France : Provence

Provence : between Vineyards and olive groves

Trip code: C06PE

Self-guided cycling

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Explore prestigious vineyards, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras
  • Absorb the ambiance of the colourful markets in picturesque villages
  • Wander the wonderful medieval towns : Avignon, Orange and Vaison la Romaine

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfast
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The air filled with the scent of lavender, the tangy aroma of freshly pressed olive oil and the sound of cicadas singing, the art de vivre in Provence is enhanced by its vineyards.

Renowned for its deep reds, ride through the great vines of Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Along the way, you'll experience the pleasures of Provence: enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace at sunset next to the pool, take in a concert performed in the glorious Roman theatre of Orange and marvel at the colourful markets, filled with the fragrance of Provence.

We invite you to explore beyond lavender fields through some of its most beautiful villages, to savour delectable Provencal cuisine and enjoy a Rendez-Vous with nature!

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Avignon

Avignon has everything needed to enchant you with its art de vivre and rich architectural heritage. The largest Gothic palace in Europe and epicenter of the city, the Palais des Papes was the residence of pontifical sovereigns during the 14th century.

Towards the edges of the city, the Pont d'Avignon - celebrated across the world - is also an amazing must-see witness to the city's history. Avignon, surrounded by its ancient ramparts, is very suitable to explore on foot. Through its narrow streets, you can discover many old monuments: chapels, churches, buildings from the Middle Ages, and eighteenth and nineteenth century hotels particuliers; art can be found on every corner, a veritable open-sky museum.

You stay at HOTEL MAGNAN.

hotel details

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HOTEL MAGNAN, AVIGNON

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This small boutique hotel offers 30 rooms in the historic city of Avignon. All rooms are air conditioned and most have a view of the pretty garden. Le Magnan Hotel have a patio / garden area, the perfect place to relax after a long day or to enjoy your breakfast. They have a lounge area and a water fountain where you can top up your water bottles. Breakfast is buffet and can be taken in the large breakfast room as well as outside.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Avignon - Fontaine de Vaucluse (33km/20.5mi)

Ride through classical Provencal countryside past cherry orchards, fig trees, olive groves and meadows that provide an abundance of sun-drenched fruits and vegetables and cross pretty villages. Enjoy a break by the Sorgue river banks to cooldown. Continue to Isle sur la Sorgue.

Surrounded by the River Sorgue, this is a charming town to potter around, with narrow streets filled with quaint cafes, little antique shops, old bridges and water wheels, not to mention a bustling market every Sunday.

You stay at HOTEL DU POETE.

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HOTEL DU POETE, FONTAINE DU VAUCLUSE

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Pool
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Hotel du Poete is situated in an old mill, at the gates of the Luberon massif. The Sorgue river runs through the lovely gardens and they have an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. They have a restaurant “Le Bistrot” overlooking the river, offering gourmet dishes serving lunch and dinner. Breakfast is a sweet and savoury buffet.

Day 3: Loop to Gordes (43km/26.7mi)

This place is far too beautiful to leave so soon! Spend the day exploring the charming Luberon valley! Today’s route will lead you to Provence treasures : Hidden in the middle of the lavender expanses, stands a jewel of Romanesque architecture: Sénanque Abbey. Since the 12th century, this building has been home to a monastic community of Cistercian monks. Here, stop, breathe and relax.

Continue to Gordes one of the region's most famous and another of France's Most Beautiful Villages. Made up of wonderfully photogenic houses, terraces and gardens, Gordes is dominated by its Renaissance chateau, which also houses a museum. Explore its streets, crammed with cafes, restaurants and shops.

Alternatively explore Fontaine de Vaucluse and the source of the Sorgue river.

You stay at HOTEL DU POETE.

hotel details

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HOTEL DU POETE, FONTAINE DU VAUCLUSE

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon


Hotel du Poete is situated in an old mill, at the gates of the Luberon massif. The Sorgue river runs through the lovely gardens and they have an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. They have a restaurant “Le Bistrot” overlooking the river, offering gourmet dishes serving lunch and dinner. Breakfast is a sweet and savoury buffet.

Day 4: Fontaine de Vaucluse - Vacqueyras (44km/27.3mi or 50km/31.1mi)

Marking the beginning of the Alps in the Rhone Valley, the 'Dentelles de Montmirail' are saturated by typically Mediterranean vegetation, aromatic herbs, holm oak, Aleppo pine and capers.

Orchards and hills covered with vineyards and olive trees, blades of limestone carved by erosion... you will discover breathtaking landscapes during your ride and will awaken your senses.

Your journey continues through the vineyards via the famous wine villages such as Beaumes-de-Venise (renowned for its muscat wines and olive oil museum), Vacqueyras and Gigondas (famous for its ruby-red wine, where you'll find masses of tasting opportunities).

You stay at HOTEL LE PRADET.

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HOTEL LE PRADET, VACQUEYRAS

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This charming 3* hotel offers 30 rooms, some with a view of the outdoor swimming pool, garden or the Dentelles de Montmirail. They have a large garden where they provide activities such as pétanque (boules), table tennis and table football. Their bistro is open in the evenings, Wednesdays to Sundays only.

Day 5: Vacqueyras - Orange (42km/26.1mi)

Your journey continues at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Pass through Vaison-la-Romaine, a charming Roman and medieval town, before crossing the Côtes du Rhône vineyards and their picturesque wine villages: Cairanne and Rasteau.

In Orange, absorb the ambiance of the Roman Empire, the Ancient Roman Theatre, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, is the most well preserved Roman theatre in all of Europe. Enjoy the lovely streets, many little squares, cafés shaded by sycamore trees and many restaurants that cook traditional provencal meals.

You stay at GRAND HOTEL D'ORANGE.

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GRAND HOTEL D'ORANGE, ORANGE

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This charming spa hotel is located in a quiet square the heart of Orange, near the Arc de Triomphe and the ancient theatre. They offer a rooftop outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, hammam and fitness room. Their buffet breakfast offers seasonal, organic products from the region, which can be taken on the restaurant’s terrace or in the dining room. Rooms are spacious and comfortable.

Day 6: Orange - Avignon (34km/21.1mi)

Leaving Orange, you cycle through the most prestigious vineyards of Provence to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, renowned worldwide for the quality of its wines. Take time to stop and taste some of the region's great wines. Complex and aromatic this wine is a blend of 13 different grapes. Its unique terroir is derived from a layer of stones known as galets roulés (pebble rock). The stone stores heat throughout the day and releases it at night, which helps speed up grape ripening.

Continue towards Avignon on the ViaRhona cycling path.

You stay at HOTEL MAGNAN.

hotel details

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HOTEL MAGNAN, AVIGNON

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon


This small boutique hotel offers 30 rooms in the historic city of Avignon. All rooms are air conditioned and most have a view of the pretty garden. Le Magnan Hotel have a patio / garden area, the perfect place to relax after a long day or to enjoy your breakfast. They have a lounge area and a water fountain where you can top up your water bottles. Breakfast is buffet and can be taken in the large breakfast room as well as outside.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7: Leave Avignon

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$2450
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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $729.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $729.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

Luke worked really hard to get us the holiday we had dreamed about.

Bernard Nolan, 21 May 2024

friendly and informed service

8 Feb 2024

Good communication and rapid responses to questions by e-mail and later by ‘phone. We anticipate the holiday to meet all our expectations.

6 Nov 2023

Andrew was very helpful and clear . My queries receieved very prompt responses

Elizabeth Mcluckie, 1 Nov 2023


Self-guided cycling

6 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

Navigation App

6 nights from $2450

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Call: +44 1606 720199

 

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