Cycle the stunning scenery of this lovely region
Enjoy the unique landscape of Provence
Experience local and fresh delights along the way
Explore this heritage-rich area of France
Decide whether to take up the challenge of an optional ride up Mont Ventoux

Cycling France - Tour Upper Provence (Option A)

6 days
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$1,017 USD

This six-day, self-guided bike tour allows you to explore the heart of Provence at your own pace. Running from/to Avignon but with the cycling beginning in either Bédoin or Mazan and ending in Roussillon or Gargas, this bicycle tour features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than just see it as you pass by. Provence is a wonderful region to cycle and this tour really does immerse you into the delights of the area.

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    123.7 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.1 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and finish?

    The tour starts and finishes in Avignon. Fly in/out of Avignon Provence Airport (AVN).

  • How long is the tour?

    The tour is 6 days long with 4.5 days of cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    One needs a fairly good fitness level to fully enjoy this extraordinary trip: Although challenging Ventoux can be skipped, some sections involve some climbing.

    This tour can only be done by cyclists who can comfortably cover 45 to 50 miles (70-80km) per day with some climbs! Note, however, that the toughest of all (Ventoux!) is optional — an alternative route is possible via the scenic Gorges de la Nesque.

  • Can I have my own room?

    The tour price is based on two people sharing a room. If you'd like your own room or are traveling solo then a single supplement applies.

  • What do you mean by Option A?

    There are two options for this tour.  Option A is the default price and includes 3 nights in 3-star properties and 2 nights in 2-star properties.

    Option A+ has the same itinerary and routes but the difference is that accommodations will be in more premium properties, thus making the tour price more expensive. It includes a night in a 5-star hotel, 2 nights in 4-star properties and 2 nights in 3-star properties.

  • Please read here for Covid-19 information directly from the tour operator

    Latest Coronavirus Advice (10-03-2020)

    Looking beyond May and June, we’re hopeful that the global situation will improve and that travel and distancing restrictions will start to ease up in the following months. As ever, we’re keeping our ear to the ground so that we can keep ourselves and our customers up to date with evolving conditions and recommendations. We’re sure many of you are using this time at home to daydream and plan about future trips. As some may know, we usually have to turn down a number of custom tours every year. Our resources are simply too thinly stretched to work on custom itineraries between April and October… but this year is different! Hence, if you're part of a group of six or more riders and wish to put together a custom itinerary for your group, now is a great time to start dreaming and planning.

    As for our standard tours, note that if you book a tour now for 2021, our 2020 rates will apply. In light of the current situation, we’ve introduced temporary special booking conditions* for most of our tours, to make your planning process as flexible as possible. These conditions will apply until further notice; as things return to normal, we’ll revert back to our standard conditions (which are still pretty flexible!)

    *For bookings received from March 9 and on, until further notice:
    1. This policy applies to part of the operator's tour catalog, contact us for more information
    2. Client's requested dates will be checked for availability. If available, the trip will be confirmed to the clients.
    3. In order to keep the rooms on hold, clients have to pay a EUR 50.00 deposit
    4. Invoice and voucher are not issued until 30 days prior to the trip. Clients then have 7 days to settle payment.
    Within these 7 days, they have the option to choose not to proceed. If they choose to cancel, the EUR 50.00 deposit is kept as a credit towards a future trip (to be used by the end of 2021).

    General Coronavirus-related advice (posted in March 2020)
    Understandably, we have been receiving a few messages from clients who have questions about the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy and across Europe on their travel plans. We do not have any more information about the way the epidemic spreads than you do and rely on a variety of news sources (New York Times, BBC, CNN), as well as authoritative institutes (WHO, CDC, Institut Pasteur) and travel advisories. We have come across this interesting article addressing some questions you may have relating to the risk of air travel (and other forms of public transport).

    At this moment in time our advice is the following:
    Before making a decision about your travel plans, we recommend that you:

    • Check travel advisories and health authorities’ advice on a regular basis for the most up to date information (CDC’s website, Institut Pasteur, WHO, etc…)
      If you choose to proceed with your travel plans:
    • Check your travel insurance policy to see what is covered in the case of cancellation for different scenarios (such as canceled flights). It is advisable to ensure that your insurance includes ‘travel disruption cover’ in the event of canceled flights etc.
    • Note that travel insurance policies will generally not cover cancellations for “fear of travel.” However, in some cases it is possible to add “cancel for any reason” to your insurance policy (though you will have to check your policy carefully as certain conditions can apply).
    • Be sure to read the small print about the type of coverage you’re eligible for in case you need medical assistance while traveling.
    • Register with your country’s traveling abroad service (if available) to receive any updates and important advice.
    • We recommend purchasing refundable travel arrangements where possible, in the case of unexpected changes. Many US airlines have begun introducing temporary policies waiving the change fee. We recommend that you check directly on the airline’s website for the most up to date information.
    • Currently some of the major European airlines have begun to also introduce temporary fee-waiving policies.

Overall Rating:
Kara, Shelley and Krista - USA
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

I just wanted to let you know that the 3 girls from Utah had an amazing time!! We loved the routes through Provence, all of the hotels, and the food was delicious! We especially enjoyed Hotel le Pins. The staff were so friendly and it was truly a lovely spot! It was so nice to unwind there after a very windy day and rest up for Ventoux...which we did on the most beautiful sunny, low-wind day! What we enjoyed most was the variety along the way. Each day highlighted something new and unique to the Provence area and we loved the surprises we experienced at every turn. Thanks again for a lovely trip and we will definitely ride with [the tour operator] again!

Betsy A
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

I can't say enough good about [the tour operator]. We enjoy traveling on our own so this is the perfect solution for us. The quality and value of these trips surpass any of their competitors. My husband and I have participated in the Provence tour which started and ended in Avignon. We stayed at very nice -- and some historically significant -- hotels and always, always had wonderful meals! We only had one minor mishap on our first day. We encountered the famous mistral winds and our cue sheets were blown from the bike. We managed to gather each and every one of them! This May we also biked in the Dordogne region...and again, our experience was fabulous. We will definitely travel with them again. Their routes are beautiful with very low traffic and we could have never found them on our own. My only caution to others like me (I hadn't even gotten on a bike this year) is to consider the hills. Next time I may be renting a pedal-assist ebike!

(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

The tour started and finished in Avignon. I was very happy with the organization, the cues sheets, the accommodation (I had the A+ plan) and the food was superb. I did not rent a bike but I saw the quality of their rental bikes and they look to be very good. I traveled alone on a self guided tour and had no issues. I am already planning another tour for next year. I certainly can recommend this company.