Côtes du Ventoux Cycling

From $1525 per person

****# Based on 8 customer reviews
(C) Tilio & Paolo
  • Gentle cycling between the vineyards of the Cotes-du-Rhone and Ventoux appellations
  • Colourful Mediaeval towns and villages; eclectic markets; good local wines with plenty of tasting opportunities
  • Quiet lanes and tranquil countryside at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail
  • Lively Bedoin, gateway to the incredible Mt Ventoux
  • Wonderful family-run hotels, each with a pool

What's included?

  • NEW for 2016
  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 16 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '17
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 81%
  • Headwater wine service
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Excellent for...

E-bikes are now available for 2016! Please contact us for availability and prices.

Côtes du Ventoux 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 breathtaking views of Mt Ventoux acting as your backdrop for the week. Highlights include the pretty mediaeval market village of Aubignan, where some of the village is still surrounded by its C14 ramparts, and Beaumes-de-Venise, famous for its Muscat wine - the nearby Domaine de Coyeux vineyards are well worth a visit! At the lively village of Bedoin you can sample a bespoke picnic and wine pairing in the grounds of Chateau Pesquie then on your way back to Pernes-les-Fontaines (with its delightful old town and over 40 ancient stone fountains) you pass through mediaeval Mazan, birthplace of the Festival de Provence and home to Les Vignerons de Canteperdrix - a great choice if you fancy a tasting and cellar visit.

We've hand-picked a great mix of hotels for you, each with a swimming pool and each 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 Beaumes-de-Venise, each of the hotel's five typically Provencal rooms has its own terrace and garden; and in Bedoin you stay in a charming secluded hotel, located amongst pines at the foot of Mt Ventoux.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Pernes-les-Fontaines

Arrive at your 3-star hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Day 2 Pernes-les-Fontaines to Beaumes-de-Venise 34km/21.5mi

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 Beaumes-de-Venise where you can have a glass of the local wine before cycling the last leg along winding country lanes to our friendly hotel in the heart of the Beaumes-de-Venise vineyards.

Day 3 At Beaumes-de-Venise

Today you have several options. You can explore the Beaumes-de-Venise vineyards and olive oil museum; visit the château at Le Barroux (if you fancy a challenge, you can cycle a 9km stretch there, much of it uphill); or you can stroll through the stunning Dentelles de Montmirail to Gigondas, a centre for wine production since Roman times and famous for its ruby-red wine - you'll find masses of tasting opportunities. Lots of circular walks are available too, or choose to simply relax by the pool.

Day 4 Beaumes-de-Venise to Bédoin 25km/16mi or 29km/18.5mi

Today you leave Les Dentelles behind to ride along quiet lanes past olive groves at the foot of Mt Ventoux before arriving in the ancient, fortified village of Caromb. Home to an impressive church, a C16 watchtower and 14 fountains, it makes a nice option for lunch. Further country lanes lead past the hilltop village of Crillon-le-Brave and on to Bédoin (named after the C8 Bedouins who settled there) and home to the imposing church of Saint-Antonin, with its Spanish-looking style so different from any other in the Provence region. It’s also the gateway to Mt Ventoux for more hardy cyclists seeking a challenge!

Day 5 At Bédoin 29km/18.5mi

After breakfast take a ride out along established cycle routes, heading first to Flassan, then south to Mormoiron where you’ll find the Château Pesquié, just outside Mormoiron village. This château and wine producer offers wine pairings and bespoke picnics which can be enjoyed in the grounds - a good choice for lunch today. From here it’s back to Bédoin along the east side of the ridge, either to explore the village or relax by the pool before dinner.

Day 6 Bédoin to Pernes-les-Fontaines 33km/21mi

Leaving Bédoin and heading south away from Ventoux brings you to the mediaeval village of Mazan with its church wall made up of more than 60 Roman sarcophagi. You’ll then follow empty lanes and vineyard tracks to Malemort-du-Comtat before arriving in the popular village of St-Didier with its variety of lunch options. It’s then a fairly short distance to the old town of Pernes-les- Fontaines where you have time to explore before heading back to your hotel for a swim in the pool before dinner.

Day 7 Leave Pernes-les-Fontaines


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Landscapes of the Luberon Cycling or Hilltop Villages of Provence Cycling

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel l'Hermitage, Pernes les Fontaines   (3 star)

Hotel l'Hermitage, Pernes les Fontaines

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 saltwater swimming pool in the heart of the property.



Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning

Le Grand Jardin, Beaumes-de-Venise   (4 Acorn)

Pool at Le Grand Jardin

Set between the impressive Dentelle mountains and famous Grenache vineyards, Le Grand Jardin is a real haven of tranquillity!

In fine weather meals are served on the terrace overlooking the little pool.

