|Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 33 km (21 miles) to 109 km (68 miles)
Tour departs from and ends in Avignon
Accommodations in 2- and 3-star properties (Option A) or in 3- and 4-star properties (Option A+)
A minimum of 2 riders is required for this tour. Solo rider's price on request per person sharing a double room
Cycling Tour of Provence for Avid Riders — 7 nights/8 days
|Day 1: Arrival 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!
|Day 2: Avignon — Uzès — Orange (109 km/68 miles, 1,140 meters/3,750 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.
|Day 3: Orange — Bédoin via (optional) Mont Ventoux (Orange to Bedoin: 42 km/26 miles, 455 meters/1,500 ft of climbing; Bedoin to Mont Ventoux and back: 58 km/36 miles, 1,810 meters/5,940 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 Bedoin or do a loop ride before descending.
|Day 4: Bédoin — Roussillon (Via Gordes: 55km/34 miles, 865 meters/2,835 ft of climbing; Via Murs: 74 km/46 miles, 1,125 meters/3,700 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.
|Day 5: Roussillon — Fontvieille (83 km/51 miles, 860 meters/2,810 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.
|Day 6: Fontvieille — Arles — Camargue — Les Baux-de-Provence (Fontvieille to Les Baux: 33 km/21 miles, 335 meters/1,100 ft of climbing; Loop from Arles: 40 km/25 miles, 140 meters/455 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 birds, flamingos, 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.
|Day 7: Les Baux-de-Provence — Avignon (61 km/38 miles, 370 meters/1,210 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!
|Day 8: Departure from Avignon
After breakfast, depart Avignon at the time of your choice.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 1,085 euros per person sharing a double room
We require a minimum of 2 riders to run this tour. Solo travelers’ price is on request.
Two options are available for this trip:
Option A: 6 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a 2-star hotel
Option A+: 2 nights in a 4-star hotels, 5 nights in 3-star hotels
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