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France – Provence Cycling Discovery Tour
Discovery of Provence - well at least this part of this wonderful and culturally rich region! On this tour we visit some of the most popular departments of Provence with some longer riding in between in order to give a little bit of different places: Drome Provencale, Vaucluse, Luberon, Alpilles, Rhone River areas. Discover some great wines, some amazing historical villages, pass through lavender fields, olive groves, and visit castles and art museums. Also, very important are the high quality lodgings we include in this trip; even the BEST lodging around in our upgraded version! The tour starts in Avignon from where you have a superb central location to visit all the historical sites of the old city of Avignon. Looping through the charming countryside you finish back in Avignon near the Palais des Papes. Bring your camera, you will want to take a lot of pictures home from this cycling tour!

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Day 1 | Arrival in Avignon

Day 1 | Arrival in Avignon

Arrival in Avignon. You can visit Avignon today and take in its many sites. Check in at your charming 4 star hotel in the center of Avignon, later you will have an orientation with an English speaking staff member who will bring bikes, do set up, and go over the route book. Dinner in Avignon on your own; we will provide some excellent recommendations.

Hotel de l'Horloge

Avignon Provence

Hotel de l'HorlogeThe Hotel de l’Horloge reflects all the atmosphere of Avignon in the charm of its rooms. They are decorated in warm tones, with different materials coming together to offer refinement, authenticity and comfort. Wood, wrought iron, sea grass and wicker combine harmoniously to guide us to a feeling of complete contentment. Some rooms are also equipped with a terrace. At the Hotel de l’Horloge, you will enjoy the cozy, chic atmosphere and the pleasure of partaking of the rare elegance of the Provencal way of life.

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Day 2 | From Avignon to St Paul Les 3 Chateaux - 71 km

Day 2 | From Avignon to St Paul Les 3 Chateaux - 71 km

In the morning, ride through the vineyards of the renowned appellation "Cotes du Rhone" de Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and then continue on to Serignan du Comtat, then Rochegude before reaching St Paul in the lavender country. Night at Villa Augusta**** and dinner on your own in town.

Villa Augusta

St Paul les 3 Chateaux

Villa AugustaIdeally situated in the heart of countryside, La Villa Augusta will charm you with the art of good living that exists in each one of its distinguished rooms. La Villa Augusta is an old house of Maitre Tricastin (wine maker Cotes du Rhone) on a beautiful park. The Hotel disposes of 24 spacious rooms where the old and modern merge together in perfect harmony. Our Restaurant David Mollicone, is an invitation for discover modern cuisine that is mixed with delicious flavours and local tastes ...

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Closed Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 3 | St Paul to Mazan - 69 km

Day 3 | St Paul to Mazan - 69 km

Today the ride is somewhat long but over flat to rolling country and will bring you in the village of Visan, ; then to Vaison la Romaine, built in the Middle Ages and with original Roman ruins of an ancient Roman village. Then to Mazan where you will stay at Chateau de Mazan****. If you have the legs and desire, you can climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin - the classic climb! 21 km to the top and min 2 hours round trip for strong riders.

Chateau De Mazan

Mazan

Chateau De MazanThe Chateau de Mazan has plenty of history and was built around 1720, during France's early Regency Period. The most notorious individual in the Chateau's past is, without a doubt, the Marquis de Sade. The Chateau has since been renovated and is now a charming four star hotel with a gourmet restaurant.

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Day 4 | Ride up to Mont Ventoux!

Day 4 | Ride up to Mont Ventoux!

Loop around Mazan (94 km): Today's ride will take you from Mazan to the challenging climb and descend of Mont Ventoux through Sault and the Nesque River Canyon: an unforgettable experience. Mont Ventoux is a famour Tour de France climbs, and you have the opportunity to try it on your own! If you prefer, you can enjoy a rest day at the hotel!  

Chateau De Mazan

Mazan

Chateau De MazanThe Chateau de Mazan has plenty of history and was built around 1720, during France's early Regency Period. The most notorious individual in the Chateau's past is, without a doubt, the Marquis de Sade. The Chateau has since been renovated and is now a charming four star hotel with a gourmet restaurant.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Closed Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Seminar Room Internet Access Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

Day 5 | Mazan to Gordes -  40km

Day 5 | Mazan to Gordes - 40km

Mazan to Gordes (40 km) with an option to ride to Roussillon and back to Gordes (60 km): This itinerary will bring you through the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse before climbing to Gordes, your final destination. If you choose to go to Roussillon, you can discover the famous ochre colored soil that is mined and used in pigment to color homes locally and far away. Night at Mas des Romarins*** and dinner on your own.

Le Mas Des Romarins

Gordes

Le Mas Des RomarinsLe Mas des Romarins is a 19th century dwelling, full of warmth and built of dry stone walls, which has been transformed into a lovely three star hotel. You will find yourself in the heart of timeless Provence, in a unique, well-preserved setting, just a few minutes walk from the center of Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. From the hotel's terrace you can watch the sunrise and set while having your breakfast or enjoying a refreshing drink.

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Day 6 | Gordes to St Remy de Provence - 49 km

Day 6 | Gordes to St Remy de Provence - 49 km

Today the itinerary takes you via Coustellet (Lavender museum) and then to melon-town Cavaillon. A short steep walk (or ride) will take you the top of the village of Eygalieres, a panoramic viewpoint from where you see the Durance River valley, Alpilles mountain range and the rock of Les Baux de Provence. Then finish your ride in St Remy de Provence, where you stay at Hotel du Soleil***.

