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Cycling on the wine roads of Provence

Cycling on the wine roads of Provence

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Wine, wine, and more wine ...!
The Rhône valley is the second vastest wine-making region in the world, a veritable carpet of vines draping a countryside dotted with picturesque villages. You'll see them all, cycling along seldom-used country roads: Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, and the list goes on...

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  • The wine-making villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf du Pape 
  • Cycling along country roads surrounded by vineyards at the foot of the Mont Ventoux
  • 2 dinners included
  • The perched villages of Venasque and Crillon le Brave
  • France's most reputed rosé vineyards: Tavel
  • The picturesque village of Pernes and its 40 fountains
  • The medieval city of Avignon and the "Provençal Venice" Isle sur la Sorgue
  • The great & famous typical Provence market in Pernes & Isle sur la Sorgue

Day 1

Avignon

pont Avignon pope palace provence

  • Avignon 
  • Your trip begins in the heart of Avignon.
    A medieval town on the banks of the mighty Rhône River, Avignon hides many treasures: the Pope’s palace, the 12th century bridge, the 14th century ramparts, still intact, and many museums and churches. Meander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets and discover cafés in open squares, shaded by plane trees.
  • Dinner on your own, and night in Avignon

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 43 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 430m
      - 200m

Cherry orchards and perched medieval villages

isle sur la sorgue coffee on a terrasse by the river so nice

  • Avignon > Isle sur la Sorgue > Pernes les Fontaines > Venasque (26.7 miles)
  • You reach Isle sur la Sorgue, through back roads lined with cypress and old farmhouses. This veritable island of a village is circled by the waters of the Sorgue, with quaint quayside antique shops and a labyrinth of narrow roads in the centre. You continue towards Velleron and Pernes les Fontaines, famous for with its 40 fountains and its Romanesque church. The road begins to climb, winding amid the cherry orchards, before the village of Vénasque comes into view. Off the beaten tourist track, and listed among the most beautiful villages in France, Vénasque is perched defiantly atop a hill. Its homes cling to the very edges, surrounded by a valley of cherry orchards.
  • Dinner included and night in Vénasque.
  • Market on Thursday & Sunday ( famous & big one) morning in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Market on Saturday morning in Pernes les Fontaines

    Day 3

      • Distance :
      • 30 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 450m
        - 390m

    To the foot of Ventoux

    famous breathtaking nesque gorge nesque with fabulous view on mont ventoux

      • Venasque > Villes sur Auzon > Bédoin (26,7 miles)
      • Longer ride : total of 68km with the breathtaking Nesque gorge (42,3 miles, total of +750m / -690m)
      • Today you follow the contours of Mont Ventoux – Provence’s highest peak – cycling at the divide between the cultivated fields and the majestic forested slopes. Villages are nestled at the foot of the slopes. You reach the town of Villes-sur-Auzon, where you can take the scenic detour to climb the Nesque Gorge: a narrow and winding road that hovers above the canyon, through tunnels carved into the natural limestone, with stunning views and lots of picnic opportunities. The village of Bédoin sits at the southern foot of Mont Ventoux, where the famed Tour de France race begins its ascent toward the summit. 
      • Dinner included and night in Bédoin.
      • Small market on Friday morning in Venasque in the high season
      • Market on Wednesday morning in Villes sur Auzon

    Day 4

      • Distance :
      • 52 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 400m
        - 640m

    Through winemaking villages

    cycling in the vinyards gigondas vines vacqueyras cote du rhone great ambiance great wine

    • Bédoin > Beaumes de Venise > Vacqueyras > Gigondas > Chateauneuf du Pape (32,3 miles)
    • Today is a longer bike ride but worth the efforts. Travelling through the most prestigious winemaking villages in the southern Rhône Valley: Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise (sweet muscat whites). You’ll have the chance to bathe (not literally we’d hope!) in a sea of vines, with lots of wine-tasting opportunities along the way. You hit the plains before climbing slightly to Chateauneuf du Pape, the ruins of its castle standing proudly atop parcels of old gnarled vines. Châteauneuf du Pape is the undisputed king of the Rhône Valley wines, their full bodied reds leaving a lasting impression on your palate.
    • Dinner on your own and night in Chateauneuf du Pape.
    • Market on Monday morning in Bédoin
    • Market on Thursday morning in Vacqueyras

    • Have an extra night in Chateauneuf du Pape, explore the prestigious wineries, enjoy the wine tastings, and have a wine tour with a wine expert ! Contact us 

