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!

Location

Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, France

Day 1+2

Pernes-les-Fontaines

Pernes-les-Fontaines, France

Day 3+4

Gordes

Gordes, France

Day 5+6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

5 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
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

2019 & 2020
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.
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

6 days / 5 nights, with 4 days of cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vaison-la-Romaine / St. Rémy-de-Provence

ACTIVITY LEVEL

45 km daily average (30 miles). Extra km possible.

TERRAIN

Some hills every day of minor to moderate difficulty.

COST

Casual/B&B Accommodation: US $1,360
Single Supplement:US $370

Classic Accommodation: US $1,450
Single Supplement: US $445

Luxe Accommodation: US $1,950
Single Supplement: US $550

Premier Luxe Accommodation: US $2,250
Single Supplement: US $750

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 or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There 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 Gordes.  

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Day 1

Vaison-la-Romaine

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-la-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.
Ride Distance: 20 km or 44 km; gain 250 m.*

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Day 2

Entrechaux / Mollans-sur-Ouveze

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.
Ride Distance: 21 km, elevation gain 263 m or 30 km, gain 337 m or 53 km. gain 775 m.* 

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Day 3

Pernes-les-Fontaines

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).
Ride Distance: 57 km, elevation gain 433 m or 68 km 610 m.*

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Day 4

Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Mont Ventoux

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.
Ride Distance: 46 km, elevation gain 257 m or 50 km, gain 254 m or 80 km; gain 1650 m.*  

5

Day 5

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

On to the beautiful Luberon Valley. Pedal past 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.
Ride Distance: 55 km, elevation gain 454 m or 50 km, gain 743 m pt 62 km; gain 554 m.*

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Day 6

Gordes

Depart at your leisure.

*Longer distances possible. 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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Saint Barthelemy, Pernes-les-Fontaines

St Barthélémy is a delightfully restored 18th century farmhouse set in shaded parkland by a small stream and waterfall. The comfortable rooms are furnished in Provençal style. Large breakfasts include home-made pastries and jams. There is no dinner served at the B&B, but staff will be happy to arrange a taxi to Domaine Camarette (our favourite restaurant in the region, just 900 m away) or into Pernes (2 km away) for dinner.


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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.


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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L’Hermitage, Pernes-les-Fontaines

A charming hotel in a former family mansion, set in grounds with 100-year old sycamore trees. There are lovely gardens and a large swimming pool. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but staff will be happy to arrange a taxi to Domaine Camarette (our favourite restaurant in the region, just 2 km away) or into Pernes (2 km away) for dinner.


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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.


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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Chateau de Mazan, Mazan

Located in a small village, this 18th century mansion boasts large guest rooms, a gourmet restaurant and large outdoor swimming pool.


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La Bastide de Voulonne, near Gordes

In the heart of the Luberon, this welcoming hotel is our idea of luxury. With a large outdoor heated swimming pool and a superb restaurant, enjoy the peace and tranquilty of this property. Recommended by Guide de Charme.


Premium deluxe

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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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Le Crillon le Brave, Crillon

Located in a tiny hillside village surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and lavender fields, this 5-star hotel and fine restaurant is renowned throughout France. A member of Relais & Chateaux, this property is listed by Travel and Leisure as one of the top 500 hotels in the world. Enough said.


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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.



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
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
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US $1,360

Tour Reviews

June 9, 2019

“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”

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