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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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18: ViaRhôna from Caderousse to Avignon

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Valence to Avignon ]
  • 35.8 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

Leave the village of Caderousse using a provisional stretch of the ViaRhôna route leading to the famed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The way takes you along steep vine-covered slopes with beautiful views down on the Rhône Valley. However, reaching the 3.5km stretch of retail parks and industrial zones in the parishes of Sorgues and Le Pontet, take care until you reach the canal-side greenway leading into Avignon. Enjoy impressive first views of France’s historic papal city as you approach it.

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The route
This provisional signposted stretch takes you along quiet roads. There are moderate slopes to tackle through the vineyards. Take care, as that stretch is used by tractors - you may even encounter clods of earth along the way at times. In contrast, the stretch between Sorgues and the entrance to Avignon is deeply urban. By summer 2017, signposting had been put up along the whole stretch, except in Le Pontet; until the signposting there is in place, follow the track indicated in red on the map, or download the GPX route. Alternatively, you can take the train from Sorgues to Avignon.
The final stretch into Avignon takes you along the Voie Verte des Canaux, a canal-side greenway. The cycle route through Avignon is signposted in both directions.

Railway station (SNCF):

Orange

Sorgues

Avignon

 

Tourist Information Centres:

Office de tourisme de la communauté de communes du Pays Réuni d’Orange

+334 90 83 71 08

 

Office de tourisme d’Avignon

+334 32 74 32 74

Don’t miss:

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: for the wine cellars and panoramic views across the area’s vineyards; the Romanesque church of Notre-Dame; the hilltop ruins of the 14th-century papal castle; the chapels dedicated to St Pierre de Luxembourg and St Theodoric
Sorgues: the Pont des Arméniers, a fine bridge across a former branch of the Rhône River; L’Oiselet Island, ideal for picnics; the old town centre with its market.
Avignon: the historic centre, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Palais des Papes, the huge palace built for the 14th-century popes based here; fine churches dotted around town; the part-ruined Pont d'Avignon over the Rhône, focus of a famous French song; notable arts museums, such as the Petit Palais, Calvet, Angladon, Vouland and Lambert; the Musée Lapidaire (on archaeology); the Opera House; the Cloître St Louis; the July Festival d’Avignon, French equivalent of the Edinburgh Festival, centred on theatre

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