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Provence challenge: Cycling from the Pont du Gard to the Ventoux summit

Provence challenge: Cycling from the Pont du Gard to the Ventoux summit

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Covering all of the Provence region we hold so dear, this challenging bike tour is our most complete: Avignon, Pont du Gard, the flatlands of the Camargue, the Mediterranean Sea, the Alpilles and Luberon Mountains, and last but certainly not least cycling the Mont Ventoux! 

Along the most beautiful roads of Provence,  you explore the beautiful scenery of vineyards , lavender fields, and perched villages in the heart of the genuine & remoted Provence.

From 50-100km per day, and with a few small and not so small hills added to the mix, this trip takes you where none of our other tours do: breathtaking canyon roads, villages far off the tourist radar, and to the very roof of Provence...

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  • All the best and most rewarding rides in Provence
  • Spectacular variety of countryside, from the Med sea to the Mont Ventoux 
  • Full circle around the Alpilles - Luberon - Ventoux mountains 
  • 1 dinner
  • The famous Pont du gard 
  • The artists' town of Saint Rémy, the medieval Avignon, and Arles the roman
  • The most beautiful perched villages : Baux, Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux
  • The antiques capital of Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Free-wheeling down the Nesque Gorge
  • A final-day ascension of cycling Mont Ventoux

Day 1

Medieval Avignon

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  • Your challenging biking adventure begins in the heart of Avignon, famed for its Popes, Pont d'Avignon bridge, its labyrinth of cobbled lanes, all framed by its imposing 14th century ramparts, still intact. Dinner on your own and night in Avignon.
  • Access : regular train line sfrom Paris, Marseille city/airport on the SNCF website

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 49 km
    • Elevation :
    • + +550m
      - -400m

From the Avignon Popes to the Dukes of Uzes

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  • Avignon > Tavel > Uzes (30 miles)
  • Longer option with Châteauneuf du Pape detour : 74 km
  • Your journey begins northbound through Barthelasse island, two branches of the Rhône framing a paradise of country lanes and orchards of all kinds. An out-and-back detour to the village of Châteauneuf du Pape is temping before you head westward to Tavel, France's capital of rosé wines. Beyond Tavel, you cycle through rolling hills of pine forest and shrub vegetation, some easy hills to get your legs warmed up. You reach the majestic town of Uzes, with its regal stone mansions, castle of the Dukes, and Places des Herbes square. Dinner on your own and night in Uzes.
  • Market on Tuesday morning in Tavel

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 98 km
    • Elevation :
    • + -350m
      - -500m

Past the Pont du Gard to the Mediterranean Sea

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  • Uzes > Pont du Gard > Saintes Maries de la Mer (61 miles)
  • With the dominant Mistral winds at your back, the day's ride is almost entirely southbound to the Med Sea. Today you visit the Pont du Gard, a 2000 year-old bridge spanning over the Gardon River, part of an aqueduct of awe-inspiring Roman engineering. Take a break by the river's edge, pain au chocolat in hand, marveling at the bridge's seemingly-impossible architecture and beauty. Beyond the Gardon river, some rolling hills of vineyards await, eventually dipping down to the plains, where open fields and salt-flats lead the way, extending into the horizon. Through the Camargue Park you reach the town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, on the Mediterranean, its white-washed homes set in the otherwise wild marshlands. Dinner on your own and night in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer.
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday (big one) mornings in Uzes

Day 4

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

A day in the Camargue

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  • Saintes Maries de la Mer > Arles (33 miles)
  • On rocky/sandy track with a HYBRID bike
  • On seldom used road with a CARBON bike 
  • As flat as a pancake and windswept by the Mistral, you leave the Mediterranean through the heart of the Camargue Nature Park. Dotted with sparse bull and horse farms, graced by the overhead flight of thousands of flamingos, the lands of the Camargue seem desolate, with sparse tufts of hearty plants surviving the salt-rich soils. The rounded, north-facing walls of traditional white Camargue homes -- as white as the region's horses -- deflect the powerful winds. At the ride's end you cross the mighty Rhône River to reach 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 Saturday morning in Stes maries de la mer

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 66 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 500m
      - 450m

From Van Gogh Alpilles Mountains to Isle sur la Sorgue

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  • 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 are 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 on your own 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 6

    • Distance :
    • 73 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 1000m
      - 1000m

The famous perched villages of the Luberon

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  • 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. 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 7

    • Distance :
    • 81 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 1300m
      - 1100m

The spectacular Nesque gorges and lavender Fields

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  • 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 8

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

Cycling Mont Ventoux

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  • Bedoin > Mont Ventoux > Bedoin > Avignon (34.8 miles)
  • Second option : Tour of Ventoux via Sault: about 95 km - 59 miles - +1600m / -1600m
  • You're at 300 meters, and 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%, : 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. 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 in Bedoin. Dinner on your own and night in Bedoin
  • Market on Monday morning in Bédoin

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

Add 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. 

