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Rhone Valley

Cycling week along the ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

Follow the marked and secure path along the ViaRhôna from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the Provence lavander fields. A perfect trip for Nature and History lovers!

Reviews (9) :
4.86 / 5
Reference VR0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • From 15/04 to 15/10
  • Minimum age 12 years
GPSGPS-app available
1049€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Discover the ViaRhôna, a route rich of 2000 years of History. From the Antique theater in Vienne to the Palais des Papes in Avignon including the château de Rochemaure and the Thriumph Arch in Orange, experience a trip through the Ages. The lanscapes are always changing from the abrupt Ardèche to the lavander fields, from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the ones in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be impressed by the many bridges crossing the Rhône river, exceptional pieces of art! The itinerary is either on green paths or shared lines and crosses 5 very different departments. Last but not least, the food variety in the Rhone valley will please everyone!

    Day 1


    Arrival in Vienne

    Vienne boasts many Gallo-Roman vestiges. The best way to visit it is to walk from one site to the other, as the majority of the built heritage is located in the town center. Among them, the most famous are the antique theater, remarquable for its size, and the temple d’Auguste et de Livie, which nicely stands out in the middle of a town square.

    Day 2


    Vienne - Serrières

    You cycle quietly along the Rhône River on the bike path before crossing the river to get to the “Ile au Beurre”. Have a break on this peaceful island known for the diversity of its fauna! Take the time to have a look around since you are in the heart of the major vineyards of the Rhône Valley including the famous Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie. From this point on, you will get your first glimpse of the typical Provence villages and houses.

    Day 3


    Serrières - Valence

    Stop in Saint-Vallier to visit Saint-Valéry church in which stands the funeral chapel of the Poiters, lords of Saint-Vallier and parents of the beautiful Diane de Poitiers, lover of the King of France Henri II. Then, you cross the Rhône river on the brigde "passerelle Seguin", oldest still used today suspension bridge in France and enter Tain l’Hermitage and its famous wines.

    After the vineyards, the scenery changes and you ride through the orchards of Ardèche. Don’t hesitate to taste the delicious fruits stopping in a farm. Valence, Ville d’Art et Histoire opens the gates of the South. With its colorful market places, its gardens, its lively areas and the its pedestrians streets, Valence rhyme with Provence!

    Cité du Chocolat Valrhona 2h

    Discover all the chocolate making secrets and know-how of Valrhona through an interactive and multi-sensory journey.
    8,80 € / child
    10,80 € / adult

    Day 4


    Valence - Montélimar

    Keep riding South along the Rhône river having in the background the beautiful Abbey of Cruas and the Rochemaure castle. These two pieces of art perfectly illustrate the rich architectural heritage in the Rhône Valley. Then you cross the Rhône river on the amazing "himalayan bridge" build on the pilars of the old Bridge of Rochemaure, quit an experience! You are now in the Drôme and your way will gently ends with some sweets in Montélimar, the city of "nougats"!

    Day 5


    Montélimar - Pont-Saint-Esprit

    Leave Montélimar and ride through the medieval cities of Viviers and Donzère, witnesses of the flourishing past in the area. Your next stop will be Bourg-Saint-Andéol with its numerous historical buildings. There, you’ll see the most important bas relief in antique Gaule. Then, you will reach Pont-Saint-Esprit, crossroad of 3 departements : Vaucluse, Ardèche and Gard. Cross its 700 years old stone bridge and enjoy the beautiful view over the medieval city and its cathedral. It is a jump in History!

    Day 6


    Pont-Saint-Esprit - Orange

    You keep on following the Rhône river to reach Caderousse. This Provence village is a beauty with its stone dam protecting the town since the 19th century against the regurlar floodings.

    You leave the Rhône river to cross the plains and discover the roman city of Orange.The typical ochre colors of the city will tell you you are in Provence. With an exceptional historical heritage, Orange will take you back to the heart of the Roman civilisation. Of course, you will visit the Antique Theatre, very well preserved and still used today during the summer festival and admire the impressive Triumph Arch.

    Day 7


    Orange - Avignon

    You leave Orange to reach Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its 3000 hectares of vineyards. Of course, tasting its Grands Crus is a must!
    Take a stroll in the small streets of the village up to the ancient Chateau des Papes, resort place for the Popes from Avignon.

    Then your path takes you through the beautiful vineyards back to the Rhône banks. Following the river, you’ll get slowly to the impressive Cité des Papes. Admire the gorgeous treasure of Avignon : the Palais des Papes, the bridge Saint Bénezet named « Avignon’s bridge », the city walls, the numerous churches and chapels...

