France

Provence Explorer

Active / Recreational

Classic

Provence Explorer

Mazan to Gordes, France

La belle vie spills over on this Provence cycling experience.

The Provençal attitude, "la vie est belle ici" (life is good here) runneth over on this bike tour. The textured landscape of le Lubéron and the Vaucluse plateau capture a diversity and charisma that eludes description. Provence is about discovering the slower pace of life, from savoring each flavor you create at our cooking school to chatting with the locals as you walk through the market. For those comfortable at a leisurely pace, cozy cafés, village strolls, and relaxing afternoons temper the adventure of each day’s ride. For avid cyclists ready for the challenge, the Tour de France's epic Mont Ventoux is ready to be conquered. Trek Travel’s Provence biking trip offers the opportunity to indulge in all things Provençal at the perfect pace in the perfect place.

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$3199PP

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3 / 2

Active / Recreational

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Explorer

 

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Duration

6 days | 5 nights
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Start | End

Avignon, France

Dates

2014
Aug
Sep
Oct
2015
May
Jun
Aug
Sep
Oct

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Col de Madeleine to Beaumes deVenise Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Avignon TGV Station (Avignon TGV Station) at 1:15 PM on the first day of the trip. After a private 1 hour shuttle,you will arrive in theVaucluse department of Provence, home to le Mont Ventoux. Hillsides covered in lush vineyards speckled with sleepy villages accompany you on your ride with the mighty MontVentoux in the background.You’ll check into your rooms and then your Trek Travel guides will ensure a perfect fit to your Trek bike. Afterwards you can head out on a warm up loop as you take your first pedal strokes and test your bike on a climb up to Blauvac where you’ll be met with stunning views of the surrounding region.Tonight, you’ll gather with your new traveling companions for conversation and a short round of introductions. Finally, you’ll savor your first dinner and wines of the region together at your luxurious hotel, Château de Mazan once frequented by the notorious Marquis de Sade.

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Hotel:

Château de Mazan
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Day

2

Today's Ride:

Bedoin to Malaucene to Barroux Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,820 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Bedoin to Malaucene to Barroux with Shuttle
Approximately 21 miles with 1,740 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Malaucene to Suzette to Barroux Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Following your morning café and pain au chocolat, head out to the bikes for a warm up ride toward Bedoin, where you’ll be met with the vibrant colors, sights and sounds of the open-air market. Sample the regional tapenade and fougasse before taking a stroll through the tapestries of the local artisans. Back on the road, the rugged Col de Madeleine will lead you up and over to Malaucene, where you’ll dine on your own as the Popes once did. Take some time to explore its cobbled streets and fortress, while learning of the village’s rich history. This afternoon, climb through winding road to the tiny village of Suzette, perched among sloping vineyards in the stunning Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Alternatively, riders interested in a less demanding spin are invited to remain in the picturesque valley and pedal on directly to the village of Barroux. Feel lost in time as you visit the impressive 12th-century chateau here which dominates the skyline. Tonight, you and your travelling companions will be treated to another decadent gourmet meal at the Chateau de Mazan’s fantastic restaurant.

Hotel:

Château de Mazan
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Day

3

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Flassan Loop to Beaumes deVenise Return
Approximately 42 miles with 2,280 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mazan to Flassan Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 1,410 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Ventoux to Beaumes de Venise Return
Approximately 53 miles with 6,230 feet of climbing

Description:

No matter which ride you select today, it will be the ride of a lifetime. Some may opt for a gentle start with a quiet ride through rolling vineyards under the sparkling sun and maybe stop along the way to sample one of the distinctive fruity red wines from the Côtes duVentoux. Others may choose to take a try at the Géant de Provence: le Mont Ventoux. This classic climb from Bédoin is renowned throughout the cycling world as one of the most challenging ascents in the Tour de France. All routes lead back to the bustling town of Bedoin where you can join cyclists from all over the world seeking a post-ride lunch. This afternoon’s ride leads you along a gentle road to the quaint village of Beaumes deVenise, known for its sweet Muscat wine and olive production. Sample the local fares or join the locals on a sunny patio for a mid-afternoon café. Once back at the hotel, relax with a swim in the pool or a well-deserved massage. Tonight, armed with ?a list of recommended restaurants, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a meal of your choice in the town of Mazan.

