Provence Cycling Trip

7 day Independent OR Escorted tour The land of light, colours and scents! For these reasons, many well known painters have lived in the Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, Chagall … The Mediterranean climate is pleasant as the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. Provence has not only an easy way […]

7 day Independent OR Escorted tour

The land of light, colours and scents! For these reasons, many well known painters have lived in the Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, Chagall … The Mediterranean climate is pleasant as the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. Provence has not only an easy way of life, but is also one of the richest cultural regions of Europe. Numerous monuments testify to a long and great past, from the Greek and Roman period to the Middle Ages, and to modern times.
Avignon: the famous Papal Palace (world heritage), the medieval town and its imposing wall; Orange: possesses the best conserved Roman monuments such as the theater and the triumphal arch; Vaison la Romaine: is divided in a Roman city and a medieval town.
You’ll cross the famous wineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, the lavender fields when you approach the Lubéron – with stay’s in the lovely town of Isle sur la Sorgue; Fontaine de Vaucluse with its deepest spring of the world; Gordes is a typical little village of the Provence. Sénanque is, with Fontenay in Burgundy, the best preserved cistercian abbey in Europe, surrounded by lavender fields. Roussillon: this village is known for its splendid ochre rocks.
At last, we mention the quality of wine and food. During our cycle tour you’ll discover the great foods of Provence and their Mediterranean flavour.

  Shops in Village of Aiguines, Alpes due Haute, Provence, France, Europe.  

Day 1
Individual arrival in Avignon

Arrival at Avignon. Dine and stay at your hotel, equiped with a swimming-pool and with a very good restaurant 

Day 2
Avignon – Orange (40 km)

09:30 a.m. Information about the tour and distribution of the bikes. From Avignon to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and then along the Rhône river to Roquemaure. You cross the Rhône and arrive at Orange.   

Day 3

Orange – Vaison-La-Romaine (45 km)

Today you ride in the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône and cycle through typical villages like Sérignan, Ste Cécile les Vignes, St. Roman de Malegarde and Villedieu before you arrive at Vaison la Romaine, a lovely Roman and medieval town. Your hotel is in the centre and has been chosen because of its very good restaurant.

Day 4

Vaison-la-Romaine – Isle-sur-Sorgue (55 km)

You continue to ride in the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône and pass through wine villages like Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Sarrans, on quiet roads and cycle paths.
A special tour option! By van to the top of the famous mountain Mont Ventoux (1909 m) and then by bike more than 50 km downhill to the lavender fields around Sault and further down to the Lubéron-Valley (€ 30 surcharge per person). An unforgettable highlight!
Arrival at Isle sur Sorgues, the Venice of Provence, because of the many little rivers with clean water. Our 3 star hotel awaits, with its beautiful park and swimming-pool and naturally, a very good restaurant!

Day 5

Isle-sur-Sorgues – Lubéron (40-60 km)

This region is too beautiful to leave so quickly, so you stay at Isle sur Sorgue and explore the very lovely valley of the Lubéron described by Peter Mayle. Some highlights await you. The village of Gordes and its famous Vasarély Museum. Or not far from it the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque surrounded by Lanvender fields. And the Ocre rocks near the lovely village of Roussillon which have given the so typical colours to the Provence. Back to the hotel in Isle sur Sorgue.  

Day 6

Isle-sur-Sorgue – Avignon (35 km)

On quiet backroads and along the Rhone river back to Avignon where you can visit the historical centre and the Pope palace (World Heritage). Dine and stay at your hotel with its swimming pool.

Day 7

Journey home or extension of stay

End of the tour or you may extend your holidays.  

 

PRICE & DETAILS

Price & Schedule INDEPENDENT TOUR Independent tours depart every Saturday from late March to the end of October
Choose your own date if you have four or more in your party.
Price per person CAD                           $1290
Single Supplement                                $300
Half-board option (6 x evening dinners)  $280
High season surcharge (July & August)   $150
Optional Electrobike                              $160
Included:

• six nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are very good quality family run guesthouses and B & Bl’s, generally of 2 to 3 star.
• six breakfasts.
• seven day assistance helpline
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier
• Detailed travel material, map guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

Not Included:
– The transfer to the summit of Mont Ventoux, € 30,00 per person, (only possible from 15 May to 15 September)
– Entrance fees
– Lunches and drinks

 

Price & Schedule ESCORTED TOUR Departure Dates 2014

23.03., 06.04., 20.04., 04.05., 18.05., 01.06., 15.06., 31.08., 14.09., 28.09., 12.10.

 
Price per person          CAD $1870
Single Supplement               $300
Extra nights in Avignon          $95
Optional Electrobike             $160

Included:

• six nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small family run inns, superior 2 and 3 star in standard, clean and comfortable.
• six breakfasts
• six evening 3-course dinners
• experienced multi-lingual tour guide.
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, pannier and theft insurance
• Detailed travel material, map guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

Not Included:
– The transfer to the summit of Mont Ventoux, € 30,00 per person, (only possible from 15 May to 15 September)
– Entrance fees
– Lunches and drinks

Rate: EASY: Mostly flat, with some very short uphill stretches. You cycle on paved, quiet country roads. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
Airport / Transfers The nearest airport is Avignon however it is very small. There are no public buses, train or shuttles serving Avignon Airport.
Marseilles Airport is approx. 100km distant.

Bus/rail transfers from Marseilles are available at $35.00
You may also take the TGV express train from Paris