    Day 8


    Departure from Avignon

    Enjoy a last walk in the streets of Avignon and visit the Palais des Papes before your departure or you can extend your stay.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You are accommodated in **/*** hotels selected for their ideal situation on the itinerary. You will be comfortable and warmly welcomed. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.

    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: the nearest airport is Lyon Saint-Exupery. At the airport, there is a shuttle tramway Rhone Express taking you to the city center at Lyon Part-Dieu train station in 30 mn.
    • By train: many regional trains go to Vienne from Lyon, from either Lyon Part-Dieu or Lyon Perrache train stations (duration of the trip about 20min). High-speed trains do not stop in Vienne. To plan your trip, www.sncf-connect.com


    If you come by car to Vienne, you can park in the secure car park of SNCF station (82€/week).

    To get back to starting point:

    Trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. Regular regional trains are riding between Avignon and Vienne. Bikes are accepted for free. The duration of the trip is about 2h. Full rate is 31.70€/pers.

    You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.

    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We advise you to plan half a day for visiting Vienne, which is worth it. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

  • Reviews
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    9 bike travelers reviews 4.86 / 5

    A wonderful trip.

    On the 2024-05-20 by Robin Chotzinoff
    We were amazed by the high quality of the hotels. In every case they were better than we expected, and we always seemed to get an upgrade. The breakfasts were also wonderful. You probably already know this, but there's a section of the route between Orange and Avignon where the app directed us onto a highway under construction. Just to the right, there was a brand new bike path. We figured this out, but you might want to change the app. We happened upon some wonderful restaurants in general, and in particular in Pont St. Esprit and Arles. The roman ruins were mind-blowing. Our favorite was in Orange. If you ever get into more specific tour-guiding, I developed several obsessions I'd like to know more about. For example, I would definitely sign up for any tour of a flour mill--I am a baker and the flour in the bread is completely diffferent (better!) than in the US. I would love to go to a wine or cheese tasting, although I'm not complaining about the cavistes or cheese mongers we met. It's just we all would have liked to learn even more. Any kind of agriculture also interests me, and of course we were riding past fascinating farm land. If you could arrange a farm visit, I would sign up immediately.

    Unforgettable Trip down the Rhône

    On the 2024-04-30 by FairWeatherBiker
    We just finished an unforgettable week pedaling along the Rhône as well as through fields and vineyards. The accommodations, the bike rental as well as the luggage transport was all taken care of. All we had to do was sit on the bike and enjoy incredible scenery, villages, museums and landmarks along the way as we biked our way south.

    3 days cycling on the Via Rhona

    On the 2023-09-18 by Julia, Geneva
    Another great trip organised by Vélo Voyageur. The bikes, the hotels and the route were all excellent. We were a large group of 12, and everyone had a great time. The route followed the Via Rhona, on dedicated bike paths and small country roads, and the app on the phone worked perfectly. Thanks again Vélo Voyageur.

    Via Rhona: Valence to Avignon

    On the 2023-09-18 by Julia, Geneva
    Another great trip with Vélo Voyageur. The bikes were very well equipped and the hotels were all in great locations with friendly staff. We were a large group of 12 and all the organisation went very smoothly. The app with the route worked very well and was 100% accurate, with helpful photos and audio at junctions. The route itself was well planned out, generally following the Via Rhona but with small detours if better options were available. We were on dedicated bike paths or small roads and hardly saw a car in the 3 days. A great success!

    Susan H NZ

    On the 2023-07-07 by Susan H NZ
    We used hire electric bikes and the distances each day very managable with the side trips. The GPS was excellent and did take you off the Via Rhona to quieter roads.

    La viarhôna

    On the 2023-06-25 by RAPHAEL
    Parcours très agréable, piste cyclable confortable, bien aménagée et entretenue. ( une moquette! ) Les paysages ainsi que les lieux à visiter sont conformes à la description durant chaque étape . Accueil sympathique ++ des hôtes: Nous recommandons !

    excellent, parfait

    On the 2023-04-17 by Nicouil
    tout est dans le titre.

    Fantastic service, great trip!

    On the 2022-07-19 by Craig
    We had a great time. The bikes were easy to operate; the app was fantastic; the hotels and breakfasts charming. Velo Voyageur's service was outstanding. Five stars for Velo Voyageur.

    2000 years of progress

    On the 2021-10-26 by Thomas
    From Roman Theatres to Nuclear power stations the Rhone has it all.
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