Hotel:

Château de Mazan
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Day

4

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes
Approximately 48 miles with 4,150 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque with Shuttle
Approximately 26 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes with Abbaye de Senanque Loop
Approximately 57 miles with 5,320 feet of climbing

Description:

The Gorge de la Nesque awaits today, as you pedal along one of the most beautiful rides in theVaucluse. An enormous limestone massif, the gorge has been carved over millenia by the meandering Nesque River. Remains of Neanderthal inhabitants have been discovered in this river valley and its beauty immortalized in Frederic Mistral’s poetry. With cliffs measuring 600 feet, your climb is rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views as you descend to Sault for a picnic lunch. This afternoon’s ride takes you over the edge of the Vaucluse Plateau and into the magical heart of the Lubéron, where quiet roads lead you through breathtaking valleys and villages to your destination: Gordes. A romantic medieval village perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley was once the heart of the area’s Resistance during World War II. This afternoon explore the village and enjoy the views over the valley, which have made this hamlet such a strategic prize in bygone eras. An optional avid ride will take you to the Abbaye de Senanque – a Cistercian abbey dating to the 12th Century, whose monks still produce lavender and honey.Tonight, you are free to explore Gordes for dinner at one of its many fantastic restaurants.

Hotel:

Hôtel le Gordos
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Day

5

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Bonnieux Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux with shuttle
Approximately 17 miles with 1,350 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux to Oppede le Vieux Loop
Approximately 51 miles with 3,020 feet of climbing

Description:

Discover an area of Provence legendary for its medieval hilltop villages, rolling hills, and quiet winding roadways. Orchards of cherry trees and vineyards line your route as you pedal to Roussillon. Ride over the Pont Julien, a 2000-year-old Roman bridge that spans the Calavon River. Explore the cobblestone streets and art galleries of Bonnieux and find the perfect bistro for lunch.A spectacular view of the Château Lacoste beckons as you climb to this quaint village.Today’s avid option post-lunch will lead you through the villages of Ménerbes and Oppède leVieux, tucked along the Lubéron ridge. If you wish to return to the hotel right after lunch, dip into the pool and head to the kitchen early where you will learn the art of Provençal cuisine.As you sip a glass of local wine,you’ll learn to make simple,fresh and flavorful dishes like ratatouille and soupe au pistou with chef Jean Didier. Later relax with a glass of pastis, celebrate with a round Petanque, one of Provence’s favorite pastimes, reminisce about your adventures, and enjoy a delicious meal with newfound friends.

Hotel:

Hôtel le Gordos
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Day

6

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Lioux Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Description:

On this final day, take the morning to explore Gordes and capture its beauty in the morning sun. If you prefer to pedal, rise early for a morning loop to the tiny village and towering cliff of Lioux. Legend is that Hannibal garrisoned his troops here when he marched on Rome and was thwarted at Marseille around 218 BC, thus explaining why there are elephants on the village crest. Returning to the hotel, you’ll have enough time to return to your room, shower, and change before your shuttle arrives. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Hotel le Gordos, then take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or Central Station (approximately 50 minute shuttle).You can take a train to Paris or any other destination from either station. Please do not book any train before noon to accommodate possible delays due to traffic.

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Day

1

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Blauvac Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Description:

After a private 1 hour shuttle, you will arrive in the Vaucluse department of Provence, home to le Mont Ventoux. You’ll check into your rooms and then your Trek Travel guides will ensure a perfect fit to your Trek bike. Afterwards you can head out on a warm up loop as you take your first pedal strokes and test your bike on a climb up to Blauvac where you’ll be met with stunning views of the surrounding region. Hillsides covered in lush vineyards speckled with sleepy villages accompany you on your ride with the mighty Mont Ventoux in the background. Tonight, you’ll gather with your new traveling companions for conversation and a short round of introductions. Finally, you’ll savor your first dinner and wines of the region together at your luxurious hotel, Château de Mazan once frequented by the notorious Marquis de Sade.

View meeting and departing information»

Hotel:

Château de Mazan
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Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Malaucene to Barroux Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,820 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mazan to Malaucene to Barroux with Shuttle
Approximately 21 miles with 1,740 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Malaucene to Suzette to Barroux Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Description:

Following your morning café and pain au chocolat, head out to the bikes for a warm up ride toward Bedoin, where you’ll be met with the vibrant colors, sights and sounds of the open-air market. Sample
 regional tapenade and fougasse before taking a stroll through the tapestries of the local artisans. Back on the road, the rugged Col de Madeleine will lead you up and over to Malaucene, where you’ll enjoy lunch on your own. Take some time to explore its cobbled streets and fortress, while learning of the village’s rich history. This afternoon, climb through winding roads to the tiny village of Suzette, perched among sloping vineyards in the stunning Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Alternatively, riders interested in a less demanding spin are invited to remain in the picturesque valley and pedal on directly to the village of Barroux. Feel lost in time as you visit the impressive 12th-century chateau here which dominates the skyline. Tonight, you and your travelling companions will be treated to another decadent gourmet meal at the Chateau de Mazan’s fantastic restaurant.