      Day 5

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

      From the vines of Tavel to the Avignon Popes

      great wines of tavel famous rose

      • Chateauneuf du Pape > Tavel > Avignon (26,10 miles)
      • You pedal back towards the Rhône River, and cross it. The vines are replaced by fruit orchards of all kinds, separated by neat rows of cypress trees to confront the mighty Mistral winds. You travel in France's most reputed vineyards destined for rosé wines: the village of Tavel. This prestigious appellation is the only rosé wine to be found on the wine lists of every Michelin 3* restaurant in France. You then continue along seldom-used roads on Barthelasse island, alongside fruit orchards and old farmhouses, a haven of tranquility nestled between two branches of the Rhône River, leading back to Avignon.
      • Dinner on your own and night in Avignon.
      • Market on Friday morning in Chateauneuf du Pape

      Day 6

      Bye Bye in Avignon

      la provence so great art of life

      • After breakfast, take advantage, one last time, of the ambiance of Avignon and its covered market. End of your trip in Avignon.
      • Covered market every morning in Avignon, except on Monday 
      • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
        - 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

      Sup per period
        • Unavailable
        • High + 40€
        • 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 Boquier - Avignon

        Hotel Boquier - Avignon

        A charming 2 star hotel, in the heart of the city of Popes

      • Hotel La Garrigue - Venasque

        Hotel La Garrigue - Venasque

        Located very closed by the beautiful village of Venasque, you can enjoy the tranquility of the hotel surrounded by a shaded garden and a swimming-pool.

        With a great view on the Mont Ventoux

      • 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 La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

        Hotel La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

        La Mère Germaine a real institution since 1922 right in the center of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very famous for its gourmet restaurant serving delicous meals using fresh & local products.

        All 8 rooms have been fully refurbished in 2014, some with village or vineyard view.

      • BB La Villa de Margot - Avignon

        BB La Villa de Margot - Avignon

        In the heart of medieval Avignon within steps of the Papal Palace, Marie welcomes you in one of its 3 rooms and 2 suites of this charming villa of character: a 19th century mansion, a 19th century and antique interior decoration, and a cosy private garden in the shade of centuries-old trees. 

      • Hotel les Remparts - Venasque

        Hotel les Remparts - Venasque

        Set in the heart of one of the most beautiful villages in France, in an authentic Provençal home built on the old village ramparts with a warm welcome from a friendly brother-sister team!

        8 charming rooms, breakfast and dinner served on the veranda with panoramic view.

        Ideal base for exploring the old cobbled streets and the surrounding countryside. 

      • 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)

      • Hotel La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

        Hotel La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

        La Mère Germaine a real institution since 1922 right in the center of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very famous for its gourmet restaurant serving delicous meals using fresh & local products.

        All 8 rooms have been fully refurbished in 2014, some with village or vineyard view.

      • BB Coeur d'Avignon -  Avignon

        BB Coeur d'Avignon - Avignon

        This BB is hosted in XVII th century house, in the heart of the historical center of Avignon. You will enjoy its living room and very bright veranda, and its peaceful courtyard. 

        you will be seduced by the warm welcomed of Lionel - the owner,  the elegance and the charm of the place. 

      • La Maison aux volets bleus -  Venasque

        La Maison aux volets bleus - Ve...

        Located in the heart of the hilltop village of VENASQUE - one of "The Most Beautiful Villages of France" - the BB "La Maison aux volets bleus " is a charming 18th century mansion stone house.

        You will enjoy the exceptional panoramic view of the Mont Ventoux from  the vast living room, the 2 terraces,  and the flowered courtyard, by the fountain.

        Breakfast is served on the terrace with the stunning view, or, if the  morning is chilly, by the fireplace in the living room with its huge bow window.

        A memorable stay hosted by Martine and Jerome, the owners.

      • 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
      • Hotel La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

        Hotel La Mere Germaine - Ch.neuf

        La Mère Germaine a real institution since 1922 right in the center of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very famous for its gourmet restaurant serving delicous meals using fresh & local products.

        All 8 rooms have been fully refurbished in 2014, some with village or vineyard view.

      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 
      Join a Food & Wine gourmet tour in Avignon !

      This Food & Wine day Tour offers the perfect combination of food, wine and sightseeing. It will please every food and wine lover ! You meet local artisans and taste regional products (small groups of max 8).
      - From 9am, the 3h30h tour stimulates your taste buds as you walk through picturesque parts of the town and learn about culinary traditions and local history, from the oldest bakery in town to the best artisan chocolate maker. At the end of the tour, we wash everything down with a tasting of a Châteauneuf du Pape wine, the region’s most prestigious wine. 
      - The tour includes 10 tastings, olive oil and a wine tasting.
      - Subject to availability
      - Différent program in July & August : contact us 

      Enjoy the Chateauneuf du Pape wine experience
      • 9am : 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
      • Lunch on our own in the village of Chateauneuf du pape
      • Afternoon 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 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 & bank holidays
        Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
        • 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

        • 5 nights double occupancy with private facilities
        • 5 breakfasts
        • 2 dinners
        • Luggage transfers days 2 to 5
        • 4 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 : 160 €uros
          Comfort accommodation : 195 €uros
          Charming accommodation : 270 €uros
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