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.
having a ride on a hired electric-assist bike!
the picturesque and even dizzying heights of the roads in the Vercors
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.
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.
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...
Guest houses with 2 or 3 "épis" and 2 or 3 star hotels.
Detailed road-book and maps.
Logistical and technical support.
Picnics for the whole trip from :
Adult or junior : - €
Bike rental from :
Bike for adult or junior : 70 €
Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 50 €
Child seat : 8 €
Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 110 €
What's not included?
Beverage and extra
Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
Facultative cancellation and repatriation 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
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.
Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 "épis" guest houses chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting. Holiday includes half board accommodation. Picnics are extra and may be ordered at reservation.
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.
Highway A49, exit N°7 La Beaume d’Hostun then take the direction St Paul lès Romans via Eymeux.
Lyon St-Exupéry airport
Romans-Bourg-de-Péage railway station. Then by bus or taxi to the accommodation in St Paul-lès-Romans.
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