In the heart of Provence, the Vaucluse is steeped in history. Originally Celtic, it was conquered by the Romans and is now rich in well-preserved Roman remains, especially at Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine where the large site is comparable to Pompeii. The skyline is dominated by the majestic silhouette of the Dentelles de Montmirail and dramatic Mont Ventoux.
On this eight night cyclingÂ tour you get the best of both worlds; breathtaking scenery all around combined with easy pedaling on plains and gentle foothills dotted with lavender, orchards and the famous Cotes du Rhone vineyards. The towns and villages you pass through are particularly picturesque with their old quarters, weekly markets and chateaux.
We've arranged especially good evening meals with opportunities to sample both gourmet and local delicacies. Our hotels, which are all family run, pride themselves on their Provencal cuisine and cellars full of fine local wines - one of which is located between the three world-famous vineyards of Beaumes de-Venise, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.
The town fete takes place in Vaison from July 13-17. Join in the fun or come at a quieter time!
This tour is rated "1 bike +" indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging thanÂ an overall grading of "1 bike'.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and all evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Avignon TGV railway station 13:19 (pick up); transfer to hotel, 40 min, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Avignon TGV railway station 12:43 ( transport provided).|
|Rail Options||Rail Marseille St Charles to Avignon TGV 12:39/13:19. Return: Rail Avignon TGV to Marseille St Charles 12:43/13:25. Rail schedules from Paris on request.|
|Rail Supplement||Rail supplement: Prices starting from $42 per person, round trip, 2nd class; class; from $61 first class.|
|Singles||Add $54 per night.|
|Other details||Extra nights: We recommend Pernes les Fontaines. Inquire for prices. E bike rental: Add $155 per person, subject to availability.|
|Hotels||*** (8 nights)|