Cycle through the rolling landscape of southern France
Savour your surroundings as you tour the delightful villages and towns of the region
Discover this captivating area of France on two wheels
Explore Provence by bike with family, friends or on your own
Be sure to capture the quintessential shot of the lovely lavender fields

Biking in Drôme Provencale

Duration
6 days
Site savings
$17
From
$815 USD

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.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged
  • Distance
    87.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.9 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    6 days
  • Main Destination
    Provence & the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur)
  • Distance
    87.6 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.9 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged

Route Map (click to view larger image)

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Grignan

    Upon arrival make your way to your first hotel. After check-in, you are free to relax or explore. The tour operator recommends taking the time to visit Rochecourbière Cave, about half a kilometre from Grignan. This natural shallow cave was a favorite writing spot of Madame de Sévigné, a French aristocrat famed for her letter writing. She is respected in France as one of the great icons of French literature.

    • L'Instant Sévigné, Grignan
  2. Day 2Grignan – Suze-la-Rousse

    Cycle to La Garde-Adhémara, a village that has kept elements of its mediaeval 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.

    • 21.7 miles
    • La Bastide St Bach, Suze-la-Rousse
    • Breakfast
  3. 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.

    • 22.4 miles
    • Hotel Restaurant Colombet, Nyons
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4Nyons – Dieulefit

    Today you will cycle through Gorges de l’Eygues, a narrow and winding mountain pass with breathtaking views and scenery. This leg of the adventure flows through the quaint villages of Condorcet and La Paillette,  then over the Col de Valouse at 747m (2450ft). Both are incredibly charming and typical of this area. The day’s ride will end in Dieulefit, a stunning village steeped in history and equally as beautiful as the others.

    • 21.7 miles
    • Auberge de l'Escargot d'Or, Dieulefit
    • Breakfast
  5. 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.

    • 21.7 miles
    • L’Instant Sévigné, Grignan
    • Breakfast
  6. Day 6End of trip

    After breakfast, it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

    • Breakfast