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Biking the Vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 31 km (19 miles) to 62 km (38 miles) with some hills
Trip starts from and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in 3-star properties (Option A) or in 3- and 4-star properties (Option A+)
Level: 2/3 (Easy/Moderate)
From 980 euros per person sharing a double room

Biking the Vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône — 7 nights/8 days

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This self-guided cycling trip will take you to Provence's most famous vineyards
 
This self-guided cycling trip will take you to Vaison la Romaine
  Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Picpoul, Mourvèdre, and Clairette are varieties of grapes grown in the Rhône Valley. These and other varieties go into the Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux wines that are beloved all over the world, not simply in France! But truly the best way to appreciate these wines is to cycle through the vineyards where they’re produced.

You'll soon learn important words of French wine lingo, a vernacular spoken by the men and women who work patiently, day after day, season after season, making the "nectar of the Gods." Terroir, vintage, acidity, growth, aroma, and color will become part of your every day vocabulary.

Cycling on quiet, secondary roads, you'll discover superb scenery, sculpted by nature and improved by generations of wine-makers.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

Arrive in Avignon on your own schedule, but be sure to arrive in time to attend your briefing and bike outfitting! Check in to your hotel, where you can secure your bikes as you set off to discover the old quarter of Avignon inside its city walls.
Day 2: Avignon — Orange (54 km/33 miles, 405 meters/1,320 ft of climbing)

Today's itinerary will take you to the Gard department on the right bank of the Rhône River. You'll bike in and around the town of Tavel, a name famed for its easy-to-sip rosé wines. Later in the day, you'll cycle through the vineyards of Lirac, which produce red, white and rosé wines that are highly appreciated within the region. Then it's on to world-renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose castle lies in ruins but whose name lives on thanks to the lush, silky notes enjoyed by those who drink the local wine. The first vines were planted here in ancient Roman times, and although they’ve long since disappeared, you’ll find evidence of Roman inhabitants at your destination of Orange. The Roman theater and arch are definitely worth the short walk from your hotel!
Day 3: Orange — Dentelles-de-Montmirail area (35 km/22 miles, 340 meters/1,110 ft of climbing)

Leaving Orange behind and traveling north, you will be cycling through the countryside, past old villages and their castles, and of course, vineyards! Needless to say, it is a very picturesque ride. Of interest is Suze-la-Rousse and the castle, which is home to the Université du Vin (university of wine) — it might inspire a career change requiring you to study there! Overnight in the scenic Dentelles de Montmirail area in a real wine-making estate!
Day 4: Rest or cycle through the Dentelles-de-Montmirail area (31 km/19 miles, 465 meters/1,520 ft of climbing)

Rest, bike, or do both... you can spend the day as you wish! Our loop will take you through the Dentelles of Montmirail, an area covered with pine trees, oak trees, and more vineyards. You’ll also cycle to some of the most incredible villages, like Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Beaumes-de-Venise.
Day 5: Dentelles-de-Montmirail — Mont-Ventoux area (40 km/25 miles, 620 meters/2,040 ft of climbing)

Crossing the Dentelles-de-Montmirail on quiet roads, you'll reach Vaison-la-Romaine, France's largest archaeological site. Its excavated Roman sites should not be missed. You'll soon be cycling in the foothills of Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence." This area is also home to the Côtes du Ventoux, an appellation enjoyed around the globe.
Day 6: Rest or cycle through the Côtes-du-Ventoux vineyards (62 km/38 miles, 665 meters/2,180 ft of climbing)

Ride into the heart of the Côtes-du-Ventoux vineyards on today’s optional loop. A variety of landscapes, including plateaus topped with beautiful villages like Venasque, provide a feast for the eyes. The towering Giant of Provence will satiate your visual appetite as well!
Day 7: Mont-Ventoux area — Avignon (58 km/36 miles, 165 meters/535 ft of climbing)

The return to Avignon follows a lovely itinerary with superb views, many small villages, pleasant stops by gurgling fountains, and shaded cafés.
Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, depart Avignon at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 980 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:

Option A: 7 nights in 3-star hotels (five properties of character). One of the hotels is an actual wine-making estate. All have a swimming pool except in Avignon and Orange

  • 980 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 390 euros
  • 1,040 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 430 euros
  • 1,095 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 470 euros

Option A+: 2 nights in a 4-star hotel, 5 nights in 3-star hotels of character. All have a swimming pool except in Orange. One of the hotels is an actual wine-making estate

  • 1,105 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 490 euros
  • 1,165 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 520 euros
  • 1,340 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 630 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative in Avignon
  • 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. Hyrbrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike.
For further information or reservations:  
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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