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Gorges de la Nesque

#5 on our Great Rides list

Provence

Tucked in between the iconic Mont Ventoux and the world famous lavender fields, Gorges de La Nesque is yet another feature that makes Provence such a world renowned region.

Location

Gordes, Provence, France

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Distance

34 miles / 55.1km

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Elevation Gain

2,870ft / 875m

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Best Time to Visit

Late Spring or Fall

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Surface

Paved Road

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Difficulty

Level 3

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Traffic

Level 2

Discover this ride on our Provence bike tour

Cycling through beautiful gorges and market towns

On this ride you will pedal through the wildly beautiful canyon, below towering limestone cliffs that reach up to 400 meters high in some places.

You will feel as though you are taking a ride back in time as you meander through this quiet and untouched area. Once through the gorge, the beauty of Provence will open up to you as you pedal by countless kilometers of lavender fields (blooming their brightest in mid june!) and through beautiful French villages. Stop for lunch, a coffee and some souvenir shopping in the hilltop village of Sault before the dreamy cruise back down to Villes Sur Auzon.

What you need to know

RIDE DETAILS
At 55kms and 850m of elevation gain, this beautiful ride will offer incredible views and not destroy the legs. While trending uphill, through Gorges de la Nesque, the gradients are a mellow 2-4%. There are 4 tunnels through Gorges de La Nesque, none of them are very long but they are quite narrow. It is recommended to at least have a rear light so that cars can see you better.

WEATHER
It is usually very windy through Gorges de la Nesque. Leave the aero bikes and deep dish wheels at home unless you like getting blown around!

FUEL
There are very few resources while out on this ride. The best location for resupply is half way through the ride in Sault.

While you’re in town

Explore the many Lavender fields and extraordinary lavender products sold at almost every shop in the area. You will see everything from lavender soap to lavender honey and lavender shampoo, stock up on the best lavender in the world while you are here!

There is tons to do in this special region of France. Many amazing rides, famous wineries, open air markets in Gordes and Menerbes, hiking in Gorges de La Nesque and so much more. Plan to spend several days here to experience it all.

Ready for Gorges de la Nesque?

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer:

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined:

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself