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Cycling in the Provence vineyards, Ventoux and the Luberon

Cycling in the Provence vineyards, Ventoux and the Luberon


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  • This guided tour also includes a support vehicle starting at 6 participants

Beginning in Châteauneuf du Pape, and through the heart of a sea of vines, we cycle gently from village to village to village, remaining off the beaten track. Our route takes us to the Roman town of Vaison la Romaine, home to France's largest Roman achaeological site.

Small country roads then lead us to the foot of Provence's highest peak: Mont Ventoux. We'll tackle the upper slopes to the very summit (optional), where a 360° panorama includes the entire chain of the Alps. We then head southbound to the Luberon Mountains,  whose stunning and colorful villages are perched high above the Calavon valley. It's a cycling holiday of contrasting countryside and local encounters, in one of the world's top cycling locations. 

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  • Cycling trough the famed vines of Châteauneuf du Pape
  • ( Optional ) Cycling to the summit of Mont Ventoux 
  • The Roman ruins and medieval village of Vaison la Romaine & its famous market
  • The vineyards & cherries blnakting the foot of the Ventoux
  • The famous hilltop villages of the Luberon : Gordes, Roussillon
  • The quaint town of Isle sur la Sorgue and its famous market & antiques
  • Excellent accommodations throughout the holiday
  • ( Optional ) Cycling to the summit of Mont Ventoux 
  • 6 délicious dinners & 5 lunches included

Day 1

Arrival in Avignon, city of Popes

Avignon, Rhône river, Pope's palace,

  • Avignon  
  • Your Provence cycling tour begins at 6pm with a welcome meeting with your guide in the heart of Avignon, city of the Popes. The town harbors the 14th century gothic palace that once served as home to the papacy, old walls that still remain intact and circle Avignon completely, and the 12th century Pont d’Avignon that today spans only partway over the mighty Rhône.
  • Enjoy a traditional and authentic Provencal meal in Avignon with your group.
    Night in the heart of the old city.
  • Access : Regular train line from Marseille airport, and from Paris to Avignon with the SNCF

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 42 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300m
      - 200m

From Châteauneuf du Pape Vineyards to the Roman Vaison la Romaine

Châteauneuf du Pape, wine, vineyards

  • Châteauneuf du Pape > Cairanne > Vaison la Romaine > (26 miles)
  • Lunch included
  • A short transfer by taxi whisks us away from the bustle of Avignon and to Châteauneuf du Pape, the most prestigious of the Rhône Valley wine villages. With our trusty bikes we take small country roads through a veritable sea of vines, taking the time to stop along the way and discuss everything wine-related. After all, we're cycling through the world's second largest vineyard. After lunch we head eastward and climb ever-so-slightly, following the Ouvèze river to Vaison la Romaine, our home for the next two nights. Our hotel is nestled in the heart of the medieval village, while the new town and Roman ruins are sprawled out in the plains.  
  • Dinner at our hotel and night in Vaison la Romaine

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 28 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300m
      - 300m

Market day in Vaison la Romaine

  • Vaison la Romaine > Mollans sur Ouveze > Puymeras > Vaison la Romaine (17 miles)
  • It’s Tuesday morning market day in Vaison! The streets and squares are full with market stalls and bursting with fresh produce, spices, local specialties, and intricate Provencal crafts and textiles. We take the time to explore the market, and pick up our picnic fare. Our loop ride takes us along the banks of the Ouvèze river and past the sleepy village of Mollans sur Ouvèze. A short but steep climb leads us to our secluded picnic spot before a freewheeling descent to the village of Puyméras. Here we visit the local wineries and enjoy a wine-tasting of some of the local vintages.
    Dinner is not included this evening but there are plenty of great options in town. Or your guide can help you organize a wine and cheese evening at your hotel...  
    Second night in Vaison la Romaine. 

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 35 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 450m
      - 350m

from one wine-making village to another

vines, grapes, Provence

  • Vaison la Romaine > Séguret > Gigondas > Beaume's de Venise > Bédoin   (22 miles)
  • Lunch included
  • The cycling tour continues to the medieval town of Séguret, listed among the most beautiful in France, offering us an opportunity to dismount and stroll along the old cobbled streets. The village of Gigondas isn’t much farther, world famous for its red wines, tucked under the imposing limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Pedaling into the village of Beaumes de Venise, the local specialty is naturally sweet white wines made from Muscat grapes, sipped in the shade with a single ice cube. The picturesque back country roads lead us to the foot of Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest peak. We reach the town of Bédoin, legendary for its role as the start of Tour de France climbs up the mountain. We check into our hotel, hidden in the pine forest, where we can take a refreshing dip in the pool.
  • Dinner included and night in Bedoin.