Hotel:

Château de Mazan
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Methamis to Beaumes de Venise Loop
Approximately 44 miles with 2,680 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mazan to Methamis Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 1,410 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Ventoux to Beaumes de Venise Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 6,230 feet of climbing

Description:

No matter which ride you select today, it will be the ride of a lifetime. Some may opt for a gentle start with a quiet ride through rolling vineyards under the sparkling sun to the picturesque hilltop village of Methamis. Others may choose to take a try at the Géant de Provence: le Mont Ventoux. This classic climb from Bédoin is renowned throughout the cycling world as one of the most challenging ascents in the Tour de France. All routes lead back to the bustling town of Bedoin where you can join cyclists from all over the world seeking a post-ride lunch. This afternoon’s ride leads you along a gentle road to the quaint village of Beaumes deVenise, known for its sweet Muscat wine and olive production. Sample the local fares or join the locals on a sunny patio for a mid-afternoon café. Once back at the hotel, relax with a swim in the pool or a well-deserved massage. Tonight, armed with a list of recommended restaurants, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a meal of your choice in the town of Mazan.

Hotel:

Château de Mazan
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes
Approximately 48 miles with 4,150 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes with Shuttle
Approximately 26 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Senaque to Gordes
Approximately 57 miles with 5,320 feet of climbing

Description:

The Gorge de la Nesque awaits today, as you pedal along one of the most beautiful rides in the Vaucluse. An enormous limestone massif, the gorge has been carved over millenia by the meandering Nesque River. Remains of Neanderthal inhabitants have been discovered in this river valley and its beauty immortalized in Frederic Mistral’s poetry. With cliffs measuring 600 feet, your climb is rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views as you descend to Sault for a picnic lunch. This afternoon’s ride takes you over the edge of the Vaucluse Plateau and into the magical heart of the Lubéron, where winding roads lead you through breathtaking valleys and villages to your destination: Gordes. This romantic medieval village perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley was once the heart of the area’s Resistance during World War II. This afternoon explore the village and enjoy the views over the valley, which have made this hamlet such a strategic prize in bygone eras. An optional avid ride will take you to the Abbaye de Senanque – a Cistercian abbey dating to the 12th Century, whose monks still produce lavender and honey. Tonight, you are free to explore Gordes for dinner at one of its many fantastic restaurants.

Hotel:

Hôtel le Gordos (May 10 stays at Mas de Romarins)
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Bonnieux Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux with Shuttle
Approximately 17 miles with 1,350 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux to Oppede le Vieux Loop
Approximately 51 miles with 3,020 feet of climbing

Description:

Discover an area of Provence legendary for its medieval hilltop villages, rolling hills, and quiet winding roadways. Orchards of cherry trees and vineyards line your route as you pedal to the Roussillon market. Ride over the Pont Julien, a 2000-year-old Roman bridge that spans the Calavon River. Explore the cobblestone streets and art galleries of Bonnieux and find the perfect bistro for lunch. A spectacular view of the Château Lacoste beckons as you climb to this quaint village. Today’s avid option post-lunch will lead you through the villages of Ménerbes and Oppède le Vieux, tucked along the Lubéron ridge. If you wish to return to the hotel right after lunch, dip into the pool and head to the kitchen early where you will learn the art of Provençal cuisine. As you sip a glass of local wine, you’ll learn to make simple, fresh and flavorful dishes like ratatouille and soupe au pistou with chef Jean Didier. Later relax with a glass of pastis and celebrate with a round Petanque, one of Provence’s favorite pastimes. Tonight, you’ll reminisce about your adventures and enjoy a delicious meal with newfound friends.

Hotel:

Hôtel le Gordos (May 10 stays at Mas de Romarins)
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Lioux Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Description:

On this final day, take the morning to explore Gordes and capture its beauty in the morning sun. If you prefer to pedal, rise early for a morning loop to the tiny village and towering cliff of Lioux. Legend is that Hannibal garrisoned his troops here when he marched on Rome and was thwarted at Marseille around 218 BC, thus explaining why there are elephants on the village crest. Returning to the hotel, you’ll have enough time to return to your room, shower, and change before your shuttle arrives. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Hôtel le Gordos, then take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or Central Station (approximately 50 minute shuttle). Here you can take a train to Paris or any other destination. Please do not book any train before noon.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



OPTIONAL PARIS ADD-ON PACKAGE


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Explore the city of Paris

3 days | 2 nights

$999 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

The ‘City of Light’ has something for everyone. Start with a stroll and spot famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame - take time to visit the Louvre museum or venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Discover the height of French gastronomy and admire the couture fashion or shop at the diverse boutiques throughout the city.

