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4-day bike trip in the heart of Provence

A cycling holiday in the heart of the colorful lands of Provence, between lavender fields and vineyards. Explore picturesque villages full of history and experience a warm culture.

Reference P0402
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Moderate
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age From 14 years old
339€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Hop on your bike and explore the colorful and fragrant roads of Provence, between lavender fields, olive trees and hilltop villages. You start your bike tour in Avignon, the city of Popes with its rich artistic and architectural heritage. Then, after riding through the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, reach Orange and its ancient theater. With the rocky "Dentelles de Montmirail" in the background, ride through the countryside to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Cross on your way many small typical Provencal villages and reach Mazan, at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Finally, your last stage takes you to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village, renowned today for its numerous antique shops. Breathe the beautiful scents of Provence during a delightful breakaway !

    Day 1

     
     
    Fall under the spell of Avignon, visit the “Palais des Papes”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stroll through the old town. Then, leave the City of the Popes along the Rhône river through the countryside. Cross the river to reach the world-famous wine-village Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Don’t miss to taste its great wines. Finally, ride leisurely through vineyards to Orange and its ancient theater.

    Day 2

     
     
    You leave the historic city center to reach the plain of Orange. You ride along a very intriguing rock formation called "Laces of Montmirail" and enjoy the traditional knowledge of winemakers who work on the worldwide known Sablet or Gigondas land.

    Day 3

     
     
    Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise... Discover the villages behind the “grands crus” of the Rhone Valley. Then, ride through the plain of Carpentras on small roads between lavender fields and olive trees. Stroll under the bell towers of the villages of Carromb, Modène and Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols before reaching Mazan and its historic center.

    Day 4

     
     
    You head South to reach the former capital of the Comtat Venaissin, Pernes-les-Fontaines. The town has preserved many medieval remains and some forty fountains that gave its name. Then, ride along the Carpentras Canal before falling in love with the beautiful town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village built on stilts in the twelfth century. Today, the village is known for its antique shops and secondhand goods dealers, over 350!
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with ** and *** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly.
    One of them is a typical provencal wine estate. The owner will be glad to show you around and have you taste his wines.
    Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in B&Bs or hotels with *** standards that stand out for their charming atmosphere and quality of service. You stay in a typical provençal wine estate with a swimming pool. The owner will be glad to show you around and have you taste his wines.
    Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You stay in accommodations selected for their exceptionnal setting and their quality of service. Luxurious B&Bs, exclusive rooms in ***hotels or ****hotels, this category will cope with the expectations of those looking for a higher-range holiday and a swimming pool every night. Breakfast is included.



    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.



    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight for Avignon, Marseille Provence or Nîmes
    • By train: direct TGV trains from Paris (Gare de Lyon station), Lyon or Marseille to Avignon. The duration of the trip is about 2h40 from Paris, 1h10 from Lyon and 35mn from Marseille. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking:

    If you drive to Orange, you can park in a public secured car park in the city center (decreasing daily rate of 10€/24h). There are also many places where you can park your car for free (not secured). You will find the details of the different options in your travel documents.

    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 3€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    If you chose the luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location.


    Meeting time:


    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located not far from the train station in the city center and will be given in your travel documents. Luggage transport is available from 4 participants.


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