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ViaRhôna

In the vineyards, French rivers
815 Km
6 PHOTOS
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ViaRhôna has a grand ambition – to lead you by bike, beside the Rhône River, from Lake Geneva to France’s Mediterranean beaches! Follow a route linking the Mediterranean to northwest Europe that has been used by successive civilizations for over 2,000 years. Wonderful landscapes, towns, villages, vineyards and gastronomy await you along the way.

The work required to complete the whole ViaRhôna route to the Mediterranean needs few more development, but right now, experienced cyclists can tackle the provisional itinerary. For gentler cycling, try out the many stages already in place that are accessible to all, taking you along greenways and cycle tracks beside the Rhône.

Signposting and state of the itinerary

ViaRhôna is finished at 87% and the completion of the whole route is planned for 2020. The ViaRhôna logo accompanied with its EuroVelo ID number 17 are on the panels.

The itinerary is mainly developped on designated lanes for non-motorized vehicles (54%).

Be careful between Lyon and Givors : a temporary route has been implemented (with signposting) but it can be difficult for beginners / families. The train (TER) is strongly advised between Givors and Lyon.

Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on The Vélodyssée

Nearly 130 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.

Trains and public transports alongside ViaRhôna

The itinerary is well served with trains, although you need to be careful during peak periods when bicycle transports can become complicated in TER. 

  • TER railway Genève - Lyon (see schedule) :
    Stop at : Seyssel, Culoz, Ambérieu
  • TER railway Lyon - Givors - St-Etienne (see schedule)
  • TER railway Marseille - Avignon - Valence - Lyon (see schedule)

Long time parkings on the itinerary

A foretaste of ViaRhôna :

The best cycling holiday breaks

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29,20 Km
Saint-Gingolph / Thonon / Evian
Lake & Swim
I cycle a lot

Saint-Gingolph / Thonon / Evian

On the south bank of Lake Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss border, the town of Saint-Gingolph stands at the start of [...]

44,56 Km
Thonon / Geneva
Lake & Swim
I cycle often

Thonon / Geneva

After Thonon-les-Bains, the ViaRhôna cycle route leads you along a mix of cycle tracks and quiet roads, through [...]

32,89 Km
Geneva / Vulbens
Nature & small heritage
I cycle a lot

Geneva / Vulbens

This ViaRhôna stage keeps within the Franco-Swiss border area. You start in the splendid Swiss town of Geneva, beside [...]

27,25 Km
Vulbens / Seyssel
Panorama
I cycle a lot

Vulbens / Seyssel

This ViaRhôna stage takes you up and down through spectacular scenery, offering splendid views over the Rhône Valley. [...]

33,16 Km
Seyssel / Chanaz / Belley
French rivers
I cycle often

Seyssel / Chanaz / Belley

This ViaRhôna stage goes along both banks of the Rhône. This route is provisional. It leads between crests and [...]

39,99 Km
Belley / St-Genix-sur-Guiers / Groslée
French rivers
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Belley / St-Genix-sur-Guiers / Groslée

This ViaRhôna stage meanders through the beautiful Bugey area, between the majestic Rhône and the Lavours Marshes, [...]

51,78 Km
Groslée / La Balme-les-Grottes
French rivers
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Groslée / La Balme-les-Grottes

This ViaRhôna stage takes you through unspoilt countryside beside the Rhône. Hidden in the magnificent landscapes of [...]

36,13 Km
La Balme-les-Grottes / Jons
French rivers
I cycle often

La Balme-les-Grottes / Jons

At the Bugey area’s southern edge, this ViaRhôna stage distances itself slightly from the Rhône to head up to the [...]

26,74 Km
Jons / Lyon
Lake & Swim
I begin / Family

Jons / Lyon

This ViaRhôna stage cleverly links the parks and lakes of Greater Lyon, including at Le Grand Large and [...]

35,83 Km
Lyon / Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne
French rivers
I cycle a lot

Lyon / Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne

After buzzing Lyon, this ViaRhôna stage leads through the towns of Grigny and Givors, on to St-Romain-en-Gal. The [...]

32,80 Km
Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne / Sablons
French rivers
I begin / Family

Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne / Sablons

This remarkable ViaRhôna stage offers a great variety of landscapes. From Vienne, once an ancient capital of Roman [...]

31,80 Km
Viviers / Bourg-Saint-Andéol / Lapalud
French rivers
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Viviers / Bourg-Saint-Andéol / Lapalud

Leaving Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, cycle beside branches of the Rhône and pass through historic towns: Viviers, with its [...]

28,86 Km
Lapalud / Caderousse
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Lapalud / Caderousse

A provisional stretch of the ViaRhôna route has been signposted south from Lapalud, following the Rhône’s east bank [...]

33,00 Km
Caderousse / Avignon
In the vineyards
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Caderousse / Avignon

Leave the village of Caderousse using a provisional stretch of the ViaRhôna route leading to the famed vineyards of [...]

41,02 Km
Avignon / Beaucaire
French rivers
I begin / Family

Avignon / Beaucaire

Take a last look back at the great papal city before ViaRhôna leads you across the Rhône into the county of the Gard. [...]

32,14 Km
Beaucaire / St-Gilles
Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Beaucaire / St-Gilles

A provisional signposted stretch of cycle route has been put in place between Beaucaire and Saint-Gilles while awaiting [...]

32,32 Km
Saint-Gilles / Aigues-Mortes
Nature & small heritage
I begin / Family

Saint-Gilles / Aigues-Mortes

The ViaRhôna route has been set up between Gallician and Aigues-Mortes. On this stage along a greenway, you cross a [...]

27,76 Km
Aigues-Mortes / Palavas-les-Flots
Seaside
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Aigues-Mortes / Palavas-les-Flots

This stage marks the end of the whole ViaRhône route, with the Mediterranean and its beaches beckoning, and very [...]

35,67 Km
Palavas-les-Flots / Sète
Seaside
I begin / Family

Palavas-les-Flots / Sète

From Palavas-les-Flots, close to the bigger city of Montpellier, the itinerary is winding between beaches and saltwater [...]

19,30 Km
Beaucaire / Arles
Nature & small heritage
I cycle often

Beaucaire / Arles

This stretch links two towns packed with fascinating history and monuments. At Beaucaire, the river port reaches into [...]

51,69 Km
Arles / Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône
Seaside
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Arles / Port-St-Louis-du-Rhône

The historic town of Arles stands just north of the Camargue. Famed for its Roman monuments, the whole place is steeped [...]

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