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8-Day Provence Lavender Fields & Vineyards Cycling Tour

8-Day Provence Lavender Fields & Vineyards Cycling Tour

8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$3,099 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • France Region
    Provence
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
  • Distance
    240 km
  • Level
    Hobby
  • Tour Code
    A4A-18-2806
8 Days/7 Nights From
AU$3,099 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Cycling tourCycling tour
  • France Region
    Provence
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
  • Distance
    240 km
  • Level
    Hobby
  • Tour Code
    A4A-18-2806
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedMealsMeals Daily breakfast & 3 dinnersInclusionInclusion Hybrid bike rental included InclusionInclusion Luggage transfersInclusionInclusion Detailed road book, including details maps, touristic information, itinerary and cue sheetsInclusionInclusion Technical and emergency support available at all times

Summary

The region of Provence is famous for its beautiful lavender fields. The lavender season is usually from mid-June to mi-August. Experience the lavender season during this exciting, 8-day cycling tour. Your cycling tour starts from Avignon and ends in Beaumes-de-Venise or Mont Ventoux.

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Avignon
You can visit the town today and take in its many sites. Orientation with bike delivery and set up is planned for the early evening (or following morning depending on our schedule) to get you all ready to ride out the next day.

Dinner on your own in Avignon, we will include some excellent suggestions.

Day 2, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (21 mi or 34 km)
Today, you ride through the vineyards of the renowned appellation Cotes du Rhone de Chateauneuf-du-Pape. And if you like, stop to visit and taste in one of the many cellars of the village. On your way, you can stop at the village Roquemaure, where you can see the remains of the 12th century medieval castle, where Pop Clement V died in 1314. Night and dinner at a charming, deluxe chateau hotel in Châteauneuf du Pape.

Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 3, St Paul Les 3 Chateaux (28 mi or 45 km)
On today’s itinerary you will pass Serignan du Comtat, an important medieval village (origins go back to 6C BC) in the history of the Counts of Toulouse and the domain of Diane de Poitiers. Continue on to Rochegude in the Drome department and lavender country and then on into the town of St Paul les 3 Chateaux where you can walk through its old cobbled streets and visit the historical church.

Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 4, Ride to Grignan (17 mi or 28 km)
Today's ride will bring you to the village of Clansayes before Grignan. In Clansayes, you will find the Templar knights tower, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the area. Also on your itinerary are the villages of Colonzelle and La Baume de Transit, with remains from a medieval castle. In Grignan, you stay below its famous chateaux in a very comfortable 3 star chateau/manor house.

Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 5, Cycle the Countryside and Lavender Fields (25 mi or 40 km)
If you choose to ride, you will travel to the lavender areas around Grignan to La Garde dAdhemar. This village is a classical provencal village with exceptional beauty. La Garde dAdhemar has preserved its medieval structure and ramparts and was originally colonized during the Roman era by veterans of the Roman legions in the 1st century. Return to Grignan. If you stay in Grignan, you can explore this beautiful 16-17C chateau and learn the story of Madame de Sevigne.

Dinner on your own. Breakfast included.

Day 6, Vaison la Romaine (28 mi or 45 km)
Vaison, a town of art, has a rich cultural heritage. It was built up in the middle ages and modern times but the town owes its fame to the ancient Roman foundations and its ruins. La Romaine was added in 1924!

Day 7, Beaumes de Venise or Mont Ventoux Climb (Option 1: 24 mi or 39 km, Option 2: 25 mi or 40 km, Option 3: 43 mi or 69 km)

  • Option 1 - The easier ride, it passes through the wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise to finish in Bedoin (38km).
  • Option 2 - This option crosses the Dentelles de Montmirail involving some climbs (40km). A variant of option 2 is to ride Mont Ventoux, famous Tour de France climb fondly known as the Giant of Provence! This will add 25 km and at least 1-2 hours of climbing up to 1909 meters (approx 6000 ft).

Tonight you stay at the edge of the village of Bedoin in a very charming inn. The scent of lavender is in the air from mid-June through the beginning of August in this countryside! Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 8, Departure Day
Breakfast is included and possibly some time to visit Bedoin before leaving back to Avignon. We will transfer you back to Avignon TGV station at 9:30 am; allow 1 hour travel time before a train departure.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bathroom
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners included
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON for 3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

Exclusions

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Important Notes

  • Price based on double occupancy.
  • Please note that rates may vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.

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