Day 9

Bye Bye Provence

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  • After breakfast, transfer from Bedoin to Avignon. End of the tour.
    Bye bye Provence !
  • 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
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    • High + 50€
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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

  • Hotel Saint Roch - Avignon

    Just 5 minutes from the historic centre, the hotel Saint Roch is a 2* family-run hotel with an old-world charm. 

    You will also enjoy the shaded terrace at breakfast, the lush garden and the fountain, all in a quiet and timeless setting

  • Hotel La Taverne - Uzes

    In the heart of the historic Uzes, the 2* hotel La Taverne is a simple - family-run hotel, with a modern style.

  • 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 La Muette - Arles

    Located in the centre of the historic Arles, this ancient house - built in the 12th and 15th centuries - is decorated in a typical provençal style.

    This family-run hotel has 18 large rooms with ancient stone walls.

  • Hotel Les 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.

  • 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 Le Central - Avignon

    Located in the heart of Avignon, the newly refurbished Central Hotel offers 27 very comfortable - air-conditioned guest rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access.

    You will enjoy the lovely & quiet patio for your breakfast.

  • Host. Provençale

    The Hostellerie Provencale is a small and intimate 300 year-old hotel of great character : a  charming family-run in teh heart of the historical Uzes, 

    You'll be welcomed in one of their 9 provencal styled rooms, decorated with old world charm and elegance. Enjoy breakfast served on their terrace overlooking the town.

  • 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 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

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • Host. Provençale

    The Hostellerie Provencale is a small and intimate 300 year-old hotel of great character : a  charming family-run in teh heart of the historical Uzes, 

    You'll be welcomed in one of their 9 provencal styled rooms, decorated with old world charm and elegance. Enjoy breakfast served on their terrace overlooking the town.

  • 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 Calendal - Arles

    The hotel with its own spa is a short walk from Arles' many treasures. A 17th century building opens out to a peaceful garden, under the shade of a 300-year-old hackberry tree. 38 Provençal rooms overlook the cobbled streets, the Amphitheater, the Antique Theater, or the gardens.

    A quaint restaurant for lunch.

  • 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

    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 de l'Europe - Avignon

    The 5 star Hotel d'Europe is a magnificent 16th century residence, offering 39 rooms and 5 spacious and luxuriously decorated suites.

    An start full of history to visit the Pope's palace city.

    The restaurant "La Vieille Fontaine" is one of the best restaurant of the region.

  • Hotel La Maison d Uzes - Uzes

    The hotel La Maison d’Uzès is a charming boutique hotel and a 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel, in a mansion house listed as a historic monument.

    The hotel features 9 rooms and suites  - all of them elegant & modern - are laid out around a monumental 17th century staircase, leading to the upper floors affording picturesque views overlooking the rooftops of Uzès.

    Housed in a remarkable setting with Romanesque arches, the 150 m2 Spa offers Turkish bath and Roman bath.

  • 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

  • Hotel Nord Pinus

    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 La Maison sur la Sorgue

    This 17th century mansion house - located in the heart of the city -  is a perfect blend of history, art and design. 

    You will enjoy the  lush garden and the swimming pool - by the Sorgue river -, under a majestic plane tree.

    Breakfast is served in the dining room or in the garden by the swimming pool.

  • La Maison de Crillon

    Located right in the heart of the quaint little village of Crillon le Brave, La maison de Crillon is a Prestige boutique hotel, hosted by a warm welcome from Jean Baptiste.

    You will very soon feel at hom in this charming place,  entirely renovated, with a garden, a swimming pool, a lounge .. all of them with an amazing view of the famous Mont Ventoux!

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 take advantage of our carbon bike !
    • 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.
    • 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
  • 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 
  • 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

INCLUDED

  • 8 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Day 9: transfer at the end of your day from Bedoin to Avignon (1h)
  • Luggage transfers days 2 to 9
  • 7 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 : 285 €uros
    Comfort accommodation : 345 €uros
    Charming accommodation : 530 €uros
    Prestige accommodation : 1430 €uros
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