Explore northern Provence by bicycle - Coming south they say “Provence starts here!”
This tour is a bit more demanding than the others. But believe us - you will be rewarded with spectacular views. Experience the beauty of the Drome River in Provençal Alps. Small and narrow winding roads, lined with fruit trees, valleys, past villages clinging on to the rocks. Fragrant lavender fields and the singing cicadas accompany you every day. Also on your route is Nyons, the capital of olive oil and the Côte du Rhône vineyards. And back at your accommodation, you can (usually) relax at the swimming pool and savor the local food!
Day 1: Arrival in Chabrillan
Day 2: Around Chabrillan, ~43 km/27 miles
This route around Chabrillan takes you to a few hilltop villages overlooking the valley. It is made for a good warm-up without any real difficulty. Dinner and night is in a charming guesthouse with a pool.
Day 3: Chabrillan - St.-Férréol-Trente-Pas, ~53 km/33 miles
You leave the gentle valleys and plunge into the pre-Alps of the Drôme. You pass through some very pretty villages - Saou and Bourdeaux, then further up the river Roubion, you come to Crupies and Bouvières. Beyond the Col de la Sausse (alt 790m), you enter the mountains of Provence. An atmosphere soaked in the chirping of cicada and fields of Lavender, with the tender green of olive trees covering the gentler slopes of these dry hills.
Day 4: Around St.-Férréol-Trente-Pas, ~57 km/35 miles
The day begins with a ride up to the Col de Valouse (alt 735m) the high point of today's ride. Then its due south towards the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône through lavender fields and apricot orchards. Captivating visit to the small Provençal town of Nyons, jewel of the celebrated olive oil producing region.
Day 5: St.-Férréol-Trente-Pas - La Motte Chalancon, ~35 km/22 miles
Unquestionably this will be the most energetic day of your holiday. It’ll also be close to nature with narrow roads winding between arid marl outcrops and through tight valleys. Just as majestic as it is wild, the route will turn and then, suddenly, a hamlet perched atop a hill comes into sight, defying the immensity of solitude all around…
Day 6: La Motte Chalancon - Die ~53 km/33 miles
Beautiful transition between Drôme Provençale and Diois which will begin with the ascent of the pass of Prémol. The long descent which will follow leads you to the bank of the river Drôme. A bathing in clear waters will not be impossible. You’ll spend the second part of the day at the cliffs of Vercors. Die will know how to hold you in its small alleys.
Day 7: Die - Chabrillan, ~64 km/40 miles
Another lovely ride which completes the vast loop that forms this grand tour in the Drôme department. Today you are in the southern Vercors. The vegetation is more Alpine, with the darker green of spruce and fir forests. The fresh breeze coming down from the Alps may stimulate you to tackle that last pass which leads you on to the village called Gigors et Lozeron. From here, a panoramic view allows you to retrace the journey you have made from the Valley of the Drôme to the barren mountains of the south.
Day 8: Departure
7 nights in 2** hotels and chambre d'hotes
baggage transport (1 bag/person)
carefully chosen routes and paths
travel documents (tour description, maps, etc.)
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (895 €/person in double)
season II (+30 €/person)
route (3): ~300 km/191 miles
This tour is sporty and requires good physical fitness. Daily differences in altitude are from 250 to 1100 m.
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, Montelimar Nord exit, then to Chabrillan
by train: to Valence, then by bus to Chabrillan
by plane: to Lyon or Marseille
free parking at the first hotel
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