The itinerary is almost entirely along greenways, going from Sablons, via Saint-Vallier and Sarras, to Saint-Jean-de-Muzols. However, crossing Vion, you need to take a 2.5km stretch along a shared road, but one with only light traffic. At Tournon-sur-Rhône, head south on the right bank to reach Glun.
From St-Vallier to Tain-l’Hermitage (on the eastern, Drôme-side bank of the Rhône), a linking route goes up and down small, steep roads that are signposted ‘Vers ViaRhôna’; this stretch is only for experienced cyclists. At Tain, join the greenway beside the Rhône.
Railway stations (SNCF) :
Tain-l’Hermitage railway station:
- Line 5 : Lyon > Vienne > Le Péage-de-Roussillon > Saint-Rambert d’Albon > Saint-Vallier-sur-Rhône > Tain l’Hermitage > Valence > Montélimar > Marseille
Sablons railway station :
Local bus services (TER) : line 75 (bikes are not accepted ) : Lyon > Vienne > Le Péage-de-Roussillon > Sablons > Serrières > Félines > Peaugres > Davézieux > Annonay
Tourist Information Centres:
- Plein Cœur Tourisme – Aux Portes de Drôme Ardèche Ph: 04 75 23 45 33
- Hermitage Tournonais Tourisme Ph: 04 75 08 10 23
- Accueil Tain l'Hermitage Ph: 04 75 08 06 81
Don't miss :
Sablons: île de la Platière island
Serrières: the musée des mariniers du Rhône, set in the 14th-century listed Chapelle Saint-Sornin. Themuseum retraces the history of Rhône navigation, in part using the towpath, from the late-15th century to the early 19th century.
Tournon: an historic town on the Rhône’s west bank. The château on high holds a museum. Also enjoy the historic centre, botanical garden and plane-lined quays. As to the suspension bridge, from 1826, it’s the oldest still in use in France, designed by the engineer Seguin. A lovely old tourist train, Le Mastrou, leaves from here for trips up to Saint-Jean-de-Muzols in the Ardèche hills.
Tain-l’Hermitage: La Cité du Chocolat : located on the historic site of the Valrhona, the renowned chocolate factory, the Cité offers a behind-the-scenes look at fine chocolate. You will find out about all the secrets of how chocolate is made.
Sablons : Tuesday morning
Serrières : Friday morning
Saint-Rambert-d’Albon : Friday
Saint-Vallier : Thursday
Tain-l’Hermitage : Saturday morning
Tournon-sur-Rhône : Wednesday morning in Place Jean Jaurès – saturday moring in Quai Farconnet