
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore the Lyon to Orange cycle route at your own pace. You will receive a detailed information pack on arrival which includes route notes and detailed tracks for you to follow. 
If you choose not to have a guide, you will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike. 
You can choose between a hybrid bikes and e-bikes for this trip. 
Your bike will come equipped with essential tools for you to repair a puncture, replace an inner tube or fix a slipped chain. 
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to France is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.   
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.