“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”
– Kay & Jim D,
May 29 - June 4
Jun 25-Jul 1*
May 28 - June 3
* 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.
7 days/ 6 nights
with 5 days cycling (arrival night hotel is included)
30-60+ km (20-40) miles daily including century options on 2 days
2 days gently rolling, 3 days are moderately rolling
* longer options available
Land Cost (current year):
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.
Only Great Explorations:
- Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
- A ride you will never forget: cycling the wine route through Seguret, Gigondas and Vacqueras
- Dine at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
- Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.
Getting there :
Our trip starts in Vaison which can be reached through Avignon, or Orange, by taxi or coach service.
Vaison-la-Romaine - Our meeting time is at 4 pm. We will visit the Roman ruins and then enjoy a welcome wine reception at the hotel before dinner at a local restaurant. Next day, start by visiting the local market here, one of the oldest in France. Next, we will set off on bikes on a delightful ride to Entrechaux which nestles around a hilltop castle in ruins and Mollans-sur-Ouvèze clusters around a high-arched bridge marked on each side by a tower and a tiny chapel. Back in Vaison we will dine at Bistro d' O, a favourite of food impresario Patricia Wells, who has a home in Vaison.
Pernes les Fontaines - Wind your way among the wine villages of the Dentelles de Montmirail, stopping to explore Sablet, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. Séguret is an artists’ colony with charming shops and galleries. We will stop to taste wine at a local wine maker and learn about the wine in this region. Spend the night outside Pernes-les-Fontaines at a charming chateau with extensive grounds and large pool. Dinner will be at a wonderful restaurant that isn't in any guidebooks and yet is one of our favourite dining experiences in all of France. Next day, there are options to reach Châteauneuf-du-Pape where a wine museum and endless tasting opportunities await, or alternatively, a loop to Bedoin and up Mt. Ventoux (shuttle option) and back via an extraordinary descent of the Gorge du Nesque. Explore Pernes-les-Fontaines, with its twisting streets, houses painted in a rainbow of blues, pinks, and greens, and fountains gently splashing in squares lined by plane trees.On this night, we will go into Carpentras to dine in another fabulous restaurant.
Gordes - On to the beautiful Luberon Valley. Pedal past Petrarch’s Fontaine de Vaucluse, then through Ménerbes, the village of Peter Mayle. Your destination is Gordes, a stunning perched town with artists’ studios, cozy cafés and arcaded medieval lanes. Next day, enjoy a day ride from Gordes; discover the red shades of Roussillon and find the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade at Lacoste. Pedal to the nearby Bories Village and Sénanque Abbey, set in a beautiful secluded valley.Our final night, will begin with wine reception before dinner and festivities.
DAY 7: Transfer to Avignon (by 10:00 am) for trains onward.
Map of the Area
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247
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