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Explorer les marchés et les champs de lavande de la Provence pendant ce séjour à vélo 3
A typical Provençal scene You will discover a wide variety of sceneries on this biking tour: local markets, lavender fields, vineyards, forests... This biking tour will take you through Drome and Provence. The optional loop on Wednesday will take you to Grignan
Explorer les marchés et les champs de lavande de la Provence pendant ce séjour à vélo

Authentic Provence

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  • PriceFrom 1,225 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Bien manger et bien boire” or “eat well and drink well” is more than just a phrase — it’s a way of life in Provence! Our beloved itinerary takes you on a tour of Drôme and Provence to feed all your senses. Along the way, you’ll meet colorful locals, whether it’s the farmer selling his harvest at the local market or the sommelier explaining the differences between different vintages. Everyone here is in love with the culinary heritage, and visitors are welcome to immerse themselves in their traditions.

A gastronomic tour by bike allows you to combine two passions — food and cycling — and provides just the right number of hills to justify over-indulging in gourmet delights at dinnertime. Regional favorites include Picodon goats’ milk cheese, round little pâtés called Caillette de Chabeuil, and Clairette de Die, an AOC-protected sparkling white wine. Savor the aromas of lavender if you visit during the season, and relish meals prepared with love (accompanied by tasty local wine!). After each evening full of palate pleasers, you’ll retire for some R&R at a quaint guesthouse or hotel with Provençal character.


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


D1Saturday: Arrival in Valence


Arrive in Chateaudouble, a small village at the foot of the Vercors Mountains. After settling down in your cozy chambre d'hôtes (Bed and Breakfast), a traditional farm in the countryside, you may want to take a walk at your leisure... to work up your appetite and to enjoy the peaceful setting! Before dinner, our local expert will give you the necessary materials and equipment to enjoy a week of cycling and dining. At a predetermined time (usually 8:00 pm), the farm owner will call you in for a memorable homemade feast featuring produce grown on her own land.

D2Sunday: Valence — Chabrillan 48 km/30 miles, 400 meters/1,315 ft of climbing


From the foot of the Vercors, you'll cross the Valence region ("Pays Valentinois") from north to south, all the way to the Drôme River. Undiscovered by tourists, it’s a truly authentic area, and one rich in contrasts: flat plains and rolling hillsvalleys, and soaring plateaus… Feel free to stop and enjoy the landscape, or head into village shops to pick up local products. Depending on the season,Honeycheeseliquor, and bread are just a tiny sampling of the heavenly fresh delights you can find.

D3Monday: Chabrillan — Marsanne 48 km/30 miles, 470 meters/1,540 ft of climbing


Following the Drôme River, you’ll reach the city of Crest, which you’ll recognize immediately once you spot its towering citadel. The city is home to an artisanal chocolate maker and museum, sure to be a draw for those with a sweet tooth. Nearby vineyards produce a sparkling white wine called "Clairette de Die" whose roots stretch back to Gallic times! Further on, vineyards give way to cliffs and forests and an uphill section will take you to Saou, a village dating back to the Middle Ages. Its nearby forest has been attracting visitors since 1050 BCE! From here you’ll also enjoy a fantastic view of the towering “Roc” that looms over the village and the “Rochers des Aiguilles” in the distance. The view is magnificent! After a long downhill through the Roubion valley, you'll reach Marsanne, where you'll overnight.

D4Tuesday: Rest Day or Optional loop around Marsanne 37 km/23 miles, 290 meters/950 ft of climbing


Today is yours to spend as you please! If you wish to give your bike a rest, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll through Marsanne or visit its medieval Old Town…and of course try some of the local white Hermitage wine.

If you’re still raring to ride, we’ve mapped an easy route through the surrounding idyllic countryside. You’ll encounter flat expanses of farmland surrounded by pretty villages such as La Laupie, on its hilltop perch.
Along the way, make a stop at a family farm where they have been producing and selling cured meats and sausages for generations! Be a part of tradition and try some “boudin noir” (blood sausage) or caillettes (large meatballs) before getting back on the bike.

D5Wednesday: Marsanne — Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux 53 km/33 miles, 400 meters/1,315 ft of climbing


Conquer one final hill climb before reaching the colorful Drôme Provencale region,the land of lavender, truffles, and wine! Breathe in the fresh country air as you cycle past hilltop villages and typical stone houses
The ride is exhilarating but we do recommend stopping at least twice — first to visit the Trappist monks of the Aiguebelle Monastery and then to try the Grignan-les-Adhémar wine (previously known as Tricastin) at a local estate. Believe it or not, wine production in this area dates back to antiquity! Overnight in Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, which, despite its name, is not home to three castles (there was a mistranslation from Latin) — though it is full of intriguing medieval buildings.

D6Thursday: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux — Orange 45 km/28 miles, 200 meters/660 ft of climbing


Today will be dedicated to discovering the wine-producing Côtes-du-Rhône area. Real products of their environment, some of these wines are light and fruity, while others are full-bodied and strong. Biking through this region is a real treat for the senses, especially sight, smell, and taste! In no time, you'll be in Orange, known for its exceptional Roman theater where summertime performances are held to this day. Take some time to explore the town’s impressive Roman architecture, and sweeten your day even more with some of the local specialties: Calissons d'AixNougat de Montélimar and Berlingots de Carpentras.

D7Friday: Orange — Avignon 40 km/25 miles, 100 meters/330 ft of climbing


Heading south will take you to Châteauneuf-du-Pape (literally the “Pope’s new castle") where remains of the castle still stand. More importantly, you’ll find the ancient vines whose fruit becomes the region’s most prestigious wine. Stop for a quick taste if you want, but be sure to grab a bottle to put in your pannier to go! Ride on to Avignon, the city of art and culture, and secure your bikes at your hotel — the city is best discovered on foot. Lose yourself in the Old Town, with its historic buildings such as the Palais des Papes and the remains of a 12th-century bridge on the river. Indulge yourself in the many shops offering goodies including pastispapalines, and gratelon.

D8 Saturday: Departure from Avignon


If your schedule allows it, take advantage of your free time to discover Les Halles, the largest covered market in Avignon (open every day except Mondays until 1:00 pm). This is where you'll find produce of all kinds, bread of all shapes, olives of all sizes and colors, and a myriad of honeycheeses, and spices. Reminisce about the beautiful and unique landscapes you rode through to get here…everything here is as varied as the Provence that produced them! 

Depart Avignon at the time of your choice.

Booking & Prices

  • Option A
  • 2 nights in 4-star hotels, 2 nights in guesthouses of character, 2 nights in 3-star properties, and 1 night in a 2-star property (3 nights with swimming pool)

  • 1,225 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 295 euros
  • 1,250 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 330 euros
  • 1,275 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 365 euros
  • Option A+
  • 1 night in a 2-star property, 1 night in a 3-star property, 3 nights in 4-star properties, 2 nights
    in guesthouses of character (4 nights with swimming pool)

  • 1,290 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 390 euros
  • 1,320 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 430 euros
  • 1,350 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 470 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners 
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • 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. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 125 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 245 euros per bike. These prices include the delivery fee to transfer the bikes from Avignon to Valence. Road bikes are available on request.

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