|Self-guided trip: Starts any day except Sunday from April through October 2017
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 2 ¾ hours from Paris
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties (Opt A) or 4- and 5-star properties (Opt A+)
From per person sharing a double room
Cycling Jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon — 3 Nights/4 Days
|Day 1: Transfer 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: 73 km/45 miles, 828 meters/2,717 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 Séguret before 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.
|Day 2: Mazan — Sault via Mont Ventoux (via Ventoux: 61 km/38 miles, 2,070 meters/6,790 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.
|Day 3: Sault — Gargas or Roussillon, via Venasque with optional extension to Gordes (with Gordes: 75 km/46 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 4-star luxury hotel in the “Relais & Chateaux” hotel.
|Day 4: Transfer 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|
|From 755 euros per person sharing a double room
Two options are offered for this trip:
Option A: 1 night in a 3-star hotel and 2 nights in 2-star hotels
Option A+: 1 night in a 5-star hotel and 2 nights in 4-star hotels
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