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Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Classic | Côtes du Rhône Vineyards | Self-Guided

As generations of film stars and artists have discovered, it’s impossible not to be seduced by the beauty and glamour of Provence.

From ancient villages scattered with Roman ruins to historic cities, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on our Côtes du Rhône tour.

In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laid-back cycling through vineyards, along rural trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains.

What’s Included

  • Delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • Half Board accommodation
  • Fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit
  • Detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app
  • Expert on the spot support
  • Luggage transferred between your hotels
  • 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Classic | Côtes du Rhône Vineyards | Self-Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Avignon or Marseille and transfer to your hotel in Mazan

Relax by the pool, enjoy a glass (or bottle) from the hotels well stocked cellar and relax, ready to start your cycling on day 2.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Bedoin | Distance 15 miles (25km)

Your first day on the bike takes you north to the market village of Bedoin, the most popular starting point for those avid cyclists looking to take on the climb of Mont Ventoux. Don’t worry though, our route turns back towards Mazan before the climb! You’ll spend most of the day riding through a vineyard covered landscape, with spectacular views all around. We love taking a long lunch in Bedoin and soaking up the atmosphere of this cycle-centric village.

Day 3 | Mazan to Chateauneuf-du-Pape | Distance 22 miles (36km)

Today starts with a short ride into the town of Carpentras, a real treasure trove for lovers of history and architecture. As you pass through, keep an eye out for the Port d’Orange, the fortress ruins and the Hotel Dieu in particular. From Carpentras you pick up the Via Venassia cycle path for an easy, traffic-free stretch taking you to the village of Jonquieres. A short spin further down the road lies Courthezon, where a quick stop for coffee and a cake will give keep you topped up for the last stretch through vineyards to your overnight hotel on the outskirts of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Orange or Avignon | Distance 21 miles (35km) or 30 miles (49km)

There’s time today to explore this charming village, built at the base of its fortress remains, overlooking the plain of Comtat and endless vineyards. Most importantly, there are wine tastings offered on virtually every street corner. Alternatively, cycle along the Rhône to the historical city of Avignon where you’ll find a pleasing array of eateries to choose from. For a shorter ride, why not take the route up to the spectacular Roman ruins of Orange, once the Roman’s capital of the region.

Day 5 | Chateauneuf-du-Pape to Vacqueyras | Distance 14 miles (23km)

Cycling along tiny lanes through vineyards, today you’ll head towards Gigondas in the spectacular Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range. There is a distinctly Mediterranean feel here, with aromatic plants and Aleppo pines softening the entire landscape - and, of course, vines galore. As you approach the Dentelles, the vineyards make way for spectacular rock formations. There is a bit of a climb at the end of the day to take you to your hotel nestled in a tranquil hillside setting.

Day 6 | Optional Round Trip: Seguret and Vaison-la-Romaine | Distance 27 miles (44km)

For those looking to ride again today, we suggest an out and back route taking in the hilltop villages of Sablet and Seguret, the classy Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine and the rich, red wines of the Gigondas appellation. Seguret in particular is one of this region’s secret gems. Not only are the views on offer from the hillside spectacular, but the local wine is fantastic too. Vaison-la-Romaine on the other hand is one of the region’s better-known destinations and for good reason. Its old town area is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval villages in France. As this is an out and back route, it can easily be shortened on the fly if you are looking for an easier cycle.

Day 7 | Vacqueyras to Mazan | Distance 11 miles (18km)

Your last day of cycling takes you back to Mazan, passing through the Beaumes-de-Venise wine appellation and more gorgeous vineyard vistas. At just 11 miles, you’ll have plenty of time to stop off en route, whether that be to taste some of the local wine, have a long, decadent lunch, or even a rustic picnic amongst the vines. Or you can push on and spend an afternoon by the pool back at Chateau de Mazan!

Day 8 | We say au revoir

Trip extensions are available upon request.

What not to Miss

  • Sampling the produce of the Château des Fines Roches wine estate during your stay.
  • Soaking up the cycle-centric atmosphere of the charming village of Bedoin.
  • Riding on the fantastic Via Venassia cycle path.
Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Classic | Côtes du Rhône Vineyards | Self-Guided

  • Château de Mazan

    4 star

    This is a château hotel surrounded by a fabulous garden.  Once home of the notorious Marquis de Sade, the 17th century château while being 4* luxury feels relaxed and homely.  In a small Provençal village, at the base of Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, the views are magnificent and the scenery stunning.  The terrace is used for summer dining, so you can enjoy your gastronomic dinners listening to the cicadas and if very lucky, a nightingale. The hotel swimming pool is situated in the landscaped gardens and there is also a floral terrace.

  • Chateau des Fines Roches

    4 star

    Located in the heart of the prestigious vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this turreted castle built in the late 19th century was inhabited by the Marquis de Baroncelli and frequented by many Provencal poets. The landscapes here are breath-taking, with the peak of Mont Ventoux jutting out of the vast Provencal plains and the seemingly endless rows of grapes stretching out to the horizon. The peace and quiet is only broken by the clink of wine glasses.

  • Hotel Montmirail

    3 star

    The 19th Century villa is set in a large garden surrounded by olive trees in the Dentelles de Montmirail. Although the rooms are understated, the hotel benefits from an outdoor swimming pool, a superb restaurant and an extensive terrace where you can enjoy your meals under an ancient plane tree.

Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Classic | Côtes du Rhône Vineyards | Self-Guided

Tour Only Prices | 2020

2020 Departure Dates

Nights

Board Basis

Adult Price

April to October 

7

Half Board

£1595

April to October 

4

Half Board

£965

Package Prices (flights and transfers) | 2020

2020 Departure Dates

Nights

Board Basis

Adult Price

April to October 

7

Half Board

£1995

April to October 

4

Half Board

£1395

eBike Supplement: £20 per day

Single Supplement available on request.

Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Classic | Côtes du Rhône Vineyards | Self-Guided

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