4 days/3 nights
longer options available

Start any date between April 1 and October 31

Cycling and walking are the activities available for this Short Escape

Rides: 13 to 60 km (8 to 38 miles)
Walks: 3 hours average

Your Route Descriptions will provide you with information on distances and terrain and you can choose each day which ride or walk to take

The terrain is moderately hilly, but there are options for rides with climbs or flatter routes

Vaison-la-Romaine and Beaune Short Escapes are our easiest biking choices

Classic Accommodation: US$865

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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 (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.

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Provence Short Escape Cycling & Walking 4 Days
Select the ultimate destination to sample the best of Provence. Vaison-la-Romaine was chosen by the Romans as their favourite location in the region, and the local charm and colour have not faded. Explore superb Roman ruins in the old town. Wander among the maze of narrow streets in the medieval quarter, which culminates in a dramatic ruined castle. Enjoy one of the best markets, held every Tuesday morning, and relax in cafés on squares lined by plane trees. Then head out into the surrounding countryside for superb bike rides to Côtes-du-Rhône wine routes and walks into the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains and along the flanks of Mont Ventoux.


Vaison Short Escape Cycling & Walking 4 Days Day 1
Arrive in Vaison-la-Romaine, where you stay for three nights. Visit the famous Roman ruins, then explore the medieval quarter perched high over the town. Your bicycle is waiting for you, so you can go for a warm-up ride.
Distance: 30 km, elevation gain 419 m or 23 km, gain 337 m.*

Day 2
Today’s activities are up to you. You have the full dossier of rides and walks to choose from. You could cycle through apricot and cherry orchards to Malaucène, a quintessentially Provençal town. There’s a pleasant walk from Malaucène part-way up Mont Ventoux to a chapel. Or explore the Dentelles with a walk to the remote, perched village of Crestet, now home to an art centre.
Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 254 m or 31 km, gain 124 m.*

Day 3Vaison Short Escape Cycling & Walking 4 Days
Today ride to Entrechaux, set against Mont Ventoux and with a ruined castle looming high over the village. Add loops to Mollans-sur-Ouvèze, or Buis-les-Barronies. From Mollans there’s a walk to Pierrelongue, where a church perches high on a rocky spire. Or wind your way among wine villages, past Cairanne and then Rasteau, known for a sweet dessert wine. Add a loop to Sablet and Séguret hugging the Dentelles mountains. Extend your Route du Vin tour to Gigondas and beyond. Consider a walk into the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail, among vineyards and lacy, rocky peaks.
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 445 m or 57 km, gain 447 m or 55 km, gain 539 m.*

Day 4
Enjoy more time exploring Vaison or head out on one of the rides or walks in your dossier that you’ve saved for today. Then depart for your next adventure.

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

"The inn was lovely, I have a lot of experience at picking out nice accommodation, so "meeting my expectations" is high praise. The overall experience is excellent. We only wish we had more days to explore the area; you supplied us with enough cycling and walking tours to fill a week."

- M. Ellen

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