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Cycling Jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

Instead of cycling up Mont Ventoux, you can choose to ride the Gorges de la Nesque to Sault 5
Instead of cycling up Mont Ventoux, you can choose to ride the Gorges de la Nesque to Sault Bédoin, a typical village at the foot of the Mont Ventoux Senanque Abbey in Gordes, surrounded by lavender This cycling tour includes an optional ride to Mont Ventoux This self-guided cycling tour will allow you to explore some of Luberon's jewels including ochre-colored Roussillon

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence, click here to see the Provence regional page.

  • Self-guided trip: Starts any day except Sunday from April through October 2019 
  • 3 nights/4 days 
  • Daily mileage: From 42 km (26 miles) to 92 km (57 miles)
  • Starts from Bedoin or Mazan at the foot of Ventoux. Transfer from Avignon to Ventoux is included.  Avignon is serviced by train from Paris & Lyon 
  • Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties (Opt A) or 4- and 5-star properties (Opt A+) 
  • Level 3/4 (Moderate/Difficult)
  • From 755 euros per person sharing a double room
Instead of cycling up Mont Ventoux, you can choose to ride the Gorges de la Nesque to Sault

Cycling Jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

  • Level
  • PriceFrom 755 euros
  • DAY3 nights / 4 days

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Description

Though Provence is known for being warm, peaceful, and relaxing — which it certainly is – the landscapes in the region vary wildly. Cyclomundo indulges avid cyclists’ need for a brief escape from reality with a complex route that is exhilaratingly beautiful.

From the sharp peaks of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail to the heights of Mont Ventoux you’ll ride, finishing in the rolling heights of the Luberon. All over Upper Provence, you will see pristine villages cling to hillsides, while vineyards and flower fields cover terrain of all types. Best of all, after long days on the open road, our top-notch accommodations are certain to provide you with well-deserved R&R.

This trip requires a good fitness level. For a more relaxing short escape, we strongly recommend our 2-night/3-day Avignon to Arles or our 3-night/4-day Alpilles tour.

 

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

Itinerary

D1Transfer from Avignon — Bedoin or Mazan. Optional loop in the scenic Dentelles-de-Montmirail Long option: 92 km/57 miles, 1,334 meters/4,377 ft of climbing; Short option: 74 km/46 miles, 834 meters/2,736 ft of climbing

 

After your arrival in Avignon, our team will transfer you to our bike shop in Bedoin or directly to the quaint town of Mazan. From either town, you may ride a loop around the fabulous Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, if you have the time and inclination. The jagged peaks resemble lace, or dentelles, and are surrounded by countryside of equal beauty. The calm country roads travel through the wine-making villages of Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Séguretbefore approaching Vaison-la-Romaine, one of Europe’s largest archaeological sites. After Vaison-la-Romaine, you might hit more traffic, but fret not; the drivers here are quite accustomed to cyclists. Before reaching Mazan you’ll have the option to ride up to the tiny village of Suzette (1,080 meters/3,540 ft), a modest ascent that, if you so choose, will add 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the day’s ride.

D2Mazan — Sault via Mont Ventoux via Ventoux: 59 km/37 miles, 2,045 meters/6,713 ft of climbing; via Gorges de la Nesque: 42 km/26 miles, 1,360 meters/4,462 ft of climbing

 

Follow the path of Tour de France riders as you ascend Mont Ventoux, the highest point in Provence. The 1,910 m (5,700 ft) climb is often a dramatic scene of the race; although we predict a drama-free ride, the views from the top are certainly sensational! The descent from Mont Ventoux takes you past the plateaus of lavender fields stretching far and wide. Dinner and overnight in Sault, a charming retreat of a town with marvelous sweeping vistas of lavender fields — all the more dazzling when in bloom in July!

Note that an alternative route will take riders to Sault via the breathtaking Gorges de la Nesque.

D3Sault — Gargas or Roussillon, via Venasque with optional extension to Gordes with Gordes: 76 km/47 miles, 1,000 meters/3,280 ft of climbing; bypassing Gordes: 76 km/47 miles, 1,144 meters/3,753 ft of climbing

 

While all of Provence is stunningly beautiful, you’re in for beauty overload on Day 3. You may visit up to three of France’s officially labeled “most beautiful” villages, depending on the route you take. The well-preserved buildings of your first destination, Venasque, are perched high above a valley, offering impressive views. Your next destination, the Luberon Regional Park, is within sight! Once amidst the park’s greenery, you have the option to visit Gordes, beautiful village number two, also built on a hilltop.

Depending on what’s available at booking time, your final ride through the Luberon will take you to one of two destinations. Should accommodations be made for you in the ‘beautiful village’ of Roussillon, your stay there will be as warm as the ochre-colored buildings. If your tour takes you to nearby Gargas, dinner will be off a special menu at one of the restaurants associated with La Coquillade, a 5-star luxury hotel in the “Relais & Chateaux” hotel.

D4Transfer to Avignon and departure

 

After breakfast, our team will transport you to the walled city of Avignon. From there, the rest of France is only a train ride away.

Booking & Pricing

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

  • 755 euros. Single supplement is 195 euros
  • Option A+
  • 1 night in a 5-star hotel and 2 nights in 4-star hotels 

  • 1,085 euros. Single supplement is 560 euros

These prices include:

  • 3 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Avignon to Mazan on Day 1
  • Transfer from Gargas to Avignon on Day 4
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be given our local rep’s cell number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals: Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 150 euros per bike. These prices include the delivery and drop-off fees.
    Electric bikes are available at the rate of 165 euros per bike. This price includes the 30-euro drop-off fee for the e-bike's return.

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