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Cycling from Ventoux to the perched villages of Provence

Cycling from Ventoux to the perched villages of Provence

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This trip goes along the cherry orchards and vineyards of Ventoux, the perched villages of the Luberon and the olive groves in Van Gogh's Alpilles, cycling along the back roads of Provence.

You ride at the foot of the Tour de France legendary Mont Ventoux. Through cherry orchards? you reach the Luberon hills and explore its hilltop villages: Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux. And finish along the traces of Van Gogh in the plains and hillsides of Provence - through olive groves and vineyards - to the medieval perched village of Les Baux.

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  • Authentic countryside at the foot of Mont Ventoux
  • The perched villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste ..
  • The "Provencal Venice" Isle sur la Sorgue and its famous market & antiques
  • The cafés and restaurants of Saint Remy de Provence
  • The vast olive groves of the perched medieval village of Les Baux
  • A paradise of rolling hills and small back roads along cherry orchards vineyards 

Day 1

Nestled at the foot of Mont Ventoux

Avignon heart of provence pope palace

  • Avignon > Mazan  
  • Transfer in the afternoon from Avignon to Mazan, set at the foot of Provence’s highest mountain: Mont Ventoux. Dinner included and night in Mazan
  • Small market of local producers on Saturday morning in Mazan
  • Access: Regular train lines from Paris CDG airport and Marseille city-airport > Avignon on the SNCF website
  • We recommend : spend an extra night in Avignon, and discover this beautiful medieval city .. with the Pope's palace not to be missed !

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 37 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 350m
      - 350m

Below Provence’s highest mountain

venasque famous perched village pernes les fontaines beautiful cherry orchards in blossom

  • Mazan > Crillon > Beaumes de Venise > Mazan (23 miles)
  • You cycle towards the foot of Ventoux, on small roads lined by orchards and vines. You visit the town of Bédoin, start of the infamous Tour de France climb of Mont Ventoux. A bit farther is the village of Crillon le Brave, a handful of medieval homes set atop a hill, from where the views of the plains are wide-sweeping. You continue your ride to Beaumes de Venise, known for its sweet muscat wines, before returning to Mazan.
    Dinner on your own and night in Mazan.
  • Market on Monday & Thursday morning in Mazan
  • Market on Monday morning in Bedoin

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 50 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 600m
      - 400m

Cherry orchards and vineyards

gordes spectacular ride

  • Mazan > Pernes > Isle > Gordes (24.8 miles)
  • From Mazan you head southwards and through the heart of the countryside, you reach the pretty town of Pernes les Fontaines, whose centre is filled by no less than 40 old stone fountains. A bit farther is Isle sur la Sorgue, a small town completely surrounded by the clear waters of the Sorgue river and whose quays are lined with antique shops and cafés. Your day’s journey ends with a spectacular climb to the village of Gordes, perched high on the rock, where your hotel sits at the very top. Dinner and night in Gordes
  • Market on Monday & Thursday morning in Mazan
  • Great market on Saturday morning in Pernes les Fontaines
  • Market on Thursday & Sunday (big & famous one) in Isle sur la Sorgue

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 41 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 650m
      - 650m

The most beautiful villages in France

roussillon ochre quarries

  • Gordes > Roussillon > Bonnieux > Gordes (25.5 miles)
  • From Gordes, you head eastward through the rolling hills, laden with thyme and lavender fields. Up on the hill in front of you is Roussillon, a village painted in colourful reds, orange, and yellows from the former ochre quarry below. Visit Roussillon before reaching the heart of the Luberon, exploring the villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste, the last crowned by the ruins of the Marquis de Sade’s castle. Return to Gordes for your second night. Dinner on your own and night in Gordes.
  • Market on Thursday morning in Roussillon
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

    Day 5

      • Distance :
      • 32 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 300m
        - 200m

