Why Choose Velo Vercors?
We are based in a the charming town of St.Jean-en-Royans in the Vercors National Park, SE France - a short stroll from cafes, restaurants, shops and an outdoor swimming pool offering the opportunity to experience 'Real Rural France' We are located at the gateway to the many gorges and alpine climbs in the Vercors but directly from our door there are a variety of flatter on road and off road routes along the Isere Valley and rolling hilss of the Drome to suit families. All our road routes are combined with another interest to keep the younger ones happy. As of 2014 there is a 36km dedicated 'eco cycle path' starting from St.Nazaire-en-royans (9kms from our front door).
- We cater for infants, children, teenagers and adults with all levels of fitness. Our youngest guest has been 18 months
- Comprehensive library of routes combining child friendly activites and places of interest to visit en route
- Easy to get to by train, plane or car. Nearest airports: Lyon (90kms).Train: Eurostar/TGV to Valence TGV station (20kms).(Nearest city Valence (30kms)
- The Vercors, Drome and Isere Valley is a wonderful region to explore for those who enjoy everything outdoors (see activites below), spectacular scenery, good food, wine, pre-historic and WWII history
- Self-catering gites with fully equipped kitchens, modern bathrooms, comfy beds and private terraces. Prices start at £600 per week for a family of 4. We also offer B&B accommodation.
- The 'hub' of Velo Vercors is our 'Grange' with free WIFI, great views of the garden and backdrop of the Vercors. A space to relax, dine, read, meet other guests and generally 'hang out'
- Pretty garden with loungers and large (4m X 3m) splash pool, swings, badminton and boules
- We cater for independent families or groups up to 18
- Independence with personal, 'on hand' advice on all the best places to visit, eat and explore
- Optional Extras: Transfers, Home cooked evening meals, Massage, reflexology, accompanied rides
- Temperate weather system - Warm springs, Hot summers, but not the dry, arid heat of the Spain. Warm, colourful autumns and cold winters (time to ski!)
- Free Wifi
- and last but not least, our vast experience of the region and warm welcome
Family routes on road and off road
Situated at the foothills of the Vercors (240m) the terrain is made up of a huge matrix of quiet, secondary roads on the Isere Valley and the rolling hills of the Drome full of rivers, lakes, walnut groves, fruit orchards, looking up to the spectacular Vercors cliffs and gorges. On the plateaux of the Vercors are a multitude of forest trails and walking routes and is home to a wonderful array of wildlife including stags, deer, chamois (small wild goats who cling to the mountainside), peregrin falcons as well as lots of flowers and plants. What makes this region so special is that it can cater for all levels of cyclists and for our family guests we chose the flattest, quietest routes with lots of cafe stops and endless photo opportunities. For further information go to Location
As well as being a magnificent region to explore on bike, the Drome/Isere region offers a wide range of
other activities for all the family including acrobatic parks, canyoning, horseriding, swimming, canoeing and via ferrata (mountain climbing). scroll down for links...
Explore the region
There are also numerous other things to see and explore such as pre-historic caves, the many mountain roads cut into the cliff faces, gorges, including Europes' largest gorge, the Combe Laval, mediaevel villages, abbeys and cathedrals, local markets and the speciality foods of the region and the world famous Rhone Valley Wines. The Vercors were also very important for the Resistance during WWII and there is a Memorial, museum and cemetary at Vassieux-en-Vercors in rememberance of those who lost their lives. scroll down for links...
The nearest town of Romans-sur-Isere (20kms) is worth a visit to see 12th and 13th Century history, also renowned for its shoe making with factory outlets galore plus an international shoe museum, discounted shopping mall selling international brands for all those followers of fashion and a weekly food market on Sunday morning.
Chill out in our Garden and Grange
As well as a private terrace with each gite there is a large, secure garden for kids to run around and adults to relax in. While the children splash in the pool, play badminton or turn their hand to 'boules', mum and dad can find a lounger in the sun or shade and while away the hours.
Alternatively, our large 'Grange' with its comfortable sofas and chairs offers you the opportunity to relax, chill or socialise.
Summer Holiday Family Package 2015
Based on a family of 4 for 1 week Saturday-Saturday
- Gite rental (7 nights)
- Bike hire/helmets/puncture repair kits/water bottles for a week (4 bikes/6 days)*
- Comprehensive library of well detailed cycling routes
- Hire of towels and bedlinen
- All our local knowledge and advice of the region and places to visit
- Cycling and training advice
Price: £1120/current exchange rate for Euro at the time of booking
*This price is based hybrid bikes for children up to 12 or under 147cm in Height, Tagalongs or child seats and Scott Hybrids for adults.
(prices for different family sizes and ages, see self-catering gite rates page and bike rental costs below)
If you would like a home cooked evening meal on the day of your arrival or any other day of your stay just ask. Scroll down for sample menus and costs.
