From the Alps to the beaches of the Mediterranean, EuroVelo 17 - Rhone Cycle Route in France is also known as ViaRhôna. It takes you along the Rhône for an adventure rich in history, from the Gallo-Romans to the present day. It tells the story of a river that has shaped its valley over the centuries, a story that comes to life in meetings with artisans, producers, guides, inhabitants and epic memories of cycling tourists who came as a couple, with family or friends walk its paths.

Because pedaling along the Rhône is to embark on an odyssey through 2000 years of history, and explore the wild panoramas in Savoie, the Roman city of Lyon, the gorges of the Ardèche and the wild Camargue... a nature that can be discovered by bike, the detours and activities that punctuate the journey. EuroVelo 17 in France is also a gastronomic and oenological adventure, from the truffles of Bugey to the bull of Camargue through the famous wines of the Rhone Valley: 815 km of meetings and sharing.



Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Public transport link


  • Natural Heritage
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Culinary Delights
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
  • Other Point of Interest
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center

National & Regional Information

France Vélo Tourisme

National EuroVelo Coordination Centre

France Vélo Tourisme platform offers many major cycling routes and destinations in France, including mountain bike routes, practical advices for traveling by bike, a route calculator with a map, as well as contact details for Accueil Vélo service providers throughout the country.

Accueil Vélo

"Accueil Velo" is a national accreditation scheme guaranteeing a high quality of services for cyclists using French cycle routes. You will find accommodations, bike rental and repair companies, restaurants, tourist offices and places to visit.

France on EuroVelo 17: ViaRhôna

EuroVelo 17 goes from the border with Switzerland to the coast and beaches of the Mediterranean in the south of France, after 1,050 km of cycle paths. From Alpine panoramas to Camargue beaches across emblematic landscapes of the Cotes du Rhône vineyards and those of the southern Provence: hilltop villages, lavender or olive tree fields, gastronomic discoveries.