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Wine Villages of Provence Cycling

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The Vaucluse is characterised by several things but none perhaps as much as the vineyards which cover the patchwork landscape and the ever present shape of Mt Ventoux, ‘the Giant of Provence’, silent and ever watchful on the horizon. This 7 night cycle takes you around the eastern side of the Vaucluse, where you will have ample opportunities to taste the local produce as you venture right up to the foot of the mountain.

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All about the Wine Villages of Provence Cycling.

With a history dating back to Roman times, today the Vaucluse is a patchwork of vineyards punctuated by olive groves and watched over by the silent majesty of Mt Ventoux – a Mecca for cyclists who come to challenge themselves in emulation of their Tour de France heroes. Our gentle 6 night cycling holiday, however, offers you a much more relaxed way to take in this fabulous region, one of the most fertile plains in southern France and home to such wine appellations as Gigondas, Vacqueyras and, further afield, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It’s also home to the Ventoux appellation which, although not as well-known as its cousins from the Rhone Valley, offers some fantastic wines at equally impressive prices. West of the mountain the skyline is dominated by the silhouette of the Dentelles de Montmirail (so named after a type of lace and not, as some would have it, their tooth-like appearance) whose Jurassic-era limestone is instrumental in growing the area’s most famous produce.
Your route takes you along quiet country lanes across plains and gentle foothills, with breath-taking views of Mt Ventoux acting as your backdrop for the week. Highlights include C12 Vacqueyras, which lies in close proximity to the major names of the Southern Rhone as well as Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine with their UNESCO listed Roman World Heritage sites, and Beaumes-de-Venise, famous for its Muscat wine! From Mazan, birthplace of the Festival de Provence, you can head off to the lively village of Bedoin at the foot of ‘The Giant of Provence’, then on to sample a bespoke picnic and wine pairing in the grounds of Chateau Pesquie. On your way back you have the option to visit the perched village of Venasque before coming to Pernes-les-Fontaines with its delightful old town and over 40 ancient stone fountains.
We’ve hand-picked a great mix of hotels for you, most of which have a swimming pool and also offering fine Provencal cuisine and cellars full of local wine. In Pernes-les-Fontaines you stay in a C19 stately manor house surrounded by landscaped gardens; in Montmirail your hotel is a C17 villa tucked between vineyards and olive groves; then in Mazan you stay in a C18 chateau, the former home of the Marquis de Sade.
This holiday can be booked as a RidePlus option – see itinerary details for routes and distances. Details of the upgraded bikes available and the supplement payable are in the dates and prices section. At time of booking, just request the RidePlus option for the number of people wanting it and before departure you will be sent your route details, with access to downloadable GPX files for you to add to your own Garmin device.

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Avignon

    After checking into the Hotel Bristol, you have free time to discover all that Avignon has to offer and choose a restaurant for dinner (pay locally).

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Avignon to Pernes-les-Fontaines

    Visit the famous Palais des Papes and admire the view from the Pont d’Avignon. In the afternoon, we take you to Pernes-les-Fontaines

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Pernes-les-Fontaines to Vacqueyras 32km/20mi

    Setting out from Pernes-les-Fontaines you immediately find yourself surrounded by a sea of swaying vines and spectacular views of the ‘Giant of Provence’, Mt Ventoux, and the Dentelles de Montmirail. Heading towards the mountains takes you around Carpentras into the sleepy village of Loriol-du-Comtat. It’s then on to Aubignan, a small market town with ramparts dating back to the C14 and a pretty old quarter to explore – it’s a perfect lunch spot. In the afternoon you’ll come to the wine village of Vacqueyras, home to one of the Southern Rhone’s bigger names, and from here make the short climb up to your beautiful hotel in Les Dentelles

