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Cycling from Ventoux to the Mediterranean Sea

Cycling from Ventoux to the Mediterranean Sea


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With the Mistral winds at your back you coast towards Van Gogh’s home in Saint Rémy, nestled at the foot of the Alpilles. Perched defiantly is the village of Les Baux de Provence, hovering above the olive groves. It’s the flatlands from here, and after visiting Arles you head into the vast park of the Camargue, on tiny roads under the flight of pink flamingoes and to the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • A complete and diverse experience of Provence
  • A change of scenery and landscape every day
  • 2 dinners in great selected restaurants
  • Cycle through the most stunning villages of Provence from mountains to sea
  • The famous typical markets of Vaison & Isle sur la Sorgue
  • The lively Roman city of Vaison la Romaine & Arles
  • A stunning finish through the salt flats and to the Mediterranean Sea

Day 1

The Roman wonders of Vaison

vaison market mont ventoux vineyards

  • Access : Regular bus lines from Orange station > Vaison. You can take the train Avignon > Carpentras (20mn) and then the regular bus line Carpentras > Vaison.
    We can of course also arrange a private transfer from Avignon or Orange : contact us.
  • Make your own way to Vaison la Romaine, France’s largest Roman archaeological site. Spend time wandering through the expansive Roman ruins before crossing a 2000 year-old bridge and up to the Medieval village. Perched dizzyingly on the rock above the Ouvèze River, the cobbled streets lead up to the ruins of the 12th century feudal castle, from where the view extends to the entire town and to far-reaching countryside. Dinner on your own and night in Vaison.
  • Famous market on Tuesday morning in Vaison la Romaine

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 43 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 650m
      - 500m

Towards the foot of Provence’s highest mountain

gigondas vacqueyras wine cycling in the vineyards

  • Vaison > Gigondas > Bedoin  (26.7 miles)
  • In the background all day is Provence’s highest mountain, Mont Ventoux, its barren limestone peak soaring above the plains. Cycling through the most prestigious of Côtes du Rhône landscapes, you reach Gigondas and its world-famous vineyards, with plenty of opportunities to stop at estates and taste their delicious reds. Through olive groves and a sea of vines, you cycle to Beaumes de Venise, a quaint village known for its sweet Muscat wines. Through a succession of tiny and forgotten villages, on back roads lined by oak forest and orchards, you reach Bedoin, legendary starting point in the Tour de France for the ascension of Mont Ventoux, arguably the hardest climb in all of France. Dinner included and night in Bedoin.
  • Small market on Thursday morning in Beaumes de Venise

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 34 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 900m
      - 800m

Through cherry orchards and timeless villages

pernes cherry isle sur la sorgue famous market view on the mont ventoux

  • Bedoin > Pernes > Isle sur sorgue (26.7miles)
  • The landscapes at the foot of Ventoux are dotted by small villages, off the beaten tourist track, where you can explore tiny streets and centuries-old homes. On seldom-used roads, you’ll pass cherry orchards, Côtes du Ventoux vineyards, and truffle oak plantations. You reach Pernes-les-Fontaines, a lively town full of cafés, with its 40 ancient fountains scattered in the village. Your destination is l’Isle sur la Sorgue, veritable island of a town, surrounded entirely by the green and clear waters of the Sorgue River. The town is world renowned for its antique shops, while the Sunday market fills the entire centre with a display to stimulate all the senses. Dinner on your own and night in l’Isle sur la Sorgue.
  • Market on Monday morning in Bédoin
  • Great market on Saturday in Pernes les Fontaines

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 43 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150m
      - 400m

Grey stones and colourful sands

gordes roussillon goult heart of the luberon

  • Isle > Gordes > Roussillon > Bonnieux > Ménerbes > Maubec   (21.1 miles)
  • The eye-candy is endless for today’s ride, so you better get an early start! In landscapes dotted with dry-stone huts and ancient stone walls, you reach two of the most spectacular villages of Provence. First is Gordes, its majestic grey stone homes rising vertiginously over the Calavon valley, and crowned by its renaissance castle. Then Roussillon, its colourful homes painted in every hue of yellow-orange-red, with the natural pigments taken from the ochre quarry set just beside the village. Crossing the Calavon valley, you reach Peter Mayle’s Luberon. Perched villages loom above as you cycle through truffle oak plantations, along lone almond and cyress trees. You reach the tiny village of Maubec, Dinner included in the village and night in Maubec.
  • Great market on Thursday & Sunday (big one) morning in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Market on Wednesday morning in Roussillon
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 37 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 200m
      - 250m

