Cycling in Provence

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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
MFP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Group size:
5–16
Min age:
16

Discover French vineyards and iconic villages by bike

Cycle in the stunning Provence and explore beautiful vineyards, olive groves and chateaux around one of the most picturesque parts of France. Our route passes through quintessential French villages such as Pernes les Fontaines and L’isle sur Sorgue where you will have the chance to soak up the sun and sample local wine. This trip offers a wonderful cycling experience as you wind your way past cultivated fields with Mont Ventoux providing the backdrop on the way to gorgeous hill towns such as Lacoste, Menerbes and Roussillon.

Highlights

  • Cycle through iconic villages of Provence
  • Discover Carpentras, Roussillon and Gordes
  • Enjoy spectacular views 

Key information

  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac roads, 10% gravel roads
  • 7 nights 3 star hotels all rooms en suite
  • E-bike hire available on all dates  (on request)
  • Countries visited: France

What's included

  • All accommodation 
  • Local guide throughout 
  • All breakfasts
  • Flights (if booking flight inclusive)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Personal insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 238.0km/23.8miles
Day 344.0km/27.5miles
Day 443.0km/26.9miles
Day 542.0km/26.2miles
Day 730.0km/18.8miles

Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Carpentras
to
Roussillon
  • Day 1

    Fly to Marseille; transfer to Carpentras

    From Marseille airport we take a private bus directly to Carpentras where we stay for the next 3 nights at the 3* family run Hotel Best Western Comtadin, in an 18th century Provençal-style building with modern rooms. It is only 5 mins walk to the village of Carpentras. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

  • Day 2

    Loop ride – Beaumes de Venise – Dentelles de Montmirail

    Today we cycle along the canal of Carpentras, pass through lovely vineyards and with splendid views of Dentelles de Montmirail.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Loop Ride – Cycle the foot of Mont Ventoux

    We cycle through many different cultivated fields, brimming with strawberries, asparagus and vineyards. We will also see the giant Mont Ventoux in the background during our journey. Today we visit the villages of Bedoin, Mormoiron and the old 12th century fortified town of Mazan.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Carpentras to Lumieres – ride of the fountain villages.

    We visit beautiful villages like Pernes les Fontaines which is home to more than 40 ancient fountains, and Fontaine de Vaucluse, which is most famous for being the town where the source of the Sorgue River is located. We also pass through L’isle sur Sorgue, known as the island town of Provence and stop at some beautiful view points on the way. We also visit an olive oil mill during our ride.

    We arrive at the 3* Hostellerie Notre Dame Des Lumieres, built in an old monastery with swimming pool and large park where we can relax.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Lumières to Roussillon

    Today we will pass by the most iconic villages of Provence, including Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux, with amazing views at the foot of Luberon and Mont Ventoux in the background. We will taste some local goat cheese during our ride.

    Then pass by the town of Apt before we arrive at ou hotel for the next three nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day in Roussillon

    Today is free to either relax or enjoy the local Thursday market day or visit the Ochres site and museum.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Gordes and Senanque abbaye

    If there is only one village to visit in Provence it has to be Gordes. It is a magnificent perched village, where many movie stars and artists have made their home. From here we continue our journey to Senanque, a splendid 12th century Cistercian abbey which you can visit (optional).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Marseille; fly to London.

    Following breakfast we transfer to Marseille airport to catch our flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included in the trip. Each day we will stop at a bakery or store for you to buy your lunch. There is a great variety of restaurants to choose from for evening meals and your leader will be able to provide recommendations.

Weather

Weather in Aix-en-Provence is good throughout the year thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate. The region welcomes hot, dry summers (June to September) averaging around 30 °C, whilst winters (December to February) are cool around 12 to 15 °C but rarely cold, with lows rarely below 10 °C. Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) are cool and balmy.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road.

Average daily distance: 39km (24 miles) with vehicle support

No. of days cycling: 5

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate). Please see the introductory pages of the cycling brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.

The is a relaxed itinerary and the days are broken up into short sections to allow time to see towns and attractions along the way. There are no steep climbs or technically difficult sections but at times the route is undulating and requires some previous cycling experience. A cycling guide will be riding with the group at all times and will be available to impart knowledge and information about places we visit whilst all luggage is transferred between hotels in a private vehicle. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

We use 3-star hotels throughout the tour, all have en suite facilities and are ideally located along the route. All of the hotels are close to towns offering plenty of options for places to eat in the evenings and making it easy for you to access the towns in your free time.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]