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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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ViaRhôna from Valence to Avignon

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

This colourful ViaRhôna section leads gently from the Rhône-Alpes Region into Provence. The historic riverside settlements like La Voulte-sur-Rhône, Montélimar or Bourg-Saint-Andéol have a Mediterranean feel. The Rhône is relatively wild here, meandering past Mediterranean orchards and fields. For the time being, ViaRhôna ends at Rhône-side Pont-Saint-Esprit. It will continue south in due course. This provisional section goes along shared roads, with some slopes.

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The 5 stages of the section « ViaRhôna from Valence to Avignon »

  • 14: ViaRhôna from Valence / La Voulte-sur-Rhône to Le Pouzin

    14: ViaRhôna from Valence / La Voulte-sur-Rhône to Le Pouzin [32.7 km]

    After a halt at Valence’s southern river port of L'Epervière, ViaRhôna leads you back onto the western, Ardèche bank of the Rhône. The Ardèche is known for its exceptional caves, archaeological sites, characterful villages, châteaux and nature reserves. From La Voulte-sur-Rhône, you can discover rugged central Ardèche by taking the Dolce Via route up the Eyrieux Valley. Continuing south along ViaRhôna, cross the Printegarde Nature Reserve to reach Le Pouzin after another short trip across the Rhône into the Drôme.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • 15: ViaRhôna from Le Pouzin / Cruas to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône / Viviers

    15: ViaRhôna from Le Pouzin / Cruas to Châteauneuf-du-Rhône / Viviers [41.3 km]

    ViaRhôna cycle route continues south towards Cruas. Heritage sites stand out in this area. Cruas Abbey, with its extraordinary medieval architecture, contrasts greatly with the industrial heritage around here, marked by cement-making works. An intriguing link between old and new is provided by the recent Himalayan-style footbridge at Rochemaure, built using the pillars of the Vieux Pont, an historic bridge over the Rhône.

    Difficulty: Not provided view the detail
  • 16: ViaRhôna from Viviers / Bourg-Saint-Andéol to Lapalud

    16: ViaRhôna from Viviers / Bourg-Saint-Andéol to Lapalud [24.6 km]

    Leaving Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, cycle beside branches of the Rhône and pass through historic towns: Viviers, with its medieval spirit; Bourg-Saint-Andéol, its treasures including a rare sculpture of a Mithraic deity; and Pont-Saint-Esprit. This ViaRhôna stage is packed with heritage treasures, especially religious ones, including cathedrals, chapels and grand clerical residences. Those who love history as well as nature can enjoy their fill. The route takes you along portions of greenway and of quiet roads.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • 17: ViaRhôna from Lapalud to Caderousse

    17: ViaRhôna from Lapalud to Caderousse [35 km]

    A provisional stretch of the ViaRhôna route has been signposted south from Lapalud, following the Rhône’s east bank through the county of Vaucluse. Cross the agricultural plain to the Canal de Donzère. Next, the route squeezes between the Rhône and parallel motorway, with links indicated to the medieval villages of Mondragon, Mornas and Piolenc and the town of Orange with its grand Roman remains. Fancy a dip in a lake? Try Les Girardes or Li Piboulos before continuing south along a Rhône-side greenway. End gently at the Provençal village of Caderousse, its dykes built to protect it from flooding by the tempestuous Rhône.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • 18: ViaRhôna from Caderousse to Avignon

    18: ViaRhôna from Caderousse to Avignon [35.8 km]

    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.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail