Cycling from Lyon to Orange

7 nights from £725.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • The beautiful French orchards and vineyards
  • The famous Rhône Valley
  • The rich cultural history of Lyon
  • Rhône Valley’s finest wines
Cycling from Lyon to Orange
7 nights from £725.00
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WE LOVEThe Famous Rhône Valley
This popular route is great for experienced and new cyclists. Incredible views are in abundance as you head South towards Orange, visiting spectacular orchards, vineyards and lavender fields along the way.
WE LOVELyon's Culture & Scenery
As the third biggest city in France, Lyon boasts a vast cultural history and offers a magnitude of unique restaurants and shops to explore before heading off on your trip.

What's Included

Our suggested Cycling Holiday in France

We can tailor make this trip for you
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 the 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.

Total distance35km
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.

Total distance35km
Day 4Cycling to Valence

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.

Total distance60km
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.

Total distance65km
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.

Total distance30km
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.

Total distance50km
Day 8Departure

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

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What to ExpectFrom the famous Rhone Valley to the rich French culture

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.

8day holiday
Or tailor your trip
45km avg
Expect to ride about 45km per day

How's the Weather? in Central France

The SpringApril to May
The days get longer and the temperature gradually rises to around 20°C. You will experience misty mornings which will soon turn into pleasant days. There will be the odd days of rain but rarely for long periods and there are very few tourists at this time of year.
This SummerJune to September
Cycling is a perfect activity as summers usually bring long dry spells. Average daily temperatures are around 22°C although mid July can be hotter.
The AutumnOctober to November
Temperatures begin to cool and days can be cool and crisp. The watery sun gets lower and you will experience beautiful autumnal days.
The WinterDecember to March
Lyon can become quite cold at this time and you will experience heavy rains so it's not the ideal time to ride.

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