    Olive groves underneath Les Baux

    les baux de provence medieval perched village among olive trees and vineyards

    • Gordes > Orgon > St Remy > Les Baux (19.9 miles)
    • A short transfer takes you and your bikes across the Durance River. You cycle on quiet roads and quickly reach the foothills of the Alpilles mountains, blanketed by olive groves, vines, and sunflower fields, passing lone farmhouses and cypress trees. You pass the quiet village of Eygalières and then reach St. Rémy: an artists’ village where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. You then climb up the heart of the mountain on a narrow and windy road, and at the pass you have a majestic view to the south, including the village of Les Baux. Dinner and night in Les Baux de Provence.
    • Market on Friday morning in Eygalières
    • Market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy de provence

    Day 6

      • Distance :
      • 49 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 400m
        - 400m

    Roman city of Arles

    arles coliseum rome of provence

    • Les Baux > Maussane > Arles > Les Baux (30.5 miles)
    • You cycle around the base of the Alpilles mountains, along shaded streets lined with old villas, and through unassuming towns. You visit Maussane - famous for its olive oil mills - before reaching the plains, taking you to the Roman city of Arles, complete with its coliseum and other Roman monuments. Dinner on your own and night in Les Baux.
    • Market on Thursday morning in Maussane
    • Great Market on Wednesday & Saturday (big one) morning in Arles

    Day 7

    Bye Bye Provence !

    typical market in provence

    • Les Baux > Avignon
    • After breakfast, transfer to Avignon. End of your trip in Avignon
    • Return : regular train lines from Avignon > Marseille city-airport, Paris on the SNCF website
    • 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

    Sup per period
      • Unavailable
      • High + 60€
      • Low

    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

    • Hotel Le Siecle - Mazan

      Le Siècle is a family-run  - still charming - hotel in a 16th century mansion house, nestling in the heart of the winegrowing village of Mazan.

    • BB Les Balcons du Luberon - Gordes

      This recently refurbished 18th century Provence farmhouse - 5mn from the centre of the village of Gordes - features 5 elegant rooms, a pool & garden from where you'll discover breathtaking views of the plains, the surrounding villages, the castle and the unique dried-stone houses of the region.

      Etienne - a former chef - proposes an elegant and typical provencal cuisine "table d'hote dinner" ( upon reservation only )

    • Hotel La Reine Jeanne - Les Baux

      In the heart of the perched village of Les Baux, the hotel La Reine Jeanne is a small family-run hotel, with rooms fully renovated.
      Overlooking one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alpilles mountain range, this famous medieval village has been designated as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
      You will enjoy the terrace, and the great restaurant with a panoramic view on the valley ..

    • BB Le Jardin de Mazan

      Le Jardin de Mazan - located in the heart of the village - is a renovated XIV and XVII century mansion house.

      A beautiful garden and a swimming pool surround the house under the shade of the 100-year-old cedar tree.

      Agnes and Eric welcome you warmly, and proposes Table d'hôte dinner ( to be bokked ahead )

      • 2 nights minimum ( 3 nights in July & August ) 
    • BB La Borie

      Set just 800m from the heart of the village of Gordes (8mn walk), and including a 500 year old dry-stone hut – or “borie” – which now houses the kitchen.
      The 4 quaint rooms are set in a modern addition to the guest house.

      Swimming pool and beautiful views of the Luberon mountains.
      Christine makes you feel like at home!

      • 2 nights minimum
    • Hotel La Reine Jeanne - Les Baux

      In the heart of the perched village of Les Baux, the hotel La Reine Jeanne is a small family-run hotel, with rooms fully renovated.
      Overlooking one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alpilles mountain range, this famous medieval village has been designated as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
      You will enjoy the terrace, and the great restaurant with a panoramic view on the valley ..

    • BB Le Jardin de Mazan

      Le Jardin de Mazan - located in the heart of the village - is a renovated XIV and XVII century mansion house.

      A beautiful garden and a swimming pool surround the house under the shade of the 100-year-old cedar tree.

      Agnes and Eric welcome you warmly, and proposes Table d'hôte dinner ( to be bokked ahead )

      • 2 nights minimum ( 3 nights in July & August ) 
    • Mas de la Beaume Suite - Gordes

      A short walk from the centre of the prestigious village of Gordes, Wendy welcomes you at this very charming BB : a restored stone farmhouse, set in an idyllic garden of olive and cypress trees.

