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The Vercors Nature Park

Revel in the joys of cycletouring on this fine mountain route
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme mountain
760€

Information : The Vercors Nature Park

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  • Roadbooks French

Presentation

The Vercors Natural Park is known among cycle enthusiasts for its spectacular roads. Unique in Europe, the itineraries here are incomparable, with roadways carved out of the limestone mountains at the beginning of the 20th century at the cost of enormous effort and courage. These roads wind through gorges and tunnels carved out of the very rock to bring the traveller onto the plateau of the Vercors. The voyager is then rewarded by the most superb panorama imaginable: limestone corries, forest as far as the eye can see, and cliffs up to 1000 feet! The holiday takes place in what the French modestly call “la moyenne montagne” ("medium-size"), and has the particular interest of being recommended in high summer thanks to relatively moderate temperatures. But perhaps the ideal moment to enjoy this unique experience is in early autumn, when the countryside is full of the most vibrant colours, and the mists down in the valley contrast with frequent blue skies up on the plateau.
 

You'll love

  • having a ride on a hired electric-assist bike!
  • the picturesque and even dizzying heights of the roads in the Vercors
  • the welcome cool of the Park in summer
  • the Gorges of the Bourne river

Program : The Vercors Nature Park

  • D1 Arrival at Saint-Paul-lès-Romans

    Things to see:
    the foothills of the Vercors mountain range. The banks of the river Isère.

    Dinner and night at comfortable guesthouse.

  • D2 Around Saint-Paul-lès-Romans

    40km stage with total uphill 560 metres. Level 2/5. Around 3hrs.
    A warm-up day through the 'Drôme des Collines' (hills).
    The countryside is of rounded hills which contrast with the stark cliffs of the Vercors over to the East. Try and guess which fault in the rocks will carry the road that takes you up onto the plateau of the Vercors tomorrow?

    Dinner and night in guesthouse.

  • D3 From St-Paul-lès-Romans to la Chapelle-en-Vercors

    63 km stage with total uphill 850 metres. Level 3/5. Around 4hrs30.
    Today you set off northwards in parallel with the Vercors mountain range along relatively level terrain.
    Saint Nazaire en Royans, with its remarkable aquaduct, may tempt you with its agreeable little café terraces before the ascension of the plateau.
    You go steadily up the road to Pont en Royans with its famous houses overhanging the river, then climb through the impressive cliff-lined Gorges of the Bourne. Narrow spectacular passages and short tunnels through the rock bring you to the plateau of the Vercors.

    Dinner and night at a hostelry in a restored former farmhouse.

  • D4 Around La Chapelle-en-Vercors

    35 km stage with total uphill 600 metres. Level 2/5. About 3hrs.
    After yesterday's efforts, today's ride is relatively relaxed, following narrow, flatish wooded roads.
    You go through a fair number of charming hamlets.

    Dinner and night at the hostelry.

  • D5 From La Chapelle-en-Vercors to Léoncel

    54 km stage with total uphill 1190 metres. Level 4/5. About 5hrs.
    A busy day during which you bike over a series of mountain passes, along the vertiginous cliff-face road at Combe Laval. Emotion guaranteed!
    The Col (pass) de la Bataille, the last pass crossed today, brings you down to the Cistercian Abbey of Léoncel...

    Dinner and night in guesthouse facing the Abbey.

  • D6 Around Léoncel

    43 km stage with total uphill 1120 metres. Level 3/5. About 4hrs40.
    A ride with not one but two grandiose spectacles!
    Firstly, a panoramic view over the Drôme valley and the forest of Saôu...
    Then the western cliffs of the Vercors range with views over the valley of the Isère and the mountains of the Ardèche.

    Dinner and night in guesthouse.

  • D7 From Léoncel to St-Paul-lès-Romans

    51 km stage with total uphill 520 metres. Level 3/5. Around 4hrs30.
    Today you meet the western foothills of the range, through a fine descent to Peyrus by the Col de Limouches, and through attractive little villages...
    The welcome plain of the Isère river valley will help you to warm down after all your efforts during the holiday...

    Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

  • D8 Departure

    Departure after breakfast.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 750 €
Junior (12-17) : 750 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult : 790 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  790 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

970 €

Solo traveller

1110 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 720 €
Junior (12-17) : 720 €
Baby (0-1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult :  760 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 760 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

940 €

Solo traveller

1080 €

What's included?

  • Half board
  • Guest houses with 2 or 3 "épis" and 2 or 3 star hotels.
  • Detailed road-book and maps.
  • Logistical and technical support.
  • Baggage transport.

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 110 €
    • Bike cart for child : 70 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 180 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Place-to-place cycling, without accompaniment.
  • Daily stages: 35 - 63 km, between 3 and 6hrs cycling daily at your own pace.
  • Total daily uphill: between 520 and 1190 metres.
  • Altitudes from 150 to 1400 metres.
  • You need to be in good physical shape to enjoy this holiday.
  • Routes generally along narrow tarred roads
  • Suitable for road and trail bikes

Organisation

These outings are more about exploration than athletic performance. We transfer your luggage from lodging to lodging, and a roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.

On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take your time and relax...

Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 "épis" guest houses and hotels chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may have to be modified according to availability at the moment when final reservation is confirmed.

Holiday includes half board accommodation. Picnics are extra and may be ordered at reservation.

Access

By car

Highway A49, exit N°7 La Beaume d’Hostun and then direction St Paul lès Romans via Eymeux.

By air

Lyon St-Exupéry Airport

By train

Romans-Bourg-de-Péage railway station. Then by bus or taxi to the accommodation in St Paul-lès-Romans.

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Very beautiful bike rambles with friendlies accommodation. You have to climb but it's well worth it!

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