BIKing VACATIONS exploring the treasures on both sides of the rhône valley

On both sides of the Rhône river, you will discover two territories that abounds in magical places such as the beautiful villages and towns of Grignan, Saou, Le Poët-Laval, La Garde-Adhémar, Nyons, Vogué, Balazuc and Labeaume. A cycling trip in Drôme Provençale & Ardèche is a journey into a secret Provence. with unique treasures: the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, a replica of Chauvet Cave complete with 36.000 years old cave paintings and the Aven d’Orgnac a strikingly beautiful abyss with a wide variety of concretions. Of course lavender, olive trees and cicadas are always there because it is here, in this region of transition that the climate becomes Mediterranean. Colourful & wild, Drôme Provençale & Ardèche have a lot of different sides for you to explore. And how not to be overwhelmed by the authenticity and the variety of its gastronomy and its wine, amongst the best ones of the country? In Suze la Rousse’s University of Wine, Guided by a wine expert, you will lear main wine tasting techniques, identidy flavors and aromas, describe your senstions using an appropriate vocabulary and taste highly typical French or Rhône Valley wines (included in the guided version only). 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drome Provençale & Ardèche beautiul villages & towns
  • Diversity of the landscapes between Alps & Provence along the Rhone Valley
  • Private famous wines tasting class (included in the guided version)
  • Private visit of Chauvet’s cave (included in the guided version)
  • Private visit and wine tasting in Aven d’Orgnac cave (included in the guided version)

A BIKE TRIP THAT ADAPTS TO YOUR WISHES!

Choose the option that suits you: supported, guided or custom.

Supported Tour

The perfect balance between autonomy and assistance.

Thanks to the simplicity of use of the biking GPS, which we include, you can enjoy your day the way you want. We suggest places for lunch and dinner as well as the activities not to be missed on the itinerary we have created.

A support vehicle (van) and its driver-guide will accompany you. It will pick you up on the first day at the meeting place and drop you off at the end of your stay. At each stage, he transfers your luggage. For more security and comfort, the van is at your disposal for the duration of your trip. It will stay nearby to provide you with supplies, to solve any mechanical problems or to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in case of fatigue or capricious weather. Finally, since we choose to offer you the most beautiful itineraries, it sometimes requires a transfer to make the junction between two stages.

Our trips are privatized, offering you the guarantee to travel in small groups with your friends or family.

From 2190€/person

Guided Tour

Follow the guide !

All you have to do is pedal and enjoy the scenery, we’ll take care of everything! You discover the region accompanied by a certified bike guide. Every day we program the best places for lunch and dinner, as well as the activities not to be missed on the itinerary we have created.

A support vehicle (van) and its driver-guide will accompany you. It will pick you up on the first day at the meeting place and drop you off at the end of your stay. At each stage, he transfers your luggage. For more security and comfort, the van is at your disposal for the duration of your trip. It will stay nearby to provide you with supplies, to solve any mechanical problems or to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in case of fatigue or capricious weather. Finally, since we choose to offer you the most beautiful itineraries, it sometimes requires a transfer to make the junction between two stages.

Our trips are privatized, offering you the guarantee to travel in small groups with your friends or family.

From 3790€/person

Custom Tour

The trip of your dreams !

With our expertise and the elements that you will share with us, we will know how to accompany you in the conception of the trip of your dreams! Whether it’s a question of creating a new itinerary or adapting one of our tours, each element of your trip will be carefully studied to meet your expectations: budget, dates, itinerary, difficulty, activities, theme, guiding, accommodation, catering or bike rental.

We design and organize bike tours for friends and families who wish to celebrate an event or simply share good times. We also offer solutions to companies, associations and administrations who wish to thank their teams or partners.

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    BIKe itinerary

    Welcome to the DRôme Provençale

    We will meet you at Valence TGV train station at 2 pm before taking you to your hotel in Charols. We take advantage of this first day to adjust our bikes, discuss the stay and enjoy the hotel in a unique environment with view over the Drôme Provençale. 

    CHAROLS LOOP 

    We quickly reach Saoû, surrounded by an exceptional natural setting with spectacular cliffs and one of the most beautiful forests in France. A few kilometers later, in Bourdeaux, we can see the first olive groves. We then arrive in Dieulefit, capital of pottery and arts and crafts and then in Le Poët-Laval, a village created in the 12th century by the Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem and classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France.

    GRIGNAN LOOP

    The charm of Grignan, with its narrow streets and its gentle way of life, will seduce you. This medieval village owes its fame in particular to its castle and the exchanges between the Marquise de Sévigné and her daughter. Very near Grignan is Richerenches, the European capital of truffles. Then, surrounded by vineyards and apricot trees, the ride leads us to Nyons, famous for its olive grove. René Barjavel, a Drôme author, writes about this small town: “The only difference between Nyons and Paradise is that in Nyons one is very much alive”.

    GRIGNAN > SUZE La Rousse

    We first stop at La Garde-Adhémar from where we can discover a magnificent panorama of the Rhone Valley and the Monts d’Ardèche. In the University of Wine located in Suze La Rousse Castle, you will learn how to taste and express sensations, experiencing and tasting an amazing selection of wines from different French wines regions (included in the guided version only). We finally reach Rochegude fand its beautiful castle/hotel for our last night in the Drôme Provençale region.  

