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The Dolce Via for families in 5 days

Easy cycling track through mountain scenery in the Ardèche
  • Duration 5 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme rivers and canals, countryside
455€

Information : The Dolce Via for families in 5 days

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This trip is really the Dolce Vi(t)a in the Ardèche! The holiday begins along the bed of the former railway track - now actually known as the "Dolce via" - which once linked Lamastre to Le Cheylard through the mountains of the Ardèche. Then after switching valleys, the ride continues along the Eyrieux river, wild and picturesque. By carefully choosing your start date you'll be able to go from Tournon to Lamastre by the little train of the Vivarais (see details below.)
The former railway tracks, mostly disused since 1968, have become simple trails. However, many remarkable civil engineering works dating from the railway era still remain, and the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Biking along through this little-known yet magnificent countryside, you'll see the distinctive valleys of the Boutières - part of the mountains of the Ardèche - from a whole new perspective.
The itinerary is relatively gentle and suitable for cycletourists, but as some of the paths are not tarmacked we recommend the use of country bikes with wider-section tyres.

Another tour with longer rides is also proposed for adults : see the details

You'll love

  • being able to hire an electric-assist bike!
  • the train transfer from Tournon to Lamastre along the fabulous historic railway of the Vivarais
  • biking along former railways now transformed into cycle touring routes
  • discovering a very authentic Ardeche that the average tourist seldom sees

Program : The Dolce Via for families in 5 days

  • D1 Arrival in Tournon

    Things to see :
    The Rhône Valley. Wines of the Côtes du Rhône: Hermitage and Croze Hermitage.

    Dinner and night in a 3 star hotel.

  • D2 Ride from Lamastre to Le Cheylard

    According to the train schedule (please contact us) :
    ride to station at Saint-Jean-de-Muzols (6km).
    transfer aboard little train of the Vivarais to Lamastre (trip 1hr45).
    On other days: taxi transfer from Tournon to Lamastre.

    20.5 km with total uphill 270 metres. Level 2/5. Duration about 2hrs 45.
    From Lamastre you cycle along the path of the former rail track, now transformed into a foot- and cycle path. It takes you all the way to Le Cheylard. The first part rises gently towards Les Nonnières. It's generally fairly smooth but there are some stony sections. After the tunnel beneath Les Nonnières, the track becomes more even.
    All along the way you'll notice fine farms typical of the Ardeche department as well as impressive railway architecture.

    Dinner and night in 2 star hotel with pool.

  • D3 From Le Cheylard to Saint Barthélémy le Meil

    19,6 km with total uphill 215 metres. Level 2/5. Duration around 2hrs.
    The morning is spent in the town of Le Cheylard. The church, the castle and (on Wednesdays) the market are worth a good look.
    In the afternoon you cycle to Saint Barthélémy le Meil, by following the river downstream. You'll see several watermills with millraces supplied by the river.

    And you might like to enjoy a dip in the pool of Saint Barthélémy le Meil (open 1st July - 31st August from 13.00 hours to 18.00hrs.

    Evening meal and night in B+B in a farmhouse.

  • D4 From Saint Barthélémy le Meil to Les Ollières

    23 km with total uphill 100 metres. Level 2/5. Duration around 2hrs30.
    You descend the Valley of the Eyrieux to come to the former railway track. This is certainly the wildest countryside traversed by the old railway. Sometimes the going is rough and you have to dismount and walk a little. Just take your time; the scenery is great, the terraced countryside is impressive and there are abundant orchards on this fertile terrain. Mouthwatering!

    Dinner and night in guesthouse along the Eyrieux river.

  • D5 From Les Ollières to Saint Laurent du Pape

    17 km with total uphill 20 metres. Level 1/5. Duration around 1hr 45.
    You'll find the valley becomes more and more open, letting the sun brighten its slopes abundantly. It's in this part of the Eyrieux Valley that peach, apricot and cherry orchards thrive.
    From St Laurent du Pape, transfer back to Tournon.
    Departure.

Tariffs high season

In hight season, departures only possible in 8 days version

The Dolce Via for families in 8 days

Tariffs low season

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

In family room

Adult : 455 €
Junior (12-17)* : 410 €
Child (2-11)* : 295 €
Baby (0-1) : 50 €

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult :  495 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 495 €
Child (2 - 11) : 455 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 50 €

IN SINGLE ROOM

575 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

665 €

*Rates based on a room shared with two adults. Single-parent families, please contact us.

What's included?

  • Half board accommodation
  • 3 star hotels, 3 'épis' hostelries and guest houses.
  • Detailed roadbook (in French or English) and routemarked maps are provided.
  • Logistical and technical assistance.
  • Baggage transfers.
  • Transfer from Tournon to Lamastre by steam train or by taxi

Optional

  • Picnics for the whole trip from :
    • Adult or junior : 44 €
    • Child : 28 €
  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike rental for adult or junior (from 1m45) : 70 €
    • MTB for child (under 1m45) : 40 €
    • Trailer bike : 40 €
    • Child seat : 8 €
    • Electric power bike for adult or junior (from 1m45) : 110 €

What's not included?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Parking for your vehicle throughout the holiday : to pay directly
  • Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycle holiday without guide.
  • Daily stages between 17 and 60 kms, from 2 to 5hrs cycling at your own pace.
  • Daily uphill between zero and 750 metres.
  • Altitudes: between 100 and 1,100 metres.
  • Most of the time you are on tarmacked roads or earth tracks.
  • Bike required: country bike (all-purpose).

Organisation

  • These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end, and we provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
  • Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 star/'épis' guest houses or hotels, chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting. As the holidays are half-board, picnics are extra; you may like to order picnics when you book.

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.

 

Access

By car

Highway A7 exit 13 Tournon sur Rhône

By air

Airport Marseille-Provence or airport Lyon St-Exupéry + train to Tain l'hermitage railway station + taxi to the accomodation (5 mn)

By train

Gare SNCF Tain l'hermitage (railway station) situated 20 mn far by foot or 5 mn taxi to the accomodation

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  • De bons moments passés en famille (en sécurité) et de belles rencontres.

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