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Cycling Tour of Provence for Avid Riders

Découvrir les plus belles routes de Provence avec ce voyage à vélo 6
This cycling tour will take you through some famous villages of Provence: Venasque, Gordes, Roussillon, Frontvieille, les Baux de Provence We also organize this cycling tours for groups on a guided basis This bicycle tour includes an optional ride up the Giant of Provence: Mont Ventoux This cycling trip will take you through Pont-du-Gard, a UNESCO world heritage site Uzes, a small town of Provence Cycling tour of Provence starting from Avignon
Découvrir les plus belles routes de Provence avec ce voyage à vélo

Cycling Tour of Provence for Avid Riders

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  • PriceFrom 1,160 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Description

Originally designed for a private group who gave their ‘seal of approval’ on the itinerary, we’ve welcomed clubs and individuals looking for an in-depth challenging tour of Provence. In fact, this itinerary is so well loved, it’s been featured in magazines and on websites like CyclingPlus!

Mix quality miles with Provence’s show-stopping scenery and you have one unforgettable journey. We can only recommend it to fit riders who can comfortably cover 90 to 100 km per day (50 to 60 miles). Over 8 days, you’ll make a grand tour of AvignonUzèsOrangeMont VentouxSaultVenasqueBédoinRoussillonLes BauxSaint-Rémy, and Arles… and that’s just a sample! On this self-guided journey, you’ll be at liberty to stop whenever you’d like, wherever you’d like — or to keep pedaling on to your heart’s content.

Other tours for Avid Riders in Provence include our scheduled tour Avignon to Nice and Upper Provence, Ventoux, and Luberon.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Provence, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Avignon

 

Arrive in Avignon at the time of your choice. Your hotel is located within walking distance of all the major sites. In the afternoon, you’ll meet our local representative to go over the itinerary. Don’t be afraid to ask for restaurant recommendations so you can enjoy a hearty meal in advance of tomorrow’s ride!

D2Avignon — Uzès — Orange 108 km/67 miles, 890 meters/2,920 ft of climbing

 

Cycling through some of the Côtes-du-Rhône's most famous vineyards will lead you to the majestic Pont du Gard, France's millennia-old Roman aqueduct. From there, you can head to Uzés, a city with an exceptional medieval heritage, or take a shortcut and head straight towards Orange (a 28 km/18 mile shortcut) where your hotel is located.

D3Orange — Bédoin via (optional) Mont Ventoux Orange to Bedoin: 39 km/24 miles, 360 meters/1,180 ft of climbing; Bedoin to Mont Ventoux and back: 55 km/34 miles, 1,770 meters/5,800 ft of climbing; Bedoin to Ventoux and loop: 57 km/35 miles, 1,966 m/6,450 ft of climbing

 

Before you get on your bike for the tour's toughest day, you may want to take a stroll through Orange, famous for its Roman monuments. Of these, the Roman Theater and the Roman Arch are really worth the short walk from your hotel! Once you leave the city, you’ll be in an area known as the "Dentelles de Montmirail" (Dentelles means lace) with interesting rock formations, followed by a tour of the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards of Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise. These provide the perfect warm-up for the day's challenge: the "Giant of Provence," all 1,910 m (5,700 ft.) of Mont Ventoux! The climb from Bédoin is the toughest, so feel free to stop for lunch and a rest before tackling it. This climb is one most often done by Tour de France riders, with the record to beat at 55 minutes and 51 seconds, held by Iban Mayo. The view from the top is magnificent! 

From the summit, you can choose to ride back to Bédoin or do a loop ride before descending.

D4Bédoin — Roussillon Via Gordes: 75km/47 miles, 1,020 meters/3,350 ft of climbing; Via Murs: 52 km/32 miles, 670 meters/2,200 ft of climbing

 

We provide two equally stunning routes to Roussillon today… the choice is yours to make! The first route will take you through Venasque and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (home to one of the world's most powerful natural springs), along with the beautiful clifftop village of Gordes. It is also possible to add a few miles to include Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on this route. The second will get you to ochre-colored Roussillon via Venasque and the scenic Col de Murs, a climb done by Tour de France riders in 2000.

D5Roussillon — Fontvieille 82 km/51 miles, 800 meters/2,625 ft of climbing

 

Prepare for a total change of scenery! The day first brings you through some of the “perched” villages made famous by Peter Mayle in A Year in Provence and crosses through traffic-heavy Cavaillon, the World Capital of Melons. The scenic Destet road will then take you through fields of olive trees to the Alpilles, a low-mountain range where Fontvieille is located.

D6Fontvieille — Arles — Camargue — Les Baux-de-Provence 82km /51 miles; 270 meters/885 ft of climbing

 

Begin your day’s journey with a visit to the city of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From a fashionable city littered with Roman ruins, our itinerary will take you to the Rhône River delta, which is a protected natural reserve called the Camargue. The Camargue is particularly unique thanks to its bevy of wildlife: migrating birdsflamingos, and wild horses. Although flat, the mythic Mistral winds can make this section difficult! Turn back inland and head towards Les Baux-de-Provence, a hilltop town with a towering fortress that offers unobstructed views over Provence and the Mediterranean Sea.

D7Les Baux-de-Provence — Avignon 62 km/38 miles, 210 meters/690 ft of climbing

 

Although “short” compared to the others, this ride is full of sites worth visiting! St. Rémy-de-Provence and the nearby Glanum archaeological site are worth investigating, as are Tarascon and its medieval fortress. Closer to Avignon, you may wish to visit "La Montagnette" and the Abbey of St. Michel de Frigolet. Back in Avignon, you’re free to celebrate the conclusion of your tour however you please!

D8Departure from Avignon

 

After breakfast, depart Avignon at the time of your choice.

Booking & Prices

  • Option A
  • 1 night in a 2-star hotel, 6 nights in 3-star hotels

  • 1,160 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 370 euros
  • 1,225 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 380 euros
  • 1,260 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 410 euros
  • Option A+
  • 2 nights in 4-star hotels, 5 nights in 3-star hotels (1 night in a superior room)

  • 1,350 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 495 euros
  • 1,395 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 535 euros
  • 1,550 euros per person in July and August.

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Aluminum road bikes are available at the rate of 170 euros per bike. Full-carbon road
    bikes are available at the rate of 210 euros per bike.

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