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 Flaveurs

Valence

32 Grande Rue
26000
Valence
04 75 56 08 40
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Restaurant le Douglas Grill

Pierrelatte

Zone des Blachettes
26700
Pierrelatte
http://www.restaurant-pierrelatte.fr
04 75 04 87 66
le-douglas@orange.fr
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La table de Nath

Tain-l'Hermitage

13 avenue Jean Jaurès
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.lagrappedor26.fr
04 75 08 28 52
la.grappe.dor@wanadoo.fr
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Les Hortensias

Allex

3 Montée du Fournas
26400
Allex
06 31 19 25 09
fabienne.quenin@aliceadsl.fr
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Spanish weekend

Tain-l'Hermitage

Le Bateau Ivre - Cave et bar à vins
14 rue Joseph Peala
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://bateau-ivre-hermitage.com/
09 82 29 20 26
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Fitness center Linaë

Tain-l'Hermitage

24, avenue Président Roosevelt
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.espaceaquatiquelinae.fr
04 75 06 91 90
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Le Café

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 13€
45 avenue Jean Jaurès
26600
Tain-l'Hermitage
04 75 08 36 62
lecafetain@hotmail.fr
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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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Camping de Tournon HPA

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 18€
1, Promenade Roche Defrance
07300
Tournon-sur-Rhône
http://www.camping-tournon.fr
04 75 08 05 28
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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
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Tain-l'Hermitage

22 route de Larnage
26603
Tain-l'Hermitage
http://www.cavedetain.com
04 75 08 91 86
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La Poterie des Anges

Andance

78 route St Joseph - RN86
07340
Andance
06 89 98 89 77
lapoteriedesanges@orange.fr
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Location d'un bateau

Saint-Vallier

Embarcadère, rue du Belvédère
26240
Saint-Vallier
http://www.canotiersboatnbike.com/
06 44 30 79 76
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Hôtel Inter-Hôtel Valence Nord

Bourg-lès-Valence

Starting 39€
50 allée Ninon Valin
26500
Bourg-lès-Valence
https://www.inter-hotel.com/hotel/rhone-alpes/bourg-les-valence/valence-nord
04 75 82 03 33
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Auberge Monnet

La Roche-de-Glun

Starting 16€
3 place du petit puits
26600
La Roche-de-Glun
http://www.auberge-monnet.com
04 75 84 57 80
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Camping le Soleil Fruité

Châteauneuf-sur-Isère

Starting 19.90€
480 Chemin des Communaux
26300
Châteauneuf-sur-Isère
http://www.lesoleilfruite.com
04 75 84 19 70
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Couleurs de forge

Pierrelatte

11 espace des Blachettes
26700
Pierrelatte
04 75 04 01 10
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Valence

Place Saint Jean
26000
Valence
http://www.valence.fr
04 75 79 20 00
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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
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Exposition Denise et Gilles Fernandez - Hôtel de la Tourette

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Hall d'exposition de la Tourette
Place St Julien
07300
Tournon-sur-Rhône
http://ardeche-hermitage.com
04 75 08 10 23
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