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Provence cycling around Orange at the foot of the Mont Ventoux

Provence bike tour starting in Orange. Discover lavendel and olive fields, Roman ruins and beautiful landscape at the foot of the Mont Ventoux

Reviews (3) :
4.67 / 5
Reference P0701
  • Loop trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • from March to November
  • Minimum age 12 years
849€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Starting in Orange in the middle of the Provence you will discover the old city of Orange with its Roman theater, its small shaded streets before cycling through the lavender fields and olive groves in the idyllic Provencal countryside. After crossing charming little villages like Suze-la-Rousse you arrive at Grignan. Do not miss the beautiful walled town of Grignan. A little further take the time to stroll in Vaison-la-Romaine amongst the Roman ruins as well as in the small town of Nyons. The area is well-known for its oil mills and lavender distilleries.
    Charming villages surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and lavender mark out your way. You also cross many world famous wineries as Seguret, Sablet or Gigondas.
    A beautiful leisure cycling trip the Provence at the foot of the Mont Ventoux!

    Day 1

     
     
    Enjoy Orange and its charming lively streets. The ocher hues of the city will immerse you immediately into the Provence atmosphere. Do not miss a visit to the very well preserved antique theater.

    Day 2

     
     
    Bike
    25km
    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 3

     
     
    Bike
    32km
    You leave Suze-la-Rousse and ride through beautiful stretches of lavender to Grignan. Your arrival gives you a wonderful view on the medieval village dominated by the castle of the Marquise de Sévigné.

    Day 4

     
     
    Bike
    32km
    Ride through the countryside to the charming village of Taullignan where you will find a nice silk museum. You leave Taullignan towards the "Enclave des Papes". You will wind through wineyards until reaching Venterol, a beautiful village overlooking the valley of the Eygues. You ride gently down through the olive trees to Nyons, famous for its Provencal know-how (olive oil, lavender, soaps, scourtins, etc.).

    Day 5

     
     
    Bike
    33km
    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 6

     
     
    Bike
    34km
    You can either quietly enjoy the day at the pool and walk to the cute villages around or take the bike tour, which takes you up among the rocks of the "dentelles de Montmirail". This impressive rock towers over you as you cross the mountain to Beaume-de-Venise, the capital of Muscat wine. You will also explore the vineyards of world famous wines of Gigondas.

    Day 7

     
     
    Bike
    25km
    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.

    Day 8

     
     
    You leave after a last walk in the old city center of Orange
  • 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.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • 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.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    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, there are several options for parking:

    - if you are accommodated in category A: you can park your car in the closed car park of the hotel (8€/day, on reservation) or 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.

    - if you are accommodated in category B: you are accommodated in a bed&breakfast in the outskirts of Orange. You can park your car there for free (subject to availability, to be confirmed at booking).


    Meeting time:


    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.


  • Reviews
  • 3 bike travelers reviews 4.67 / 5

    “ Entre vignes et lavande ”

    On the 2015-10-11 by Ronald
    C'était notre second voyage avec Le Vélo Voyageur et le vélo est tout indiqué pour parcourir la Provence. Le trajet proposé offre de superbes panoramas à travers châteaux et vignobles. C'est une excellente façon d'approfondir nos connaissances sur les vins de la région du Cote du Rhône. Les hôteliers sur le parcours sont charmants. Merci au Vélo Voyageur.

    “ Provence a velo ”

    On the 2015-07-06 by umberto
    La Provence pendant la floraison de lavande est magnifiquee, c'est un peu chaud si vous n'etes pas habitue mais la campagne et les petites villes sont inoubliables!

    “ Genieten met de vélo in de Provence ”

    On the 2014-07-29 by Peter en Ann
    Uitstekende organisatie, die je het mogelijk maakt om ten volle te genieten van de trip..
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