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Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

  • Easy interest-packed cycling on Provencal plains and foothills
  • Famous Cotes du Rhone vineyards: Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras
  • Extensive Roman remains at Vaison-la- Romaine and UNESCO Orange
  • Colourful Provencal markets; numerous wine festivals; some of the prettiest villages in France
  • Friendly, family-run hotels, most with private pools; good local cuisine
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2105
  • 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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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 cycling holiday you get the best of both worlds: breathtaking scenery all around combined with easy pedalling 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 in the heart of the world-famous Beaumes de- Venise vineyards.

The town fete take place in Vaison from 13-17 July. Join in the fun or come at a quieter time!

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive for dinner in Pernes-les-Fontaines

Your 3-star hotel is just north of the village of Pernes-les-Fontaines. Plenty of time to relax and explore the hotel grounds before dinner.

Day 2 - Pernes les Fontaines to Beaumes-de-Venise 29km/18.5mi

An easy flat cycle across the Comtadine plain, with the majestic Mont Ventoux (1912m) and the jagged limestone pinnacles of Les Dentelles de Montmirail as a dramatic backdrop. A quick stop at Mazan: look out for the strange church wall made up of more than 60 Roman sarcophagi. Then it's up winding country lanes to our friendly hotel set in lovely tranquil surrounds in the heart of the Beaumes-de-Venise vineyards. Each of the six Provencal-style bedrooms opens on to its own terrace and garden, and meals are enjoyed on the vine-covered terrace by the pool.

Day 3 - At Beaumes-de-Venise

You are spoiled for choice today: the Beaumes-de-Venise vineyards, the olive oil museum, or the cobbled streets of nearby, picturesque Bedoin, named after the C8 Bedouins who settled here. You might like to make a leisurely visit to the nearby chateau at Crillon-le-Brave or stroll through the stunning Dentelles de Montmirail to Gigondas, famous for its ruby-red wine (you'll find masses of tasting opportunities). There are lots of circular walks available too, or simply relax by the pool.

Day 4 - Beaumes-de-Venise to Vaison-la-Romaine 32km/20mi

Enjoy fabulous views of Les Dentelles this morning as you wind your way up to the pretty village of Suzette and then on to Le Barroux with its impressive chateau. Your route continues through forests, vineyards and cherry orchards, to a lunch stop at the fortified village of Malaucene (where Pope Clement V once lived). The final section is an easy-paced cycle along country lanes to the Roman garrison town of Vaison-la-Romaine, where you stay in our artistic hotel in the heart of the town centre. Evening meals are at local restaurants (included) within easy walking distance.

Day 5 - At Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison has France's most extensive Roman remains including a 6000-seat theatre, baths, houses and streets. There's a fine C13 cathedral and cloisters, castle ruins and fortified gateway, and squares with cool central fountains. The two halves of the town are joined by a 2000-year-old single arch Roman bridge which, amazingly, is still in use; it's well worth crossing to explore the narrow mediaeval streets and little squares of the Haute Ville.

Day 6 - Vaison-la-Romaine to Vacqueyras 27km/17mi

Today it's via Roaix and across the Ouveze River to mediaeval Seguret - officially ranked among the most beautiful villages in France; its streets hug the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail. There's a C15 fountain, a C14 belfry and a ruined feudal castle offering far-reaching views out across the Rhone Valley. Then it's on through pretty Sablet and extensive vineyards to our friendly little hotel near Vacqueyras.

Day 7 - At Vacqueyras

Orange, a thriving regional centre, is 20km away. It has two marvellous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an elaborately decorated triumphal arch and a beautifully preserved Roman theatre which hosts regular evening performances; your hotelier will help organise a taxi. Alternatively, why not simply relax by the hotel pool?

Day 8 - Vacqueyras to Pernes-les-Fontaines 30km/19mi

Your final day's cycling takes you through the Cotes du Rhone vineyards, stops first at charming Vacqueyras where there are lots of caves. From here there's an optional detour to mediaeval Carpentras - with a cathedral, atmospheric cobbled streets and weekly (Fri) market - before returning to fountain-filled Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Day 9 - 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

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 27/03/2017. Prices are per person per night on a B&B basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

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

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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.

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 Burrhus, Vaison la Romaine (3 Star)

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The Hôtel Burrhus boasts a fantastic location, right in the very heart of Vaison la- Romaine.

This hotel does not have a restaurant so we have arranged meals in two local restaurants for you.

One restaurant is just around the corner, and the other a short walk away in the old part of 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 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.