      The suite is finely decorated with linen curtains, flowers strung from the old wood beams, and old furniture .. with a terrasse !

      Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

      • 2 nights minimum
    • Hotel Mas d Aigret - Les Baux

      Hidden in the heart of the Alpilles mountains, with an exceptional view on the medieval fortress of Les Baux and its surrounding olive groves, the hotel Mas d'Aigret has 15 charming rooms set in a centuries-old building - harmoniously restored - with  a swimming pool in the garden.
      Les Baux de Provence medieval village being designated as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
      Refined Provençal cuisine served in a breathtaking setting, carved into the stone grotto, laden with fossils, and complete with a majestic stone fire place.

    • Chateau de Mazan

      At the foot of Mont Ventoux, this majestic Chateau - once the dwelling of the infamous Marquis de Sade - was built circa 1720, during France's early Regency Period. It was here, in 1772, that the Marquis organized the very first Theatre Festival in France.

      The hotel -  located in the heart of the village, at the foot of the Mt Ventoux - a swimming poll, and all rooms and suites have a view on the flowered garden. The gastronmic restaurant proposes a traditionnal provencal cuisine.

    • Hotel La Bastide de Gordes - Gordes

      Set atop the village of Gordes, this luxury 5* hotel hovers dizzyingly above the Calavon valley, with awe-inspiring views.

      The hotel offers a swimming pool - with a panoramic view on the Luberon -,  and gastronomic cuisine:  1 michelin star at the Peir restaurant with the famous chef Pierre Gagnaire.

      Access to the SISLEY spa is included to soak your cycling/walking muscles...

    • Hotel Oustau Baumaniere - Baux

      More than 60 years of excellence for this 5* deluxe hotel, originally a 16th century Provençal stone farmhouse, set in a magical setting, at the foot the famous medieval Baux de Provence village.

      The Oustau de Baumaniere shaped the life of the tiny village of Les Baux de Provence, attracting and endless list of famous guests, including the Queen of England and Charles de Gaulle.

      The exquisite Oustau restaurant has 2 Michelin stars, the Cabro d'Or proposes a refined cuisine : both of them use their organic products, along with the vintage wines of the outstanding cellar.

      You will experience a memorable stay ..

    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 
      • This is the perfect holiday to take advantage of our carbon bike !
      • Our model - CANNONDALE Synapse Carbone 105 Triple plateau - or equivalent - are cutting-edge in the industry, and famous by amateur cyclists. It’s an ultra-light bike, its frame made entirely of carbon: the ultimate in performance. Equipped with Shimano parts
      • You can ride with flat pedals, or you can bring your own automatic shoes & pedals,
      • We recommend the full carbon bikes only for those used to riding them. Though sleek and light, the bikes sacrifice comfort for speed, they’re more difficult to handle, and they’re not really meant to stop every 10km to visit villages… and automatic shoes also makes for difficult walking.
      • Have a look at our Carbon bike section 
      • Sup : per Carbon 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
    • 9h: Morning transfer Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Morning : choice of 2 self-guided loop walks in the vineyards of Chateauneuf - with a road-book -  passing along the way the wine estates of: Vaudieu, Nalys, Solitude, Chateau Mont Redon
    • 1pm: gourmet lunch at the famous restaurant "La Mère Germaine"
    • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
      * Walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grapes
      * Private visit to a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
      * Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellars in the area) + wine tasting
      * if time permits,  chocolate and wine tasting
    • Transfer to Avignon at the end of the day and night in Avignon
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday
      • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
      • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
        Supplement for a trip above 7 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

      INCLUDED

      • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 6 breakfasts
      • 3 dinners
      • Day 1: transfer around 4.30pm from Avignon to Mazan
      • Day 5: transfer with your bags and bikes from Gordes to the start of your ride
      • Day 7: transfer from Les Baux to Avignon
      • Luggage transfers days 1 to 7
      • 5 days hybrid bike rental 
      • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region

      NOT INCLUDED

      • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature
      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 205 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 295 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 530 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 1620 €uros
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