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Welcome to Southern France! After a private one-hour shuttle, you will arrive in Mazan, a quiet village in the Vaucluse department of Provence, home to Mont Ventoux. You’ll meet your Trek Travel guides over a delicious lunch, then spend some time ensuring you have a perfect fit to your Trek bike. Afterwards, head out on a warm up loop as you take your first pedal-strokes and test your bike on a climb up to Blauvac with its 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. Savor your first dinner and wines of the region together at your charming hotel, Château de Mazan, once frequented by the notorious Marquis de Sade.
Mazan to Blauvac Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Château de Mazan
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Following your morning café and pain au chocolat, head out 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 stands between you and Malaucene, where you’ll enjoy lunch on your own. Take some time to explore its cobbled streets and fortress while learning about 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. Meander back in time as you visit the impressive 12th-century chateau here which dominates the skyline, then enjoy the short ride back to Mazan. Tonight, you and your travelling companions will be treated to another decadent gourmet meal at the Chateau de Mazan’s fantastic restaurant.
Mazan to Malaucene to Barroux Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,820 feet of climbing
Mazan to Malaucene to Barroux with Shuttle
Approximately 21 miles with 1,740 feet of climbing
Mazan to Malaucene to Suzette to Barroux Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing
Château de Mazan
Breakfast | Dinner
No matter which ride you select today, it will be the ride of a lifetime. You may opt for a gentle start with a quiet ride through rolling vineyards under the sparkling sun to the picturesque hilltop village of Methamis. Or, choose to take a try at the Géant de Provence (Giant of 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 de Venise, known for its sweet Muscat wine and olive production. Sample the local fare on a sunny patio with 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.
Mazan to Methamis to Beaumes de Venise Loop
Approximately 44 miles with 2,680 feet of climbing
Mazan to Methamis Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 1,410 feet of climbing
Mazan to Ventoux to Beaumes de Venise Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 6,230 feet of climbing
Château de Mazan
The Gorge de la Nesque awaits today, as you pedal along one of the most beautiful rides in the Vaucluse. This ride is a Trek Travel guide favorite, and is arguably one of the most gorgeous rides in the world. 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 is immortalized in Frederic Mistral’s poetry. With cliffs measuring 600 feet, your climb is rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views as you descend to a family farm for lunch as a group. Share a true farm to table meal while enjoying the family's produce and home-cooked dishes. 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. An optional avid ride will take you to the iconic and oft-photographed Abbaye de Senanque – a Cistercian abbey dating to the 12th-century, whose monks still produce lavender and honey. Before dinner, we'll gather for a private wine tasting of Rhones wines with Laetitia, a local sommelier. Tonight, you are free to explore Gordes for dinner at one of its many fantastic restaurants.
Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes
Approximately 48 miles with 4,150 feet of climbing
Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes with Shuttle
Approximately 26 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
Private Wine Tasting
Hotel Le Jas de Gordes
Breakfast | Lunch
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. This afternoon, you'll have time to explore Gordes and enjoy the views over the valley, which have made this hamlet such a strategic prize in bygone eras. Later, relax as a group with a glass of wine and a few rounds of Petanque, one of Provence’s favorite pastimes. We'll spend the evening celebrating on a cliff-side terrace with the most beautiful view of Gordes. Tonight, enjoy a delicious meal while we reminisce about our adventures among newfound friends.
Gordes to Bonnieux Loop
Approximately 28 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Gordes to Bonnieux with Shuttle
Approximately 17 miles with 1,350 feet of climbing
Gordes to Bonnieux to Oppede le Vieux Loop
Approximately 51 miles with 3,020 feet of climbing
Hotel Le Jas de Gordes
Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner
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 has it 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 Mas de Gordes, then take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or Central Station (approximately 50 minutes). Here you can take a train to Paris or any other destination. Please do not book any train before noon.
Gordes to Lioux Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
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.)
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you in the bus parking located in the North Exit of the Avignon TGV Station at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. To find the north exit follow signs to: Sortie Nord, the car rental area (location voitures) and to Parking P1. Exit the station and descend all the way to the car rental area. After a private shuttle of around 1 hour, you will arrive in Mazan, a quiet village in the Vaucluse department of Provence, home to Mont Ventoux. Hillsides covered in lush vineyards speckled with sleepy villages accompany you on your ride with the mighty Mont 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.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Hôtel Le Jas de Gordes, or your hotel variation, Mas de Romarins. 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.View our post hotel recommendations
May, June, September, and October in Provence usually bring clear, warm, and pleasant days with cool evenings. July and August days can be hot, but it does cool off in the evenings. 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. Packing List
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 pre-trip hotel:
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 post-trip hotel:
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