Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

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  • Easy interest-packed cycling on Provencal plains and foothills
  • Famous Cotes du Rhone vineyards: Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Cairanne, 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

What's included?

  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 30 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
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Excellent for...

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

Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

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 Cairanne 29km/18.5mi

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 in Cairanne.

Day 7 - At Cairanne

Orange, a thriving regional centre, is 12km 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, M Urdy, will help organise a taxi. Alternatively, why not explore the wide choice of local Cairanne vineyards, or simply relax by the hotel pool?

Day 8 - Cairanne to Pernes les Fontaines 40km/25mi

Your final day's cycling takes you through the Cotes du Rhone vineyards, stopping 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


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Landscapes of the Luberon 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 Burrhus, Vaison la Romaine   (3 Star)

Hotel Burrhus, Vaison la Romaine

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

Each of the 38 rooms has been recently and beautifully renovated, and all are ultra modern in style and design. Mme Gurly is a great lover of art, and the hotel regularly features art exhibitions.

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.

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

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Auberge Castel Mireio, Cairanne   (2 Acorn)

Auberge Castel Mireio, Cairanne

The hotel lies just outside the small town of Cairanne. The eight rooms are furnished in a country style with bright floral bedspreads and dark wooden furniture and each is named after a variety of grape.

The village lies in the heart of the Cotes du Rhone wine country and there are lots of possibilities for wine tasting in the village and nearby.

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

Local facilities:

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

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed



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

Hotel Normandie , Auxerre   (3 star)

Hotel Normandie , Auxerre

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).

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

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

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 Little on 26/09/2016

*****
A wonderful taste of Provencal scenery, wine and food!

Reviewed by Mrs Ramsden on 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 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.

Reviewed by Mr Guthrie on 01/06/2016

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

Departure dates & prices

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Holiday details

Holiday type

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

Departures

Every two days from 30 Sep '16 to 14 Oct '17, for 9 days (8 nights).

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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