There are 6 rooms, one in the main building and the other 5 are like little bungalows, each with their own terrace.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Hotel des Pins, Bedoin   (3 Star)

Hotel des Pins

Set among the pines at the very foot of Mt Ventoux, and just outside the lively village of Bedoin (popular among cyclists as the gateway to the mountain), is Hotel des Pins. This property perfectly blends the traditional and the modern with the outside boasting wooden shutters and a terracotta tile roof while inside each of the stylish rooms and suites are individually decorated in a contemporary style. Some have 4-poster or canopy beds, while upgraded rooms add balconies or terraces. There's also an elegant restaurant along with a bar, a lounge, and a patio. Other features include pine-shaded gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a space for massages.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice   (4 star)

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice

Le Grimaldi has 46 individually decorated rooms all equipped with air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Ideally situated in the heart of Nice the hotel is just 3 minutes walk to the pedestrian area of the city with its vast choice of bars and restaurants, 10 minutes walk from the Promenade des Anglais and 15 minutes walk from the Old Town.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille   ((3 star))

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille

Situated by the well-known old port - which gives the hotel its name - the Hotel Carre Vieux Port is in the perfect location to make the most of this vibrant city. The hotel has cosy, modern rooms with contemporary bathrooms and fixtures.

There are plenty of restaurants near the hotel for you choose from for dinner.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Hotel Bristol, Avignon   (3 Star)

Hotel Bristol in Avignon

Situated just inside the city walls and a stone’s throw from the station, the Hôtel 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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Diners Club card accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Château de Mazan, Mazan   (4 Star)

Chateau de Mazan in 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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

Transfers included from Avignon TGV train station at 13:17, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:20.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Ricketts on 21/08/2016

*****
We had a lovely cycling holiday on the Cotes to Ventoux tour. The reps were great in picking us up and explaining about the bikes and timings etc. The hotels were lovely especially the first 2, which had the best food too! It was nice cycling along at our own time and the notes were good in explaining where to go so didn't get lost.

Reviewed by Ms Kimsey on 20/08/2016

***#.
We enjoyed our holiday in the lovely countryside and the cycling routes were scenic but it would have been nice to cycle past some lavender fields as they feature so prominently in postcards and appear in the brochure. We particularly enjoyed the traditional country hotel at the beginning of our holiday including breakfasting outdoors and the outdoor dining and leisure area of Montmirail was particularly nice. It is nice to return from a cycle to a relaxing swim. The food and wine is generally excellent and gives the opportunity to try some regional specialities. We really enjoyed our holiday.

Reviewed by Mrs Jackson on 02/08/2016

*****
Being able to easily visit several locations made the holiday much more interesting, and so nice not to have to think about where to park the car. Electric bikes gave us so much freedom to see more things at our age (66 and 76!)

Reviewed by Mrs Emslie on 25/07/2016

*****
Excellent service from headwater head office....even a phone call to tell us train was delayed. Also great service from local reps.

Reviewed by Mr Druett on 23/07/2016

*****
Exxcellent trip,superb reps,only complaint food at Les Pins - an uninspired menu for the demi pension. No choice,poor value

Reviewed by Mr Crooks on 14/07/2016

*****
Wonderful relaxing holiday

Reviewed by Mrs Gourlay on 10/06/2016

*****
We found the holiday extremely well organised, we had no problem with arrangements from start to finish despite the problems France are having at the moment with strikes. The reps Jon and Neu were the best we have experienced on any Headwater holiday, they worked hard to ensure the experience was as good as it could be. We were also impressed with the bikes, which were easy to operate and very comfortable.

Reviewed by Mr Fox on 01/06/2016

*****
A most enjoyable holiday in Provence - beautiful surroundings and the villages could always serve great coffees! Good to have a chance to explore locally on alternate days, on the bus or on the bikes. Excellent accommodation and support from Jon and Neu.

Departure dates & prices

September 2016 departuresTour only 
Sep 20$1525
Sep 22$1525
Sep 24$1525
Sep 26$1525
Sep 28$1525
Sep 30$1525
October 2016 departuresTour only 
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Oct 12$1525
Oct 14$1525
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June 2017 departuresTour only 
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July 2017 departuresTour only 
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September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1656
Sep 4$1656
Sep 6$1656
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Sep 10$1656
Sep 12$1580
Sep 14$1580
Sep 16$1580
Sep 18$1580
Sep 20$1580
Sep 22$1580
Sep 24$1580
Sep 26$1580
Sep 28$1580
Sep 30$1580
October 2017 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1580
Oct 4$1580
Oct 6$1580
Oct 8$1580
Oct 10$1580
Oct 12$1580
Oct 14$1580

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Every two days from 16 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '17, for 7 days (6 nights). This holiday departs every 2 days, however non-standard arrivals and altered itineraries may be possible - please call for prices.

Meals

All continental breakfasts and evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Avignon TGV train station at 13:17, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:20.

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