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.

Hotel Normandie , Auxerre (3 Star)

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This hotel was originally a maison bourgeoise until it was converted into a hotel by an ex-pâtissier! It has now been in Mme Ramise's family for over 45 years.

The hotel only provides breakfast, although à la carte room service is possible (very reasonably priced and a good selection of hot and cold dishes). However, it's fun to explore the lovely town of Auxerre and there are plenty of good restaurants in all price ranges within 5-15 minutes walk.

There's a public swimming pool in the town and a sauna at the hotel (approx 7€). There is a secure closed garage behind the hotel (5€ per day) or free parking in front (ask at reception).

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

Dates Privilege Room
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £16

All prices shown above are valid from 27/03/2017. Supplement prices are per person per night (based on two people sharing). The Privilège room has a very spacious bedroom with king size bed.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £62 £92

All prices shown above are valid from 27/03/2017. Extra nights prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above 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.


Dr Garton
21/10/2016

Takes you on new journeys


Mrs Huddart
28/09/2016

Hilltop villages of Provence

This was an excellent holiday, lovely scenery and good hotels and we had a lot of fun. Days 1 and 3 are quite challenging and justify the 2 bike plus rating but the other days are not overly taxing, and there is no shame in pushing your bike up the hill into Gordes! If you start the cycling bit of this holiday on a Sunday there is an excellent market in Isles sur la Sorgue where you can get picnic supplies...although pushing the bike through the packed town ... read morewas a bit challenging.(I would give this holiday 5 stars)



Vineyards of the Vaucluse

Pleasant cycling through some enjoyable countryside, and lots of good wine! Le Grand Jardin is one of the loveliest places we have stayed. The food at Castel Mireio was delicious and the service (unlike a previous reviewer we didn't find it slow) and welcome very friendly. We are not quite sure it merits anything higher than a one bike rating - some of the distances for full days cycling were a bit short (but we had done 'Hilltop Villages of Provence' the week before so this may have coloured our view). It is not a very touristy area (apart from Vaison la Romain) so many places you visit are quite quiet.

(I would give this holiday 3 stars)


Mrs Little
26/09/2016

A wonderful taste of Provencal scenery, wine and food!


Mr Cummings
18/09/2016

This holiday is as described. Cycling more difficult at start but definitely got easier. The hotels tended to be on the edge of villages but this didn't matter too much as they had lovely swimming pools and the weather was very hot and sunny.


Mrs Ramsden
10/06/2016

Superb cycling location with generally very quiet roads, beautiful countryside and pretty villages perched on hilltops. The reps were really helpful in every way and we enjoyed our time with them. Whilst staying at the Hermitage hotel we ate in the local town at the restaurant - Dame L'Oie which was superb. At Vaison la Romaine we ate at La Barantavelle which was a wonderful meal and far superior to the alternative restaurant in the Old Town. The most disappointing was Castel Mirei as although... read more the owners were very helpful, both breakfasts and evening meals were very poor with extremely slow service and the room was very 'tired' with traffic noise from a side road interrupting any peace. There is however a decent sized pool and small cool sitting room with cold drinks to purchase which were very welcome.

The cycling instructions were generally easy to follow though we would welcome more distances being included between turning points and perhaps a small trip metre on the bike which we have had on other holidays with one of Headwater' s competitors.

Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Ramsden, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. Please be assured, all of the feedback we receive is valued and used to help enhance our holidays for the future. It sounds from your feedback that you had an enjoyable holiday and made the most of your time in this region. We were pleased to see you found the service provided by our reps useful and enjoyed spending your time with them. We were however sorry to read of your disappointment with Castel Mirei, whilst we agree there are a number of great features to this accommodation, we have taken the decision to replace this hotel for the 2017 season. We are also making some exciting changes to the way we produce our route notes. Over the past couple of summers, we have received many requests to make the notes electronic and downloadable so customers can use them on their smart phone or tablet device. We are going to trial this in the cycling resorts that feature experienced Headwater reps, and for all of our new cycling holidays. Then once we gain feedback, we plan to roll this out to other resorts for future seasons. We will, of course still provide hard copy notes for any customers that prefer this style and for our non-rep regions. We hope you will agree, these changes will help to continue to enhance this holidays for the future. In closing, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued loyalty, we look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Kind regards, Headwater Customer Service team


Mr Guthrie
01/06/2016

Headwaters choice of hotels / restaurants resulted in us having some superb meals.

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.

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

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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 8 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

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