The town has a population of around 3,000 people and has a great infrastructure. Shops include 4 boulangeries, 1 butcher/deli / small supermarket / chemist / clothes and shoe shop /doctors / cafes / church /tourist office/horse riding centre and outdoor swimming pool with 3 pools and a water toboggan – basically everything a town should have. It has a friendly, relaxed feel and is very much a 'local, rural French town' which has a nice buzz to it. During the holiday season there is an influx of visitors – generally French, Dutch and German but it still remains very local.
Weekly Bike Rental
Adult 'Scott' Hybrid bikes:£110
Hybrid/mountain bikes for children up to 12 years old or under 4'10"/147cms in height:£60
Tagalongs and child seats: £60
All bikes come with helmets.
Our large, secure bike room has tools and washing facilities.
Home Cooked Evening Meals
Eating and drinking is very important to us at Velo Vercors! We offer Home Cooked Evening Meals using local, seasonal vegetables, meat and fish served with wines from the Rhone Valley. We also serve the delicious local sparkling wine 'Clairette de Die' as an aperitif. All meals served on the terrace or in the garden. We cater for vegetarians and coeliacs. Scroll down for sample menu...
Cooking for yourselves
The gites are self-catering and have fully equipped kitchens as well as BBQ’s on the terrace so you can eat independently as a family.
Stroll into town to eat at one of the local restaurants where gourmet, bistro or takeaway options available. There are also many other excellent restaurant and cafe stops we can recommend in local villages during your cycling trips.
Throughout France, lunchtime menus are cheaper and ’le plat du Jour’ is very good value priced at around 12 Euro for a 2 course meal.
Velo Vercors Adult Sample Menu
(inc Aperitif and wine)
- Piedmont Roasted Peppers served with fresh bread
- Organic Trout with potato gratin and summer greens
- Apricot and Almond Tart served with crème fraiche
- Selection of local Cheeses
Price: 35 Euro Vegetarian option also available
Teenagers Sample Menu
- Homemade burgers, frites and salad or homemade spag bol
- Apricot and Almond Tart or Strawberries and ice cream
Price: 15 Euro
Children's Sample Menu
- Homemade burgers, frites and salad or Homemade Spag Bol
- Strawberries and ice cream
Price: 10 Euro
Massage and Reflexology
We offer on site massage and other 'well being' treatments by a local, professional masseur
Suggested Weekly Family Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival day. Probably in the late afternoon. Settle into gites/get fitted on bikes followed by cycle/walk to swimming pool or stroll into town.
Day 2 - Cycle to St.Nazaire (9kms) and take a boat ride down the Isere river finishing at Le Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes - a wonderful fun, inspirational and educational garden for all the family. Lunch at the garden or picnic on the Isere river and then a 6km cycle along the river back to St.Nazaire for a well earned refreshment at one of the local cafes. Then its homeward bound to St.Jean-en-Royans (9kms)
Day 3 - Trip into the Vercors! From St. Jean-en-Royans drive up the spectacular national heritage 'Combe Laval' - a classic road that clings to the side of the mountain looking down on an extensive gorge with magnificent tunnels cut through the mountains. Stop of at Lente to explore the trails in the Foret de Lente which harbours wild boar, chamois, deer, falcons, owls, peregrins and rare fauna. The Vercors was the heart of the French Resistance so a visit to near-by Vassieux-en-Vercors to see the cemetary and museum/cafe stop before the return.
Day 4 - Cycle to St.Laurent-en-Royans (9kms) and along the quiet cul de sac valley road of the Combe Laval watching out for large lizards but also remembering to look up the vast white cliffs of the Combe.(6kms) Visit the Greek Orthadox monastery or stop for a picnic and enjoy the peace and tranquility. Cycle home stopping in St.Laurent village for a well earned drink! and then cycle back to St. Jean-en-Royans (9kms)
Day 4 - Canyoning - swim through a gorge encountering waterfalls/tobogganing and a real adventure.
Day 5 - Swimming in the morning followed by afternoon cycle to a lake.
Day 6 - Acrobatic park for all the family. Drive into the Vercors (40 mins and very picturesque) to Acroparc Acrobatic Circuit set in a forest of cedars - monkey bridge/tarzan leap, zip wires, cable car and itinenary for smaller children.
Day 7 - Cycle to the wonderful medieval village of Pont-en-Royans (9kms) renowned for its suspended houses which look like they are about to topple into the river Bourne positioned at the beginning of the fabulous 'Gorges de Bourne' which heads up to Villard de Lans Spend the day by the river enjoying fresh water pools and waterfall. Visit the Water Museum/cafes and restaurants before your cycle home (9kms) and if you are feeling adventurous visit the Choranche caves stretching 30kms underground housing a rare collection of stalactites and the 'Proteus', one of the most ancient animal species
Day 8 - Departure Day
For details on how to get to us Travelling to Us
Ryanair are now travelling from Dublin and Knock to Paris Beauvais. It is then a quick 15 min taxi journey (12 Euro) to pick up the TGV from Paris Gard de Nord to Valence TGV (2 hours) where we can collect you or you can collect a hire car.
Useful links to other activities (usually in French so will need to translate)
Acrobatic Park or vert cordes at St.Agnan-en-Vercors (ask us for details)