Family Holidays

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 swimming pool offering the opportunity to experience 'Real Rural France'

Armstrongs 2011Situated 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 Rhone-Alps offers a wide range of other activities for all the family including acrobatic parks, canyoning, horseriding, swimming, caving, fishing, canoeing and via ferrata (mountain climbing). scroll down for links...

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 Lavel, 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 the 2WW 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 weekly market on Sunday morning.garden

Summer Holiday Family Package 2014

Based on a family of 4 for 1 week Sat- Sat (children aged under 12 or under 4'.10"/147cm)*

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.

Families 2012Having only recently taken up cycling as a family our holiday at Velo Vercors couldn't have been better. While my husband and 2 older girls took on the challenge of the mountain climbs, I had the sense to keep to the flatter routes, stopping off for coffee and lunch breaks and generally enjoying the amazing views.. When we weren't cycling, we headed to the local swimming pool and lake with a picnic and just relaxed. A wonderful holiday in a wonderful region. Margaret Killian, Waterford, Ireland, Aug 2009 

St.Jean-en-Royans

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.

Excellent value, perfect village location having shops and restaurants within walking distance and for touring the region. The  local swimming pool was a great bonus for the children and Teresa and Roger were wonderful hosts. Can't wait to return this summer. Colette Hucknell, St.Albans, July 2009

Our gites are available to rent from April - October and are priced as low/med/high seasons.

Dimes FamilyWeekly 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. 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.

Eating Out

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)

Price: 35 Euro   Vegetarian option also available

Teenagers Sample Menu

(inc drink)

Price: 15 Euro

Children's Sample Menu

(inc juice)

Price: 10 Euro

Massage and Reflexology

We offer on site massage and other 'well being' treatments by a local, professional masseur.

1 Week Suggested Itinenary

There are easily enough activities to fill a 2 week holiday so this is just a taste of what the region has to offer.

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)

What to see in Romans-sur-Isere

Isere-tourism.com

General outdoor activities

Canoeing in the Drome

Canyoning

Acrobatic Park or vert cordes at St.Agnan-en-Vercors (ask us for details)