For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details
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 4 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 12th century Vacqueyras, and Beaumes-de-Venise, famous for its Muscat wine! From Mazan, birthplace of the Festival de Provence, you have the option to visit the perched village of Venasque before returning 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 19th century stately manor house surrounded by landscaped gardens; in Montmirail your hotel is a 17th century villa tucked between vineyards and olive groves; then in Mazan you stay in a 18th century chateau, the former home of the Marquis de Sade.
Arrive at your 3-star hotel in time to relax before dinner.
You stay at the Hotel l'Hermitage (breakfast at the hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)
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 14th century 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.
You stay at the Hotel Montmirail (breakfast and evening meal)
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 16th century 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 medieval village of Mazan with its church wall made up of more than 60 Roman sarcophagi.
You stay at the Chateau de Mazan (breakfast included)
This morning follow empty lanes and vineyard tracks to Malemort-du-Comtat before coming to the foot of the hill on which the wonderful medieval 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 11th century 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.
You stay at the Hotel l'Hermitage (breakfast at the hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)
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.
If you'd prefer a slightly longer holiday, take a look at our 6 night Cotes du Ventoux Cycling.
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.
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.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
Just a short distance from both Vacqueyras and Gigondas is the Hotel Montmirail, a handsome 19th century 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.
Room upgrades: Comfort Room or Superior Room.
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.
NEARBY:This wonderful, airy hotel is housed in a 18th century 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.
Room upgrades: Superior Room with Bath, Superior Room with Hammam, Garden room with shower or Garden room with bath/Junior suite.
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.
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.
NEARBY:Situated just inside the city walls and a stone's throw from the station, the Hotel 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.
Le Grimaldi has 46 individually decorated rooms all equipped with air-conditioning, satellite tv, minibar, safe and hairdryer.
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.
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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.
Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.
Easy cycling along lovely quiet lanes and through beautiful vineyards.......
Headwater took all the stress out of organizing a cycle trip for my husband and I and our 2 Uni aged kids. From booking through the office in UK to the rep in Provence the staff couldn’t do enough to help. We will definitely be recommending Headwater to friends and family and very much hope to book another holiday with them ourselves.
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.
For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.
This 4 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
Services of your local Headwater Representative
Headwater Wine Collection Service
GPS route directions and maps
RideWithGPS navigation app
High quality hybrid bikes
Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)
Luggage transfers between hotels
How to book:
|9th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|11th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|13th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|15th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|17th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|19th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|21st May||US$2179||Check availability|
|23rd May||US$2179||Check availability|
|25th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|27th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|29th May||US$2179||Check availability|
|31st May||US$2179||Check availability|
|2nd Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|4th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|6th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|8th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|10th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|12th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|14th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|16th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|18th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|20th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|22nd Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|24th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|26th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|28th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|30th Jun||US$2179||Check availability|
|2nd Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|4th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|6th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|8th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|10th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|12th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|14th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|16th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|18th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|20th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|22nd Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|24th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|26th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|28th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|30th Jul||US$2279||Check availability|
|1st Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|3rd Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|5th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|7th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|9th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|11th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|13th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|15th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|17th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|19th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|21st Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|23rd Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|25th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|27th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|29th Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|31st Aug||US$2279||Check availability|
|2nd Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|4th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|6th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|8th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|10th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|12th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|14th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|16th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|18th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|20th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|22nd Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|24th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|26th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|28th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|30th Sep||US$2149||Check availability|
|2nd Oct||US$2079||Check availability|
|4th Oct||US$2079||Check availability|
Please contact us for child prices.
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.
Every two days from 9th May 2020 to 4th Oct 2020, for 4 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.
All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £120 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
It is possible to hire tandem bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £105 per bike. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Avignon TGV train station at 13:18, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:45.
Due to the tailor-made nature of our holidays, we need a little more information in order for us to check availability for Cotes du Ventoux Cycling - Short Break. Simply complete the form below (fields marked * are mandatory) 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 1-800-267-3347 to discuss your requirements in more detail.