Explore Paris with the 2-day Paris Pass. Your pass will provide free entry to over 60 of Paris’ museums and attractions including the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe, free river cruise, hop on/hop off bus tour, fast track entry and more!

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Paris
  • 1 Arranged Dinner at a hand picked unique French bistro
  • 2-day Paris Pass to explore area attractions. See our ‘Explore the City’ details above.
  • Ground transportation arranged accordingly from Paris to your Trek Travel trip start or from your Trek Travel trip-end location to Paris
  • Detailed list of our recommended area attractions and restaurants
  • Dedicated travel coordinator to assist with connections and reservations for your entire Trek Travel trip at no additional fee

How to get there

Choose the Paris add-on package before or after your Provence or other regional trip packages in France. Rail tickets either to the Trek Travel meeting location or from the Trek Travel meeting location are included with your package.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • Louvre Museum
  • Pantheon
  • Arc deTriomphe
  • EiffelTower
  • Notre DameTowers
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Palace of Versailles



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Travel Coordinator Services:

Paris, France

Description:

As your dedicated travel coordinator I’ll make sure your travel arrangements are seamless. Assistance with arranging flights and full advisory services are included with your add on package. Once booked, you will receive a confirmation with exact dates, hotel and restaurant details along with a detailed list of suggested attractions & city guide.

Lindsay Juley

Please note: Gratuity is not included for any part of the package. Please tip at your own discretion.




Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 7TH

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


May
3rd - 8th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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May
10th - 15th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC. / Stays at Hotel Mas des Romarins
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May
17th - 22nd / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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May
24th - 29th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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May
31st -
Jun
5th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Jun
7th - 12th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Jun
14th - 19th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Jun
21st - 26th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $650 / Single OCC.
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Aug
16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Aug
23rd - 28th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
30th -
Sep
4th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Sep
6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
13th - 18th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Sep
20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Sep
27th -
Oct
2nd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Oct
4th - 9th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Oct
11th - 16th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3599 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

Chateau de Mazan on our Provence Explorer bike trip

Chateau de Mazan

Mazan, France

Nestled in the tiny town of Mazan - only a short distance from the base of Mont Ventoux - stands Château de Mazan. Originally built in 1720 during the Regency Period, the Château soon became the property of the notorious Marquis de Sade. It was here that the Marquis organized his first Theatre Festival. In 2001, the new owner, Madame Lhermie, transformed the Château into the quaint Hotel de Charme that welcomes tourists from all over the world.
Hotel le Gordos on our Provence Explorer bike trip

Hotel le Gordos

Gordes, France

Situated in the heart of the Lubéron, at the entrance of Gordes, a picturesque village perched on a hill, Hôtel le Gordos offers you calm, freshness, and relaxation in a luxurious location, surrounded by a magnificent park.
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Hotel Mas des Romarins

GORDES, FRANCE

In the heart of the Luberon, across from the idyllic hilltop village of Gordes, the entirely renovated Mas des Romarins welcomes you to its natural setting. This 19th century dwelling, full of warmth and character is built of dry stone walls and is characterized by its conviviality, authenticity and simplicity.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Provence trip, you will stay in quaint three-star accommodations, each offering stunning locations and a relaxing environment.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Provence trip, you will enjoy mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine that is cooked to your individual liking “a la minute.” Most food is locally grown, often organic and exploding with flavor. The food is discovered over a number of courses and the portions are smaller, to enable you to extend your appetite until the dessert course! You will also enjoy one of our decadent gourmet Trek Travel picnics. Some meals are included in the price of your trip. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet style.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting(limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel t-shirt and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5­10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2&3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 30
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,800

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Provence is best suited for our Type 2&3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads & hilly terrain. There will be an average of 2-3 major climbs per day. You will be surrounded by vineyards & wonderful cherry orchards, all great spots to rest in the shade. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Visit the Provencal market in Bédoin
  • Explore the hilltop town of Gordes
  • Visit the 2000-year-old Pont Julien, an ancient stone bridge
  • Discover the ancient stone dwellings known as "bodies"
  • Learn the skill of playing Pétanque
  • Shop and explore the ochre village of Roussillon
  • Optional in-house massage and spa treatments
  • Learn Provencal cooking secrets in a private cooking class

