10 days/9 nights, with 8 days cycling


Any start date between April 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


45 km daily average (30 miles)

Some hills every day of minor to moderate difficulty.
Extra km possible


Classic Accommodation:   US$2050         

Single Supplement:

US$525

 

Casual/B&B Accommodation:   US$1850   

Single Supplement:

US$460

        
Luxe Accommodation:   US$2650

Single Supplement:

US$660

 

Premier Deluxe Accommodation:   US$3450

Single Supplement:

US$860

 

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  • 9 nights hotels
  • All breakfasts and 2 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
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  • Detailed route instructions and map
  • Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
  • Area manager available on call throughout the tour
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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, due east of Orange.

Access is via either Avignon or Orange. Both can be reached via the TGV (the 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 Marseille, Lyon or Nice.

Transfer to Vaison is via public or private transportation.

We’ll provide you with detailed instructions.

The tour ends in Saint Remy de Provence.

 

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France

Provence Cycling 10 Days
Cycling in Northern Provence is a sensual experience. As you move slowly through the landscape smell the wild thyme and rosemary. Stop to admire the texture of olive trees against old stone walls. Taste fresh chèvre mingled with piquant tapenade. Listen to the splash of fountains in village squares lined with rustling plane trees. Cycle slowly and savour!

       



Day 1
We recommend you take the early train to Avignon, arriving at 11:20 am. We will meet you on arrival and transfer you to Vaison le Romaine where you can settle in and enjoy a warm-up ride if you wish. Visit the famous Roman ruins, then explore the medieval quarter perched high on the opposite bank.
Distance: 20 km or 44 km; gain 250 m.*


Provence Cycling 8 Days
Day 2
A delightful day ride from Vaison takes you to the east, under the flank of Mont Ventoux. Surrounded by almond trees, Entrechaux nestles around a hilltop castle in ruins. Mollans-sur-Ouvèze clusters around a high-arched bridge marked on each side by a tower and a tiny chapel.
Distance: 21 km, elevation gain 263 m or 30 km, gain 337 m or 53 km. gain 775m.*

Day 3
Wind your way among the wine villages of the Dentelles de Montmirail, stopping to explore Sablet, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras. Séguret is an artists’ colony, including makers of santons, delicate and detailed figurines in regional costumes. Spend the night outside Pernes-les-Fontaines or, if you have selected the luxe accommodations for this night, in the village of Mazan (the Premier Deluxe trip stays in Crillon le Brave).
Distance: 57 km, elevation gain 433 m or 68 km 610m.*

Day 4
On a day ride, search out the famous vineyards at Châteauneuf-du-Pape or conquer the world famous Mont Ventoux. Explore Pernes-les-Fontaines, with its twisting streets, houses painted in a rainbow of blues, pinks, and greens, and fountains gently splashing in squares lined by plane trees. If you’re staying in Mazan or Crillon-le-Brave, explore Bédoin and nearby vineyards, or choose an option to cross the flank of Ventoux and then descend the extraordinary Gorge du Nesque. It will be the ride of your life.
Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 257 m or 50 km, gain 254 m or 80 km; gain 1650 m.*

Day 5

On to the beautiful Luberon Valley. Pedal pProvence Cycling 8 Daysast Petrarch’s Fontaine de Vaucluse, then through the land of Peter Mayle, who describes this region in his popular book “A Year in Provence”. Your destination is Gordes, a stunning perched town with artists’ studios, cozy cafés and arcaded medieval lanes.
Distance: 55 km, elevation gain 454 m or 50 km, gain 743 m pt 62 km; gain 554 m.*

Day 6
Discover the red shades of Roussillon and find the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade at Lacoste. Pedal to the nearby Bories Village and Senanque Abbey, set in a beautiful secluded valley. As the sun sets over stunning Gordes, stroll the town to look for that last treasure to take home.
Distance: 36 km, elevation gain 417 m or 47 km, gain 352 m.*

Day 7
A final look at the orchards, vineyards, and villages of the Luberon before arriving at the waterways of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Famous for its antique dealers and market, there’s still time for final gift and souvenir shopping and a little relaxing in cafés.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 314 m.*

Day 8
Cycle from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to St. Rémy-de-Provence. This ride is about 40 km, which gives you time to explore St. Rémy, and the asylum of Van Gogh.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 314 m.*

Day 9

Day ride from St. Rémy up to Les Baux (shorter ride). A longer ride (highly recommended) takes you across the Alpilles and through several charming towns.
Distance: up to 50 km, elevation gain 545 m.*

Day 10.

Linger before departing.

*Longer distances possible. Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

 

"We thought your service was really excellent. The Crillon Le Brave was excellent, beautiful room and a very good service. The tour could have been slightly longer rides but there was always extra loop options to keep you busy. It is a beautiful country for cycling and we did not find the hills too hard"

- K Tracey


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