Lyon to Orange
Cycle from Lyon to Orange on this self-guided tour through France. Explore the churches, museums and architecture of the UNSECO world heritage site of Lyon before setting off through picturesque countryside, vineyards and nature reserves to the town of Tournon with its historic old city and palace.
Visit Valence, the northern gate of Provence, and explore the Cathedral St. Apollinaris. Your tour ends in Orange, with its well-known Roman theatre and city founding arch, the perfect place to relax after an unforgettable journey.
From £1435.00 P/P
Since 1998 Lyon’s old part of town of Lyon is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Mighty churches, about 30 museums and an excellent food serving industry guarantee a delightful stay.
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 catching the train to Givor.
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.
The beautifully designed cycle path takes you South again, directly along the Rhone riverbank. World renowned grapes are grown in the surroundings of Tournon sur Rhone. 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 Dome-region called Valence. Also called the Northern Gate to Provence, it will amaze you with it’s vibrant town centre full of cafes and restaurants.
Effortlessly you cycle through the fertile Rhone-Valley. The temptation for pretty 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 todays Day Finish Montelimar it is all about nougat which is produced here in as special quality. Temptations from dawn to dusk.
Discover the Drôme provencal today. Discover dreamy “Villages perchés” (rock villages builton mountain slopes) and old Romanesque churches that blend picturesquely into thelandscape against the backdrop of the Drôme mountains. You can’t miss the lavenderfieldseither. Another overnight stay in Montélimar.
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.
On your final stage you casually cycle through glowing yellow sunflower fields, apple orchards and peach plantations, past tomato- and basil fields.
En 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.
After breakfast, your cycle tour comes to an end.
Difficulty level: Moderate
On this tour you will be riding on cycle paths where the terrain is nearly flat throughout and easy to cycle on. Expect a few longer ascents on day 1 and day 3, the Rhône-cycle path is well constructed and it is a perfect example for signposting and routing.
Total distance: Approximately 265 km
Standard Bike Hire
6/7 nights in rooms with private facilities, breakfast
Bike rental insurance
Maps and information material per room
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.