7 days

Cycling through Provence (self-guided)

Cycling through Provence (self-guided)

Cycling in Provence

Cycling through Provencal villages around ‘the Giant of Provence’

Vaison-la-Romaine's 2nd Century ruins and gastronomy

Vaison la Romaine village and Roman archaeological site

Vaison La Romaine

Lavender in Luberon

Vines near Séguret

Vaison

Poppies in Provence

Luberon

Trip rating
  • Pedal your way through the spectacular vineyards and perched villages of Provence. Take every opportunity to taste the regional delights along the way as you cycle at a leisurely pace on your very own Tour de France.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

    • Your trip starts with your arrival in the town of L'lsle-sur-la-Sorgue, a village surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Sorgue River. While at your discretion, we recommend arriving and departing by train where possible within Europe as this method of transport has minimal carbon emissions.
    • L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is located 25 kilometres from Avignon and is easily accessible from Avignon by bus, train or taxi. Getting to Avignon is easy with regular TGV (fast trains) and regional train services from Paris (Gare de Lyon) and other cities in France.
    • On arrival your detailed route notes, outlining everything you need to know for the week ahead, will be waiting for you at the hotel reception.
    • If arriving on a Sunday, the Sunday Market is one of the most colourful in Provence and definitely worth a visit. The town's canals are lined by quaint cafés, restaurants and antique shops, so why not lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow streets and absorb the town’s warm, Provençale charm?
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    Day 2 - Isle Sur La Sorgue - Venasque

    • From Isle sur la Sorgue you cycle towards Pernes-les-Fountaines along tiny country roads, set in the heart of rural Provence. The village of Pernes-les-Fountains, as the name suggests, is scattered with old stone fountains.
    • You will be surrounded by historical monuments, 17th century mansions, churches, an old clock tower and city walls.
    • By the time you arrive at the hilltop village of Venasque your legs will be well and truly warmed up.
    • Venasque is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in France.
    • Tonight dinner is included at your hotel in Venasque. Cycling Distance (20kms)
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    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Venasque - Bedoin

    • Today you will cycle among picturesque countryside all day, through an endless stream of vineyards, olive groves, truffle oak plantations and cherry orchards towards, the foot of Mont Ventoux.
    • You will pedal off the beaten track on small backroads through the hidden villages of Methamis, Villes-sur-Auzon and Flassan on the way to Bedoin.
    • If you are feeling extra energetic you can take a detour to see the dramatic cliffs of the Nesque Gorge, which you approach along a beautiful canyon road. The town of Bedoin is famed for being a Tour de France town. It also has a quaint market. (Cycling distance - 30kms)
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    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Bedoin - Beaumes de Venise – Séguret

    • From Bedoin it is a short climb to the town of Crillon de Brave, with its narrow cobbled streets. The main square is a perfect spot for a coffee, with views of Mont Ventoux and the plains.
    • Today you will cycle through some of the best vineyards of the Rhône Valley. The town of Beaumes de Venise is renowned for its muscat wine, Vacqueyras is known for its reds, while Gigondas a little farther along the road boasts a village as pretty as its wine is succulent. Take the time to meander through the medieval streets of Gigondas, and up to the church from where the views open to a veritable sea of vines that blanket the Rhône Valley.
    • Gigondas wines are second only to Châteauneuf du Pape in the southern Rhône, with powerful and spicy reds principally made from Grenache/Shiraz blends.
    • And after tasting some of the local wines you will continue towards the town of Séguret, perched high above the Rhône Valley, clinging to side of a hill, and rightfully classed as ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France’.
    • Stroll through its timeless, narrow and cobbled streets before treating yourself to a well-earned dessert in the village café, suspended vertiginously above the Rhône Valley below. (Cycling distance: 34km)
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    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Séguret – Vaison

    • Pedalling through the vineyards, your ride takes you northbound, exploring the lost medieval villages of Roaix and Villedieu, two authentic Provençal towns worth a quick visit.
    • Your day’s final destination is Vaison la Romaine. Vaison is your base for the next two nights and a place that merits exploring at length.
    • Its medieval village, complete with a towering belfry and castle ruins, remains perfectly intact (except for the castle that is), one of the few towns unharmed during the perilous centuries of war that ravaged the region.
    • The cobbled streets of the medieval town create a labyrinth of narrow alleys, built long before cars were invented, and where every turn and every building merits contemplation.
    • Below, the medieval town lays a 2000 year-old Roman bridge spanning over the Ouvèze River, leading to the largest Roman archaeological site in France.
    • The main square in Vaison, lively and colourful, is lined with a handful of quaint restaurants and cafés – great places to just sit and watch the world go by. (Cycling distance: 16km)
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    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Around Vaison la Romaine

    • Today’s journey explores some of the towns of the Drôme Provençale. Entrechaux, Faucon, Puyméras are all relatively untouched by the grasp of tourism, but as beautiful as any towns in Provence: with narrow cobbled streets, homes built in massive limestone, the deep blue shutters, and the same clay tiles that have shaped the region’s roofs since Roman times.
    • Olive groves blanket the countryside, and some of the specimens here are over 1000 years old, some of the very few trees that survived the frosts of 1956 with the region’s mild micro-climate.
    • This area creates some of the most renowned olive oils in France, known as ‘huile d’olive de Nyons’, using the “tanche” variety of olive. The olives themselves have a slightly sweet taste while the oil is extremely subtle in flavour, with notes of green apple. (Cycling distance: 20km)
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    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Vaison la Romaine

    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast in Vaison la Romaine.
    • You can book exrtra accommodation in Vaison – please inquire with Peregrine at time of booking.
    • Regular buses services depart Vaison la Romaine for Orange (45 mins) or Avignon (1hr, 15mins), where you can take train connections to other destinations in France. A private transfer from Vaison to Avignon can also be arranged. Au revoir!
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Accommodation
    • Luggage transfers
    • Detailed route notes and maps
    • Bike hire (from Day 2 to Day 6)
    • Helmet hire and repair kit
    • Transfer on Day 2 to collect your bike

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Other meals
    • Drinks
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Taxis/transport (if opting out of riding stages)
  • Map Itinerary

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PECP
Group size 2 - 16
Start City: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
End City: Vaison la Romaine, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

What to know

This trip involves cycling for up to 34 kilometres a day on long rides, sometimes on hilly terrain.

This is a self-guided adventure and does not include the services of a tour leader.

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