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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
  • 1 dinner
  • 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.
  • Extra transfer
    - Orange station > Vaison : 65 €uros week & day time / 89 €uros Sunday+Bank hol & night time
    - Avignon > Vaison : 90 €uros week & day time / 100 €uros Sunday+Bank hol & night time
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Our Suggestion : Add an extra day & ride around the Mt Ventoux .. or go for the Mont Ventoux climb ! Contact us 

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.
  • Night in l’Isle sur la Sorgue.
  • Market on Monday morning in Bédoin
  • Great market on Saturday in Pernes les Fontaines

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 61 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 500m
      - 500m

Grey stones and colourful sands

gordes roussillon goult heart of the luberon

  • Isle > Gordes > Roussillon > Isle   (37.3 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. Ride back to Isle on a cycle-only path created on a former railway line. Or for a more challenging ride, include visits to the hilltop villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes, and Oppède le Vieux. 
  • Night in Isle
  • Great market on Thursday & Sunday (big one) morning in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Market on Wednesday morning in Roussillon

  • Our Suggestion : Add an extra day and explore the complete "Peter Mayle’s Luberon" in 2 days, with the famous perched villages of Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Lacoste
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Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 33 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Towards Van Gogh’s Provence

eygalieres saint remy olive oil olive groves van gogh

  • Isle > Cavaillon > Eygalières > St Rémy  (20 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.
  • 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.
  • Night in Arles.
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday in St Remy de Provence

Day 7

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

Wild Camargue & flamingoes

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  • 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. 
  • 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 
  • Extra transfer 
    - Stes Marie > Arles station : 85 €uros week & day time / 110 €uros Sunday+Bank hol & night time
  • We recommend: extend your day in Saintes Maries de la mer, and enjoy the wild & endless sand beaches on the Med sea
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • 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

    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

    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 Nevons *** - Isle

    Hotel 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.

    Comfort accommodation : Superior room when available

  • Hotel Canto Cigalo ** - St Remy

    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 Acacias ** - Arles

    Hotel Acacias ** - Arles

    The 2 stars Acacias Hotel entirely renovated has 33 modern and very comfortable rooms in the centre of Arles, the ideal place to rest and relax whilst staying in an exceptional location in the heart of the town.

  • Hotel Le castelet - Stes Maries de la mer

    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.

  • Hotel Le Burrhus - Vaison

    Hotel Le Burrhus - Vaison

    Set in the main square of Vaison la Romaine with a quaint terrace overlooking the town.

    The owners have a penchant for modern art: the hotel and its rooms are used as a gallery, showcasing art and regularly hosting new exhibits.

    Simple but comfortable rooms and an exceptionally warm welcome!

  • BB L'Atelier - Bedoin

    BB L'Atelier - Bedoin

    A charming BB in the heart of the village Bedoin, with a warm welcome by Pierre the owner. You will appreciate the shaded courtyard and the terrasse. Free car park, and of course a locked secured garage for the cyclists.

    Table d'hote available as from 4  persons ( to be booked ahead)

  • BB La Prevote - Isle

    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 du Soleil *** - St Remy

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Sous les Figuiers *** - St Remy

    Hotel Sous les Figuiers *** - St...

    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 Nord Pinus **** - Arles

    Hotel Nord Pinus **** - Arles

    For the more discerning traveller who wants something unique, set only a few steps from the Roman Arenes the mythical 4 star Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus features 26 individually beautifully decorated rooms, a treasure-trove of memorabilia of the era of Picasso, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret who populated the hotel in its original heyday. Enjoy a drink at the famous hotel bar where Fernandel already enjoyed his Ricard and watch the world go by on the Place du Forum...

  • Hotel Vila de la mar - Stes Maries

    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
Treat yourself and go for the E-BIKE option !
  • 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 
Order your trip's GPS FILES !
  • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
  • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
  • Sup of 25 €uros
  • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
Add an extra day & go for the Mont Ventoux !

Add an extra day & ride around the Mont Ventoux .. or go for the Mont Ventoux climb !

  • Contact us for the sup
  • You can add an extra night in Bedoin with 2 cycling options : 
    - The summit of the famous Mont Ventoux
    Bedoin > Mont Ventoux > Bedoin > Avignon - 56km - +1800m/-1800m
    Tour of Mont Ventoux via Sault
    Bedoin > Sault > Bedoin - 95 km - 59 miles - +1600m / -1600m
Add an extra day & and explore the complete

Add an extra day and explore the complete "Peter Mayle’s Luberon" in 2 days !

  • Contact us for the sup
  • Add an extra day and explore the complete "Peter Mayle’s Luberon" in 2 days : 
    - with the famous perched villages of Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Lacoste
    - Crossing the Calavon valley,  you cycle through truffle oak plantations, along lone almond and cyress trees. You reach 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. Then Ménerbes ans its famous truffle museum, all the way to the tiny little charming perched village of Oppede le Vieux
Enjoy a HALF-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
  • Morning 9am / Afternoon 2pm transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
  • Half-day wine tour with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
    * Visit of a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
    * 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 back to Avignon at the end of the wine tour
  • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
  • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday & bank holidays
    Enjoy a FULL-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
    • Morning 9am - 5pm : transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Full-day wine tour with a wine expert  (non private) including : 
      - A walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grape varieties, climate and soils specific to Chateauneuf du Pape.
      - Private visit to a family run winery. Explanation about the vinification and aging process + wine tasting (including barrel wine tasting)
      - Second wine tasting in a different winery
      - Lunch: At a traditional restaurant in Chateauneuf du Pape (lunch is not included in the tour price)
      - Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellasr in the area) + wine tasting
      - Private visit to a traditional organic winery
      - Chocolate and wine tasting (if time permits)
    • 5pm : Transfer back to Avignon at the end of the day
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday & bank holidays
      Repatriation insurance - 8 days > 2 weeks trip
      • 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
      • 1 dinner
      • 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

      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 280 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 400 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 695 €uros
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