Towards Van Gogh’s Provence

eygalieres saint remy olive oil olive groves van gogh

  • Maubec > Cavaillon > Eygalières > St Rémy  (23 miles)
  • The lively town of Cavaillon awaits, filled with restaurants and cafés, and bursting with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Through farmlands and endless orchards, you cross the Durance river. You cycle towards the charming village of Eygalières, surrounded by vast olive groves, its beautiful stone houses set atop a hill, and up to the ruins of its castle. You reach Saint Rémy, a second home to Van Gogh and birthplace of Nostradamus, an artists’ town filled with colour and light, bustling with busy cafés. Dinner on your own and night in St Remy de Provence.
  • Market on Monday morning in Cavaillon
  • Market on Friday morning in Eygalieres

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 50 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 300m

Les Baux de Provence and Arles

cycling les baux de provence perched village maussane arles

  • St Rémy > Les Baux > Maussane > Arles (31miles)
  • Just outside St. Rémy, visit the monastery of Saint Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh spent a year of his life and did some of his best work. Through the pine forests, wildflowers and thyme laden hills of the Alpilles, the village of Les Baux will soon appear, listed among the most beautiful villages in France. The village is perched like a nest, high above the famous olive groves below, sitting atop a rocky crag and crowned by the ruins of its feudal castle. The Alpilles mountains make up the last hills before a final straightaway toward the sea. The landscapes then give way to large expanses of farmland and lone farmhouses, with bull ranches and rice paddies on the horizon. The city of Arles appears out of nowhere, its coliseum and Roman theater only two of the many monuments the Romans left behind. Dinner on your own and night in Arles.
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday in St Remy de Provence

Day 7

    • Distance :
    • 54 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 100m

Wild Camargue & flamingoes

cycling on the sea well wild flatlands flamingo arles gypsy

  • Arles > Stes Maries (33.5 miles)
  • Beyond Arles, heading south, you enter the delta of the Rhône river, not more than a few feet above sea level, a never-ending landscape of salt-cracked earth and untamed lagoons. This is the Camargue region, a birder’s paradise, where herons, egrets, pink flamingoes, and dozens of other species come to nest and fish in the shallow pools. The lands are devoid of homes and buildings, until suddenly Saintes Maries de la Mer appears in the distance, its disproportionate church dwarfing the bunched, whitewashed homes that make up this small town on the sea. The town has a distinct Gypsy influence. It was here that their patron saint Sara drifted ashore 2000 years ago after fleeing Palestine, her remains set in the town’s church. Dinner on your own and night in the heart of Saintes-Maries de la Mer.
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in Arles

Day 8

Bye bye Provence …

saintes maries de la mer arles

  • End of your trip in Saintes Maries de la mer after breakfast
  • Market on Friday in Stes marie de la mer
  • Return: regular bus line Saintes Marie > Arles : see the Line 20 - bus schedule
    Private transfer from Saintes Maries to Arles (45 min - from 85€ ): contact us 
  • We recommend: extend your day in Saintes Maries de la mer, and enjoy the wild & endless sand beaches on the Med sea
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR : The rates and supplements are per person 
  • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
     The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
  • BOTH are subject to availability
  • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
    - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
    - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

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Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

> For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
> See in our TRIP INFO section
> Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

  • BB Tilleuls Elisee - Vaison

    In Vaison la Romaine, this charming BB offers 5 comfortable rooms with a view either of Mont Ventoux or the medieval town and the olive grove surrounding the renovated farmhouse.

    A savoury breakfast is served on the peaceful terrace: home-made jams and seasonal fruit under the shade of the hundred-year-old linden tree.

    You will remember Anne & Laurent warm welcome.

  • Hotel Escapade - Bedoin

    At the foot of Provence's giant Mont Ventoux, right in the heart of Bedoin, the 2* hotel-restaurant Escapade welcomes you on its shaded terrace for a drink, and watch keen amateur cyclists attack the slopes of Mont Ventoux.

    The chef Frédéric Garcia - Maître-Restaurateur - cooks a delicious typical cuisine.

    A small hotel, simple yet comfortable, that offers a very relaxing atmosphere.

  • Hotel Les Nevons - Isle

    Modern hotel, entirely air-conditionned, 42 simple yet comfortable rooms.

    Situated along the Sorgue River, just a few steps from the old centre of Isle sur la Sorgue, and the antique shops. Pool on the roof and a garage for our cyclists.

