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Cycling Provence and Mt Ventoux in 5 days

Cycling Provence and Mt Ventoux in 5 days

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The Mont Ventoux climb is known worldwide as the « Everest of the cyclist », and made far famous by the Tour de France cycling race. Experience cycling Provence Mont Ventoux on a 3 day week end – 4 days if you have time for an extra day to enjoy the tour of the Mont Ventoux via Sault. 

We pick you up in Avignon for a transfer to Bedoin, starting point of mythical Mont Ventoux. From Bedoin, the summit is 1 km and a half higher in the sky, with an average grade of 7.5%

If you have time for an extra warm up day : go for a complete circumnavigation of Mont Ventoux at its base, all the way to to Sault

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  • Cycling Mont ventoux, the Giant of Provence
  • Free-wheeling down the Nesque Gorge
  • The most iconic routes, made famous by the Tour de France
  • Optional extra day : complete circumnavigation of Mont Ventoux to Sault

Day 1

Roman Arles

arles the rome of provence in the heart of provence gypsy and roman amphitheater

  • Your biking adventure begins in the heart of Arles, the Provence "Rome". Take the time to discover the roman town of Arles, gateway to the Camargue, a lively town whose streets are set around a 2000 year-old Roman coliseum. Dinner on your own and night in Arles.
  • Market on Wednesday & saturday (big one) morning in Arles
  • Access : regular train line sfrom Avignon - Marseille - Paris > Arles on the SNCF website

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 66 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 500m
      - 450m

From Van Gogh Alpilles Mountains to the Durance Valley

cycling in Van gogh landscape to st remy and les baux perched medieval village in the olives groves

  • Arles > Les Baux > Saint Rémy > Cavaillon > L'Isle sur la Sorgue (41 miles)
  • Leaving Arles, you head northward, passing the very spot where Van Gogh painted his "Starry Night over the Rhône". You ar riding towards a first chain of mountains - Les Alpilles - a jagged limestone massif heading east-west. Cycling up into the heart of the mountains, you reach the perched medieval village of Les Baux, hanging defiantly on its rocky crag, overlooking its prized olive groves. A freewheling descent takes you down the north face of the Alpilles and to the artists' village of St. Rémy. Van Gogh spent the last year of his life here, from where he did his most prolific and acclaimed work. Heading eastward you then cross the Durance Valley. You follow small country lanes across the fertile plains, lined with fruit orchards, to reach the town of l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Dinner in town and night in l'Isle sur la Sorgue.
  • Market on Wednesday & Saturday morning (big one ) in Arles 
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy de Provence
  • Market on Monday morning in Cavaillon

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 73 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 1000m
      - 1000m

The famous perched villages of the Luberon

famous perched village in the heart of luberon and peter mayle

  • Isle sur la Sorgue > Gordes > Roussillon > Bonnieux > Isle sur la Sorgue (45.4 miles)
  • Today's loop ride takes you to visit the most beautiful of the region's perched villages! And they call them the "perched" villages of Provence for a reason: high above the plains, and sometimes set dizzyingly above the rock upon which they were built, the high vantage-points offered better protection from enemies. With each climb under your belt the beauty of each village is unveiled: Gordes and its rings of homes sweeping upwards towards its castle, Roussillon and its village homes painted in a palette of colour from pale yellow to deep red, Bonnieux and its labyrinth of winding streets to its Romanesque church, huddled below majestic cedars, and the village of Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of Sade's castle. Dinner on your own and second night in l'Isle sur la Sorgue.
  • Market on Thursday & Sunday ( big famous one) in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Market on Thursday in Roussillon

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 81 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 1300m
      - 1100m

The spectacular Nesque gorges and lavender Fields

on the way to bedoin and the mont ventoux the nesque gorge

  • Isle sur la Sorgue > Monieux > Nesque Gorge > Bedoin  (50.3 miles)
  • On most trips, we simply follow the arc of Ventoux's plains, and towards Bedoin. But that's not enough of a challenge: in the sleepy village of Méthamis, you take a seldom-used road winding eastward and upward, gaining 500m in elevation to the St. Hubert farm. With an overhead view of the vast lavender fields, you reach the village of Monieux. Then the real fun begins: arguably the most spectacular cycling road Provence has to offer:les Gorges de La Nesque. Set above a spectacular canyon, a slow and winding 20km descent twists through limestone arches, at times the gradient barely discernible if not for your roaring speeds. Exhilarating...
    You touch down in the village of Villes sur Auzon, back in the plains. With the summit of Mont Ventoux staring at its closest, you defiantly head closer to its base, to the village of Bedoin. Dinner included and night in Bedoin.
  • Market on Thursday & Sunday ( big famous one) in Isle sur la Sorgue

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 56 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 1800m
      - 1800m

The famous Mont Ventoux

cycling and riding the summit of the famous mont ventoux giant of provence famous with the tour de france

  • Bedoin > Mont Ventoux - several options > Bedoin > Avignon (34.8 miles)
  • Second option : Tour of Ventoux via Sault: about 95 km - 59 miles - +1600m / -1600m
  • No beating around the bush. You're at 300 meters, and the the summit soars a km and a half higher in the sky. From Med brush to a moonscape above the tree line, with an average grade of 7.5%, and without a single moment of reprieve : you're facing 22km of pure uphill. Often touted as the hardest climb in France, Ventoux is a true test for your climbing legs, attracting amateur cyclists from all over the world. The first 5km are the easiest, a gradual uphill through the orchards and vines, passing the hamlet of Sainte Colombe. But 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 gradient is more forgiving, but through a bare rock whose landscapes are often fiercely swept by the Mistral. The final hairpin turn towards the summit stands before you like a wall, but with the goal in view you find the energy to surge over the top... There are several options to return to Bedoin, but it's all downhill from here. Or mostly...
    Back to your hotel, transfer back to Avignon by taxi, at the end of the day. End of the tour in Avignon !
  • Market on Monday morning in Bédoin
  • We recommend : spend an extra night in Bedoin, and have your transfer to Avignon the next day ! 
  • 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
    • Low
    • High + 20€
    • Very high + 50€

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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
    • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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

  • 2 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Day 1 : transfer from Avignon to Bedoin
  • Day 3 : transfer from Bedoin to Avignon
  • 2 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 : 80 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 80 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 150 €uros
    Prestige accommodation : 230 €uros
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