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’.
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.
Ride to the beautiful nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, via fields of bountiful orchards and vineyards, including the well known Côte-Rôtie.
As your ride southwards through magnificent orchards, you will enter the 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.
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 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.
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.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
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 flatland’s 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.