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Côtes du Ventoux Cycling

Côtes du Ventoux Cycling

Côtes du Ventoux Cycling

  • 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
  • Holiday type6 nights, Self-guided cycling
  • Activity rating
  • From $1765
    Excellent for
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '17 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
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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If you've any questions about this holiday call to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email sales@headwater.com

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, 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 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.

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 Vacqueyras 31km/19.5mi

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 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.

Day 3 At Vacqueyras 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.

Day 4 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.

Day 5 At Mazan 27km/17mi

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.

Day 6 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.

Day 7 Leave Pernes-les-Fontaines

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)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2017 - 30/06/2017 £66 £104
01/07/2017 - 31/08/2017 £72 £115
01/09/2017 - 23/10/2017 £66 £104

All prices shown above are valid from 30/01/2017. Prices are per person per night on a B&B basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Montmirail , Vacqueyras (3 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Comfort Room Superior Room
16/05/2017 - 14/09/2017 £14 £26
15/09/2017 - 31/10/2017 £10 £22

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. The Comfort room is slightly larger and offers views over the hills. The Superior room is larger still and offers a veiw of the garden and pool.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Château de Mazan, Mazan (4 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior with bath Superior Hammam/Garden room with shower Garden room with bath/Junior Suite Suite
01/04/2017 - 30/10/2017 £18 £34 £54 £104

All prices shown above are valid from 20/12/2016. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Superior room with bath - Room with twin beds or double bed, bathroom with bathtub, located in the chateau or in 'La Maison'. Superior Hammam room - Room with garden view, twin beds or queen size bed, bathroom with Steam shower cabin. Rooms are located in the chateau or in 'La Maison'. Garden room with shower - Room with private terrace leading to the garden, twin beds or queen size bed, bathroom with shower. Garden room with Bath - Large room with private terrace leading to the garden, twin beds or king size bed, bathroom with bathtub. Junior suite - Large room with garden view, twin beds or king size bed, bathroom with bathtub or Jacuzzi bathtub. Suite - Large room with garden view, twin beds or king size bed, private lounge, bathroom with bathtub and shower.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille (3 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Bristol, Avignon (3 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Château de Mazan, Mazan (4 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior with bath Superior Hammam/Garden room with shower Garden room with bath/Junior Suite Suite
01/04/2017 - 30/10/2017 £18 £34 £54 £104

All prices shown above are valid from 20/12/2016. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Superior room with bath - Room with twin beds or double bed, bathroom with bathtub, located in the chateau or in 'La Maison'. Superior Hammam room - Room with garden view, twin beds or queen size bed, bathroom with Steam shower cabin. Rooms are located in the chateau or in 'La Maison'. Garden room with shower - Room with private terrace leading to the garden, twin beds or queen size bed, bathroom with shower. Garden room with Bath - Large room with private terrace leading to the garden, twin beds or king size bed, bathroom with bathtub. Junior suite - Large room with garden view, twin beds or king size bed, bathroom with bathtub or Jacuzzi bathtub. Suite - Large room with garden view, twin beds or king size bed, private lounge, bathroom with bathtub and shower.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

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.

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.


Mrs Shepherd
01/10/2016

A pleasant way to experience 'off the beaten' track regions through a very manageable itinerary and allowing for a high level of independence whilst in the comfort of knowing the back up is there if required. The quality of both bikes and hotels excellent - would use Headwater again.


Mrs Elliott
21/09/2016

Suited us well as a mixture of cycling plus time to relax. We cycled each day and were pleased we visited the suggested towns. Pools at the hotels a great advantage. Always a gamble finding a lunch venue in unknown villages but we never had a bad meal all week.

I think we found only two signposts missing but it was easy to work the route out.


Mrs Ricketts
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.


Ms Kimsey
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... read more excellent and gives the opportunity to try some regional specialities. We really enjoyed our holiday.


Mrs Jackson
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!)


Mrs Emslie
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.


Mr Druett
23/07/2016

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


Mr Crooks
14/07/2016

Wonderful relaxing holiday


Mrs Gourlay
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.


Mr Fox
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.

Dates and prices

The prices quoted below for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and are shown for guide purposes only. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 13th May 2017 to 14th Oct 2017, for 6 nights.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and evening meals included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £50 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Tailor-made travel

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

Enquiries

Due to the tailor-made nature of our holidays, we need a little more information in order for us to check availability for Côtes du Ventoux Cycling. Simply complete the form below and a member of our sales team will contact you (when it's most convenient for you) to provide availability information, travel options and an accurate price. Of course there's no obligation, but if you do wish to proceed with a booking they will be on-hand to assist you throughout the process.

Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss your requirements in more detail.



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