The Vercors is an amazing playground for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. This crossing of the P’tites Routes du Soleil will allow you to savour the best parts. With an electric bike, you can enjoy all the qualities of ‘la petite reine’ without making yourself (too) weary! But please note, you’re going to have to pedal ; but the Vercors is worth it!
For the more sporty, this route can also be tackled on a conventional bike.
Mytriptailor Plus: make sure you have your guidebook for the P’tites Routes du Soleil to make the most of all aspects of the route.
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Enjoy the numerous cycle routes of the capital of the Alps to explore its underrated heritage. The Dauphinois Museum passionately illustrates the rich history of this distinctive alpine region. The merry Place du Tribunal can be admired as a gem of Gothic art.
Next, head towards the Vercors for a scenic climb to Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte and the chance to pause and recharge whilst overlooking Mont Blanc.
Then take the Via Vercors, dedicated to bicycles, to reach Villard-de-Lans safely.
Mytriptailor Plus: The climb to the Vercors is quite long, remember to recharge your battery before setting off.
Enjoy the charm of the people-friendly village resort of Villard-de-Lans, with various pleasures to enjoy – a swimming pool, a skating rink, a visit to Maison du Patrimoine or a romantic stroll alongside the Pont de l’Amour to admire the line of the peaks of the Vercors. Next, take the road west past Bois-Barbu towards Herbouilly, in the heart of an enigmatic forest. Take a few minutes in Valchevrière to absorb the historic battleground of the Maquis du Vercors. You can then follow the largest nature reserve in France before heading down to Chapelle-en-Vercors, “côté Drôme”. The village welcomes you for a delicious gastronomic evening!
My Trip Tailor +: On the way, a break at Barraques-en-Vercors is an opportunity to admire the entrance of the famous Grands-Goulets.
This final stage takes you to the southern and sunny ambiance of Diois. Before leaving the “Plateau”, take time out to browse the memorial and the Resistance Museum in Vassieux-en-Vercors, to better understand the story of the Maquis. Some may prefer the magnificent Museum of Prehistory, richly documented and vibrant. After the col de Rousset, we literally dive down to the South. In Chamaloc, a lavender distillery evokes feelings of Provence. Finally, the quirky and colourful atmosphere of Die welcomes you for a break and the “Clairette” story to celebrate your arrival!
My Trip Tailor +: The long descent to Die can be heady. Remember to take breaks.
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