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Wine Villages of Provence Cycling

Wine Villages of Provence Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • Departures
    Every two days from 1 Jan '70 to 1 Jan '70
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • First class rail
  • Electric bikes available
  • Tandems available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Marseille and Nice
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Wine lovers, swimming opportunities, high peaks
      from 3 reviews

Mr Pover says...
Our rep Joey was very suppportive and even came out to make sure a slight problem had been overcome. The cycling and Headwaters choice of hotel are what ...
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France: Provence

Wine Villages of Provence Cycling

  • Gentle cycling between the vineyards of the Cotes-du-Rhone and Ventoux appellations
  • Colourful medieval 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.
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Cotes du Ventoux Cycling

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 12th century 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, most of which have a swimming pool and also 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.



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Day-by-day itinerary

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We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 01606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrive in Avignon

After checking into the Hotel Central, you have free time to discover all that Avignon has to offer and choose a restaurant for dinner (pay locally).
You stay at the Hotel Central (breakfast included)

Day 2: Avignon to Pernes-les-Fontaines

Visit the famous Palais des Papes and admire the view from the Pont d'Avignon. In the afternoon, we take you to Pernes-les-Fontaines
You stay at the Hotel l'Hermitage (breakfast at the hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)

Day 3: Pernes-les-Fontaines to Vacqueyras 32km/20mi

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)

Day 4: At Vacqueyras (Optional) 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.
You stay at the Hotel Montmirail (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 5: 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 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. Your home for the next two nights is the country chic 18th century Chateau de Mazan.
You stay at the Chateau de Mazan (breakfast included)

Day 6: At Mazan (Optional) 28km/17.5mi

After breakfast take a ride to the lively village of Bedoin, named for the 8th century 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.
You stay at the Chateau de Mazan (breakfast included)

Day 7: 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 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 heading out for dinner.
You stay at the Hotel l'Hermitage (breakfast at the hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)

Day 8: 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. If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £ per adult per day and £ per child per day.

To find out more call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Central, Avignon

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Located in the heart of the Old Town of Avignon, the Hotel Central is situated in the historic centre of Avignon and close to the Palais des Papes and the famous Saint Benezet bridge. Hotel Central offers comfortable rooms with authentic charm. There is a pretty terrace where you can have drinks or enjoy breakfast.


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Hotel l’Hermitage, Pernes-les-Fontaines

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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.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Montmirail , Vacqueyras

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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.

Please note that there are no twin rooms at this hotel.


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.


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Chateau de Mazan, Mazan

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The Chateau de Mazan - the former home of the notorious Maquis de Sade - is an optional upgrade for your stay in Mazan. This wonderful, airy hotel is housed in a 18th century mansion in the historic centre of the village. The newly refurbished 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.

Please note that classic rooms are only available as a double.


Room upgrades: Deluxe Room, Garden room, Junior Suite and Suite
Deluxe rooms are larger than classic rooms. Garden rooms are larger again and have direct access out onto the landscaped gardens. The junior suites have even more space, with most coming with a generous sitting area. The suites boast even more space and have a separate lounge

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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.


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Hotel Central, Avignon

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Located in the heart of the Old Town of Avignon, the Hotel Central is situated in the historic centre of Avignon and close to the Palais des Papes and the famous Saint Benezet bridge. Hotel Central offers comfortable rooms with authentic charm. There is a pretty terrace where you can have drinks or enjoy breakfast.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Chateau de Mazan, Mazan

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The Chateau de Mazan - the former home of the notorious Maquis de Sade - is an optional upgrade for your stay in Mazan. This wonderful, airy hotel is housed in a 18th century mansion in the historic centre of the village. The newly refurbished 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.

Please note that classic rooms are only available as a double.


Room upgrades: Deluxe Room, Garden room, Junior Suite and Suite
Deluxe rooms are larger than classic rooms. Garden rooms are larger again and have direct access out onto the landscaped gardens. The junior suites have even more space, with most coming with a generous sitting area. The suites boast even more space and have a separate lounge

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Le Grimaldi, Nice

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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 three 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.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Carre Vieux Port, Marseille

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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.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Air-rail

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
British Airways Heathrow to Marseille 07:20/10:15 then rail Marseille Vitrolles Aeroport Marseille-Provence to Avignon Centre 12:42/13:49, customers should then make their way to Hotel Bristol which is approx. 150m walk. Return: Transfer to station 40 minutes then rail Avignon TGV to Marseille 12:46/13:23 then British Airways Marseille to Heathrow 16:50/17:50.

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative travel

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Popular alternative routes for this holiday include:

FromToAirline(s)
BristolMarseilleEasyjet
DublinMarseilleAer Lingus
EdinburghMarseilleRyanair
London GatwickMarseilleEasyjet
London StanstedMarseilleRyanair
ManchesterMarseilleEasyjet, Jet2
UKParis Charles de GaulleVarious airlines

Eurostar
We can also book connecting daily Eurostar services for customers preferring not to fly, from London and Ashford in Kent. Please call for details and prices.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Tour only

Standard transfers
On day 1 customers should make their own way from Avignon Centre to Hotel Bristol which is approx. 150m walk. Transfer on day 2 is included from Hotel Bristol at 16:30, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:5

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Holiday extras

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

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 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.


Mr Pover, 21/08/2019

Our rep Joey was very suppportive and even came out to make sure a slight problem had been overcome. The cycling and Headwaters choice of hotel are what ensured another great holiday. We particularly like the Provence regional France as the old villages and endless ancient buildings are just a delight.


Mrs Allanson, 14/07/2019

Brilliant variety with great rep


Dr O'Grady, 26/05/2019

WE had a lovely time. All accommodation was very good, with the Hotel Montmirail and Chateau de Mazan being truly excellent. The Restaurants at Hotel Montmirail and those taken to whilst staying at Perne les Fontaines (particularly Les Ramparts)were truly memorable



Dates and prices

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.

For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

High quality bikes

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Monday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Monday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please call for prices

We do not currently have departure dates and prices available on-line. The season may have ended for this tour, or we are still in the process of adding these details to our website. Please contact us for further details.

Holiday details

Singles
Add £378 single supplement.

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

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

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Room upgrades
From £6 per person, per night based on 2 people sharing.

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £136 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tandems
It is possible to hire tandem bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £185 per bike. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
British Airways Heathrow to Marseille 07:20/10:15 then rail Marseille Vitrolles Aeroport Marseille-Provence to Avignon Centre 12:42/13:49, customers should then make their way to Hotel Bristol which is approx. 150m walk. Return: Transfer to station 40 minutes then rail Avignon TGV to Marseille 12:46/13:23 then British Airways Marseille to Heathrow 16:50/17:50.

Alternative Air-rail
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Eurostar
Travel by Eurostar via Paris is also available.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

First class rail
Add £11 per person return.

Upgraded air travel
Business/club/first class fares on request.

Tour only
On day 1 customers should make their own way from Avignon Centre to Hotel Bristol which is approx. 150m walk. Transfer on day 2 is included from Hotel Bristol at 16:30, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:5

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Monday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Monday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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