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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 ». 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. 
This cycling trips combines the BEST cycling routes of Provence, with both the Van Gogh's Alpilles and the Luberon mountain ranges.
Then comes the Mont Ventoux climb, made far famous by the Tour de France cycling race.  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

A full exploration of Provence with a great challenge ! 

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  • Dec
  • Full circle around the Alpilles - Luberon - Ventoux mountains 
  • 2 dinners included
  • The Roman town of Arles, and the artists' town of Saint Rémy
  • The most beautiful perched villages : Baux, Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux
  • The antiques capital of Isle sur la Sorgue
  • 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 included 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)
  • 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

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

Have an extra ride : the "Tour of Ventoux" via Sault lavender fields !

  • Add a Tour of Ventoux via Sault & its famous lavenders fields ! 
    The lavender blooming season is between Mid June and mid July
  • Bedoin > Sault > Bedoin
  • It’s a complete circumnavigation of Mont Ventoux at its base. The Gabelle road is magnificent as you climb up from Flassan, winding at a regular incline on a seldom-used road. 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. 
    - 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
    • Very high + 50€
    • 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 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 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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...

  • 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 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

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
Go for the ROAD bike option !
    • 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 
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
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 - 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


      • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 4 breakfasts
      • 2 dinners
      • Day 5 : transfer from Bedoin to Avignon
      • Luggage transfer
      • 4 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 : 130 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 260 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 430 €uros
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