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Your cycling holiday in France

Côtes du Rhône in Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Discover the natural wonders of Provence on this short but sweet venture into the Côtes du Rhône winelands. From ancient villages scattered with Roman ruins to historic cities, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history. And in between stops? Wonderful cycling through vineyards and along river trails. And then there’s the wine...

What not to miss

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the stunning historic village built at the bottom of a Fortress
  • The beautiful hamlet of Loriol du Comtat, complete with its own château and Romanesque church
  • The lovely markets of Carpentras,perfect for a potter

What your holiday price includes

  • Flights and transfers available on request
  • Number of nights bed and breakfast accommodation as specified
  • Use of modern lightweight bicycles
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels
  • All airport and local tourist taxes
Your cycling holiday in France

Côtes du Rhône in Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Day 1

Arrive at Avignon, Nîmes or Marseille.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base hotel in Mazan.

Day 2

Round Tour Mazan.

After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The day is then yours to explore Mazan, a pretty little town of narrow streets, ancient houses, churches and fountains pitched against a backdrop of lush green valleys. From here we suggest a round trip to Carpentras, a pleasant town rich with history, from fortress ruins to classic Provençal facades. The markets here are lovely to potter around too. Pernes les Fontaines is nearby, where you can peruse no less than forty ancient fountains along the fountain trail.

Day 3

From Mazan to Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Distance 23 miles (37km).

Time to get into the saddle and travel to your next stop, on a gently undulating ride through cornfields and vineyards. Along the way you’ll chance upon Loriol du Comtat, a quaint village in the heart of the winelands complete with châteaux and a beautiful Romanesque church. The village of Courthézon is also on route, a tranquil waterside dwelling with the Seille river flowing through it, and the Ouvèze river at its border. A great place to stop for lunch and a wander through historic architecture, fountains trickling all around you.

Day 4

Round Tour Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This attractive village was built at the base of its fortress remains, overlooking the plain of Comtat and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Best known of the Côtes du Rhône Cru, you’ll find merchants offering wine tasting on every street corner. Once you’ve had your fill, we suggest cycling along the Rhône to Avignon. This striking city is rich in history, with the imposing 14th century Palace of the Popes overlooking the main square. As well as lots of nice places to eat and drink, there is a vibrant theatre, arts and music scene here, with numerous festivals to enjoy during the summer.

We will then say "au revoir" and transfer you back to your departure airport.

Your cycling holiday in France

Côtes du Rhône in Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Your cycling holiday in France

Côtes du Rhône in Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Château de Mazan

4-star

This is a château hotel surrounded by a fabulous garden.  Once home of the notorious Marquis de Sade, the 17th century château while being 4-star luxury feels relaxed and homely.  In a small Provençal village, at the base of Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, the views are magnificent and the scenery stunning.  The terrace is used for summer dining, so you can enjoy your gastronomic dinners listening to the cicadas and if very lucky, a nightingale. The hotel swimming pool is situated in the landscaped gardens and there is also a floral terrace.

Château des Fines Roches

4-star

You will enjoy a unique stay in this atypical castle. Medieval Provencal style, built high on a hill surrounded by vineyards. This four-star hotel boasts exceptional views of the Papal Palace and the Alpilles. Ideally located you will have the chance to discover the many treasures of Provence.

Hotel Les Florets

3-star

Looking for charm, relaxation and a taste of the good life at a hotel and restaurant in the Vaucluse? Les Florets, a peaceful haven tucked away in the Gigondas vineyards, invites you to drink in the beauty of the seasons, enjoy delicious cuisine and relax by the pool. The motto of this charming Provençal home: "Welcome to our home, where you'll feel right at home".

Your cycling holiday in France

Côtes du Rhône in Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

2018 Short Break Departure Dates & Prices

4 Day, 3 Night Tour

2018 Departure Dates Tour only price

Flights and transfers included

April to September
(Adult)
£525 £815

5 Day, 4 Night Tour

2018 Departure Dates Tour only price

Flights and transfers included

April to September
(Adult)
£685 £965

2019 Dates and Prices

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for 2019 dates and prices.

Extras

Single Supplement: £50 per night

E-Bike Supplement: £20 per day

Child prices available on request

Dates are subject to availability, please call for more information

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, please call our experts for help and advice.

ATOL protected

The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4055.

This is a BSpoke Original Tour.

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