On this guided bike tour you'll discover the beautiful area around the Mont Ventoux. And so when God created the sun, the earth, the mountains and seas, and put them into place, he realized that a little of each element remained. So he gathered the bits together to make a paradise and Provence was born' A nice and nearly true story, isn't it? On this bike tour you’ll discover Provence and the Lubéron national park - a land of light, colors and scents, thus, many well-known painters have lived in Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, and Chagall among others. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant; the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. People live outside, even during the winter, play "Pétanque" and drink their "Pastis" or “Noisette” on the terrace. Peter Mayle lived in the Lubéron and wrote an amusing series of books which could make ideal holiday reading! Provence has not only an easy way of life, but it’s also one of the richest cultural regions in Europe. Numerous monuments testify to a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going back to the Middle Ages and, even into the last centuries. Highlights of this tour include: Avignon: the famous Pope's Palace (World Heritage Site), the medieval town and its imposing wall; Orange: Has the best kept Roman monuments such as the theatre and the triumphal arch, Vaison la Romaine: is divided between a roman city and a medieval town on the hill. You’ll cross the famous vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, the lavender fields when you approach the Lubéron - well known by Peter Mayle - with a two night stay in the lovely town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Beautiful landscapes await you such as Fontaine de Vaucluse supposedly the deepest river resurgence in the world, as they still don't know how deep the spring is! Gordes is a typical little village in Provence. Sénanque abbey, with Fontenay in Burgundy, is one of the best conserved Cistercian abbeys in Europe surrounded by lavender fields. Roussillon: this village is known for its splendid ochre rocks. Also don’t miss the Mont Ventoux descent from 1900m above sea level! Lastly, we have to mention the quality of wine and food! During the cycle tour you will discover good Provencal dishes and their delicious Mediterranean flavors.
Day 1: Avignon
Arrival in Avignon
Day 2: Avignon - Orange, ~35 km/22 miles
From Avignon to Villeneuve-lez-Avignon and then along the Rhone river to Roquemaure. You then cross the Rhone again and arrive in Orange.
Day 3: Orange - Vaison-la-Romaine, ~40 km/25 miles
Today you ride through the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone and pass typical villages like Sérignan, St. Cécile les Vignes, St. Roman de Malegarde and Villedieu before you arrive in Vaison-la-Romaine, a lovely roman and medieval town.
Day 4: Vaison-la-Romaine - Isle-sur-la Sorgue, ~55 or 75 km/35 or 47 miles
You continue to ride in the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone and cross the wine villages like Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Sarrians on little roads and paths. Extra! From 15th May to 15th September (maybe later depending on weather) we can take you and your bike up to the top of the Mont Ventoux (1909m) by taxi from where you will ride back down to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. (50 €/person - min.4 persons or 200 €/ride) Arrival in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Venice of Provence, so called because of the many little rivers running through it.
Day 5: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Lubéron, ~15-40 km/9-25 miles
This region is too beautiful to leave so quickly. So you'll stay a second night in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and today explore the lovely valley of the Lubéron described by Peter Mayle. Some highlights await you: The village of Gordes. Or not far from it the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque surrounded by Lavender fields. And the Ochre rocks near the lovely village of Roussillon which have given Provence its colors.
Day 6: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Avignon, ~40 km/25 miles
On little roads and along the Rhone river back to Avignon where you can visit the historical center and the Pope's palace (World heritage site). Dine and stay at the hotel where you spent the first night with its swimming-pool and very good restaurant.
Day 7: End of the tour or continue your holiday with extra nights
6 nights in carefully chosen 3*** hotels
6x tourist tax
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
France-Bike security vest
English, French and German speaking guide, Prof. Dr. Dr.c.e. Josef Smets, specialist for French history and culture
guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival on Sundays
15.03., 19.04., 17.05., 14.06., 13.09. and 11.10.2020
season I (1160 €/person)
15.03. and 11.10.2020
season II (+60 €/person)
route (1)-(2): ~185-210 km/115-130 miles or ~205-230 km/127-142 miles over the Mont Vebtoux
mainly on quiet paths and flat roads, some hills but anybody can do it
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, exit Avignon-Nord
by train: direct from London to Avignon with Eurostar, or direct from Paris to Avignon with TGV
by plane: airport Avignon, Nîmes, Marseille or Montpellier
free at the hotel
is available on request
If the minimum number of 8 participants is not achieved, France-Bike will inform you at least 28 days before the tour start.
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