La Via Fluvia bike tour

La Via Fluvia bike tour 7 days / 6 nights
From 775 € *
/ PERSON
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Distance: 234 Km
  • Level: Intermediate

Venture along the Via Fluvia and enjoy a wonderful scenic route back. Some of the stages require you to cycle longer distances than usual (hence its “medium difficulty” rating) but, like all of our itineraries, it is still suitable for most abilities.

Set off to explore the Loire along a new cycle path called the Via Fluvia, which joins Lavoute-sur-Loire with Tracol in the Ardèche. Look around the quaint villages dotted along this cycle path, which follows the former La Galoche railway line that linked the Loire valley with the Rhône valley. The trains are long gone: it’s now time to explore this trail on an electric bike!

A 6-day trip along the cycle path, taking in the Château de Lavoute-Polignac, the Corboeuf ravines, the Flemish paintings in Montfaucon church, Lavalette lake and much more, before joining Saint James’ Way (the Geneva Route) and the characteristic country roads of the Haute-Loire.

  • Difference in altitude: 3210 m – Cycle path, ountry roads and easy trails
  • Easy route that is suitable for all abilities and can be completed as a family
  • Family Tour : From 13 with an e-bike (According to cycling ability)
  • Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)
    • Guesthouses & 2 or 3* hotels
La Via Fluvia Half-board 
E-bike tour in half-board* basis
Luggage transfert (1 bag maxi 15kg / pers) included
GPS included
€895 / pers.
Travelling with a standard trekking bike  €835 / pers.
Travelling with your own bike  €775 / pers.
Option – single room (not lone traveller) +€150€

*Your first stay in Le puy is booked on the bed & breakfast option to allow you to choose your restaurant in town

  • See Extras & services section for :
    • Travelling alone
    • Bike delivery in Lavoûte-sur-Loire
    • Riding on your own bike or with a trekking bike
    • Lone traveller 
    • Multi-risk and cancellation insuranc
    • Extra night in Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Agency fees : See the “Price Info” section

 

Click on the schedule to book your e-bike trip – See General terms and conditions

 

Advantages of going on an electric bike tour with L’Autre Chemin:

  • You travel independently and follow a specially-planned route with short stages so that you can make the most of your time in the Haute-Loire.
  • We provide modern electric bikes that are both comfortable and easy to ride. L’Autre Chemin can also supply children’s bikes or trailers.
  • Your stopovers are in guesthouses or family-friendly hotels, providing a comfortable and authentic base from which you can discover the local area and enjoy a real change of scenery.
  • Your luggage is transported to each stopover (you only need to carry what you need for the day with you).
  • All of the itineraries have been tried and tested to ensure that our packages are both extraordinary and accessible.
  • Day y day
    Day 1 : Your arrival in Le Puy-en-Velay

    A nice opportunity to discover the ancient town an the European capital of Saint-James way.

    To do, to see :
    • Le Puy-en-Velay
    > Crozatier Museum
    > Notre-Dame de France
    > L’Hôtel-Dieu
    > Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel
    > The medieval town
    > The Cathedral
    > Pass 3 monuments


    Day 2 : Le Puy-en-Velay - Beaulieu - 31km - D+375m

    After taking possession of your bike, you will ride all day (or almost) along the Loire − first along the cycle path and then on the road − before joining the Via Fluvia, which follows the path of the disused La Galoche railway line.

    To do, to see :

    • Brives-Charensac
    > The bridges

    • The untamed Loire valley

    • Lavoûte sur Loire
    > Lavoûte-Polignac's Castle
    > Aqua-leisure center "Aquapassion"
    > The pouds of the Loire valley

    • Beaulieu
    > The pond of la Plaine
    > Nôtre-Dame Church (XIIème siècle)
    > Adiac Castle
    > Horse-riding
    > Sport shooting center
    > The farm of Beaulieu


    Day 3 : Beaulieu - Montfaucon - 44km - D+ 620m

    Throughout the day you will be reminded of La Galoche, which was used by the steam train that ran from Lavoûte-sur-Loire to Tournon-sur-Rhône in the Ardèche. From Yssingeaux, the cycle path is tarmacked, which makes for an incredible ride! It's a real pleasure riding safely through the countryside!

    To do, to see :
    • Rosières
    > The Corboeuf ravines
    > The Moulin du Pinard

    • Yssingeaux
    > The Church and its pantings
    > The chapel of the penitents
    > Saint-Roch museum
    > Ceramic art-craft
    > Saussac archeological site

    • Grazac
    > Le Prieuré -Clunisian site
    > The little chapel
    > The house of snails
    > Saint's bridge

    • Lapte
    > The church and its tower

    • Raucoules
    > The Velay express steam train
    >The train museum

    • Montfaucon
    > Le Jardin du Mirandou,
    > The Notre-dame church with 12 flemish paintings


    Day 4 : Montfaucon - St Bonnet le Froid - 41km - D+ 670m

    From the cycle path to Saint James' Way
    Cycle out of the town of Dunières over trails and through forests to the Tracol pass, from which you can admire views of the Loire valley, then follow Saint James' Way through the heart of a beautiful forest before reaching Saint-Bonnet-le Froid, the capital of Haute-Loire gastronomy.

