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Cycling holidays ViaRhona 2: Lyon - Orange

Rhône Cycle Path II

Follow the lifeline of the Rhône-Alpes region until Provence. Be accompanied by lush vineyards and fragrant orchards. This is an area both rich in nature and culture. Splendid cathedrals and relicts from Roman times are testimony to an abundant era long gone. During your tour marvel at cultural treasures such as the large Roman theatre in Vienne, or the architecturally outstanding museum of the Confluences in Lyon. Just as contrasting can also be the culinary treasures. Frog legs or soft caramel ice cream? You can already see there will be something for everyone’s taste...

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Itinerary

Since 1998 Lyon’s old part of town is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Mighty churches, about 30 museums and an excellent food serving industry guarantee a delightful stay. One overnight in Lyon.

Already after just a few kilometres the futuristic museum ‚des Confluences’ appears with its spectacular location on an island at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. There is a lot of traffic in the cities as well as Lyon. We recommend to go by train to Givor (not incl.)You follow the course of your ‚companion’, the river Rhône and soon you reach Vienne where you will stay tonight with its many remains of an ancient Roman colony. You will be impressed by the temple of Augustus and Livia and by the biggest Roman theatre in Gaul. One overnight in Serrieres.

approx. 50 – 69 km
130 m
165 m

The beautifully designed cycle path takes you South again, directly along the Rhône riverbank. World renowned grapes are grown in the surroundings of Tournon sur Rhône. We recommend you have your lunch break in one of the charming villages with their medieval village centres and sample at least one glass of the famous ‚Hermitage’. After that you will soon reach the main town of the Drôme-region called Valence. Also called the ‚Northern Gate to Provence’, it will amaze you with its vibrant town centre full of cafés and restaurants. One overnight in Valence.

approx. 60 km
85 m
90 m

Effortlessly you cycle through the fertile Rhône-valley. The temptation for ‚petty larceny of food’ is especially high today, since there are peaches, apples and kiwis growing directly along the route. Nevertheless, make sure you also look up and do not miss high up a once proud castle which has sadly crumbled and turned into a ruin, but still keeps a watchful eye over the valley. In today’s Day Finish Montélimar it is all about ‚nougat’, which is produced here in special quality. Temptations from dawn to dusk... One overnight in Montélimar.

approx. 65 km
80 m
105 m

Today’s stage is very short and hence leaves you with lots of time to just enjoy! Several times you switch from one side of the river Rhône to the other side via impressive suspension bridges. Then onwards along the cycle path to the former diocesan town of Viviers. Behind the cathedral dating back to the 12th century you have an amazing view across the Rhône valley. Then it becomes very quiet in the alluvial forests except for the buzzing noise of your spokes. Vibrancy is back after that in Bourg St. Andéol. The old part of town is characterised by picturesque houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century, situated directly on the river Rhône. One overnight in Bourg-St. Andéol.

approx. 30 km
400 m
400 m

On your final stage you casually cycle through glowing yellow sunflower fields, apple orchards and peach plantations, past tomato- and basil fields. The route, you come across the little town of Pont St. Esprit, known for its 600-year old bridge, whose 25 arches stretch impressively across the river Rhône. You will be staying in the town of Orange with its well-known Roman theatre and the city founding arch, both part of the UNESCO-World Cultural Heritage. One overnight in Orange.

approx. 50 km
55 m
60 m

The tour ends after breakfast. Individual return journey.

Tour character

The terrain is mostly flat and easy to cycle on. The Rhône cycle path is overall well-constructed and a perfect example for signposting and routing.

Prices & dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Lyon
  Season 1
10.04.2022 - 07.05.2022
03.10.2022 - 09.10.2022

Wednesday, Sunday
Season 2
08.05.2022 - 17.06.2022
13.09.2022 - 02.10.2022

Wednesday, Sunday
Season 3
18.06.2022 - 12.09.2022

Wednesday, Sunday
Rhône Cycle Path 2, 7 days, FR-RORLO-07X
Base price
819.-
919.-
995.-
Surcharge single room 319.- 319.- 319.-

Category: 2*- and 4*-Hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Apr 10, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Wednesday, Sunday
Season 2
May 8, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022
Wednesday, Sunday
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
Wednesday, Sunday
Rhône Cycle Path 2, 7 days, FR-RORLO-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
819.-
319.-
919.-
319.-
995.-
319.-

Category: 2*- and 4*-Hotels (French classification)

Season 1
Apr 10, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Season 2
May 8, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022
Lyon
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Orange
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
128.-
79.-
128.-
79.-
128.-
79.-
128.-
79.-
128.-
79.-
128.-
79.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Lyon
  Season 1
Apr 10, 2022 - May 7, 2022
Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022

Wednesday, Sunday
Season 2
May 8, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022
Sep 13, 2022 - Oct 2, 2022

Wednesday, Sunday
Season 3
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 12, 2022

Wednesday, Sunday
Lyon
Extra night single room (BB) 128.- 128.- 128.-
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.- 79.-
Orange
Extra night single room (BB) 128.- 128.- 128.-
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.- 79.-
Filter
Bicycle 21-gear
Mietvelo-PLUS
Electric bicycle
89.-
159.-
225.-
Filter
Transfer
119.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services and information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Personal welcome tour briefing (German, English)
  • Detailed travel documents, route cards, route description, sight-seeing, telephone numbers (German, English, French)
  • At best elaborated route
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • GPS-tracks available on request
  • Rental bike insurance
  • 7-day-service-hotline

Note: 

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 

Optional:

  • Return transfer by minibus to Lyon every Saturday morning, costs CHF 109.- per person incl. your bike, reservation is necessary

Not included (payable on site) 

  • Arrival and departure, costs for parking, city tax, transfers, optional sightseeings, city maps, Travel Insurance and costs of individual private requirements.

 

Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Lyon train station Perrache
  • Lyon or Marseille airport
  • Good train connection to Lyon. Parking garage near the hotel approx. CHF 25.- per day, payable on site, no reservation possible. Return transfer by van to Lyon every Saturday, cost per person CHF 119.- for the return transport of your own bike we charge CHF 25.- extra. Limited space available. Good train connection from Orange to Lyon.

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.  
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

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