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The Tour in Provence

8 day(s) | from 910.00 €

Moderate to difficult

Themes

Food & Wine
Mountain

Included

3 dinners

7 nights with breakfast, maps, road-book with tourist information, daily luggage transfer, 7/7 days assistance and local tax

When

March to November.

High season: July / August

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  • Description
  • Wedged between the Alps and the Mediterranean, Provence is a rugged region where men have discovered how to dig down their roots. Provence is a “terroir”. This French word sums up so perfectly that uniquely special relationship that man can create with his environment. Between Cavaillon and Forcalquier, Apt and Sault, along quiet roads you’ll find typical villages and some of the most colourful markets. Be careful! This is a place which can really make you fall under its spell! For the most intrepid of you can ride-up the two famous Tour de France climb in the province. The Lure Mountain and the Mont Ventoux. For the last one hundred years, the Ventoux has been one of the myths of the “Tour de France”. From its summit you have a fantastic view of the Alps. If you don't want to push it and choose the less challenging rides, this tour is accessible to most riders. The hot, dry Mediterranean climate makes bike riding ideal between March and November. 

Highlights

  • Climb the famous Mont Ventoux
  • Cycle picturesque landscape: vineyards and olive tree fields
  • Stay in an exquisite Provencal farm house surrounded by lavender
  • Visit Gordes, one of the most beautiful perched villages of France
  • Typical Villages of Provence farmers market
  • Discover the secret of Ochre, a natural pigment which makes up the cliffs around Roussillon
  • Relax in Cavaillon and Cadenet

Bike tour itinerary : The Tour in Provence

  • D1 
  • Arrival in Cavaillon
    • Our hotel is right in the centre of Cavaillon. It is a comfortable 19th century building from which you can easily explore the historical town on foot.

  • D2 
  • Cavaillon to Cadenet
  • 42km /
    • You’ll follow the Durance River along the south slopes of the Luberon Mountain. It is a good introduction to the climate without the hills. You’ll go through the villages of Mérindol, Lauris and Lourmarin before arriving at Cadenet.

  • D3 
  • Cadenet to Forcalquier
  • 45km / 54km /
    • You’ll ride through the Luberon Natural Park with changing scenery and remote hamlets on a gradual slope. Past the village of La-Bastide-des-Jourdans, the climb needs a bit more effort but it doesn’t last long. The rest of the day is more downhill or flat to Forcalquier. Your place for the next 2 nights is an exquisite Provencal farm house surrounded by lavender

  • D4 
  • Forcalquier loop
  • 45km / 82km /
    • Today is really à la carte. Why not an easy morning by the pool and a bit of time spent exploring the market town of Forcalquier? A drink on one of the “terraces” is the way local people end the afternoon! You can also ride to the foothills of Lure and the village of Saint-Etienne-les-Orgues. The ride up to the Lure will give you superb views over the Alps and prepare you nicely for the Ventoux

  • D5 
  • Forcalquier to Sault
  • 54km /
    • Today you’ll go up a tiny little road through rugged terrain and isolated hamlets. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the climb very gradual as far as the village of Simiane-la Rotonde. Then, after 6 rather steep kilometres up to the village of Saint-Christol you’ll almost freewheel down to Sault....with practically no pedalling!

  • D6 
  • Sault loop
  • 56km /
    • There are 3 options today.  The Mont Ventoux. Sault is only 26 km away from the steeply twisting pass. The climb goes from 700 to 1900m high but is steep only on the last 7kms. You can turn back down any time you feel like it; then it will just be downhill back home; so feel free! The Gorges de la Nesque west of Sault is a spectacular place, demanding less effort! If you are in good condition, you can think of doing both rides in the day

  • D7 
  • Sault to Cavaillon
  • 50km / 75km / 90km /
    • This last ride is a real enchantment with a lot of downhill riding back to Cavaillon. You’ll go south through the Maquis of the Vaucluse plateau. After the village of Saint-Saturnin you’ll go west through the villages of Roussillon and Gordes before hedging the exquisite northern slope of the Luberon Mountain.

  • D8 
  • Trip ends in Cavaillon after breakfast

Prices 2017

  • Standard Accommodation910 €
  • Standard Single room sup.260 €
  • Solo traveller200 €
  • Hybrid Bike110 €
  • Road Bike from160 €
  • Discount : party of 4+-5 %
  • High season supplement60 €

All prices are per person. Accommodation price is on a 2-person basis.
The list of hotels included in this trip or details about your bikes are available upon request via our Contact Page.

Hotels

  • Cadenet Le Mas du Colombier ***Comfort
  • Forcalquier Le Charembeau ***Comfort
  • Sault Le Louvre **Standard

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