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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Restaurant La Ferme aux Crocodiles

Pierrelatte

Starting 5€
395 Allée de Beauplan
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.lafermeauxcrocodiles.com
04 75 04 33 73
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Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 130€
Maison M. Chapoutier
18 avenue Paul Durand
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.chapoutier-ecole.com
04 75 08 92 61
lecole@chapoutier.com
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Circuit touristique dans le centre ancien de Pierrelatte

Pierrelatte

26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.office-tourisme-pierrelatte.com
04 75 04 07 98
contact@office-tourisme-pierrelatte.com
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Discovery of the vineyards and tasting with a segway

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 44€
22, route de Larnage
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.vin-et-sens.com
06 83 08 48 55
contact@terresdesyrah.com
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Office de tourisme Pierrelatte

Pierrelatte

2 bis avenue Jean Perrin
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.office-tourisme-pierrelatte.com
04 75 04 07 98
contact@office-tourisme-pierrelatte.com
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Chambres d'hôtes Villa Rhona

Andancette

Starting 115€
10 Rue du Rhône
26140
Andancette
http://villarhona.com
06 64 98 05 03
villarhona@sfr.fr
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Restaurant Un air de famille

Valence

1 place de la Dragonne
26000
Valence
04 75 43 44 90
unairdefamille26@gmail.com
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Marché de producteurs

Valence

Place Saint Jean
26000
Valence
http://www.valence.fr
04 75 79 20 00
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Restaurant Mac Donald's

Pierrelatte

Starting 8€
245 rue Pierre Larousse
26700
Pierrelatte
04 75 98 86 30
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Boucherie-Charcuterie Treiber

Livron-sur-Drôme

25 av Joseph Combier
26250
Livron-sur-Drôme
04 75 57 06 97
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La Roche de Glun

La Roche-de-Glun

Centre historique
26600
La Roche-de-Glun
04 75 84 60 52
mairie@larochedeglun.fr
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La Bonne Etoile - Gîte "Petite Ourse"

Beausemblant

Starting 360€
1149 route du vivier
26240
Beausemblant
http://www.gites-de-france-drome.com/fiche-hebergement-G41001.html
06 70 86 05 17
contact@labonneetoile.eu
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Valence

Rue Denis Papin
26000
Valence
04 75 41 42 82
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Hôtel-Restaurant le Logis des Voyageurs

Livron-sur-Drôme

132 avenue Albert Mazade
26250
Livron-sur-Drôme
http://www.hotel-restaurant-livron.fr
04 75 61 65 20
hotelvoyageurslivron@wanadoo.fr
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Étoile-sur-Rhône

Distance
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26800
Étoile-sur-Rhône
04 75 60 69 50
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L'Auberge du Rhône

La Roche-de-Glun

Starting 15€
2 rue des Jardins
Quai St-Georges
26600
La Roche-de-Glun
http://www.auberge-du-rhone.fr/
auberge.du.rhone@orange.fr
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Méditation pleine conscience - Aux Soins de Valériane

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 10€
Salle Marquise de Sévigné
6 place du 8 mai 1945
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.auxsoinsdevaleriane.fr
07 64 07 87 05
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La Petite Aiguebonne

Allex

Starting 115€
La Petite Aiguebonne
26400
Allex
http://www.petite-aiguebonne.com
06 10 11 19 32
contact@petite-aiguebonne.com
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Au 10 d'Aygu

Montélimar

Starting 70€
26200
Montélimar
http://www.gites-de-france-drome.com/fiche-hebergement-G198721.html
04 75 51 19 70
au-10-aygu@hotmail.fr
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Winery guided tour

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 5€
Cave de Tain l'Hermitage
22 route de Larnage
CS 89721
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.terresdesyrah.com
04 75 08 91 86
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