Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
We meet in Avignon in the late afternoon for a tour orientation and bike fitting. Join us for a Welcome dinner. If you would like to arrive a day early to get over jet lag, we can make additional hotel reservations for you prior to the tour.
Lodging in Avignon
Day 2: Cycling Avignon – St Remy – 74 km, Elevation +675 m
We cycle from Avignon to the fantastic site of Pont du Gard. We will pass Graveson and Barbentane where we can visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. We’ll arrive in St. Remy in the late afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy the town.
Day 3: St. Remy de Provence- Eygalieres – Gordes –
51 km, Elevation +450 m
A ride from Saint Remy de Provence to Gordes. We leave Bouches-du-Rhone to join the Vaucluse department with an itinerary that will take us to the top of the village of Eygalieres, a panoramic viewpoint from where you see the Durance River valley, Alpilles mountain range and the rock of Les Baux de Provence. You will cycle via the melon-town Cavaillon and Coustellet with its lavender museum. Then finish in Gordes after a last climb that will bring you to the top of this perched village, one of the most beautiful village in France! We’ll spend 2 nights at our accommodation in the countryside just outside of Gordes.
Day 4: Gordes- Ménerbes- Gordes – 55 km, Elevation +800 m
A loop tour of Luberon natural park the surrounding area. A varied itinerary through vast forests with amazing viewpoints that will take you to a number of superb perched villages including Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes among others.
Day 5: Gordes -Fontaine de Vaucluse- Roussillon – Bédoin – 70 km Elevation + 1,000 m
Ride Roussillon first and then through the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse before reaching Bedoin, our final destination. In Roussillon, you can discover the famous ochre colored soil that is mined and used in pigment to color homes locally and far away. We will spend 3 nights in Bedoin.
Day 6 & 7: Loop rides from Bedoin
We have saved the best for our last rides! We’ll have 2 days to enjoy some spectacular riding options from Bedoin. There are a multitude of ways to ride the loop rides below even doing some combinations. Since this is a new tour for us, we will use our local cycling guide’s knowledge for the best way to ride in this region.
Gorges of Nesque – 65 km, Elevation +1,400 m
Tour de Mont Ventoux – 70 km, Elevation +1,500 m
Vineyards of Vaucluse – 70 km, Elevation +1,000 m
Day 8: Departure
Our tour finishes after breakfast. We will provide transfers to the Avignon Train station departing Bedoin around 9:30 am. If you prefer a different time, we can make other transfer arrangements for an additional cost. Drive time is about an hour and you need to arrive at the train station an hour before your departure.