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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Aire Camping-cars La Roche-de-Glun - l'Hermitage au fil du Rhône

La Roche-de-Glun

Rue de Crussol
26600
http://www.campingcarpark.com/
01 83 64 69 21
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Tournon-sur-Rhône

Hall d'exposition de la Tourette
Place St Julien
07300
http://ardeche-hermitage.com
04 75 08 10 23
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Exposition S. Maudrin, C. Balme, Galifet et E. Balay - Hôtel de la Tourette

Tournon-sur-Rhône

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

Andance

78, route St Joseph - RN86
07340
06 89 98 89 77
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Saint-Rambert-d'Albon

Place Gaston Oriol
26140
http://www.dromardeche.fr
04 75 23 45 33
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Restaurant le Prieuré

Saint-Marcel-lès-Sauzet

Starting 41€
Le village
26740
http://www.restau-le-prieure.com
04 75 46 78 68
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Les Vignes

Malataverne

Starting 275€
Chemin de la Pompe à Vent
26780
http://www.gites-de-france-drome.com/fiche-hebergement-G169000.html
04 75 83 09 23
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Sarras

Starting 380€
90 allée des Cavaliers
Chalavouze
07370
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04 75 64 70 70
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Marius Bistro

Tain-l'Hermitage

Starting 29€
1 avenue du Docteur Paul Durant
26600
http://www.pavillon-ermitage.com
04 75 08 65 00
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Hôtel le Vivarais

Sarras

Starting 56€
Avenue du Vivarais
07370
04 75 23 01 88
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Le Mûrier

Allex

Starting 350€
Les Bûches
26400
06 51 84 67 50
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Hôtel-Restaurant Pic - Maison Pic

Valence

Starting 290€
285 avenue Victor Hugo
26000
http://www.anne-sophie-pic.com/
04 75 44 15 32
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The Champ de Mars

Valence

Place du Champ de Mars
26000
http://www.valence.fr
04 75 79 20 00
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Marché du samedi Valence

Valence

Place des Clercs
26000
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Regard sur le Fleuve

Tain-l'Hermitage

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

Chemin de Sérignan
26700
http://www.drome-sud-provence.com/
04 75 04 07 98
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Le vieux chêne

Étoile-sur-Rhône

785 chemin du gué de St-Pierre
26800
http://levieuxchene.chez-alice.fr/
04 75 60 79 97
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Hôtel-Restaurant Ibis Lyon Sud-Saint-Rambert-d'Albon

Saint-Rambert-d'Albon

Starting 75€
Quartier Champagnère
Route Nationale 7
26140
http://www.ibis.com/fr/hotel-0725-ibis-lyon-sud-saint-rambert-d-albon/index.shtml
04 75 03 04 00
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Hôtel-Restaurant les Négociants

Valence

Starting 54€
27 avenue Pierre Semard
26000
http://www.hotel-lesnegociantsvalence.com
04 75 44 01 86
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Soirée accords mets et vins - Terres de Syrah

Tournon-sur-Rhône

Starting 65€
Restaurant le Tournesol
44 avenue Maréchal Foch
07300
http://www.terresdesyrah.com
04 75 08 91 91
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