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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Hôtel-Restaurant le Mistral

Châteauneuf-du-Rhône

Starting 67€
Quartier Grand Pélican
26780
Châteauneuf-du-Rhône
http://www.hotel-lemistral-montelimar.com
04 75 90 65 65
contact@hotel-lemistral.com
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Restaurant Le Cèdre

Valence

4 rue Balthazar Baro
26000
Valence
06 29 59 20 58
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Restaurant André

Valence

Starting 32€
285 avenue Victor Hugo
26000
Valence
http://www.anne-sophie-pic.com/content/andre
04 75 44 15 32
contact@pic-valence.com
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Chambre d'hôtes Au Chant des Anes

Mercurol-Veaunes

Starting 50€
10 impasse des Chardières
Mercurol
26600
Mercurol-Veaunes
06 47 30 16 05
acda26@gmail.com
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Boulangerie Ducros

Livron-sur-Drôme

48 av Joseph Combier
26250
Livron-sur-Drôme
04 75 60 39 88
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Restaurant le Tipaza

Valence

Starting 18€
378 avenue Victor Hugo
26000
Valence
http://www.hotelrelaissud.com
04 75 44 04 41
sarlletipaza@aol.com
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Brasserie bar lounge le refuge

Pierrelatte

Starting 12.50€
2 av. du Général de Gaulle
26700
Pierrelatte
04 75 04 07 52
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La Vieille Forge - Appt Chocolat

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 500€
12 avenue Jules Nadi
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.vieilleforge.canalblog.com
04 75 68 66 32
claude.devise@gmail.com
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Restaurant Bar des ailes

Albon

Starting 13.50€
Aérodrôme du Creux de la Thine
RN7 Le Creux de la Thine
26140
Albon
http://www.restobardesailes.com
04 75 23 72 42
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Office de Tourisme de Montélimar-Agglomération

Montélimar

Montée St Martin
Allées provençales
26200
Montélimar
http://www.montelimar-tourisme.com
04 75 01 00 20
info@montelimar-tourisme.com
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La Gare des Ramières

Allex

Chemin des Fouilles
Route de Grâne
26400
Allex
http://www.lagaredesramieres.com
04 75 41 04 41
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Restaurant Le Bancel

Valence

Starting 14.50€
7 boulevard Bancel
26000
Valence
http://restaurantsvalence.com
04 75 78 35 98
cafebancel@orange.fr
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La Bonne étoile - Gîte "Grande Ourse"

Beausemblant

Starting 1150€
1149 route du vivier
26240
Beausemblant
http://www.gites-de-france-drome.com/fiche-hebergement-G41002.html
06 70 86 05 17
contact@labonneetoile.eu
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Restaurant Seyvet

Bourg-lès-Valence

24 avenue Marc Urtin
26500
Bourg-lès-Valence
http://www.hotel-bourglesvalence.fr
04 75 43 26 51
hotel.seyvet@9business.fr
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Restaurant le Prieuré

Saint-Marcel-lès-Sauzet

Starting 41€
Le village
26740
Saint-Marcel-lès-Sauzet
http://www.restau-le-prieure.com
04 75 46 78 68
restaurant.leprieure@wanadoo.com
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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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Laverie automatique

Saint-Vallier

79, avenue Jean Jaurès
26240
Saint-Vallier
06 70 46 77 87
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Hôtel Ibis Styles

Montélimar

Starting 76€
1 bis avenue Saint Martin
26200
Montélimar
https://www.accorhotels.com/fr/hotel-9423-ibis-styles-montelimar-centre/index.shtml
04 75 46 46 46
h9423@accor.com
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Gîte le Rhônadien

La Roche-de-Glun

390 chemin de Chasseroux
26600
La Roche-de-Glun
04 75 83 10 63
fredaud26@hotmail.fr
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Restaurant le Robinson

Pierrelatte

385 ancienne route de Bourg Saint-Andéol
RD 13
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.lerobinson.fr
04 75 54 50 43
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