Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Cycling through picturesque Provence
  • Off-the-beaten-track route and a lesser-known attraction visit
  • Wine tasting extravaganza in one of France's most famous vineyard regions
  • Culinary delights in welcoming hotels and restaurants

Provence is famed for its beautiful landscape of rolling hills and a dramatic mountainous backdrop. It’s also much loved for producing fabulous wines. Combine your two favourite hobbies of cycling and wine-tasting on this self-guided eight-day cycling tour.

Your cycling adventure begins in the picturesque fortified Papal city of Avignon, and heads via L’Isle sur la Sorgue, with its amazing collection of antique stores, towards the sleepy village of Venasque. Acclaimed as one of France’s most beautiful villages, Venasque is also at the heart of the fabulous wine-producing region of southern Rhone. Further exploration of this peaceful area reveals a viticultural paradise. From Venasque, your cycling tour meanders through the Vaucluse area, with countless vineyards and perched hilltop villages. The rewards of some ups and downs on your bike include wonderful wine villages such as Malemort-du-Comtat, Mormoiron and Mazan.

Two nights spent in Bedoin allow you to immerse yourself in Côtes du Ventoux country, riding between charming and traditional villages nestled prettily beneath the mighty Mont Ventoux. Grapes grown here are at higher altitude and produce wines that are lighter and fruitier.

Your final destination is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is acclaimed worldwide for outstanding red wines. Visiting this Provencal village and its surrounding environs offers a viticultural paradise on two-wheels.

With only 10km to 45km to cycle each day, speed is not of the essence but the culture, food and wines of this region are. Visit vineyards, wineries, wine cellars and restaurants for a true taste of the famous wine region’s reds, whites and roses.

DAY 1: Arrive Avignon


Your cycling adventure begins in Avignon, which is 2h45 by TGV from Paris or 1 hour from Marseille Airport. If you have time, the beautiful fortified city and one of the European Cities of Culture in 2000 is worth exploring. Highlights include the Place du Palais, next to the Place de L'horloge and the ruined bridge of Le Pont Saint-Benezet over the River Rhone. There are lots of museums to visit and many cafes and restaurants for fabulous food and drink, and the fun of people-watching.


Overnight: Avignon



DAY 2: Cycle to Venasque

Your first taste of cycling in this picturesque, off the beaten track region takes you from Avignon to L’Isle sur la Sorgue, which is also known as the Venice of Provence because of its location amid a maze of canals and several branches of the Sorgue river. The town is most famous for its many antique shops. While away a few hours visiting the antique shops before enjoying late lunch or a snack in a café. You’ll need the energy for the final climb of the day, up to the sleepy village of Venasque. Here, you’re treated to stunning valley views and a chance to explore one of France’s most beautiful villages.


Cycle: 27 miles / 45km


Overnight: Venasque


DAY 3: Explore Vaucluse area villages by bike

Why not begin today with a tour of Venasque and its medieval old town, which is home to Notre-Dame Cathedral? The cycling route ambles through Vaucluse, one of the most beautiful areas of Provence with its craggy peaks, countless vineyards, dramatic perched villages and sunshine. While you’ll be cycling up and down to reach villages, such as Malemort du Comtat, Mormoiron and Mazan, the rewards are heady views and wine tasting. Vaucluse is the centre of wine production in the southern Rhone.


Cycle : 18 miles/ 30 km


Ovvernight:  Venasque



DAY 4: Cycle Venasque to Bedoin

The scenery that accompanies your cycling today is of the mountains of Vaucluse, including dramatic Mont Ventoux (1900m). But don’t worry, as you don’t have to cycle this huge mountain. Instead, you can enjoy leisurely riding in lower terrain close to the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue river. Many branches of the river flow through this area and irrigate the land, making it an oasis of cool, green countryside and the ideal terrain for growing grapes.


At the foot of the Ventoux lies the village of Bédoin, which although a tourist hotspot has retained an authentic Provencal atmosphere.