  • Belle de nuit - Oppede

    Belle de Nuit is a traditional Bed and Breakfast located in one of the most fascinating villages in Provence, Oppède le vieux. Blessed with spectacular landscape and architecture, this unusual village attracts sightseers coming from all around the world.

    A few steps from the town square and its lively cafés, this historic home has kept an obvious charm with the friendly welcome of Laurie & Roger

  • Hotel Canto Cigalo - St Remy

    A family-run hotel, just 15mn walking from the historic centre, with a large garden and a swimming pool. Comfortable rooms with air-cond. You will appreciate the quietness and the great welcome.

  • Hotel Regence - Arles

    A 2 stars hotel, the Regence hotel is located in the heart of the city.

  • Hotel Le castelet - Stes Maries ...

    Ideally loacted on a quietd road in the heart of Saintes Marie de la mer village, Elsa and Frederic Molinier welcome you warmly in their small family-run hotel.

  • BB Tilleuls Elisee - Vaison

    In Vaison la Romaine, this charming BB offers 5 comfortable rooms with a view either of Mont Ventoux or the medieval town and the olive grove surrounding the renovated farmhouse.

    A savoury breakfast is served on the peaceful terrace: home-made jams and seasonal fruit under the shade of the hundred-year-old linden tree.

    You will remember Anne & Laurent warm welcome.

  • Hotel Escapade - Bedoin

    At the foot of Provence's giant Mont Ventoux, right in the heart of Bedoin, the 2* hotel-restaurant Escapade welcomes you on its shaded terrace for a drink, and watch keen amateur cyclists attack the slopes of Mont Ventoux.

    The chef Frédéric Garcia - Maître-Restaurateur - cooks a delicious typical cuisine.

    A small hotel, simple yet comfortable, that offers a very relaxing atmosphere.

  • BB La Prevote - Isle

    In the heart of the antiques capital, Severine hosts you in a 17th century convent restored with taste, set atop the flow of the Sorgue river, with 5 warm & refined rooms.

    Jean-Marie proposes his gastronomic cuisine in the former church and its charming courtyard, combining local and Mediterranean products in the purest Provençal tradition.

  • BB Jardin d Ivana - Oppede

    At the foot of the charming village of Oppède le Vieux - among the vineyards and olive groves - the BB Le Jardin d' Ivana is nestled in the countryside - along a small seldom-used road - with a swimming pool and views on the Luberon.

    Nadine and Yvan love to receive new guests and are happy to prepare a "table d'hote" dinner.

    A family-atmosphere & friendly BB, ideally located between the Luberon mountains and facing the magnificent peak of Mont Ventoux.

  • Hotel du Soleil - St Remy

    Set in Saint Rémy de Provence - only a stone’s throw from the monuments and quiet landscapes immortalized by Van Gogh- this fully 3* hotel has been recently fully refurbished.
    The old building is hidden in a quiet courtyard, surrounded by a swimming pool, and also offers a spa.
    For the cyclists, there is a garage for the bikes.

  • Hotel Le Forum - Arles

    Only a short walk from the famous arenas and the Roman Theatre, facing the Van Gogh café, this beautiful restored old house welcomes you in one of its 38 indidivually decorated and air-conditioned rooms. Breakfast can be taken in the charming inner courtyard. Take a swim and relax!

    The perfect location for your stay in Arles.

  • Mas des Salicornes - Stes Maries

    Situated within 10 mn walking from the city centre of Les Saintes Maries De La Mer, this recently renovated countryside hotel features a pool, restaurant & bar.

    All of the 24 air-conditioned guest rooms have a terrace and overlook the garden.

    The seasonal Salicornes’ restaurant serves typical cuisine from the Provence region, and you can enjoy an after-dinner drink at the bar.

  • Hotel Le Beffroi - Vaison

    Set in the heart of medieval Vaison la Romaine, in a setting of steep cobbled streets and centuries-old buildings, the hotel Le Beffroi consists of two private mansion houses built in 1554. Charming and elegant rooms are set around a spiraling staircase of 500 years old.

    The atmosphere here is more of a private home than a hotel, with Christine & Yann welcome. The location provides stunning views, terraced gardens and  a swimming pool overlooking the town.

  • Hotel des Pins - Bedoin

    Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, looms over the 25 refined and contemporary rooms of the 3* hotel, set in magnificent sculpted gardens, complete with a swimming pool: a recipe for guaranteed relaxation.

    In the restaurant: fresh ingredients from Provençal markets set on tables under the shade of plane trees.

