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Provence

4-day cycling tour in Provence

Cycling vacations in the heart of the Provence starting in Orange and having you discover leisurely the lavender fields the olive trees and sunny easy life of the Provence

Reviews (5) :
3.80 / 5
Reference P0401
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Moderate
  • from February to November
  • Minimum age 12 years
335€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This 4-day biking trip around Orange in the heart of the Provence lets you first discover the old town of Orange with its ancient theater before taking you through lavender fields and olive trees in the idyllic Provencal countryside. It’s a slower pace of life here in Southern France. You will visit leisurely the Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine, the small town of Nyons and all the charming villages along your way. You will also cross many wineries and sunny villages where you are tempt to linger, relax over a local rosé wine, fresh goat cheese, honey, olives, tapenade and sun-dried tomatoes.

    Day 1

     
     
    As soon as you leave Orange, you ride on a plain lined with vineyards with the Mont Ventoux in the background. From village to village, you cross the garigue before reaching the University of Wine located in the castle of Suze-la-Rousse.

    Day 2

     
     
    You leave Suze-la-Rousse and ride through the vineyards until reaching Venterol, a beautiful village overlooking the valley of the Eygues. Then, you ride gently down through the olive trees to Nyons, famous for its Provencal know-how (olive oil, lavender, soaps, scourtins, etc.).

    Day 3

     
     
    Shortly after leaving Nyons, when passing over the river Eygues, enjoy the beautiful view of the old town. You will then ride up the olive groves and admire the magnificent panorama over the valley. After the village of Mirabel aux Baronnies, the circuit winds through vineyards surrounded by mountains up to Vaison la Romaine. After visiting the Roman ruins, continue to the village of Séguret, ranked "most beautiful villages in France".

    Day 4

     
     
    You ride along the 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. You cross again the plain of Orange before reaching the historic city center.
  • 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
  • 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: TGV trains from Paris/ Gare de Lyon station to Orange (direct or 1 connection). The duration of the trip is between 4h and 4h30. Regional trains from Lyon/ Part Dieu station. The duration of the trip is between 2h and 2h30. 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 8€/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.


    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.


  • Reviews
  • 5 bike travelers reviews 3.80 / 5

    “ une autre façon de découvrir la Provence ”

    On the 2016-08-19 by Nathalie Burteaux
    4 jours de vélo dans les vignes et tout au long des petites routes provençales avec le soleil , la chaleur (parfois éprouvante) et aussi le Mistral pour notre dernier jour! L'organisation a été parfaite tout au long du périple, Eugénie et Bérengère répondent très rapidement aux questions même pendant le séjour. Les hébergements étaient tous différents et avaient chacun leur charme, nous avons même eu quelquefois la surprise d'une piscine à l'arrivée ... Tant qu'au carnet de route , il est très bien détaillé ce qui nous a permis de nous perdre qu'une fois ! ( et encore si peu). Bref une première expérience parfaite qui nous donne envie de recommencer , attention cependant il faut mieux avoir un peu de condition physique ;-) Merci pour cette belle aventure.

    “ Could have been so much better ”

    On the 2015-09-08 by Clive
    Poor bikes and ambiguous and mistake-riddled directions detracted from the enjoyment of the tour.

    “ Not too pleased ”

    On the 2015-06-30 by Not too pleased
    Expensive, not a great bike, poor directions, no alternatives or notification given for strong winds. Disappointing trip although the accommodations were quite nice.

    “ Innoubliable ”

    On the 2015-06-28 by dominique
    Nous revenons de 4 jours passés en Provence, tout était parfait, sommes prêtes à repartir avec cet organisme, après une journée de vélo nous apprécions l'accueil qui est fait dans les hôtels et la qualité des prestations de ceux-ci. Nos interlocuteurs de Vélo Voyageurs, en cas de besoin sont très disponibles et efficaces. Qu'une envie repartir l'année prochaine pour d'autres aventures.....

    “ A travers des régions magnifiques ”

    On the 2015-05-26 by Daniel
    Bravo à toute l'équipe du "vélo Voyageurs". Le paysage qui nous est laissé à voir par votre itinéraire nous a totalement comblé. Nous gardons un Souvenir inoubliable de cette région de Provence ainsi que de l'accueil dans des hôtels fort sympathiques. C'était une superbe primière expérience. Merci !
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