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Your cycling holiday in France

Road Cycling in Provence | Self Guided

Minimum Route Distance 165 miles / 265 km | Average Temperature 25 degrees (May to September)

Provence is one of France’s cycling heartlands. The landscape is a mix of wide valleys, small mountain ranges, such as the Alpilles, and dramatic gorges. The landscapes majesty is matched by the charm and beauty of the towns and villages that sit within it, where French café culture is at its finest and the cuisine is built on the region’s excellent local produce, served alongside refreshing local wines. Whilst soaking all of this in, the silhouette of Mont Ventoux is never far from view. Will you go for the summit?

What not to miss

  • The twisting climb up the Val d’Enfer and the views from Baux-de-Provence at the top.
  • The picturesque hilltop villages of Provence.
  • The climb of Mont Ventoux (or at least a visit to Bedoin!).

What’s Included

  • Flights and Transfers
  • Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Aluminium road bike as standard (carbon fibre upgrades available)
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Local support whenever needed

Extras

  • Carbon Fibre Bike Upgrade
Your cycling holiday in France

Road Cycling in Provence | Self Guided

Day 1 Arrive at Marseille or Avignon and transfer to your hotel in St-Rémy-de-Provence. Enjoy a stroll about town and perhaps a visit to the Roman ruins at Glanum or to St Pauls Mausoleum, where Vincent Van Gogh spent his later years.

Day 2 Optional Round Trip to Baux de Provence | Distance 88km | Elevation +1030m

Your first day on the bike starts with 4km on the flat, before a 3km climb up to Baux de Provence, a picturesque hilltop fort and a great vantage point over the Rhone valley. You descend the other side and head out on a loop around some typical Provencal countryside, covered with olive groves and garrigue. After looping through Eygalieres and Orgon, you branch off at Maussane-les-Alpilles for another climb over the Alpilles and back into St-Rémy-de-Provence. A shortened route of 63km is also available.

Day 3 St-Rémy-de-Provence to Roussillon | Distance 82km | Elevation +1010m

Today's ride starts out with 30 or so flat kilometres as you head east and pass through the market town of Cavaillon, famous for delicious melons. From here you skirt the southern edge of the Luberon valley, taking in the picturesque hilltop villages of Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux. After Bonnieux, you drop back into the valley, across the Roman bridge of Pont Julien and up a final climb, through ochre and lavender, to Roussillon.

Day 4 Rest Day in Roussillon

After two hilly days, today is a chance to rest and recharge. Perhaps a day by the pool is in order. For those more active a hike around the ochre cliffs is recommended, or you may even wish to take an easy ride on the old railway line to the town of Apt (approx. 24km round trip).

Day 5 Roussillon to Mazan | Distance 54km or 73km | Elevation +720m or +978m

Today you travel towards the Cotes du Rhone wine region and the town of Mazan. We have 3 routes to choose from today. 2 of the routes start with a visit to Gordes, one of the regions most spectacular hilltop villages. From here you can either opt for the easier route via the Col des Trois Termes and Venasque (54km +720m), a longer route via Fontaine de Vaucluse (73km +975m). A third option is to climb over to Monieux before passing back towards Mazan via the Gorges de la Nesque (73km +1245m).

Day 6 Optional Round Trip to Mont Ventoux | Distance 66km | Elevation +1745m

For those who want to tick Mont Ventoux off of their bucket lists, today is your chance. The route tackles the famous slopes from Bedoin, the most iconic starting point. From Bedoin, it’s a 21km climb at an average gradient of 7.6%, which is every bit as tough as it sounds. That being said, the euphoria of reaching the summit and the 21km descent back down is sure to put a smile on your face. It’s an easy ride back to Mazan at the end of the day. For those not interested in taming this monster climb, a gentle ride to Bedouin and back is recommended, or even a day by the pool at your hotel.

Day 7 We say au revoir. Trip extensions are available upon request.

Your cycling holiday in France

Road Cycling in Provence | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in France

Road Cycling in Provence | Self Guided

Hotel Gounod, St-Rémy-de-Provence

3 star

A relaxing hotel with quirky, stylish décor and rooms complete with free WiFi and satellite TV. The terrace and outdoor pool are beautiful spots to recharge after a day on the bike and the towns many bars and restaurants are just a short walk away.

Hotel les Sables d’Ocre, Roussillon

3 star

This charming hotel offers a warm welcome throughout the year. The rooms are decorated in a traditional Provençal style and the garden and swimming pool are unique features in Roussillon. Situated a short walk from the village centre, it offers a sense of calm without being secluded.

Chateau de Mazan, Mazan

4 star

A beautiful 4-star property in the heart of Mazan. The building was formerly the home of the Marquis de Sade and has a grandeur befitting of his reputation. A gastronomic restaurant serves brilliant meals indoors or on the terrace and the well-stocked wine cellar will provide the perfect accompaniment to your food. The large garden area is home to an outdoor pool.

Your cycling holiday in France

Road Cycling in Provence | Self Guided

Tour Only Prices

2019 Departure Dates

Nights 

Adult Price

 

April - October

 6

Was £1145

Now £915

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 Tour Package Prices

2019 Departure Dates

Nights 

Adult Price

 

April - October

 6

Was £1535

Now £1345

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Price includes standard bike rental - Merida Ride 400.

Carbon fibre bike upgrade available: £180 pp - Trek Emonda SL 105

Your cycling holiday in France

Road Cycling in Provence | Self Guided

Minimum Route Distance 165 miles / 265 km

Suitability

This tour is rated moderate/challenging meaning the fitter you are and the more road cycling experience you have, the more you will enjoy the tour. However, there are alternative routes throughout the tour and the option to take rest days instead of cycling, meaning that it is more accessible to those with less experience. 

Bikes

Bike rental is included in this tour. Standard bikes are aluminium bikes with Shimano 105 groupset, normally a Merida Ride 400.

An upgrade to a carbon fiber bike is available as a supplement.

You are also very welcome to bring your own bike.

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