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Trip Dates:

May 29 - June 4

Jun 5-11

Jun 12-18

Jun 25-Jul 1*

Sep 4-10

Sep 11-17

Sep 18-24

May 28 - June 3

Jun 4-10

Jun 11-17

Jun 24-30*

Sep 3-9

Sep 10-16

Sep 17-23


* family departure- on these departures we include things such as chocolate tastings, and activities such as a circus school with trapeze lessons for kids of all ages.

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day.Call or email for details.

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights

with 5 days cycling




Le Beffroi , Vaison-la-Romaine

Hotel L' Hermitage, Permes-les-Fontaines

Mas des Romarins , Gordes


Activity Level:

20-40+ miles daily

Van supported


2 days gently rolling, 3 days are oderately rolling

* longer options available


Land Cost (current year):
US $2450
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $600

Bike Rental:
US $140- hybrid
US $280- racing

Provence, Biking

Vaison-La-Romaine, Pernes-les-Fontaines and Gordes

With its quiet roads amidst fields of lavender, fine wines to taste, and wonderful food to eat, the Provence region of France is heaven on earth for the itinerant cyclist. Beginning in the village of Vaison-la-Romaine, we will cycle routes that will include the region’s market towns, wine-making villages and medieval cities. We’ll taste wine in centuries old caves, see Roman antiquities, visit hill-top castles steeped in history and stroll markets at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and others. We’ve been coming here for 20 years and can say there are few places as welcoming to those on a bicycle as this enchanting area of France.





Hôtel Beffroi, Vaison-La-Romaine
Located in the medieval village, this chateau features lovely gardens and a pool.  It is in one of the most beautiful 16th century mansions in the Old City of Vaison; you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

Hôtel L'Hermitage, Pernes-les-Fontaines
A charming 3-star hotel in a former family mansion, set in grounds with 100-year old plane trees. There are lovely gardens and a large swimming pool. Francoise and her daughter Caroline are charming hosts.


Hôtel Mas des Romarins, Gordes
A charming boutique 3-star hotel with views over Gordes, and an inviting pool and gardens. The town is only a five minute walk away. Gordes was immortalized in the book, ‘A Year in Provence’ by Peter Mayle.


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Map of the Area


Ride Info

Avignon Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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