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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Pont-de-l'Isère

19 avenue du 45ème parallèle
26600
Pont-de-l'Isère
http://www.rhone-magnum.fr
04 26 60 42 80
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National day of Firefighters

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 12€
Quai Defer
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://ardeche-hermitage.com
04 75 08 10 23
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Parking Chamfort

Valence

Rue Paul Bert
26000
Valence
04 75 41 42 82
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Gite Les 7 collines

Ponsas

Starting 300€
10 Impasse du puits
26240
Ponsas
http://lesseptcollines.fr
06 60 28 85 44
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Hôtel-Restaurant Hostellerie des Pins

Montélimar

Starting 69€
148 route de Marseille
26200
Montélimar
http://www.hostelleriedespins.com
04 75 01 15 88
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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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Moorish House

Valence

Rue Gaston Rey
26000
Valence
04 75 79 20 86
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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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Hôtel les Deux Côteaux

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 88€
18 rue Joseph Péala
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.hotel-les-2-coteaux-26.com
04 75 08 33 01
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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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Restaurant Un air de famille

Valence

Starting 13.50€
1 place de la Dragonne
26000
Valence
http://www.unairdefamille-valence.fr/
04 75 43 44 90
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Accueil Saint Joseph

Allex

Starting 18€
4, Montée de la Butte
26400
Allex
http://www.accueil-allex.org
04 75 62 72 00
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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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Regard sur le Fleuve

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 640€
2 QUAI MARC SEGUIN
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.gites-de-france-drome.com/fiche-hebergement-G347005.html
04 75 84 62 16
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Laveyron

Le long du Rhône
26240
Laveyron
04 75 23 02 69
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La Poste St jacques

Valence

36 faubourg St Jacques
26000
Valence
04 75 82 05 60
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Epithèque - Baptiste Poinot

Valence

3 rue Pelleterie
26000
Valence
http://www.epitheque.com
04 75 56 08 40
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La Maisonnette de Valence

Valence

Starting 70€
17 rue de la Forêt
26000
Valence
http://www.lamaisonnettedevalence.com
04 75 55 68 54
christine.morales@orange.fr
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Valrhona chocolate shop

Tain-l'Hermitage

14-16 avenue Président Roosevelt
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.valrhona.com
04 75 07 90 62
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Parking Du Champ de Mars

Valence

Place Championnet
26000
Valence
04 75 41 42 82
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