France: Cycling Provence & Mont Ventoux – Itinerary

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Day 0- Wednesday  Marseille Airport Hotel

Arrive at Marseille Airport/Sleep Airport Hotel (assemble bikes) or go directly to hotel in Fontaine de Vaucluse.


Day 1 –  Thursday Fontaine de Vaucluse

Meet time 12:00 ATG Pickup at Marseille Airport and Aix-en-Provence TGV.
Hotel-Transfer (1hr) to Fontaine de Vaucluse
Afternoon “warm-up ride”. Welcome dinner together.

Fontaine-de Vaucluse, is a medieval village tucked in a “closed valley” at the southwestern corner of the mountainous Plateau de Vaucluse. It is located at the base of high, rocky cliffs, where a deep pool of seemingly still water is the source of the Sorgue river. The source pool is fed by collective rainfall in the Plateau de Vaucluse.


Day 2 – Friday Fontaine de Vaucluse

Loop Ride Parc Régional du Luberon 70km/3,200 ft. Today’s route goes into the Parc Régional du Luberon and to the medieval hilltop villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes all made famous by Peter Mayles’s “A year in Provence” each one with its personal charm and topped by its own castle. Dinner on your own at one of the Local restaurants.


Day 3-  Saturday Fontaine de Vaucluse

Loop Ride 57km/3,000 ft.: Gordes – Col de Mur-Venasque – Roque sur Pernes.  Group Dinner.


Day 4- Sunday Malaucene

Morning-Great Provencal Market in Isle sur la Sorgue

Afternoon ride 50km/2,500 ft to Malaucene via Roque sur Pernes, St-Didier, Mazan, Bedoin. Group Dinner.

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is famous for its many antique shops and hosts antique markets most Sundays. It has many waterside cafés and restaurants, all within walking distance of each other. Its many attractive water wheels throughout the town are still in working order. Malaucène is located at the base of Mount Ventoux Northern route. It dates from the tenth century. It features Medieval, Gallic and Roman structures (even prehistoric vestiges). The best views are on top of the Calvère located in the middle of the older part of town.

Malaucène, is located at the base of Mount Ventoux Northern route. It dates from the tenth century. It features Medieval, Gallic and Roman structures (even prehistoric vestiges). The best views are on top of the Calvère located in the middle of the older part of town.


Day 5- Monday  Malaucene

Ride Mount Ventoux Hard Options: 54km/6,000ft–95km/12,000ft—140km/15,000ft. 

Easy Option: 30km ride on quite roads along quiet roads north of Mont Ventoux.

If you are up for a challenge you have an opportunity to ride the Giant of Provence as Mont Ventoux is known. After a warm up we will ascend the classic route from Bedoin and then descend straight to our Hotel in Malaucène. For anyone up for more challenge you can also ascend the routes from Sault and/or Malaucène. Dinner on your own at one of the Local restaurants.


Day 6 – Tuesday Malaucene

Ride to Market Day in Vaison la Romaine – The Dentelles de Montmiraill loop ride 54km/3,000 ft. Vaison la Romaine – Vaqueyras, Seguret, wine tasting at the famous vineyards in Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise, Suzette. Group Dinner.


Day 7 – Wednesday St-Remy

Ride to St. Remy 84km/ 1,500 ft. – via Le Barroux, Caromb, Mazan, Cavaillon, Molleges. Dinner on your own at one of the Local restaurants.

St. Rémy, a charming town at the base of the Alpilles with the ancient Roman city of Glanum rising above it. Van Gogh lived here for a year beginning in May 1889 and painted some of his best-known works as a patient at a local hospital.


Day 8 -Thursday  St-Remy

Loop rides: 42km, 56 or 86km to Les Baux and Arles via Les Alpilles. Final Group Celebration Dinner.


Day 9 – Friday  Trip Departure

After a great trip, it’s time to say our “Goodbyes”. Our tour ends after breakfast. ATG will provide group morning transfer to the Marseille Airport or Aix -en Provence TGV or extend your stay in St. Remy.