    • Minimum 2 nights
  • BB Le Clos Violette - Isle

    A truly unique place right in the center of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
    Le Clos Violette is a prestige guesthouse, featuring 5 spacious Suites and a heated indoor pool, set in a 17th century mansion, entirely renovated and beautifully decorated with refined antique furniture.

    You will feel at home hosted by the truly friendly Réjane & Richard, with a welcome drink upon arrival in the library or in the shade of the garden’s 100-year old lime tree

  • Bastide du Bois Breant - Maubec

    Set in the sleepy tiny village of Maubec, at the foot of the Luberon : the hotel - once a truffle farm - is now converted into a charming BB, decorated wth refined antique furniture.

    A 5 acre park, centuries-old oak trees and a heated pool to relax in a peaceful countryside.

  • Hotel Sous les Figuiers - St Remy

    A small and charming hotel, in a quiet area, a few steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy de Provence.

    Entirely renovated, most of the 13 rooms have a terrace leading to a lovely garden shaded by centuries-old fig trees. Have a savoury breakfast on the terrace and relax next to the swimming pool.

    You will remember by the great welcome of Giselle, Catherine & Kups.

  • Hotel Le Calendal - Arles

    The hotel with its own spa is a short walk from Arles' many treasures. A 17th century building opens out to a peaceful garden, under the shade of a 300-year-old hackberry tree. 38 Provençal rooms overlook the cobbled streets, the Amphitheater, the Antique Theater, or the gardens.

    A quaint restaurant for lunch.

  • Hotel Vila de la mar - Stes Maries

    Located in the heart of the village of Saintes maries and 100 m from the beach, the Vila of the Mar is a charming 4* hotel, mixing design and nature with a chic mind in a relaxed and family atmosphere.

    The rooms – decorated “design & vintage” - have a fully equipped terrace.

    You will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool - heated in summer and covered in low season -, the spa … and the private beach just 5 minutes from the hotel

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

  • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
  • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
  • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
  • Provence is hilly, and most of the prettiest villages are “hilltop”, meaning you have to climb to get there...
  • Our E-bike becomes a WONDERFUL COMPROMISE: while still pedaling, you can access to a perched village without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend
  • Have a look at our E-bike section 
  • Rates : per E-bike 
  • You bring your own GPS DEVICE (Garmin) with you ?
    You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
  • Total sup of 25 €uros
  • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
  • Extra day after day 2 - Depart from Bedoin
  • SIMPLE accommodation
  • Bedoin > Mont Ventoux > Bedoin ( 56 km, 34.8 miles, +1800m / -1800m)
  • From Med brush to a moonscape above the tree line, the Mt Ventoux ascent has an average grade of 7.5%, with 22km of pure uphill. Often touted as the hardest climb in France, Ventoux is attracting cyclists from all over the world. The first 5km are the easiest. Then - as you climb through the oak, cedar and then beech forests - the slopes are at their most severe. By the time you reach the Chalet Reynard, with only 6km left to go. The summit is magnificent, with a breathtaking view. Congratulations !  You've climbed the "cyclist's Everest"!
  • Rate include : 1 extra hybrid bike rental, breakfast & dinner at the Hotel Escapade in Bedoin. Sup single : 30€. If you travel SOLO : contact us
  • Extra day after day 2 - Depart from Bedoin
  • CHARMING accommodation
  • Bedoin > Mont Ventoux > Bedoin ( 56 km, 34.8 miles, +1800m / -1800m)
  • Once at the top you have a 360° view, Alps to the north and the plains of the Rhône to the south, the Rhône River snaking its way down to the Mediterranean Sea. Congratulations !  You've climbed the giant of Provence !
  • Rate include : 1 extra night with breakfastat the Hotel Blueberry in Malaucene. Sup single : 60€. 
    If you travel SOLO : contact us
  • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
  • Rate : for a trip from 8 days > 2 weeks = 14 days
    Supplement for a trip above 14 days
  • See the insurance contract here 

TRIP rates 

The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability


  • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 delicious dinners
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 8
  • 6 days hybrid bike rental 
  • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region


  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature


  • If you choose the SIMPLE & COMFORT level accommodation:
    you will stay 1 night in the charming village of Oppede - instead of Maubec (Day 4)
    The itinerary will be slightly arranged. But don't worry : you will just cycle in a different way on the same seldom-used roads.
  • SINGLE supplement
    Simple accommodation : 285 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 455 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 600 €uros
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