    Chauvet CAVE > VAGNAS

    This morning, a short van transfer will have us crossing the Rhône towards the Ardèche and the Chauvet Cave. 36.000 years ago, the first artists in the history of humanity created a masterpiece in the depths of a cave. The Grotte Chauvet 2 faithfully replicates the UNESCO listed paintings of the Chauvet – Pont-d’Arc cave. In the afternoon, we ride through two of the most beautiful villages of France. In an amphitheatre at the bottom of a cliff, Vogüé has its feet in the water of an already Mediterranean Ardèche whereas the village of Balazuc climbs a vertiginous limestone cliff overhanging the Ardèche.

    VAGNAS > Aven d’Orgnac

    The famous Pont d’Arc, a monumental natural arch that offers a grandiose entrance to one of the most imposing natural curiosities of the South of France. Most of the Ardeche gorges were set up as a nature reserve in 1980. The panoramic route boldly laid out on the left bank of the river rushes up to the corniche and its numerous belvederes reveal breathtaking panoramas! After crossing  the beautiful village of Aiguèze, we will reach the Aven d’Orgnac. This dark abyss, reveals a magnificent network of rooms decorated with a wide variety of columns, stalactites, stalagmites and draperies, remarkably highlighted, are strikingly beautiful !

     

    END OF STAY

    We will take you back to Valence TGV train station after breakfast to end this Drôme Provençale & Ardèche Gorges bike tour, unless you want to extend your stay with Veymont Travel.

    ACCOMODATIONS / HOTELS

    Veymont Travel retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

    CHAROLS – 2 nights

    Château Les Oliviers de Salettes 4*

    Superb 16th century castle and its 19th century Bastide. Peace and quiet and a panorama of remarkable beauty.

    GRIGNAN – 1 night

    Le Clair de la Plume 4*

    At the foot of the castle of Grignan, facing lavender fields, the Clair de la Plume is a charming hotel with a Gastronomic Restaurant (1 Michelin star).

    ROCHEGUDE – 1 night

    Château de Rochegude 4*

    The Chateau de Rochegude, a member of the well-known Relais & Chateaux, has been entirely restored to offer 4 stars comfort in a prestigious historic setting.

    Vagnas – 2 nightS

    Hôtel du Couvent de Vagnas 4*

    Between the Ardèche gorges and the Cèze valley, the codred-year-old lime trees which bring freshness and tranquillity.nvent is arranged around an inner courtyard shaded by hun

    equipment / bikes

    Included

    Hybrid Bike

    Trek Zektor 3 or equivalent

    Women’s model also available

    Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)

    Chainring: 48-32 Cassette: 11-34

    Supplement + 40€

    Carbon road bike – Shimano 105

    Trek Emonda SL5 or equivalent

    Women’s model also available

    Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

    Supplement + 65€

    Hybrid E-bike

    Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent

    Women’s model also available

    Size: 15″(S) – 17,5″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)

    Supplement + 125€

    Road E-bike

    Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

    Size: 46,5 – 50 – 53 – 55 – 58

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-30

    Supplement + 195 €

    Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2

    Pinarello Prince or equivalent

    Women’s model also available

    Size: 46,5 – 50 – 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5 – 62

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

    Supplement + 700 €

    Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2

    Pinarello Dogma F12 or equivalent

    Size: 46,5 – 50 – 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

    Equipment / dEtails

    You can choose to travel with your own bike and/or bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet. The guide will set up your equipment upon arrival.

    Equipment provided with the rental of a Road Bike
    Equipment provided with the rental of a Hybrid Bike
    • Pedals to choose from the following:
      • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
      • flat with cages
      • flat
    • 1 Pump
    • 1 Computer
    • 2 water bottles
    • 1 saddle bag: 1 spare tube + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
    • 1 helmet
    Equipment provided with the rental of a Hybrid Bike
    • Pedals to choose from the following:
      • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
      • flat with cages
      • flat
    • 1 Pump
    • 1 Computer
    • 1 water bottle
    • 1 saddle bag: 1 spare tube + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
    • 1 helmet
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • 2 rear panniers

    WHAT’s INCLUDED / WHAT’S NOT incluDED ?

    Included
    Supported tour
    Not Included
    Supported Tour

    Accomodation

    • 6 nights in 4* hotels (or equivalent) in double occupancy

    Meals

    • 6 breakfasts
    • Snacks and refreshments

    Guiding

    • 1 driver-guide

    Activities

    • 5 bike rides

    Equipment

    • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)
    • Garmin bike GPS rental (1 for 4 persons)
    • 1 Veymont Travel cycling jersey

    Support & Transfer

    • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
    • Transfer of people
    • Transfer of luggage
    • Transfer of bikes
    • Mechanical assistance
    • Refreshments
    • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
    Not Included
    Guided Tour
    • Travel and repatriation insurance
    • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
    • Accomodation before and after the stay
    • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
    • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
    • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
    • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants
    Included
    Guided tour
    Not Included
    Guided Tour

    Accomodation

    • 6 nights in 4* hotels (or equivalent) in double occupancy

    Meals

    • 6 breakfasts
    • 5 lunches
    • 6 dinners
    • Snacks and refreshments

    Guiding

    • 1 driver-guide
    • 1 certified bike guide

    Activities

    • 5 bike rides
    • Private famous wines tasting class
    • Private Visit of Chauvet’s Cave (replica)
    • Private visit & wine tasting at the Aven d’Orgnac cave

    Equipment

    • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)
    • Garmin bike GPS rental (1 for 4 persons)
    • 1 Veymont Travel cycling jersey

    Support & Transfer

    • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
    • Transfer of people
    • Transfer of luggage
    • Transfer of bikes
    • Mechanical assistance
    • Refreshments
    • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
    Not Included
    Guided Tour
    • Travel and repatriation insurance
    • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
    • Accomodation before and after the stay
    • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
    • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
    • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
    • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants

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