World Wanderers Provence

Mont Ventoux
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$6690
  • Style/Level Classic 4.0
  • Countries France
  • Begin/End Arles / Seguret

Explore the best Provence has to offer. Culinary highlights include a splendid Mediterranean feast of Côtes-de-Rhône wines, exquisite olive oil from a local olive press and more Roman ruins than you will find even in Italy. France’s small country roads will lead through the secrets behind the local artisans savoir-faire. And we’ll give you the chance to taste it all from special visits and markets right up to special dinner at a local chef’s home. You’ll also visit the places where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted a majority of their most well-known paintings. This trip gives you a superb view of both medieval and Roman masterpieces such as the theater and arena in Arles, the impressive Pont du Gard, and the medieval jewel of Uzès.

Highlights

  • Côtes du Rhones wine villages, Van Gogh country, Informative wine tasting, Châteauneuf du Pape, Uzès, Pont du Gard, Arles, special dinner at a local chef’s home, Saint Rémy, The best of Roman Provence, Mont Ventoux.

Includes

  • Single/private room

  • Dinner at chef’s house Day 1 with wine, all other dinners with wine, guided visit of Van Gogh’s sanitarium, wine and chocolate tasting Day 3

  • entrance tickets to Pont du Gard

  • shuttle from last day to Avignon TGV train station

  • All Classic tour inclusions


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  • Total distance 461 km (286 miles)
  • Average daily distance 77 km (48 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 4.0

Highlights: Roman monuments of Arles, gourmet dinner with a local chef

Meet today at our hotel in Arles on the banks of the Rhône River. The Romans bridged the Rhône here during the 1st Century B.C., and today the city has a well-preserved Roman theater and arena. The latter is still used for Provençal bullfights. We will get our bikes fitted and enjoy a short test ride before a special introductory meal together in a local chef’s home.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Jules Cesar

Highlights: Market in Arles or Saint Paul de Mausole, charming St Rémy, Roman ruins of Glanum

This morning Arles puts on one of the largest outdoor markets in France. You’ll have plenty of time to check it all out before taking a short but scenic ride to St Rémy. We will have a guided visit of Van Gogh’s Sanitarium. History buffs should take time to visit the old wealthy Roman City of Glanum. This afternoon you can explore St Rémy or take an extra loop ride on the nearby Alpilles.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Mas Valentine

Highlights: Les Baux, Van Gogh sites

St. Rémy is where Van Gogh painted several of his most famous works during a year’s residence in the local sanitarium. You’ll appreciate the views that inspired him as we support a ride to Les-Baux-de-Provence and into the Alpilles hills. There is much to explore in St Rémy this afternoon including Van Gogh’s sanitarium and the great shopping in town.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Mas Valentine

Highlights: Pont du Gard, castle visit (optional, not included)

On our ride today we will cross the Rhône at Tarascon where you can visit the perfectly preserved 15th-century castle. Our route will then continue north to the Pont du Gard which is arguably the most extraordinary Roman ruin in all of Europe. It dates to 20 B.C. when it was built to support the aqueduct that carried water from Uzès to the Roman town of Nîmes. Later this afternoon we’ll arrive in Uzès, a charming medieval town and home to the Dukes of Uzès and their impressive castle.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Entraigues

Highlights: Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône vineyards and villages

Today we head into the heart of the Côtes du Rhone vineyards with some of the most prestigious wines in the south of France including the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We’ll have a beautiful ride through small villages and open countryside before arriving at Châteauneuf where you can get a cafe lunch on your own, or picnic at the castle, a former summer palace of the Avignon Popes. You can also partake in a wine tasting of your choice at any of the countless local wineries. Our route continues to the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains surrounded by vineyards – our little paradise for the next two nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Domaine de Cabasse

Highlights: Epic climb to Mont Ventoux, Sault

Start the day cycling through wine country and Provençal villages with the giant Mont Ventoux set in the background. Here it is…the climb Mont Ventoux, the most illustrious Tour de France climb! Enjoy the downhill to Sault, after your epic climb.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Val de Sault

Highlights: Gorges de la Nesque

A spectacular ride awaits today just a few miles out of Sault. Enter the Gorge de la Nesque and get delighted at each turn by the dramatic views over the canyon, UNESCO world Heritage site since 1998. Stop at the many waypoints for great photo opportunities. Once out of the gorge, back in the Carpentras plain, cycle amidst vineyard with the majestic view of the towering Mont Ventoux, before arriving back in Sault.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Val de Sault

Highlights: Avignon

We’ll shuttle you to the Avignon TGV station after breakfast this morning. Bon voyage!

Meals : Breakfast

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