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Biking in Drôme Provencale
This 6-day self-guided cycle tour of Provence starts off in Grignan and explores some of the most pretty, unspoiled locations of this delightful region of France. Here you have landscapes so beautiful they were captured on the canvasses of Cézanne and Van Gogh, among many. This tour is packed with sensory delights as this area of France is renowned for its vineyards and olive groves and endless lavender fields. Accompanying the sweet smells in the air, the countryside flashes a splendid mix of purples, deep greens and soft greys which look idealistic against the stone colours of the villages. Along the way, you can explore attractive mediaeval villages with ancient architecture and castles.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance83.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance20.8 miles
- Day 1Grignan
Upon your arrival, head to the first hotel. Once checked in, the choice is yours: unwind or venture out to explore the charming village of roses. The hotel's reception will hand over your comprehensive tour package, including essential materials such as a roadbook, maps, and tourist information, ensuring you're well-equipped for a successful tour.
- L'Instant Sévigné, Grignan
- Day 2Grignan – Suze-la-Rousse
Today you will discover typical villages of the Drôme Provençale area: la Garde-Adhémar, Saint-Paul-3-Châteaux and Suze la Rousse.
Cycle to La Garde-Adhémara, a village that has kept elements of its medieval history alive by maintaining traces of the castle and old houses. Take the time to absorb your striking surroundings as there are unobstructed views of the Rhône Valley and the Vivarais Mountains. Next, cycle to Saint-Paul-3-Châteaux, a walled village with many of the ancient walls still standing. You could explore some of the Roman relics, including an amphitheatre and mosaics. The final stretch of today’s adventure will take you to Suze-la-Rousse where you will spend the night in a hotel. Perhaps visit the magnificent Château de Suze-la-Rousse which is in its near-original condition. The name means ‘Suzy the Red’, inspired by the lady of the castle and her flaming red hair.
- 21.1 miles
- La Bastide St Bach, Suze-la-Rousse
- Day 3Suze-la-Rousse – Nyons
After breakfast, it’s time to get back on the saddle and begin today’s adventure. Cycle to the charming, historic village of Visan, then on to Vinsobres. Today your senses will truly be heightened as you cycle your way past lavender fields, vineyards and olive groves. Those that wish can take a slight detour to Richerenches where there is a truffle market every Saturday. Nyons is your destination for the day; here you will stay overnight. Nyons is renowned for its olive oil, and there is a very pleasant olive museum that is worth a look.
- 21.1 miles
- Hotel Restaurant Colombet, Nyons
- Day 4Nyons – Dieulefit
Pedal through the narrow and winding mountain pass of Gorges de l’Eygues, offering breathtaking views and picturesque landscapes. Today's route takes you through the charming villages of Condorcet and La Paillette, eventually ascending the col de Valouse at 747m. Both villages exude the unique charm typical of this region. Your day's adventure culminates in Dieulefit, a village rich in history and beauty. Here, you'll enjoy an overnight stay at a local hotel.
- 21.7 miles
- Auberge de l'Escargot d'Or, Dieulefit
- Day 5Dieulefit – Grignan
After breakfast, it’s time for the final stretch of your amazing French adventure. Today’s ride will start by heading to Le Poêt Laval, located on a rugged hill in the Jabron Valley overlooking wooded hills. This beautiful village, perched on a hill, is host to some remarkable authentic old buildings. You might like to stroll along Rue Neuve; from here you can get a spectacular view of Saint Jean des Commandeurs, a 12th-century historical monument. Stop off at Montagne de la Série to take in the extraordinary view. You will end up back in Grignan, where you will spend your final night in a hotel. Whilst here, if you didn’t on day 1, check out Château de Madame de Sévigné, a magnificent Renaissance castle.
- 13 - 21.7 miles
- L’Instant Sévigné, Grignan
- Day 6End of trip
After breakfast, it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.