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 71 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 700m
      - 1800m

Mont Ventoux, the Nesque Gorge and lavender fields

  • Bedoin > transfer to the uper slopes of the Mont Ventoux > Mont Ventoux summit > Lavender fields of Sault > the Nesque gorge > Bedoin (44 miles)
  • Lunch included
  • Don't be discouraged by the long distance covered today: it's mostly downhill. Or not: as it's your choice ! We've organized a transfer to take us to the upper slopes of the coveted Mont Ventoux, so that we only tackle the final 6km to the top. We soak up the incomparable ambiance of cycling on Mont Ventoux, and test our legs on what is arguably the most arduous bike climb in France. Some of you may wish to complete the entire climb from the base, and others may wish to begin at the summit itself. Whichever your choice, we'll all be at the summit together, all of Provence at our feet, the entire chain of the Alps visible in the distance. After an exhilarating descent along the eastern slopes, we reach the lavender fields of Sault. Looping back to the west we cycle down the Nesque Gorge, a breathtaking canyon road whose gentle slopes hang vertiginously above the canyon, the narrow road winding through tunnels carved into the limestone.  
  • We return to Bedoin for dinner included and a second night. 

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 50 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 300m

To the Luberon mountains

fontaine, Provence, France

  • Bedoin > Pernes les Fontaine  > Isle sur la Sorgue > Cabrières d'Avignon (30 miles)
  • Lunch included
  • Biking southward on gentle slopes downhill, we pass cherry orchards, truffle-oak plantations and muscat vineyards before reaching Pernes les Fontaines. A lively town, Pernes boasts 40 magnificent fountains, quaint village streets and squares. Farther south we reach the town of l’Isle sur la Sorgue, veritable island of a village, entirely surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river. The quays are lined with waterwheels, cafés and antique shops, while the old heart of town boats a labyrinth of tiny streets and squares to stroll through. Beyond l’Isle sur la Sorgue we tuck into the Calavon Valley, and hop on a bike-only path along a disused railway line. It leads us to our small hotel, in the heart of the Luberon countryside, home for the next two nights.
  • Dinner included and night in Cabrières.

Day 7

    • Distance :
    • 40 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 400m
      - 400m

Famous Gordes and Roussillon

  • Cabrières d'Avignon > Gordes > Roussillon > Cabrières d'Avignon (25 miles)
  • Lunch included
  • In a décor of old stone walls and centuries-old shepherd’s huts, the Luberon Mountains are dotted with some of the most spectacular villages in Provence. Today we visit two of them. Gordes: its massive stone buildings rising vertiginously from the Calavon valley and crowned by its renaissance castle. Roussillon: set on the world’s largest ochre deposit, its homes painted in every hue of pale yellow to deep red, a rainbow-of-a-village highlighted by the ever-present Provencal sun. For lunch – weather permitting – we’ll visit a unique herb farm and enjoy a home-cooked meal by our host. After lunch we hop back on the Calavon cycle path, leading us right back to our hotel.
  • Dinner included and night in Cabrières d’Avignon.

Day 8

    • Distance :
    • 15 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 150m

Market in l'Isle sur la Sorgue

  • Cabrières d'Avignon > Isle sur la Sorgue
  • A short ride past the quiet villages of Cabrières and Lagnes leads us back to l'Isle sur la Sorgue, and just in time to enjoy their FAMOUS SUNDAY market. We've included a return transfer to Avignon today but we recommend that you book your ongoing travel from Avignon no earlier than 5pm to be able to enjoy a leisurly lunch in l'Isle sur la Sorgue after the market. 
  • RETURN : regular trains from Avignon to Paris on the SNCF

    GUIDED TRIP - The rates and supplements are per person and subject to availability

    Go to the TRIP INFO section:
    - to check the minimum of person BASIS of this trip
    - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement

    Dates Sup. Status
    From Sun Aug 19 2018
    to Sun Aug 26 2018

    For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged.
    > Refer to our TRIP INFO section

    • Cloitre Saint Louis - Avignon

      Built around a 16th century cloister in the heart of medieval Avignon, within the old ramparts, and steps from the town's historic monuments. The hotel combines the prestige and elegance of the old with every modern amenity.

      Swimming pool on the roof and fine Provençal cuisine.

    • 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

      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 Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      In this 18th century farmhouse, discover the timelessness of the Luberon under the shade of the plane trees.
      Enjoy a warm welcome and the Provençal Art de Vivre in a 12-acre park, roses creeping in the patio and lavender blooming next to the fountain.
      13 spacious rooms and a pool to relax.
      Enjoy a table d'hôte dinner, prepared by your host with fresh products from local markets.

    The rates are per person,  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

    • 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 

    Guided trip rates

    • The rates are per person (shared room)
    • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
    • Guaranteed departure as from 4 persons
    • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers


    • 7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 5 lunches (picnic or bistro)
    • 6 dinners
    • Day 1 to  8 : all taxi transfers and luggage transfers  
    • An English speaking bike guide during the whole tour
    • High quality hybrid bikes for the duration of the tour 
    • A support vehicle with driver from 6 or more participants
    • All activities described in the itinerary


    • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
    • Entrance fees into museums (not included in the itinerary)
    • insurance
    • drinks, items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement
      Charming accommodation : 580€

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