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Classic Provence

Tour: FP8
Circular Cycling Holiday
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday

Orange, Châteauneuf du Pape, Avignon and Carpentras - with Roman legacies and Italian influences, rich colours and Mediterranean sunshine, there is something miraculous and rather romantic about this part of Provence. We invite you to turn your attentions to water, then to wine in this great tour of rivers and fountains, famous vineyards and celebrated cellars. The quiet country lanes and river paths make for measured cycling, so you can really enjoy getting a taste for what Provence has to offer. Read More


Europe, France

Start Day


Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast

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8 Days, 7 Nights


Mar - Oct

Tour Grade

Grade 3 (Moderate)

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A circular tour using small roads and cycle paths through some of the most renowned vineyards in France including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and passing classic landmarks as the Pont at Avignon and the remarkable Roman Theatre at Orange. Comfortable, well located 2 star hotels used throughout.

Tour Code:
Circular Cycling Holiday, Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
Europe, France
8 Days, 7 Nights
Board Basis:
Bed & Breakfast
Mar - Oct


Day 1 Arrive & explore

Orange. Arrive in plenty of time for sightseeing – the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the remarkable Roman theatre (still in use today) but there are other gems in this old town including the Roman arch constructed to celebrate the campaigns of the second legion, the old town centre, market, shops and the many cafés and restaurants. Your accommodation in Orange is in a small centrally located hotel.

Day 2 Popes & palaces – circular route

Leaving Orange you head to the world famous wine growing area of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The town has given its name to many prestigious wines with the original vineyard having been planted here over 700 years ago. There is time to wander round this village, once the summer residence of Pope Jean XXII and now almost completely dedicated to its world famous wine. Visit the imposing fortified town of Courthezon, before returning to Orange.

Miles: 28 Kms: 45

Day 3 Orange to Vaison-la-Romaine

Leaving Orange you travel along the valley of l’Aigues detouring a little to visit St Cécile les Vignes which, as the name implies, is renowned for producing some of the best wines. Here there is time to meander around the picturesque village, steeped in the traditions of wine, with its wonderful open bell tower. Crossing l’Aigues, you continue through the charming little villages and vineyards of Côtes du Rhône before turning south to reach Vaison-la-Romaine and your overnight accommodation. Here you may view the many ruins of the old Roman settlement as well as the Romanesque Cathedral Notre Dame de Nazareth in this enchanting Provençal town.

Miles: 28 Kms: 45

Day 4 Water & wealth

Vaison-la-Romaine to Carpentras. Today, you skirt the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail to the delightful village of Sablet. Picturesque shady lanes adorned with flowers, lead to the covered passageways, fountains, and houses wound around the 12th century church. Later you can make a detour rising further into the Dentelles to visit Gigondas, once famous for its water and which is now famous for its wines which you can sample here. Your overnight stay is at Carpentras. An evening stroll around the old town gives a glimpse of the past wealth of the city, richly decorated houses with Italian influence although it is now best known for its trade in truffles at the market held during the winter months.

Miles: 31 Kms: 50

Day 5 Springs & sources

Carpentras to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. A day of cool fountains and water, first you head for Pernes-les-Fontaines with an amazing 36 or so fountains fed from a large natural spring including the Fontaine du Cormoron with its outspread wings. Then, it’s a short trip to Velleron situated by la Sorgue and along the valley towards the rivers amazing source, the spring at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. From here it is just a short trip returning along the other side of the valley to your hotel in the island town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its old water wheels, bridges, art gallery and antique shops.

Miles: 31 Kms: 50

Day 6 Castles & caves

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to Avignon. After just a short distance along the flatlands of the Sorgue, at Le Thor you are greeted by the remarkable old Douzabas gate with its town clock and campanile. A medieval château and the church of Notre Dame du Lac have been watching over the town since the 12th century. Just another short distance to the Cave at Thouzon, where a guided tour may be taken of the only cave in the Vaucluse which is accessible to the public. Then it’s onwards using small roads and cycle paths to the walls of the city of Avignon for your overnight stay, allowing plenty of time to visit the historic old parts of the city including the spectacular Palais des Papes.

Miles: 28 Kms: 45

Day 7 Wine, women & song

Avignon to Orange. With just a short distance to cover today there is plenty of time for more sightseeing in Avignon or a little shopping before making your way out of the city on a route alongside the river with fabulous views back across city and perhaps sing a farewell as you view the “Pont d’Avignon”. The route follows the valley of le Rhône to Roquemaure best known as ‘The Capital of Lovers’ due to the relics of St Valentine housed in the church – the annual ‘Fête du Baiser’ (kissing festival) attracts 20,000 people! Take a romantic lunch here perhaps with a glass of the local St Valentine wine before crossing the river Rhône and taking the quiet roads back to Orange and your overnight accommodation.

Miles: 22 Kms: 35

Day 8 Depart after breakfast

Extra nights in Orange may be booked if you would like longer to enjoy the unique experience, sights, smells and taste of Provence.

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Ensuite accommodation as described with buffet/continental breakfast (prices based on two adults sharing)

Hire of hybrid bicycle and ancillary equipment (single pannier and handlebar bag, pump, basic tools, spare inner tube & puncture repair equipment)

Insurance for theft or damage to the hire bicycle

Luggage transfer between hotels

Local assistance on call (although puncture repair is excluded)

Information pack with detailed joining instructions and daily route overviews sent out approximately two weeks before departure so you can plan ahead and look forward to your cycling adventure

Welcome briefing in English or German on arrival day

Detailed route notes and maps with marked routes provided on arrival (1:75,000 based on IGN 1:100,000 mapping) 1 per room

GPS tracks available on request

Please note that the price EXCLUDES

Tourist taxes & parking costs

Costs of getting to and from the tour area

Accommodation Options

Selected 3 star hotels in Orange (3 nights) selected 2 star hotels in Vaison-la-Romaine (2 nights) and Avignon, a cosy farm chambres and tables d’hôte in Isle sur la Sorgue.

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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