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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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Discover Belley

Stage n°4 :Belley - Groslée

Explore the historic quarters of Belley, capital of the beautiful, rustic, mountainous, culinary Bugey region:
the religious quarter including St John the Baptist’s Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace and the historic convents nearby;
the shopping quarter, central Place des Terreaux, the covered market (Halles), and the Grande Rue (or High Street);
the grand merchant houses, with courtyards off the High Street, including the Maison Dallemagne and the house where the great culinary writer, Brillat-Savarin, was born – he famously wrote: ‘Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you what you are.’,  later reflected in the phrase ‘You are what you eat’!

Belley Bugey Sud Tourisme


Discover Lyon - Lyon City Card

Stage n°8 : Lyon - Saint-Romain-en-Gal

Central Lyon was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, in recognition of over 2,000 years of exceptional urban continuity and wonders here. One-time capital of the Three Gauls established by the Romans, Lyon boasts an amazing Gallo-Roman legacy as well as stunning monuments from subsequent periods through to the present. Learn much more of Lyon’s history at the Gallo-Roman museum, the Musées Gadagne holding the Lyon History Museum and World Puppets Museum, plus, since December 2014, the futuristic Musée des Confluences at the confluence of Rhône and Saône, dedicated to mankind’s development, from prehistoric times to today’s period of scientific advances.

Lyon Tourisme et Congrès

Discover Vienne

Stage n°9 : Saint-Romain-en-Gal - Sablons

Vienne is a startling little town crammed with historic monuments, many Roman. The Roman theatre is an open-air museum but it transforms into a stunning music venue in summer, for example with the major Jazz à Vienne festival. In total, Vienne boasts over 40 listed monuments and sites, plus five museums filled with rich collections, including of sculptures and mosaics, as well as weaving machines, as Vienne has an industrial past too. No surprise, all told, that the town has been designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire.
Visit Vienne at your own pace with an audio-guide from the tourist office, or go on the guided tours laid on at certain times of year.

Vienne Tourisme

To discover or rediscover Vienne and its surrounding area, the Pays Viennois, in a different way, note that Vienne Tourist Office can rent out bikes to you during its opening hours. The first 1hr30mins are free, after which you pay for rental by the half-day.

Discover Vienne by bike


Discover Valence

Stage n°10 : Tournon-sur-Rhône - Valence

Valence, a city that rises in steps above the east bank of the Rhône, has kept much of its historic charm and authenticity, with a definite touch of Southern France in the air. Established in Roman times, then a wealthy medieval town, today Valence offers visitors plenty of heritage, gardens, canals and highly colourful markets. The liveliness of its historic quarters and pedestrian streets brings Provence to mind. In fact it’s often said that the South of France starts here!
Valence Tourist Office can indicate numerous cycling trails around town.

Valence Tourisme


Discover Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Stage n°16 : Avignon - Beaucaire

A passport for many monuments, museums and walks

Capital of the Catholic Christian world in the 14th century, Avignon has preserved a staggering historical legacy, much of it declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Papal Palace and famed broken Pont d’Avignon, plus the Place du Palais square overseen by the Cathedral des Doms, the Musée du Petit Palais and the Baroque Hôtel des Monnaies, not forgetting the dramatic ramparts, from the Doms Gardens to the Pont d’Avignon.
Simply by asking either at Avignon Tourist Office, at neighbouring Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Tourist Office, or at many monuments and museums in these adjoining towns, you can pick up your Avignon Passion Pass for free. The booklet itself gives you details on how to benefit from reductions in the towns’ many monuments and museums and on numerous guided tours and excursions, plus ideas for walks, along with maps.

Avignon Tourisme


Avignon passeport

City tours around Avignon on a Gyropode Segway
Discover Avignon riding a Gyropode Segway®, guided around the historic centre by a registered instructor who speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Discover Tarascon

Stage n°17 : Beaucaire - Arles

To explore this charming Rhône-side Provençal town and discover its signficant architectural heritage down the ages, from medieval times to the 20th century, pick up the relevant booklets and leaflets on trails and tours from Tarascon Tourist Office. A la découverte du patrimoine covers the rich urban and religious heritage, A la recherche de la Tarasque the incredible story of Saint Marthe and the local legend of the Tarasque river monster, while Belles demeures focuses on the finest homes around Tarascon.
It’s also possible to rent electric bikes here. 

Tarascon Town Tourist Office

Discover Arles

Stage n°17A : Arles - Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

Arles boasts an amazing Roman legacy, with its many ancient monuments. It has moving associations with the painter Van Gogh, inspired and tormented here. It lies on the pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela. It developed thanks to its Rhône-side location. It’s crammed with fine townhouses. All these themes can be explored in depth on a visit to this exceptionally intense little town. With such varied riches, it’s a place you’ll want to revisit time and again.
Don’t miss the Musée Départemental de l’Arles Antique, a fantastic contemporary museum dedicated to Roman Arles, for instance exhibiting a famous bust of Caesar and the imposing Arles Rhône 3 Roman boat, discovered on the riverbed in 2004, brought out of the water in 2011 and displayed in the museum since 2013, having undergone an exceptional scientific preservation treatment at the centre Arc Nucleart de
Discover Arles and its monuments thanks to a monuments pass: choose between the Pass Avantage (lasting 6 months) and the Pass Liberté (valid 1 month)

Arles Tourist Office

Discover Arles on a Gyropode Segway, enjoying an unusual touring experience         
Gyropode Segways offer a light, flexible, easy way of discovering Alres. To cover more ground during your time in Arles, Segways make it quick to go from one site to the next while avoiding traffic; they provide a trendy, fun, healthy way of getting around.



Discover Saint-Gilles

Stage n°17B : Saint-Gilles - Aigues-Mortes

Saint-Gilles is like an open-air museum, a town with a rich historic and cultural legacy, set close to typical Camargue countryside. Its renown derives from its links to a Greek hermit called Gilles, who founded a monastery here in the Dark Ages that became a place of pilgrimage and gave rise to many legends. In medieval times, it was an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela what with its major abbey, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look out too for the town’s rare Romanesque houses and visit its museum to learn more about its exceptional past. 

Saint-Gilles Tourist Office

Discover Aigues-Mortes, Saint Louis’s crusader port

Stage Aigues-Mortes - Palavas-les-Flots

An extraordinary medieval port set in the midst of the Camargue’s marshes, Aigues-Mortes was created by order of King Louis IX of France from 1248 to serve as a crusader port. It was from here that the future St Louis set out on his final journey. Aigues-Mortes’s amazingly preserved ramparts and lanes help you travel back in time, with the Mediterranean beckoning just beyond the towers.

Aigues-Mortes Tourist Office

Discover Sète

Stage Palavas-les-Flots - Sète

Wonderfully located between the Mediterranean and the Etang de Thau salt lake, the port of Sète is packed full of southern atmosphere. It’s colourful, lively and authentic. Long a trading town, Sète is warm and welcoming, encouraging you to visit its many unique sites, from its network of canals and its dramatic pilgrimage hilltop of Mont Saint Clair (with fabulous views) to its fishing harbour full of bustle, as well as being so picturesque. Just beyond town, 12km of sheltered beaches stretch westwards. All told, Sète conceals many unusual facets with which to surprise visitors.

Sète Tourist Office