    To do, to see :

    • Dunières
    > The rail-biking
    > The roman church
    > Industrial thematic path
    • Riotord
    > Fishing pond
    > Cisterscian site of Clavas

    • Le Tracol
    > A 1000m height pass
    > The magnificent forest

    • Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid
    > The village and the Church
    > Les sources du Haut-Plateau spa


    Day 5 : St Bonnet le Froid - Tence - 35km - D+280m

    From the cycle path to Saint James' Way
    Cycling on the GR 7 & G4R30 ...
    You drive on a magnificent and flavory path in the forest to reach the Devesset and its lake. You then take the road to join the Chambon-sur-Lignon then Lapte by finding the Way of Santiago de Compostela.

    To do, to see :

    • Devesset
    > The lake

    • Le Chambon sur Lignon :
    > Swimming pool
    > Velay express steam train
    > Hope & memory museum
    > Hores riding
    > Rop course
    > The golf of Chambon-sur-Lignon

    • Tence
    > Swimming pool
    > Horse-riding
    > Gyropod escapade
    > Putting Golf


    Day 6 : Tence - Retournac - 46km - D+ 545m

    Today, you will be able to see the incredible La Valette dam as well as pedalling along numerous stunning trails, in particular the informative "Varieties and legends" trail that leads you to Retournac. Use the flow of the Loire as your guide, following the river right to the department border.

    To do, to see :

    • Lavalette
    > The lake and its barrage

    • Versilhac
    > Arts and popular traditions museum

    • Le Neyral
    > Leisure park

    • Retournac
    > Lace art-kraft museum
    > The roman church
    > The Loire
    > The ruine of Artisan castle
    > The swimming-pool above the Loire


    Journée 7 : Retournac - Le Puy-en-Velay - 43km - D+ 720m

    A day following the Loire!
    Pedal through the heart of the Loire gorges, through the villages of Chamalières and Vorey, then join the Tour du Velay cycle path, which runs up to the village of Saint-Vincent, before going up to see Polignac and the to reach Le Puy-en-Velay.

    To do, to see :

    • Chamalières-sur-Loire
    > Le Prieuré

    • Vorey-sur-Arzon
    > Pictures exhibition on the "bords de Loire"
    > Aquafolie - Water center
    Saint-Vincent
    > Ancient mechanics museum
    > The pond of "Bord de Loire"
    > L'Ile de Cheyrac

    • Polignac
    > The castle


  • Extras & services

    As an optional extra, L’Autre Chemin offers:

     

    Superior comfort option + €65 / pax for 

     

    Lone traveller?

    L’Autre Chemin offers high quality accommodation in a single room, for a surcharge:

    • Single room surcharge for Via Fluvia package: +€150 for not lone single but who wants a single room.

     

    Riding on your own bike or with a standard mountain bike

    • Traveling with your bike: €120 off on the price tour / person who uses his own bike
    • Travelling with a trekking bike : €60 off on the price tour / person 

     

    Multiple-risk and cancellation insurance with our partner Europ Assistance

    For peace of mind while you travel, L’Autre Chemin offers a range of multiple-risk and cancellation insurance packages. 

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  • Accommodation

    L’Autre Chemin has teamed up with a selection of guesthouses and small, traditional hotels to offer guests the best that the Haute-Loire has to offer, ensuring that every stopover is an opportunity to learn about the architecture, lifestyle, gastronomy and local people of this region.

    Example of accommodation

    Hôtel les Platanes - Montfaucon

    Hôtel les Platanes

    Hôtel Le Fort du Pré - Saint-Bonnet-le Froid

    Le Fort du Pré*** – Cat sup

  • Price Info

    Price (per person, on a basis of 2 people sharing)

     

    La Via Fluvia Half-board 
    E-bike tour in half-board* basis
    Luggage transfert (1 bag maxi 15kg / pers) included
    GPS included
    €895 / pers.
    Travelling with a standard trekking bike  €835 / pers.
    Travelling with your own bike  €775 / pers.
    Option – single room (not lone traveller)
    +€150

    *Your first stay in Le puy is booked on the bed & breakfast option to allow you to choose your restaurant in town


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    Ages 1-3 : 70% off the adult price
    > Ages 4-6 : 50% off the adult price
    > Ages 10-12 (according to cycling abilities): 20% off the adult price

    • Prices include: half-board (except your first stay in Le Puy proposed in B&B option) in a twin or double bedroom (on a basis of 2 people sharing) plus French holiday tax, provision of an electric hybrid bicycle, cycle bag (1/ adult bike), helmet, basic repair kit, road map, a GPS, plus telephone assistance and baggage transfers (1 bag weighing 15kg max.) to every stopover.
    • Prices do not include: Transport and transfers to the starting point, lunches, drinks, spending money, any optional visits or activities, cancellation or multiple-risk insurance and agency fees.

     

    Agency fees 

    €20 / booking folder

     

    Recommendations

    L’Autre Chemin offers a variety of optional extras to make your trip easier and more comfortable.

    To encourage you to take the plunge, L’Autre Chemin gives you the option of paying for your holiday in instalments.