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Mont Ventoux cycling Shortbreak

Mont Ventoux cycling Shortbreak


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The Mont Ventoux climb is a mecca for amateur cyclists all around the world, often touted as the most difficult climb by bicycle in France, and made famous by the Tour de France cycling race. Experience cycling Provence's Mont Ventoux on a 3 day week end – 4 days if you have time - an extra day to enjoy the tour of the Mont Ventoux via Sault

We'll pick you up in Avignon for a transfer to Bedoin, starting point of the mythical Mont Ventoux climb. From Bedoin, the summit is vertical mile higher, with an average gradient of 7.5%

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

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  • Cycling Mont Ventoux, the giant of Provence 
  • Free-wheeling down the Nesque Gorge
  • A complete circumnavigation of Mont Ventoux at its base via Sault, in the heart of the lavender region
  • The charming cyclists' village of Bedoin

Day 1

Your arrival in Provence

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  • Avignon > Bedoin   
  • Your trip begins in Avignon, with a transfer to Bedoin. Night in Bedoin
  • for PRESTIGE accommodation: you'll be transferred to Mazan, just 10km from Bedoin.
    Night in Mazan during your stay.
  • Market on Monday morning in Bedoin and Mazan
  • Access: Regular train line from Paris and Marseille airport > Avignon 
  • We recommend : have an extra night in the beautiful medieval city of Avignon, with the famous Pope’s palace !

Day 2

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

Cycling up Mont Ventoux

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  • Bedoin > Mont Ventoux summit > Bedoin (34 miles)
  • 2 descent options : 
    - Classic descent directly to Bedoin
    - Descent via the spectacular Gorges de la nesque 
  • Today is the big day ! From Bedoin, the summit is a vertical mille from Bedoin. With an average grade of 7.5%, you climb on roads starting from Mediterranean flora all the way to the moonscape that covers the top. The first 5km are the easiest : a moderate uphill through the vineyards and orchards, passing the hamlet of Sainte Colombe. Then, as oak, cedar and then beech forests appear along the road, the climb becomes steeper, before reaching Chalet Reynard. The tower then comes into view, and the forests give way to bare rock with 6km left to the summit.     
  • Once at the summit, you have 2 options:
    - Classic descent via Mont Serein directly to Bedoin
    - Descent via the spectacular Gorges de la nesque, adding an extra 35km = total of 90km with lots of freewheeling descent !
  • Night in Bedoin

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 28 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 200 m
      - 200 m

The Foothills of Mont Ventoux

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  • Optional morning ride : Bedoin > Crillon > Mormoiron > Bedoin ( 18 miles ) 
  • You can enjoy a leisurely bike ride this morning, through the vines and cherry orchards that blanket the plains. They'll lead you through the perched village of Crillon le Brave,  just a handful of tightly grouped homes set atop the hill, with wide-sweeping views of the Rhône Valley.    
  • Transfer from Bedoin to Avignon. End of your trip in Avignon.

    • Distance :
    • 95 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 1600 m
      - 1600 m

OPTIONAL extra cycling day

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  • If you have extra time, we highly recommend adding an extra cycling day to your trip !
  • Bedoin > Sault > Brantes > Malaucene > Bedoin (59 miles)
  • It’s a complete circumnavigation of Mont Ventoux around its base.
    You cycle up the seldom-used Gabelle road, climbing up from the sleepy village of Flassan. You reach Sault and admire the vast expanse of lavender fields before tucking in behind the mountain, along the Toulourenc valley. Here you cycle through forgotten villages, far from the tourist radar, including Reilhanette and Brantes, the later deserving a lengthy visit. You reach the tiny village of Veaux and cross the Toulourenc (an you can go for a dip here) before a winding road leads you to Malaucène, and then back to Bedoin. 
  • Night in Bedoin

  • For a 4 days / 3  night tour, rate for 2 persons ( room shared)  
    - See the supplement in the EXTENSION section below
    - INCLUDING : 1 extra hybrid bike rental, 1 extra night BB, 1  extra ride with roadbook notes & map
    - 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 + 20€
    • 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 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 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 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
  • 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.

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 climb the Mont Ventoux with a carbon bike !
    • Our model - LOOK Endurance 566 with Shimano compact (50/34) - or equivalent - are cutting-edge in the industry, and perfect for the Mont Ventoux climb. It’s an ultra-light bike, its frame made entirely of carbon
    • 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 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 & ride around the Mont Ventoux .. or go for the Mont Ventoux climb !

  • Contact us 
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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 of hybrid bike rental 
  • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region


  • All lunches not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement
    Simple accommodation : 85 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 85 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 155 €uros
    Prestige accommodation : 240 €uros
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