Hotel du Soleil

Saint Remy de Provence Provence

Hotel du SoleilHotel du Soleil & Spa is a charming, family-owned hotel located in a quiet street in St Remy de Provence. With its pool and Spa, a relaxing stay is guaranteed! All the rooms have been renovated and include air-conditioning as well as free wi-fi.

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Day 7 | St Remy to Avignon - 42 km

Day 7 | St Remy to Avignon - 42 km

Back to Avignon! Along the way you pass Graveson and Barbentane where you can visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. Arriving in the afternoon in Avignon center, you can visit Avignon after check in to your same hotel as your first night,  Hotel de l'Horloge****, dinner on your own.

Hotel de l'Horloge

Avignon Provence

Hotel de l'HorlogeThe Hotel de l’Horloge reflects all the atmosphere of Avignon in the charm of its rooms. They are decorated in warm tones, with different materials coming together to offer refinement, authenticity and comfort. Wood, wrought iron, sea grass and wicker combine harmoniously to guide us to a feeling of complete contentment. Some rooms are also equipped with a terrace. At the Hotel de l’Horloge, you will enjoy the cozy, chic atmosphere and the pleasure of partaking of the rare elegance of the Provencal way of life.

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Day 8 | Departure Day

Day 8 | Departure Day

Depart after breakfast on your own time. TGV trains to Paris or Paris CDG airport depart all day long. Extra nights possible, please inquire. (B)

 
+ Rates

Provence Discovery - 7 nights (based on double occupancy) - standard hotels

 
Standard Rooms
Upgraded Rooms
Based on 2 participants 1424 euros/person On request
Based on 4 participants1222 euros/person On request
Based on 6 participants1155 euros/person On request
Transfer from train station 45 euros up to 5 people 45 euros up to 5 people
Single supplement545 Euros/single* On request
Road Bike rental (recommended) 335 Euros 335 Euros
Hybrid Bike rental 115 Euros 115 Euros
*Solo Supplement for 1 traveler is 917 euros.


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+ What's Included?

- 7 nights in very high quality 3-4* accommodations
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Welcome orientation with our local guide
- Bike delivery and set up at orientation
- Bike pickup/return at end
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, a step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available by phone during business hours
- GPX files for your device in advance when requested
- substantial pre/post trip planning and France travel services


Lodging

Accommodations: There is a standard and upgraded hotel option for this tour. Regardless of option, all lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities; all options are excellent high end lodging.
 
Standard Hotels:
- Hotel de l'Horloge****
- Villa Augusta****
- Chateau de Mazan****
- Le Mas Des Romarins***
- Hotel du Soleil***
 
Upgraded Hotels:
- La Mirande*****
- Chateau de Rochegude*****
- Hostellerie le Crillon*****
- Bastide de Gordes*****
- Hotel de l Image****

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Tour Details

Best of Provence Cycling
7 Nights / 8 Days

Dates Start on any day between April 1st and November 1st, except Sundays.

Level - Level: 3-4 Moderate+ to Challenging
Day 2: rolling 67 km
Day 3: rolling 55 km
Day 4: hilly 42-105 km
Day 5: rolling 47-68 km
Day 6: rolling 48 km
Day 7: rolling 42 km
 
Tour Highlights:
- Cycle through various areas of Provence: Drome, Vaucluse, Luberon and Alpilles.
- Luxurious accommodations
- Landscapes vary from lavender fields to vineyards to cities. Something for everyone!
 
Need to Know:
- This tour can start any day of the week.
- Arrival city is Avignon, which accessible via train from Paris Gare de Lyon (2hrs 45min) or Paris CDG airport (3 hours). Transfer from the train station to the hotel can be arranged: 45 Euros up to 5 passengers, please inquire. Departure from Avignon; same return travel time to Paris.
 
For extra nights in France; see this link: Hotels in France or visit our France Travel Spot site for personalized service on all things to do in France.

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Road bikes: | Trek Domane Spec Sheet | Domane 4.5 Frame: 400 Series OCLV Carbon, Sizes 50-52-54-56-58
    Frame fit Endurance
    Tyres Bontrager R2 Hard-Case Lite, 700x25c
    Shifters Shimano RS685 Hydraulic, 11-speed
    Front derailleur Shimano Ultegra
    Rear derailleur Shimano Ultegra
    Crank Shimano Ultegra RSs500 50/34 (compact)
    Cassette Shimano Ultegra 11-32, 11 speed
    Saddle Bontrager Paradigm RXL, carbon rails
    Brakeset Shimano RS685 hydraullic disc, 160mm rotors 335 Euros

    | Trek Silque SL; Frame: WSD Geometry
    Sizes: 47-50-52-54-56"
    Tyres: Bontrager R2 Hard-Case, 700x23c
    Shifters : Shimano Ultegra, 11-speed
    Front derailleur : Shimano Ultegra
    Rear derailleur :Shimano Ultegra
    Crank : Shimano Ultegra, 50/34 (compact)
    Cassette : Shiman Ultegra 11-28, 11-speed
    Saddle : Bontrager Affinity 2 WSD
    Brakeset: Shimano Ultegra: 335 Euros
    Pedals options: Flat, Cages, Shimano SPD-SL, LOOK KEO or DELTA. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.

    Custom Hybrid Bikes are also available:Hybrid Spec Sheet | |

    Aluminum frame, 21 gears, Shimano brakes.115 Euros for 7-night tour

    All hybrid bikes are outfitted with:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.

     
     
     
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    France – Provence Cycling Discovery Tour

    Tour Type: Self-guided road bike cycling (level 3)
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    Distance: 60 km/day
    Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €1389 Euros





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