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Numerous monuments testify a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going to the Middle Ages and, at least, to the last centuries. Avignon: the famous Pope's Palace (World Heritage Site), the medieval town and its imposing wall; Orange: Has the best kept Roman monuments such as the theatre and the triumphal arch, Vaison la Romaine: is divided between a roman city and a medieval town on the hill.
You’ll cross the famous vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, the lavender fields when you approach the Lubéron – well known by Peter Mayle – with stay in the lovely town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Beautiful landscapes await you such as Fontaine de Vaucluse supposedly the deepest river resurgence in the world, as they still don't know how deep the cave is! Gordes is a typical little village in Provence.
Sénanque is, with Fontenay in Burgundy, the best conserved Cistercian abbey in Europe surrounded by lavender fields. Roussillon: this village is known for its splendid ochre rocks. Lastly, we have to mention the quality of wine and food. During the cycle tour you will discover good Provencal dishes and their delicious Mediterranean flavours. Many countries have beautiful landscapes, but no country in Europe possesses so many and different beautiful landscapes as France. This is in part due to its unique geography.
And nowhere else can you eat so well either, indeed French Cuisine is now UNESCO classified! France-Bike is a specialist for cycling tours in France and especially in Provence, no wonder really as some of us have lived, travelled and eaten here every day for the last 30 years! As they say, just ask the locals!
This tour also has guided dates avaliable for groups of 8 or more starting at €1010 per person, please inquire for more details.
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The lavender fields generally bloom from the beginning of June to the end of July and are mostly around the village Sault (option Mont Ventoux on the daily program).
Day 1: AvignonArrival in Avignon. Dine and relax at the hotel and its swimming pool.Overnight in Avignon.Day 2: Avignon - Orange (24 miles/40 km)Meeting at the hotel reception at around 9.30 a.m. for more explanations on the tour and distribution of bikes. From Avignon to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and then along the Rhône river to Roquemaure. You cross the Rhôneand arrive in Orange. Overnight in Orange.Day 3: Orange - Vaison-la-Romaine (27 miles/45 km)Today you ride through the wine yards of the Côtes du Rhône and cross typical villages such as Sérignan, Ste Cécile les Vignes, St. Roman de Malegarde and Villedieu before you arrive in Vaison la Romaine, lovely romanand medieval town. Overnight in Vaison-la-Romaine.Day 4: Vaison la Romaine - Isle-sur-Sorgue (39 miles/65 km)Two options this day: You continue riding through the wine yards of the Côtes du Rhône and cross wine villages such as Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Sarrans on little roads and paths.
Another spectacular option (only possible from May 15 to Sep 15) is to go up to the top of Mont Ventoux (1909 m) by van and then cycle 30 km down through the lavender fields around Sault and furtherdown to the Lubéron-Valley (€30 surcharge per person, minimum 4, payable on tour).
Arrival in Isle sur Sorgues, called the Venice of the Provence due to its many little rivers with clean water. Overnight in Isle-sur-Sorgue.Day 5: Isle-sur-Sorgue - Lubéron (24-36 miles/40-60 km)This region is too beautiful to leave. So you stay at Isle sur Sorgue and explore the lovely valley of the Lubéron described by Peter Mayle. Many highlights wait you. The village of Gordes and its famous VasarélyMuseum. Or not far from it the Cistercian abbey of Sénanque surrounded by Lavender fields (sportive). And the Ocre rocks near the lovely village of Roussillon which have given the so typical colours to the Provence. Overnight in Isle-sur-Sorgue.Day 6: Isle-sur-Sorgue - Avignon (21 miles/35 km)On little roads and along the Durance river back to Avignon where you can visit the historical centre and thePapal Palace (World Patrimony). Dine and stay at our hotel with its nice swimming-pool and with very good restaurant.Overnight in Avignon.Day 7: End of the Tour Depart after breakfast or you extend your vacation with a few extra nights in Avignon.
Sundays: Mar 20-Oct 30, 2016 (minimum 2 participants, additional dates available; a surcharge applies for fewer than 4 participants)
Please note: Tourist's tax must be paid with cash directly to each hotel for participants.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel la Ferme, Avignonwww.hotel-laferme.comHotel Arène, Orangewww.hotel-arene.fr Hotel Burrhus, Vaison la Romainewww.burrhus.comHotel Domaine de la Petite Isle, Isle sur la Sorguewww.domainedelapetiteisle.comHotel la Ferme, Avignonwww.hotel-laferme.com
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
Pedals:The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmets:Helmets are available to rent for 5 Euros. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
Relaxed cycling with occasional hills and distances up to 40 miles/65 km on some days.
Tour start and endNearest airport: Avignon, Nîmes, Montpellier or Marseille or into Paris and take high-speed TGV train to AvignonNearest train station: TGV-station, Avignon
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