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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Saint-Vallier

Place du Champ de Mars
26240
Saint-Vallier
04 75 23 07 66
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Sous le tilleul

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 350€
155 route de Lamastre
07300
Tournon-sur-Rhône
04 75 08 71 18
annielarroche@orange.fr
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L'ardoise provençale

Pierrelatte

Starting 13€
8 place de l'église
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.ardoise-provencale.fr
04 75 53 99 28
lardoiseprovencale@yahoo.fr
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Circuit touristique dans le centre ancien de Pierrelatte

Pierrelatte

26700
Pierrelatte
04 75 04 07 98
contact@drome-sud-provence.com
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Villa Rhôna

Andancette

10 rue du Rhône
26140
Andancette
http://www.gites-de-france-drome.com/fiche-hebergement-G9001.html
06 64 98 05 03
villarhona@sfr.fr
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Hôtel la Bohème

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 49€
226 Route de Lamastre
07300
Tournon-sur-Rhône
http://www.laboheme-ardeche.com
04 75 08 02 50
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Hôtel du Tricastin

Pierrelatte

1 rue Caprais Favier
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.hoteldutricastin.com
04 75 04 05 82
hoteltricastin@orange.fr
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Hôtel-Restaurant le Domaine des Oliviers

Pierrelatte

Starting 80€
4 rue Paul d'Allard
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.domainedesoliviers.fr
04 75 92 43 30
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Restaurant l'Ane en Ciment

Valence

13 place St-Jean
26000
Valence
http://www.restaurant-ane-en-ciment.net
04 75 42 53 28
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Eglise Saint Jean

Valence

Place Saint Jean
26000
Valence
04 75 43 13 32
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The Jardin Eden - European Heritage Days

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 3€
le Jardin d'Eden
8 Rue Lachanal
07300
Tournon-sur-Rhône
http://www.edenparc.eu
04 75 07 05 27
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Restaurant Le Vivarais

Sarras

Starting 31€
Avenue du Vivarais
07370
Sarras
04 75 23 01 88
levivarais@wanadoo.fr
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Restaurant le Petit Naples

Valence

11 rue Baudin
26000
Valence
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La ViaRhôna à Valence

Valence

26000
Valence
http://www.valence-romans-tourisme.com
04 75 44 90 40
infovalence@valenceromanstourisme.com
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L' Escale de Fonfon

Valence

Port de l'Epervière
26000
Valence
04 75 55 68 30
contact@escale-de-fonfon.com
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Appart'city Montélimar

Montélimar

Starting 49€
1 rue du Général Chabrillan
26200
Montélimar
http://www.appartcity.com/fr/appart-hotel/montelimar-a-montelimar.html#_
04 75 00 38 50
montelimar@appartcity.com
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Comptoir Porcelana - Cité du Chocolat Valrhona

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 14.90€
12, avenue du Président Roosevelt
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.citeduchocolat.com
04 75 07 88 36
cite@valrhona.fr
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Hôtel Ibis Budget Montélimar

Montélimar

Starting 44€
ZA de Fortuneau
R14 - avenue de Dion Bouton
26200
Montélimar
http://www.ibis.com/fr/hotel-5089-ibis-budget-montelimar/index.shtml
08 92 68 09 42
h5089@accor.com
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Le Domaine d'Andance Campsite

Andance

Starting 14€
Route nationale 86
265 impasse de l'écoutay
07340
Andance
http://www.campingdandance.com
04 27 51 93 73
info@campingdandance.com
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Le Gallante - Les 3 becs

Allex

Starting 300€
7 allée des Tilleuls
26400
Allex
04 75 62 76 17
chantal.berson@gmail.com
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