The region of Provence is a sensuous land of strong colors; aromatic purple lavender, bright yellow sunflowers and dramatic landscapes are made more vibrant by the extraordinary light here. It was this that inspired painters, poets and now brings cyclists. Our route takes in the medieval city of Uzes, charming St. Remy before reaching Gordes, perhaps the most charming village in all of Provence.
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
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
We recommend you to start your tour on a Saturday so that you can see the market in Saint Remy held every Wednesday. July and August are high season; if you’re planning to travel during this period, it is best to reserve far in advance.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $1,820
Single supplement: US $520
Luxe Accommodation: US $2,980
Single supplement: US $810
Arrival Day. Avignon was once the residence of popes and the historical center is filled with monuments including the incredible Papal palace. The city is also filled with superb restaurants; we’ll recommend our favourite to you…
Cycling west from Avignon, you’ll soon find yourselves immersed in Cote du Rhone vineyards en-route to Tavel, a village that has made wine for centuries. Afterwards, you’ll continue through quaint villages including St. Victor-la-Coste towards Uzes.
Ride Distance: 59 km, elevation gain 616 m.*
On the next day, you’ll ride north to the village of St. Quentin-la-Poterie where you can see the unique style of pottery typical of this region. Afterwards continue to La Roque-sur-Cèze, known as one of les plus beaux villages in France. The riding is along quiet country roads, amongst vineyards and orchards. In Uzès, you’ll stay at a wonderful hotel in the historical center.
Ride Distance: 40 km, elevation gain 457 m or 82 km, gain 1012 m.*
Making your way south, you can visit the extraordinary Pont du Gard, one of the most remarkable sites in Europe. Crossing the Rhone River, you’ll continue on to Barbentane, with its Renaissance chateau and the Abbey de Frigolet, where monks still carry on centuries-old traditions. Arriving to St. Remy, you’ll find it the perfect village to explore, filled with cafes, restaurants and artisan shops. You’ll stay at a comfortable hotel with swimming pool, and a private park.
Ride Distance: 60 km, elevation gain 426 m.*
On your second day here, you’ll ride to Les Baux de Provence with its remarkable pilgrimage site. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the asylum where Van Gogh spent a year painting.
Ride Distance: 48 km, elevation gain 438 m or 43 km, gain 559 m.*
From St. Remy, you’ll ride east, crossing the Durance River at Cavaillon before the ascent to Gordes. You’ll stay at the charming Hotel Le Mas des Romarins with pool and wonderful gardens.
Ride Distance: 61 km, elevation gain 514 m.*
You’ll explore the Luberon visiting Roussilon, an often photographed village situated by the quarry of ochre that is so vibrant in color, Lacoste, famous for its chateau and former owner, the Marquis de Sade and Menerbes which has the best collection of corkscrews in France.
Ride Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 696 m.*
Linger before departing.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
In the heart of Avignon near the Papal Palace this hotel offers sunny rooms with traditional furnishings.
There are many restaurants steps away.
Located in a 300 year old manor house, the hotel combines the charms of an historic building and the modernism of the 21st century. The regional market (and restaurants) are steps away.
The original and oldest hotel in Saint Rémy has been renovated using stylish furnishing and rich colors, reflecting the perfect blend of the old and new of Provence. It boasts a beautiful pool in the courtyard, surrounded by gardens, daily yoga class and a sumptuous spa.
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.
Napoleon, Victor Hugo and Jackie Onassis were just some of the guests that have stayed at this legendary 16th century mansion. The elegant salons are surrounded with tapestries and paintings and the rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated.
This three-hundred-year-old house, tucked away down an alley in the majestic city of Uzès, once the Chambon de La Tour family home and a historic monument, has recovered all its former glory and is now a 5-star boutique hotel. The regional market (and restaurants) are steps away. Member: Relais & Chateaux
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.
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.