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

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Day 7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
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

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

8 days / 7 nights, with 6 days of cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vaison-la-Romaine / L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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 $2,160
Single Supplement: US $540

Classic Accommodation: US $2,625
Single Supplement: US $660

Luxe Accommodation: US $3,125
Single Supplement: US $780

Premier Deluxe Accommodation: US $3,675
Single Supplement: US $920

Bike Rentals

Hybrid or Racing Bikes: US$325

E-Bikes: US$560

The price of e-bike rentals takes into consideration the additional cost for delivery and pick-up as we source the best available in the region, which may not be convenient to the trip start and/or finish.

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 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 L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

1

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.*

2

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 775m.* 

3

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 610m.* 

4

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

Gordes

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.*

6

Day 6

Gordes

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.
Ride Distance: 36 km, elevation gain 417 m or 47 km, gain 352 m.* 

7

Day 7

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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.
Ride Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 314 m.*

8

Day 8

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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.


Domaine la Camarette, Pernes-les-Fontaines

This vineyard property was a 17th century farm owned by the Marquis de Camaret, and was bought by the Gontier Family in 1960, where they earned a reputation for wine making. Today, the 3rd generation manages the wine estate and offers one of our favourite restaurant experiences in all of Provence, with exquisite cooking in a charming setting.


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.


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Mas de Cure Bourse, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

This 18th Century property was purchased in 2012 by Sophie and Karin Bajolle. There is over 6 acres of fruit trees surrounding the property so it is quite peaceful and the swimming pool is very inviting. There is a restaurant here with sophisticated home cooking and lots of great restaurants in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 4 km away.


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.


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Mas de Cure Bourse, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

This 18th Century property was purchased in 2012 by Sophie and Karin Bajolle. There is over 6 acres of fruit trees surrounding the property so it is quite peaceful and the swimming pool is very inviting. There is a restaurant here with sophisticated home cooking and lots of great restaurants in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 4 km away.


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.


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Grand Hotel Henri, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

This 4-star hotel has just recently opened after extension renovation and boasts a location right in the centre of this charming village. There is an excellent restaurant and bar/terrace to enjoy.


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.


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La Maison Sur la Sorgue, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

This luxurious property is one-of-a-kind hotel with a harmonious blend of history, art and design. With just 4 suites, it feels more like the mansion of a family friend. Plunge pool and verdant courtyard garden.



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
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
Randonnee Tours offers cycling tours in Provence, France
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Trip Reviews

October 27, 2022

“Love the routes, the accommodations and the destinations. We most enjoyed the people we biked with, the boutique hotels, the routes along quiet country roads and the places we visited.”

October 27, 2022

“Our Travel Advisors were always very polite and responsive. We really enjoyed the area, visiting little towns, food and drink.”

October 27, 2022

“What a treat! We loved the character and the staff at each hotel. Excellent and lovely hotels – this was beyond our expectations and we were so excited to go to the next town to see where we would be staying! The support we received was excellent – with all the lead up questions & planning, the support was prompt and on point. The bike route was safe, quiet and very scenic. Amazing GPS directions and the routes were perfect for this group.”

May 28, 2022

“Even though I have high expectations of Randonnee based on our previous experience, I would say my expectations were exceeded because you outdid yourselves in providing outstanding and very scenic routes. You did an excellent job of taking us through spectacular countryside. Loved, loved the places we stayed – lots of character and the people running them were wonderful. How many beautiful French towns can there possibly be? A never ending number obviously based on our trip. Loved both dinners included. Generally the directions were good. Our Travel Advisor was fabulous! Very helpful, very responsive. Really enjoyed interacting with her. Our Area Manager was lovely to deal with.”

November 22, 2021

“The area manager is a valuable contact for Randonnée. We enjoyed her company and her capabilities. We can’t say enough good things about her!”

November 22, 2021

“The accommodations were excellent in every way. Le Beffroi was great! Lovely room, great place and location. Crillon le Brave was an experience. Les Romarins great food and location, we loved it. Nice mix of destination, towns, cities, country. Our Travel Advisor was extremely helpful and accommodating. The area manager was a sweetie and was available to help.”

November 22, 2021

“Historical and local info was great. Directions were, for the most part, fantastic and very easy to follow. Wonderful accommodations choices! We loved the properties and the hosts, all of whom greeted us warmly and treated us really well. The properties were special. Difficulty was exactly appropriate – not too easy, not too hard. We had a fantastic experience! Great service from Randonnee staff in Vancouver and from our area manager. Love the routes Randonnee chose and the accommodations where we stayed. We’ll certainly do another tour with you in the future.”

November 22, 2021

“We thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip and scenery.”

November 22, 2021

“We had lots of options so our tour was as difficult as we wanted it to be. The hills were actually must gentler than the ones we have at home! Our Area Manager was great. She gave us many good suggestions for restaurants and things to see, many of which we followed up on. And they were all great suggestions! We also got to meet the driver in Provence who was moving our luggage around. We hired his cab to go to one of our dinners but we had our date wrong and when we got there, the restaurant was closed. He found us a pizza place in town, waited until it was ready and brought us back to the hotel. Lovely man!”

October 7, 2021

“Beauty of rides, great towns you had us visit, nice accommodations (loved hotel in Mazan, very memorable)- can not wait for my next Randonnee trip. It was a great trip- the routes were great and your suggested stops perfect. This trip exceeded my expectations. Penny made a wonderful meal and a wonderful host! Great job on where to stop and eat – very helpful so we don’t need to figure it out. Good bikes and good fit. Our Area Manager was a nice guy. I have done a trip with you 22 years ago (honeymoon), 10 years ago (50th birthday) and this trip (60th birthday). Next one will be sooner than 10 years wait! Thanks for a great trip!! 10/10 again!”

June 9, 2019

“We were particularly impressed by Hotel Le Mas des Romarins.”

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