Cycling in Provence Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
France
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MFP
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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)

Trip Highlights

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

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.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Carpentras
End City:
Roussillon

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Carpentras

    Start at the Hotel Best Western Comtadin in 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
    Distance covered: 38 km / 23.8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    460
  • 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
    Distance covered: 44 km / 27.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    480
  • 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
    Distance covered: 43 km / 26.9 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    370
  • 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
    Distance covered: 42 km / 26.2 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    590
  • 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
    Distance covered: 30 km / 18.8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    560
  • Day 8

    End Carpentras.

    Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £440.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

For airport transfers we use a small bus. The rides are supported by a van, with limited spaces for clients and bikes. The vehicle will sweep through the group during the day offering encouragement, water and access to your snacks. A comprehensive tool kit and first aid kit is carried and the leader is a qualified first-aider. Lifts up or down the hills are naturally offered, if this is your desire.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Carpentras and ending in Roussillon.

Your trip normally starts at the hotel in Carpentras on Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided it the Final Joining Instructions - sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Carpentras
Location end:
Roussillon

What to Take

Essential Equipment

We recommend packing the following items:

  • Normal daily clothes
  • Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)
  • Padded cycling shorts, cycling gloves and sunglasses/eye protection
  • Shoes suitable for cycling 
  • Sun cream
  • Your favourite snacks to eat whilst cycling
  • Waterproofs and long cycling trousers

For earlier departures you may need some warmer layers

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Optional Equipment

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Bringing your own bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Giant Escape 1 Disc. Optional upgrade to Giant Explore E+1 e-bike.

Discount for bringing your own bike: £90.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Practical Information

Passport

France

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

France

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

France

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

France's Timezone:
Europe/Paris CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

France's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

France's Currency

The national currency of France is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.66 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

We recommend you bring your spending money in cash, but credit or debit cards may be useful for shopping/extra excursions. Cash points are available in Marseille and the bigger cities.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need spending money for the meals that are not included in the itinerary. We recommend approximately €5-10 for lunch and €20-€30 for dinner, of course you can spend as little or as much as you choose.

Tipping

Although optional a tip for the leaders at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution of between €16- €20 per client for the leader. Smaller groups may wish to give a little more per person. It is customary and appreciated to leave a small tip when settling your drinks bill at group meals.

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… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.