Upper Provence, Ventoux and Luberon

Beginning in Bédoin or Mazan and ending in Roussillon or Gargas, this bicycle tour features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than to just see it.

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Upper Provence, Ventoux and Luberon

Beginning in Bédoin or Mazan and ending in Roussillon or Gargas, this bicycle tour features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than to just see it.

  • Half board hotel
  • French Alps —Avignon > Roussillon
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 8
  • Grade
    • Moderate riding
    • Challenging riding
  • Style
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 50-75km/day
    • under 50km/day
  • Features
    • Ensuite rooms

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Service & Itinerary back to top

Two options are offered for this trip:

Option A: 3 nights in 3-star properties and 2 nights in 2-star properties. 995 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 295 euros

Option A+: 1 night in a 5-star hotel, 2 nights in 4-star properties and 2 nights in 3-star properties. 1,295 euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 655 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Avignon to Mazan or Bedoin (the bike shop) on Day 2
  • Transfer from Roussillon (Opt A) or Gargas (Opt A+) to Avignon on Day 6
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (depending on availability)
  • 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 personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Aluminum racing bikes are available at the rate of 145 euros per bike. Full-carbon bikes are available at the rate of 190 euros per bike. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 100 euros per bike. These prices include the 20-euro delivery and drop-off fees.

NB: Starting on any other weekday — except for Saturdays — is possible for an additional charge of 80 euros per person.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival in Avignon

Upon check-in at your hotel, you’ll be given your whole kit of information. We recommend taking advantage of your free time to explore this ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Architectural landmarks abound, highlighted by the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d’Avignon, one of France’s 85 designated national monuments.

Day 2 (Monday): Transfer from Avignon to Bedoin (Bike shop) or Mazan (Hotel). Loop from Bedoin or Mazan around the wine-making area of “Les Dentelles de Montmirail.” (2 options: 62 km/38 miles, 630 meters/2,075 ft. of climbing or 80 km/50 miles, 1,190 meters/3,900 ft. of climbing)

Your wine-toasting skills will come into play during today’s loop which begins Bedoin and ends in Mazan. The ride wheels through some of the most noted wine-villages in Provence, France, starting with Beaumes-de-Venise. Scenically nestled at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail (a vertebrae of jaggedly dramatic mountains), this Old World village is home to Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, one of the planet’s most applauded wines. Vacqueyras, is next, followed by Gigondas and then Séguret, which lives up to its hype as one of France’s “most beautiful villages.” As your loop begins to bend around, you’ll pedal into Vaison-la-Romaine. Divided by the Ouvéze River, Vaison-la-Romaine’s lower half features a trove of Gallo-Roman ruins, making it one of Europe’s largest archaeological sites, while the upper half, perched atop a knuckle of rock, rates as a monument to medieval architecture. Before reaching Bedoin you’ll have the option ride up to the tiny village of Suzette (1,080 meters/3,540 feet), a modest ascent that, if you so choose, will add 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the day’s ride.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Mazan — Sault via Mont Ventoux or via the Gorges de la Nesque (via Ventoux: 59 km/37 miles, 2,045 meters/6,715 ft. of climbing; via Les Gorges: 42km/26 miles, 1,360 meters/4,460 ft of climbing)

Depending on preference, you’ll have the option to climb Mont Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence,” or a more leg-friendly route through Gorges de la Nesque. The first option allows you to climb Mont Ventoux, which touches the sky at 1,912 meters (6,273 feet). This barren peak enjoys all-star status with riders, having appeared in the Tour de France 14 times since 1951. The second option, which corkscrews along the floor of the Gorges de la Nesque, averages, by our account, 11 picture-stops per mile (14 if you visit the Chapelle Saint-Michel, a tiny, 12th century chapel tucked under an overhanging cliff). You’ll lodge at night in Sault, a tiny village that’s as historic as it is beautiful. Sault’s surrounding fields of purple lavender resemble an unframed Monet painting in 3-D.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Sault — Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (60 km/38 miles, 805 meters/2,640 ft. of climbing)

Today’s ride allows you to experience Provence at its rural best. You’ll wheel across green, rolling hills and through timeless villages hemmed with vineyards and fruit orchards, the type of decaffeinated setting that causes sound-minded people to ponder quitting their jobs, moving to Provence and spending their remaining years standing in sun-drenched fields applying oil paints to canvas. The village of Venasque, designated as one of France’s “most beautiful villages,” highlights the ride. Fontaine-de- Vaucluse will be your home for the night. Huddled along the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse features the fifth largest underground spring in the world. Against a backdrop of craggy cliffs and draping foliage, the spring’s emerging turquoise-colored waters are extremely camera-worthy.

Day 5 (Thursday): Fontaine-de-Vaucluse — Roussillon (opt A) or Gargas (opt A+) (2 options: via Menerbes, Bonnieux: 35 km/29 miles, 700 meters/2,300 ft. of climbing or via Gordes, Menerbes, Bonnieux: 52 km/32 miles, 1,030 meters/3,375 ft. of climbing)

It won’t take long for the day’s wow-factor to kick in when you ride into Gordes. Perched atop a hillside, it is one of France’s 144 “most beautiful villages.” Ancient stone buildings line its many narrow cobbled alleyways and arcades, all of which lead to the Chateau de Gordes, the village’s iconic landmark. Nearby Sénanque Abbey, located below Gordes, is worth visiting as well. From here you’ll bicycle through a chain of scenic, hillside villages — Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux — before reaching Roussillon, yet another one of France’s “most beautiful villages,” which once served as home for writer Samuel Beckett. At night, you’ll be able to upload all of the day’s photos to Facebook from your hotel in Gargas.

Day 6 (Friday): Transfer to Avignon

We’ll usher you to Avignon for your departure of choice.

Accommodation back to top

Option A: 3 nights in 3-star properties and 2 nights in 2-star properties.

Option A+: 1 night in a 5-star hotel, 2 nights in 4-star properties and 2 nights in 3-star properties.

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Highlights include visits to some of Provence’s most acclaimed wine-making towns — Vacqueyas, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise — stops in several of France’s “most beautiful villages — Séguret, Gordes, Roussillon — and options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux, or snake through Gorges de la Nesque. In between, you’ll lodge in timeless villages and enjoy local cuisine.

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  • Luggage Transfers
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