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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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ViaRhôna from Lyon to Valence

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ]
  • 127 km

After visiting Lyon, a gastronomic capital, this ViaRhôna section shows you why the Rhône has long been renowned as the route of successive civilizations. Many spots recall the importance of river navigation and trade in times past. Several towns here have Roman roots, while famous vineyards line up along the steep, sunny slopes. Valence, classed a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire for its rich cultural legacy, is considered a gateway to the South of France. From Givors, south of Lyon, this section is accessible to all levels of cyclist.

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The 4 stages of the section « ViaRhôna from Lyon to Valence »

  • 10: ViaRhôna from Lyon to Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne

    10: ViaRhôna from Lyon to Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne [35.6 km]

    After buzzing Lyon, this ViaRhôna stage leads through the towns of Grigny and Givors, on to St-Romain-en-Gal. The historic importance of navigation is clearer here than anywhere else along the Rhône. Museums at St-Romain-en-Gal and Vienne give a good picture of the river’s rich history, from classical to contemporary times. A provisional link goes along the Rhône’s west bank, on very busy roads. Best take a train from Lyon to Givors.

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  • 11: ViaRhôna from Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne to Sablons

    11: ViaRhôna from Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne to Sablons [33 km]

    This remarkable ViaRhôna stage offers a great variety of landscapes. From Vienne, once an ancient capital of Roman Gaul, to the nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, bearing witness to the Rhône’s wild side, via steeply terraced vineyards, including the prestigious Côte-Rôtie, and the first major orchards along the Rhône Valley, this stage will delight those interested in history, nature and gastronomy. You follow greenways for almost the entire length, joining a road to enter Sablons.

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  • 12: ViaRhôna from Sablons / Sarras to Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun

    12: ViaRhôna from Sablons / Sarras to Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun [36 km]

    This ViaRhôna stage runs between steep vineyards and dense orchards. Heading south from Lyon, this is the first ViaRhôna stage to enter the rugged Ardèche, a beautiful département (or French county) on the mighty Rhône’s west flank. Here, the tamed river supports orchards, market gardens and vines producing top-class Saint-Joseph wines. Arriving at the town of Tournon-sur-Rhône, follow the provisional signage to continue along the route.

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  • 13: ViaRhôna from Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun to Valence / La Voulte-sur-Rhône

    13: ViaRhôna from Tournon-sur-Rhône / Glun to Valence / La Voulte-sur-Rhône [23 km]

    This easy ViaRhôna stage offers a gentle introduction to the South of France. There’s much to enchant: pretty villages in typical southern style; a surprising branch of the Rhône encircling La Roche-de-Glun; and biodiversity. The big town of Valence presages Provence to the south, with its colourful markets, shaded gardens and historic quarters, including pedestrianized area. This stage goes along greenways, except through Valence.

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