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.*
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.*
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.*
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