ViaRhôna linking Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean, is a bikeway / greenway, a member of the EuroVelo Network (EuroVelo 17). It runs along the Rhône, a distance of 817 km in 21 stages ranging from 27 to 40 km.

To date, the route has a total of nearly 650 km operational cycleway, passing successively from the right bank to the left bank of the river and using, to a large extent, the old towpaths .Located halfway along the route, the Drôme offers 5 sections on the left bank of the Rhone, alternating with a side-swipe over to the Ardèche on the right bank or through discovery routes set up on Drôme side.The Drôme part of the route, which is 67km long (52 km of ‘voie verte’ – traffic-free) and 15 km of ‘véloroute’ is open to cyclists, roller bladers and walkers. All the associated facilities are adapted to people with mobility problems.




Sablons / Tournon-sur-Rhône (stage 12)

This first Drôme section runs from St- Rambert-d’Albon to Saint-Vallier (15km). A discovery itinerary allows you to reach Tain-l’Hermitage through a landscape of orchards and terraced vineyards, including the very ones which produce the famous appellations AOC  Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage (a number of cellars can be visited). Another culinary reason to stop at Tain-l’hermitage: the famous Valrhona chocolate factory and its brand new Cité du chocolat.



Tournon-sur-Rhône/Valence (stage 13)

From Tain-L’Hermitage, a short secondary route allows you to reach La Roche-de-Glun and Pont-de-l’Isère (fiefdom of the starred chef, Michel Chabran), and then re-join the ViaRhôna as far as Valence, city of art and history. Explore the old centre of Valence, its colourful terraces, the shade and greenery of the Parc Jouvet  and the richness of  the  Musée de Valence – art and archaeology  ).  For lovers of good food there are no fewer than three starred establishments, including that of Anne-Sophie Pic, the only woman chef to be triply rewarded). Should you run out of energy, enjoy a Suisse, a local speciality flavoured with orange peel and, in a few minutes, you will reach the end of the Drôme section, the Port de l’Epervière. This is the largest riverine leisure port in France and proudly flies, since 2005, the « pavillon bleu » for its exemplary work with regard to the natural environment and sustainable tourism.


Valence/Le Pouzin (stage 14)

Leaving the le port de l’Epervière behind you along a discovery itinerary, you re-join the ViaRhôna between Livron and Loriol (6km) and discover  Printegarde island. This natural reserve, situated at the confluence of the Drôme river and the Rhône is an exceptional site from which to observe nesting and migratory aquatic birds, and also boasts remarkable flora and fauna. This is also the point of departure for transversal routes of the ‘La Vélodrôme’ and along the banks of the Drôme river.



Le Pouzin/Châteauneuf-du-Rhône (stage 15)

You are now in Drôme Provençale and you will notice that the accent becomes more sing-song. Montélimar is, once again, reached by a discovery itinerary, the point of departure for this the 4th stage in the Drôme ViaRhôna,  which finishes at Châteauneuf-du-Rhône. There is a quasi-obligatory halt at Montélimar  to taste its celebrated nougat in the shade of the ‘allées provençales’  or the château des Adhémar.


 




Châteauneuf-du-Rhône/Pont-Saint-Esprit (stage 16)

This last stage, a discovery itinerary, will take you to the limits of the département de la Drôme. On the way, you can discover the village of Donzère, its ‘chocolaterie’ and the Musée des Amis du Vieux Donzère. Not forgetting a tropical interlude at Pierrelatte to discover the astonishing Ferme aux Crocodiles.


 

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Tain-l'Hermitage

Quai Defer
Quai Defer
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://ardeche-hermitage.com
04 75 08 10 23
comitedesfetestain@gmail.com
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La Bâtie - Les Lavandes

Saulce-sur-Rhône

La Bâtie - Les Reys
26270
Saulce-sur-Rhône
http://www.gites-la-batie.com
04 75 63 14 62
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Taxi Vallon

Saint-Vallier

Rue des Malles
26240
Saint-Vallier
04 75 23 23 23
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restaurant Jack and Jill

Valence

236 avenue Victor Hugo
26000
Valence
http://www.restaurantjackandjill.com
04 75 44 39 31
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Saint-Vallier

Starting 3€
Quai Gagnère
26240
Saint-Vallier
04 75 23 20 97
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L'Ambigu

Saint-Vallier

7 rue du belvédère
26240
Saint-Vallier
04 75 31 63 74
resalambigu@gmail.com
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Les Galets d'Evelyne

Étoile-sur-Rhône

Starting 80€
1105 chemin des Josserands
26800
Étoile-sur-Rhône
http://www.lesgaletsdevelyne.fr
04 75 60 67 59
contactlesgaletsdevelyne@gmail.com
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Le Plaza

Valence

17 boulevard Maurice Clerc
26000
Valence
http://www.plaza-valence.com
04 75 43 07 72
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La Résidence

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 95€
24 Rue des Bessards
Immeuble "Les Vignes"
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
bellaichepat@gmail.com
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Restaurant l'Ane en Ciment

Valence

13 place Saint Jean
26000
Valence
04 75 42 53 28
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Couleurs de Forge

Pierrelatte

Starting 4.50€
11 allée des blachettes
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.couleursdeforge.fr
04 75 04 01 10
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Le Vieux chêne

Étoile-sur-Rhône

M. Farin Jacques
785 chemin du gué de St Pierre
le vieux chêne
26800
Étoile-sur-Rhône
http://levieuxchene.net
06 10 74 66 25
farin.jacques@orange.fr
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Camping les Claires

Saint-Rambert-d'Albon

Starting 16€
Chemin de Sablons
26140
Saint-Rambert-d'Albon
http://www.camping-des-claires.com
04 75 31 01 87
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Boulangerie La Pan'netière

Loriol-sur-Drôme

Parc des Crozes
26270
Loriol-sur-Drôme
04 75 85 57 12
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Diane de Poitiers Tower - Library

La Roche-de-Glun

centre du village
26600
La Roche-de-Glun
04 75 84 60 52
serviceculturel@larochedeglun.fr
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Aire Camping-cars La Roche-de-Glun - l'Hermitage au fil du Rhône

La Roche-de-Glun

Rue de Crussol
26600
La Roche-de-Glun
http://www.campingcarpark.com/
08 05 69 48 69
contact@campingcarpark.com
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Les Clapotis

Allex

Routes des Aures
26400
Allex
06 26 42 14 29
greve.florence@neuf.fr
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La ferme aux crocodiles

Pierrelatte

395 Allée de Beauplan
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.lafermeauxcrocodiles.com
04 75 04 33 73
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Le Clos de la Chardonnière

Saulce-sur-Rhône

Starting 72€
466 Chemin des prés
26270
Saulce-sur-Rhône
http://www.leclosdelachardonniere.fr
04 75 42 48 17
leclos.mirmande@wanadoo.fr
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Eglise de Saint Marcel les Sauzet

Saint-Marcel-lès-Sauzet

Le Village
26740
Saint-Marcel-lès-Sauzet
04 75 46 13 83
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