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Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

Vineyards of Vaucluse Cycling

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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 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 14 Oct '18
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • 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 located between the three world-famous vineyards of Beaumes de-Venise, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.

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

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Pernes-les-Fontaines

Your *** hotel is just north of the village of Pernes-les-Fontaines. Plenty of time to relax and explore the hotel grounds before dinner. (Staying at Hotel l'Hermitage, Breakfast at hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)

Day 2 Pernes les Fontaines to Bedoin 34km/21.5mi

Leave Pernes-les- Fontaines this morning and head to the popular village of Saint-Didier, where you can opt to make the climb up the hill to the mediaeval settlement of Venasque (one of the prettiest villages in France) with its three Saracen towers. You'll then follow lanes and tracks up past Malemort-du-Comtat and then dropping down into the mediaeval village of Mazan with its church wall that is made up of more than 60 Roman sarcophagi. Continue on through the vines with a back drop of Mont Ventoux as you climb steadily towards Bedoin. (Staying at Hotel Les Pins, Half Board)

Day 3 At Bedoin

Explore the lively village of Bedoin, named for the C8 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 Mont Ventoux for more hardy cyclists seeking a challenge! 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. (Staying at Hotel Les Pins, Half Board)

Day 4 Bedoin to Vaison-la-Romaine 30km/19mi

After the picturesque perched village of Crillon-le-Brave you swing across the gentle Carpentras plain to Caromb, a partly fortified little town. A short, steep ascent takes you to the Lac du Paty, hidden amongst the trees. Continue downhill through forest, vineyards and cherry orchards to the fortified village of Malaucene (where Pope Clement V once lived). The final section is a flat bowl along country lanes to the Roman garrison town of Vaison la Romaine. (Staying at Hotel Burrhus, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Hotel Burrhus, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Hotel Montmirail, Half Board)

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? (Staying at Hotel Montmirail, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Hotel l'Hermitage, Breakfast at hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)

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

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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
01/05/2018 - 30/06/2018 £60 £100
01/07/2018 - 31/08/2018 £66 £114
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 £60 £100
01/10/2018 - 31/10/2018 £54 £91

All prices shown above are valid from 18/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel des Pins, Bedoin

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Set among the pines at the very foot of Mt Ventoux, and just outside the lively village of Bedoin (popular among cyclists as the gateway to the mountain), is Hotel des Pins. This property perfectly blends the traditional and the modern with the outside boasting wooden shutters and a terracotta tile roof while inside each of the stylish rooms and suites are individually decorated in a contemporary style. Some have 4-poster or canopy beds, while upgraded rooms add balconies or terraces. There's also an elegant restaurant along with a bar, a lounge, and a patio. Other features include pine-shaded gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a space for massages.

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

Dates Confort / Prestiage Room Suite (Junior/Deluxe/Seven) Suite (Cerise)
13/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £5 £38 £49

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. Prestige rooms have a balcony or terrace, twin beds or a double bed, and a bath. The Cerise suite is made up of two connecting rooms, and can host up to five people. It also features a balcony and a large wooden terrace. The Junior suite stretches over two floors, with a bedroom on the ground floor, and an elegant bathroom with a bath on the first floor. Deluxe Suite comprises an elegant bedroom and a bathroom with a ceiling shower. This suite also boasts an attractive wooden terrace and a Bang & Olufsen music player. Prices are per person per night based on two sharing.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Burrhus, Vaison la Romaine

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The H� 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

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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
13/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £11 £23

All prices shown above are valid from 20/11/2017. 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

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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 and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Bristol, Avignon

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Situated just inside the city walls and a stone's throw from the station, the H�tel 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 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.

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

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

The hotel only provides breakfast, although a 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
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £13

All prices shown above are valid from 28/11/2017. Supplement prices are per person per night (based on two people sharing). The Privilage room has a very spacious bedroom with king size bed.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £53 £86

All prices shown above are valid from 28/11/2017. Extra nights prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.


Transfers included from Avignon TGV train station at 13:19, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:50.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


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.

Mr Cross

Despite being of the same modest grading as our two previous HW cycling holidays, this was significantly harder, because of the heat (over 34 degrees) and some long uphill stretches, especially on the Lafare-Vaison day. However, it was worth it for the lovely scenery, the downhill bits, and the hotels, two of which had lovely pools, and some excellent food, especially at Hotel Montmirail (if only it had air-con as well!) and at La Dame d'Oie at Pernes. Plenty of opportunities to sample the Prove... read morence Rose, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and Gigondas wines. The archaeological sites and mediaeval town at Vaison la Romaine are well worth the 'rest' day.

Dr Garton

Takes you on new journeys

Mrs Huddart

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

A wonderful taste of Provencal scenery, wine and food!

Mr Cummings

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

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

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

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

Every two days from 13th May 2018 to 14th Oct 2018, for 8 nights.

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.

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Transfers included from Avignon TGV train station at 13:19, and back to Avignon TGV train station at 11:50.

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