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The Drôme as you bike it

Get away from it all in the midst of the wonderfully colourful countryside of the Drôme department
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme countryside, lavenders
825€

Information : The Drôme as you bike it

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Presentation

If you really want to get away from it all, the Drôme department provides a genuine change of scene.
The circuit starts and finishes in the Valley of the Drôme. You'll enjoy cycling along the quiet little roads of the Bourdeaux area, and going south into Drôme Provençale with its gorgeous colours and scents.
Take a deep breath and then it’s off up to the Vercors Nature Park where the landscape of forest and limestone cliffs is simply unforgettable.

You'll love

  • the narrow roads with little traffic that wend their way through countryside of great beauty
  • going through the lovely Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park
  • exploring Mediaeval Crest and Roman Die...
  • cooling off in the turquoise waters of the river Drôme

Program : The Drôme as you bike it

  • D1 Arrival in Chabrillan

    The Drôme river. Orchards of the valley.

    Dinner and night in a charming guesthouse with a pool.

  • D2 Around Chabrillan

    43km stage with total uphill 250 metres. Duration about 4hrs
    This route around Chabrillan takes you by a few hilltop villages overlooking the valley. It makes for a good warm-up through the hills. But no real difficulties, rather a succession of ups and downs redolent of the Tuscan countryside...

    Dinner and night in a charming guesthouse with a pool.

  • D3 From Chabrillan to St-Férréol-Trente-Pas

    53km stage with total uphill 730 m. Duration about 4hrs30
    You leave the gentle valleys and plunge into the pre-Alps of the Drôme. You pass through through some very pretty villages - Saou and Bourdeaux, then further up the river Roubion, you come to Crupies and Bouvières.
    Beyond the Col (pass) de la Sausse (790 metres), 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.

    Dinner and night.

  • D4 Around St-Férréol-Trente-Pas

    57km stage with total uphill 645m. Duration about 4hrs
    The day begins with a ride up to the Col de Valouse (alt 735m) the high point of today's ride. Then it's 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.

    Dinner and night.

  • D5 From St-Férréol-Trente-Pas to La Motte Chalancon

    35km stage with total uphill 850 m. Duration about 3hrs30
    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…

    Dinner and night in a 2* hotel in the heart of la Motte Chalancon.

  • D6 From La Motte Chalancon to Die

    53,5 km stage with total uphill 693 m. Duration about 4hrs
    Beautiful transition between Drôme Provençale and Diois which will begin with the ascent of the pass of Prémol.
    The long descent which follow drive you of the bank of the river Drôme.La longue descente qui suit vous conduira vers les rives de la rivière 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.

    Dinner and night in a charming inn.

  • D7 From Die to Chabrillan

    64 km stage with total uphill 917 metres. Duration about 5hrs
    Another lovely ride which completes the vast loop that forms this grand tour in the Drôme département.
    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 vilage 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.

    Dinner and night in a charming guesthouse with a pool.

  • D8 Departure

    Departure after breakfast.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 860 €
Junior (12-17) : 860 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult : 815 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  815 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

1040 €

Solo traveller

1220 €

Tariffs low season

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

In triple room

Adult : 825 €
Junior (12-17) : 825 €
Baby (0-1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult :  785 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 785 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

1005 €

Solo traveller

1185 €

What's included?

  • Half board.
  • Inns and 2 star hotel.
  • Detailed road-book and maps.
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transport.

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 100 €
    • Bike cart for child : €
    • Child seat : €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 160 €

What's not included ?

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

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycling from place to place, unaccompanied.
  • Daily stages: 35 - 64 kilometres, from 3hrs30 to 5hrs cycling at your own pace.
  • Total daily uphill from 250 to 917m.
  • Narrow country roads.
  • Suitable for road and trail/country bikes.

Organisation

These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your luggage is transported between lodgings and a roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We also 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 chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

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

Access

By car

Highway A7, exit Loriol - 15 km

By air

Marseille-Provence airport or Lyon St-Exupéry airport

By train

Crest railway station then by bus or taxi to the accommodation in Chabrillan

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