  4. Day 4 Day 4: At Vacqueyras (Optional) 16km/10mi

    Today you are spoiled for choice. You can cycle through the Vacqueyras vineyards to the village of Gigondas, famous for its ruby-red wine, where you’ll find masses of tasting opportunities (you can also visit Gigondas on foot by taking a leisurely stroll through the stunning Dentelles de Montmirail). Alternatively you could take a taxi to explore Orange with its famous UNESCO Roman amphitheatre and cathedral or to Chateauneuf du Pape for the world-famous vineyards there. However, if that all sounds too much you can simply relax by the pool and take in the wonderful Provencal ambiance.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Vacqueyras to Mazan 25km/16mi

    Today you leave Les Dentelles behind as you head for the village of Beaumes-de-Venise with its muscat wines and olive oil museum. Then it’s a gentle ride along quiet lanes, past olive groves at the foot of Mt Ventoux, to the ancient, fortified village of Caromb. Home to an impressive church, a C16 watchtower and 14 fountains, it makes a nice option for lunch. With Mt Ventoux at your back now, head south through the vineyards to the mediaeval village of Mazan with its church wall made up of more than 60 Roman sarcophagi. Your home for the next two nights is the country chic C18 Chateau de Mazan.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: At Mazan (Optional) 28km/17.5mi

    After breakfast take a ride to the lively village of Bedoin, named for the C8 Bedouins who settled there and home to the imposing church of Saint-Antonin, with its unique Spanish style – so different from any other in Provence. Bedoin is also the gateway to Mt Ventoux for more hardy cyclists seeking a challenge! From there follow established cycle routes to the Chateau Pesquie, which offers everything from a stroll in the vines, to a guided cellar tour, to a tasting, to a full picnic lunch in the gardens. Then it’s back to Mazan, either to explore the village or relax by the pool before dinner.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Mazan to Pernes-les-Fontaines 26km/16.5mi or 21km/13.5mi

    This morning follow empty lanes and vineyard tracks to Malemort-du-Comtat before coming to the foot of the hill on which the wonderful mediaeval village of Venasque sits perched, still surrounded by the remains of its ramparts and three Saracen towers. Listed as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’, there is also a lovely C11 baptistery right in the heart of the village. Heading back down leads you to the popular village of St-Didier with its great variety of lunch options. It’s then a fairly short distance to the old town of Pernes-les- Fontaines where you should have time to explore before heading back to your hotel for a swim in the pool before dinner.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Pernes-les-Fontaines

    Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in France for children under 12. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

Where you stay
Hotel Bristol
Situated just inside the city walls and a stone’s throw from the station, the Hotel Bristol sits in the historic centre of Avignon. It is located along the main street which leads to the city’s main attractions; the Place de l’Horloge, the Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon – all within a 15 minute walk. It is also ideally located to do some shopping! Inside, the lounge with its thick carpet and leather armchairs provides a cosy atmosphere. The rooms are modern and offer a variety of bed and bathroom options. There is no restaurant here but with such a huge selection right on the doorstep, you only have to step outside to explore the numerous possibilities.
Hotel l’Hermitage
This 19th century residence, transformed into a hotel, feels like an old family home. It is set amidst 2 hectares of grounds bedecked with fountains, many species of trees, and an orangery. The Hotel l’Hermitage is about 4km outside Pernes-les-Fontaines. The hotel also has a swimming pool in the heart of the property.
Hotel Montmirail
Just a short distance from both Vacqueyras and Gigondas is the Hotel Montmirail, a handsome C19 villa tucked away between vines and olive trees at the foot of the lace like peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The hotel features a fine-dining restaurant and a relaxed bar, as well as a swimming pool and an expansive patio in the garden. Standard rooms feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibar, while upgraded rooms are decorated in a French country style and have views of the garden and pool. Please note that there are no twin rooms at this hotel.
Chateau de Mazan
This wonderful, airy hotel is housed in a C18 mansion in the historic centre of the village of Mazan. The country-chic rooms have free WiFi and minibars and upgraded rooms come with everything from whirlpool tubs to private gardens and terraces. An elegant restaurant offers period features and a garden terrace, and there’s also a bar with retro styling. Other amenities include landscaped gardens with an outdoor pool.
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