Cycling and walking in 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 tapenade piquant. Listen to the splash of fountains in village squares lined with rustling plane trees.

Location

Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, France

Day 1+2

Gigondas

Gigondas, France

Day 3

Gordes

Gordes, France

Day 4

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Day 5

St-RĂ©my-de-Provence

Saint-RĂ©my-de-Provence, France

Day 6+7+8+9

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

8 nights hotels
Transfers between Vaison, Gordes, and St-RĂ©my
All breakfasts and 2 dinners (1 dinner for Casual/B&B version)
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date between April 1 and 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.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

9 days / 8 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vaison-la-Romaine / St-RĂ©my-de-Provence

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Rides: 10 to 50 km (6 to 31 miles). Walks: 10 to 16 km (6 to 10 miles), 3 to 4 hours. Your Route Instructions provide information on each walk and ride, so that you can select the ones appropriate for you.

TERRAIN

Some hills every day of minor to moderate difficulty. Shorter or longer rides possible.

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US $1,530
Single Supplement: US $520

Classic Accommodation: US $2,010
Single Supplement: US $595

Luxe Accommodation: US $2,990
Single Supplement: US $810

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Getting There Vaison-la-Romaine, Gordes, and St-Rémy-de-Provence are all about 650 km southeast of Paris. Access is via either Avignon or Orange, which can be reached via the TGV (high speed train), and are only a three to four hour journey from Paris. Transfer to Vaison, Gordes, or St-Rémy via public transportation. We will provide you with detailed instructions. The region can also be reached by air or from other gateway cities such as Marseille, Lyon or Nice. We’ll provide you with detailed instructions.

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Day 1

Vaison-la-Romaine

Arrival 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.

2

Day 2

Vaison-la-Romaine

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: up to 23 km, elevation gain 337 m.*

3

Day 3

Gigondas

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: up to 58 km, elevation gain 539 m.*

4

Day 4

Gordes

Today you’re transferred to Gordes, your base for two days. Take time to explore Gordes, then walk to Sénanque Abbey, enjoy the peace and tranquility of its valley setting, and explore the Bories Village, made up of round stone huts some of which are hundreds of years old.
Distance: 49 km, elevation gain 140 m.*

5

Day 5

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 

Today bike to Roussillon, a village of red ochre. Add a ride to the perched village of Lacoste, home of the Marquis de Sade. Or explore L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, called the “Venice of the Comtat”, then Fontaine de Vaucluse, on your way to Ménerbes, on it rocky promontory.
Distance: up to 71 km, elevation gain 502 m.*

6

Day 6

St-Rémy-de-Provence 

Begin with a transfer to St-Rémy-de-Provence, where you’ll stay for three nights. Stroll through this pretty town, then walk to Glanum and Les Antiques, ancient sites with magnificent Roman ruins, then continue to Les Deux Trous, a scene painted by van Gogh.
Distance: 37 km, elevation gain 291 m.*

7

Day 7

St-RĂ©my-de-Provence

Enjoy a ride to Eygalières, an artists’ village on a mostly flat ride, with fine views of the Alpilles range from nearby St-Sixte Chapel. Extend to the ruined “eagles’ nest” village of Les Baux. Take a more direct route to Les Baux through the Val d’Enfer, the “Valley of Hell”, or head there on foot.
Distance: up to 50 km, elevation gain 377 m.*

8

Day 8

St-RĂ©my-de-Provence

Cycle to Mas Blanc-des-Alpilles. Follow tiny canals through the garden of Provence on this flat ride. Extend your easy ride to the castles of Beaucaire and Tarascon.
Distance: various options- see Route Instructions.*

9

Day 9

St-RĂ©my-de-Provence

Take a final stroll in St-RĂ©my before heading off for your next adventure.

Many daily cycling options for distances of 20-60+ km and elevation gains of 100-500 m. Hiking options for distances of 3-13 km.

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

Casual/B&B

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L'Evêché, Vaison-La-Romaine

A luxurious B&B located in the haute village with just five guest rooms, this property was once owned by the bishop of Vaison. There are great views of the old town and the castle, and lively Vaison with great restaurants is a stroll away.


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Le Verger, Gordes

Situated in the rolling hils of Gordes, Le Verger offers a rustic and comfortable stay. Terrace balconies offer fantastic views of the surrounding countryside while the garden side pool offers a refreshing dip.


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HĂ´tel du Soleil, Saint-RĂ©my-de-Provence

This tranquil 3-star hotel is a short walk (300 m) from the historical centre. There is a swimming pool and many shaded areas to relax on the surrounding terrace.


Classic

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Hotel Le Burrhus, Vaison-La-Romaine

This hotel overlooks a pretty square right in the heart of Vaison. The hotel has been recently renovated, and often hosts art exhibits in the hotel’s lounges; the owners are very friendly and there is dedicated garage for bike storage. Straight Talk: rooms are smallish and aren’t completely sound-proofed, but we have often stayed here and enjoyed.


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Hotel Les Romarins, Gordes

A charming boutique hotel & restaurant with views over Gordes, and an inviting swimming pool and gardens. Walking distance (500 m) to several options for dinner.


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HĂ´tel Gounod, Saint-RĂ©my-de-Provence

Gounod who wrote the opera Mireille here. The property has been renovated using stylish furnishing and rich colours. There is a pool and garden in the courtyard. Straight Talk: this hotel has a distinctive personality that can be a jolt to some: “It’s one of those eclectic lodgings blending a great deal of comfort, a little bit of flamboyance, lots of mediterranean, and ample personality….The decor is bold and sensual, quirky perhaps, in that it mixes the classical with occasional strong colours; the overall effect is very pleasant and more than a little bit dreamlike.” Secret Places


Luxe

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Hotel Beffroi, Vaison-La-Romaine

Located in the medieval village, this chateau features lovely gardens, a restaurant and a pool. It is in one of the most beautiful 16th century mansions in the Old City of Vaison; you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.


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La Bastide de Gordes & Spa, Gordes

At the heart of the perched village of Gordes, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, the 5-star La Bastide de Gordes offers all the splendour of a former stately home with swimming pool and terraced gardens. The hotel combines charm, elegance, comfort and luxury. Restaurant and spa services available.


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L'Atelier de L'Image, Saint-RĂ©my-de-Provence

This chic and modern 4-star hotel has been established around the theme of photography and has a gallery. There is a Resto-Bar that serves Japanese and French cuisine in contemporary decor or on the terrace in summer.



Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Trip starting at
USD $1,530

Tour Reviews

June 9, 2019

“We had a wonderful time. The weather was so good to us! And all the hotels you booked for us were just great. We especially loved the rich dĂ©cor, delicious breakfast and helpful folks at Hotel Gounod. Our favorite hike was The dentelles de Montmiraille, Spectacular! Thank you for your help it was a grand vacation.”

September 8, 2007

“Very relaxing and great countryside to ride through. Would do it again.”

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