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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Full-chocolate day - Valrhona

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 105€
12, avenue du Président Roosevelt
26600
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04 75 09 27 27
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Atelier p'tit pot chocochoc - La Cité du Chocolat Valrhona

Tain-l'Hermitage

Cité du Chocolat Valrhona
12 avenue du Président Roosevelt
26600
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Hôtel ACE Valence

Valence

Starting 52€
47 avenue des Auréats
26000
http://www.ace-hotel.com
04 75 56 05 60
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Portes ouvertes du caveau Chapoutier

Tain-l'Hermitage

Maison M. Chapoutier
18 avenue Paul Durand
26600
http://www.chapoutier.com
04 75 08 92 61
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Boat trip from Tournon To La Roche de Glun

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 41€
Le Port
Promenade Léon Perrier
07300
http://ardeche-hermitage.com
04 75 08 10 23
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Hôtel de France

Valence

Starting 98€
16 boulevard Général de Gaulle
26000
http://www.hotel-valence.com
04 75 43 00 87
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Candy and Nougat palace

Montélimar

100 route de Valence
26200
http://www.palais-bonbons.com
04 75 50 62 66
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Atelelier découverte - Accords Mets et rosés- Rhône Magnum

Pont-de-l'Isère

RN7 - 15 chemin du Bertrand
26600
http://www.rhone-magnum.fr
04 75 77 07 62
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Pâques avec les Canotiers

Tournon-sur-Rhône

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Port de Tournon
07300
http://www.canotiersboatnbike.com
06 44 30 79 76
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Pont-de-l'Isère

RN7 - 15 chemin du Bertrand
26600
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Hôtel le Château

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 83€
12 Quai Marc Seguin
07300
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Hôtel le Sphinx

Montélimar

Starting 75€
Allées Provençales
19 boulevard Marre Desmarais
26200
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04 75 01 86 64
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Pont-de-l'Isère

19 avenue du 45ème parallèle
26600
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04 75 77 07 62
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Pont-de-l'Isère

RN7 - 15 chemin du Bertrand
26600
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Atelier moulage de pâques - La Cité du Chocolat Valrhona

Tain-l'Hermitage

Cité du Chocolat Valrhona
12 avenue du Président Roosevelt
26600
http://www.citeduchocolat.com
04 75 09 27 27
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Camping le Soleil Fruité

Châteauneuf-sur-Isère

Starting 19.90€
480 Chemin des Communaux
26300
http://www.lesoleilfruite.com
04 75 84 19 70
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Valence Romans Tourisme: antenne de Valence

Valence

Office de Tourisme
11 Boulevard Bancel
26000
http://www.valence-romans-tourisme.com
04 75 44 90 40
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Salle des Gardes

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Château-Musée de Tournon
14 place Auguste Faure
07300
http://www.ville-tournon.com
04 75 07 83 83
maire@ville-tournon.com
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Gîte Ozon 07

Ozon

15 Impasse des Granges
07370
http://www.ozon07.fr
04 75 23 53 37
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La Vieille Forge - Appt Chocolat

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 500€
12 avenue Jules Nadi
26600
http://www.vieilleforge.canalblog.com
04 75 68 66 32
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