May, June and September in Provence usually bring clear, warm, and pleasant days with cool evenings. August on the other hand can be quite hot. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. If you are planning on riding Mont Ventoux, we recommend bringing your fall/winter riding gear. The descent can be very cold.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG). All major US airlines and Air France offer nonstop flights from major US cities. From Paris, take a TGV train to Avignon, either from the TGV station at Charles de Gaulle Airport or from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Please consult www.voyages-sncf.com to book your tickets.Alternatively,you may fly into Marseilles (MRS) or Nice (NCE) and take a train to Avignon. Avignon (AVN) also has a small airport with local flights. Please note that there are two train stations in Avignon--the TGV and the Centre station. The TGV station is approximately five miles from the Centre Station downtown. If you happen to arrive at the Avignon Centre train station, there is a frequent shuttle bus that runs between the two stations that costs a few euros per person, which usually takes 10 minutes, and runs approximately every 20 minutes.Taxis are also available at the Centre Station for the 10-minute ride for approximately 20 euros.Train schedules are available and tickets can be booked directly online at www.SNCF.com or using our in house travel agent services. (Please note the train schedule changes frequently. Please consult the SNCF site for the most up-to-date schedule.)

Avignon TGV and Central Train Station | Avignon, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Avignon TGV Station at 1:15 PM on the first day of the trip. After a private shuttle of around 1 hour, you will arrive in the Vaucluse department of Provence, home to Mount Ventoux. Hillsides covered in lush vineyards speckled with sleepy villages accompany you on your ride with the mighty Mount Ventoux in the background.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Château de Mazan (+33 (0) 4 90 69 62 61), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel for approximately 100 euros.

Avignon TGV and Central Train Station | Avignon, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Hôtel le Gordos. After saying goodbye to your guides, you will take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or Central Station (approximately 50 minute shuttle). You can take a train to Paris or any other destination from either station. Please do not book any train before noon to accommodate possible delays due to traffic.

Before: AVIGNON, FRANCE

If you are planning on extending your trip and exploring the walled city of Avignon, there are a number of must-sees. Palais des Papes stands as the largest Gothic palace in Europe. With the arrival of the popes in the 14th century, for a period known as the Avignon Papacy, the Palais des Papes was home to the Sovereign Pontiffs. One must also visit the nearby Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that was used to bring Uzès spring water to Nîmes.We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Cloître St. Louis

A Jesuit monastery built in 1611, this building was converted to a hotel in the early 1900s. A walled courtyard, lined with old plane trees, makes for a relaxing setting. It has a small rooftop pool and is one block from the central train station. 80 rooms.

20, rue du Portail-Boquier | +33 (0)4 90 27 55 55 | www.Cloitre-Saint-Louis. com | ~$280

Hôtel d’Europe

A former 16th century residence of the Marquis de Graveson, Hôtel d’Europe once hosted Napoléon. It is tucked away in a walled courtyard and decorated with antiques.The rooms are mostly large with two suites that overlook the Palais des Papes.The hotel boasts one of the finest restaurants in Avignon. 44 rooms.

12, Place Crillon| +33 (0)4 90 14 76 76 | www.Hotel-D-Europe.fr | ~$425

Hôtel de l’Horloge

1 rue Félicien David | +33 (0)1 55 33 16 55 | www.Hotel-Avignon- Horloge.com | ~$165

After: Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums.A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées.You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world.The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Hotel Louvre Marsollier

Hôtel la Demeure

An oasis in the middle of the vibrant Latin Quarter on the left bank, this family-run hotel will make you feel comfortable and at home. 43 rooms.

51 Boulevard Saint Marcel | +33 (0)1 43 37 81 25 | www.Hotel-Paris- Lademeure.com | ~$210

Hôtel Britannique

In the heart of historic Paris, located on a quiet street near the Seine, this quaint hotel offers tranquility and access to the best that Paris has to offer. It is only steps away from Notre Dame, the Louvre and Paris’ shopping district.

20, avenue Victoria | +33 (0)1 42 33 74 59 | www.Hotel-Britannique.fr | ~$215

Hôtel d’Angleterre

Situated on one of the most famous streets in the world, right in the heart of the Champs-Elysées between the Etoile and Place de la Concorde.

91, rue La Boétie | +33 (0)1 43 59 35 45 | www.AngleterreParisHotel. com | ~$130


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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