11 days/10 nights, with 9 days cycling


Any start date between May 1 to June 30 and September 1 to October 31

We recommend you to start your trip on a Monday so that you can enjoy the provencal market in Vaison held every tuesday


Daily distance between 45 km and 65 km or 30 to 40 miles

Hills every day of moderate or greater difficulty, including some low passes. Some passes are as high as 735 m. Mont Ventoux (an optional ride) is 1909 m

This is our most challenging tour in Provence


Classic Accommodation: US$3180
Single Supplement:

US$745    

        
Luxe Accommodation:
US$3495
Single Supplement:

US$820




  • 10 nights hotels
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
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  • We require that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
  • Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
  • Detailed route instructions and map
  • Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
  • Area manager available on call throughout the tour
  • Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits


You start in Vaison-la-Romaine, a delightful town snuggled in green hills in the heart of Provence.

Vaison lies about 650 km southeast of Paris, and due east of Orange.

Access is via either Avignon or Orange. Both can be reached via the TGV (high speed rail network of France), and are only a three to four hour journey from Paris.

These towns can also be reached by air or from other gateway cities such as Lyon or Nice.

Transfer to Vaison is via public or private transportation.

We’ll provide you with detailed instructions.

Randonnee Tours

France

Haute Provence Cycling
11 Days
This is a special tour in an unusual region, and together they constitute a unique opportunity. Voyage to Haute Provence, a region of the pre-Alps, where the ambiance is definitely Provençal. Climb over low passes, descend with wild mountain streams and pedal through lost villages. But this is France, and the inns are cosy and the food and wine fantastic, even in this back country. Have fun riding bike where it is best.




Haute Provence Cycling  11 DaysDay 1
Arrival in Vaison-la-Romaine. Visit the famous Roman ruins, then explore the medieval quarter perched high on the opposite bank.

Day 2
Cycle to Poët-Laval in the heart of the Baronnies mountains, which are part of the pre-Alps. Rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Poët-Laval also features an interesting museum of Protestant history in France. Your hotel has a long history entwined with the Knights Templar.

Day 3
Enjoy a second day in Poët-Laval. A delightful day ride takes you to the pottery centre of Dieulefit, then on to Bourdeaux and the ruined castle of Soyans. This route is often on the Dauphin race route (55 km - 600 m of elevation change).

Day 4
Buis-les-Baronnies beckons. This spectacular ride crosses through the valleys of six different rivers, with high hills and two passes in between. Gorges and isolated chapels, plus vineyards, orchards and lavender fields characterize the scenery (57 km - 895 m).


Day 5 Haute Provence Cycling 11 Days

Spend a second night in Buis-les-Baronnies. In this sun bowl hollowed out of the mountains grow the best Nyons olives. A grand day ride takes you past Brante in the shadow of Mont Ventoux, then on to the spa town of Montbrun-les-Bains. The gorges in the Toulourenc valley are as stunning as the castle (60 km - 750 m).

Day 6

On your way to Sault, there are several routes to choose from. Head east to Mollans-sur-Ouvèze with its lovely high-arched bridge, marked on each side by a tower and a tiny chapel. Sault is the lavender capital of the region, and also home to Provence’s Most famous maker of nougat - a tasty confection of honey and almonds. Just right after a long bike ride! (54 km - 895 m)

Day 7

Delight in the spectacular Gorges de la Nesque, with its wildly eroded cliffs and curves, as you ride to Bédoin, a relaxing town among vineyards and cherry orchards. Or pedal to Bédoin over Mont Ventoux, 1909 m at its summit where a cold wind always blows and there are breathtaking views as far as the Alps. (45-60 km - 555 m or 1909 m)

Day 8

Cross over the base of the Plateau de Vaucluse and begin the long steady climb to Murs. One rollercoaster routing takes you past the Abbaye de Senanque and the artists’ village of Gordes. Alternately, descend over the Col de Murs to the most remote and authentic of the Luberon villages (41 km - 600 m on the direct route).


Day 9

Explore the back corners of the Plateau de Vaucluse, which is anything but flat. Surprising châteaux and truly charming villages are among the pedalling pleasures (54 km - 855 m).


Day 10
Pedal to Gordes, a stunning perched town with artists’ studios, cosy cafés, and arcaded medieval lanes. Then enjoy a final look at the orchards and vineyards of the Luberon before arriving at the waterways of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, famous for its antique dealers and markets (44 km).


Day 11

Linger for some souvenir shopping before departing.

"The tour was not difficult for those who cycle hills regularly, but a nice combination of scenery and challenge. It's easy with a self-supported tour for individuals to add kms to the daily route if they want to, as we did on the last day."

- A. Leedy


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