Cycle: 18 miles / 30 km


Overnight: Bedoin



DAY 5: Côtes du Ventoux loop

Today’s cycling starts and finishes in the village of Bedoin. You can now immerse yourself in Côtes du Ventoux country and enjoy pedalling through charming and atmospheric villages, all nestled prettily beneath the mighty Mont Ventoux. Wines have been made here since the 1st century AD and have been consumed and written about by popes and kings for centuries. The increased altitude of the grapes grown in this region give rise to lighter, fruit driven white, red and rose wines, which make a tasty distraction during your cycling circuit of the region.


Cycle: 15 miles / 25km


Overnight: Bedoin


DAY 6: Bedoin to Châteauneuf du Pape

The delightful Côtes du Rhone villages of Beaumes de Venise and Vacqueyras are the first highlights today. There is little doubt that you will have heard of famous and delicious wines of these two locations and thanks to number of wine cellars, you will have the chance to try these wines in their home region. But there are more highlights today! After 40km of cycling, you’ll arrive in the famous Rhone wine village of Châteauneuf du Pape.


Cycle: 24 miles / 40km


Overnight: Châteauneuf


DAY 7: Châteauneuf du Pape cycling options

This famous wine village and the surrounding area is best known for its outstanding red wine and is certainly worthy of a day of exploration. Cycling is the perfect way to go, and you could choose to visit the four neighbouring wine communes of Bédarrides, Courthézon, Orange and Sorgues. If you would simply like to sit and take in your surroundings, find a sunny restaurant terrace and enjoy a day of fine food and local wine. Take an evening stroll to the ruins of the "new" castle of the popes in this beautiful medieval village.


Cycle: 6 to 15 miles / 10 to 25km


Overnight: Châteauneuf



DAY 8: Transfer by taxi

Every wonderful tour must come to an end and this wine and cycling tour finishes with a taxi transfer to Avignon. You will have learned a great deal about the region and especially its wines and will surely be keen to take home some of your favourite bottles.

Accommodation


We specifically select your accommodation in comfortable hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in France. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. You will be staying in 3* and 2* hotels and carefully selected B&B's.



Additional Nights and Extensions


We can book you additional nights at any point.


Single Rooms


If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.



Solo Cyclists


This trip is available to solo cyclists, a supplement may be payable to cover the extra costs that are not shared.


Meals


7 Breakfasts are included. You can eat dinner either at your
accommodations or in the local towns and villages. For lunches you can
find regional cheeses, meats and bread in local markets or shops.  

How to Book

This trip is available to start any day of the week between March - early November, To make a provisional reservation select "Book". Option & Extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.



PLEASE NOTE: Although the Provence tours are available in July and August, it is very hot at this time of year and we would encourage you to travel within March to June and September to October.


Because every tour we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:


  • You provisionally book the tour/s you are interested in on your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
  • We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
  • If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

Grade & Fitness

This walking tour is graded easy to moderate. 6 days of cycling with a maximum distance of 27 miles / 45km. Several days do have hills to climb. This trip is suitable for occasional cyclists or those that enjoy an active lifestyle.


Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation in comfortable hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in France. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.


Additional Nights and Extensions

We can book you additional nights at any point.


Meals

class="MsoNormal">You can eat dinner either at your accommodations or in the local towns and villages. For lunches you can find regional cheeses, meats and bread in local markets or shops.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers, a supplement may be payable to cover the extra costs that are not shared.


Baggage Transfers

All your belongings will be transferred between accommodations each day. We do ask you keep your baggage to one bag per person (maximum weight 20kg)


Bike Rental

Bike hire is an optional extra. We supply comfortable 27-speed hybrid (Trek) bicycles with a repair kit, helmet, extra inner tube, pump, map holder, front pannier, two side panniers, one lock per two bikes, bike computer, security vest and water bottle holder.


E-Bikes are also available for rental. Provence is hilly and most of the prettiest villages are “hilltop” meaning you have to climb to get there. E-bikes are a wonderful compromise. While still doing exercise – you still have to pedal to get these bikes going after all – you can access the hilliest and most breath-taking of what Provence has to offer without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend on one of our tours.


Getting to Avignon

Air: Paris Charles De Gaulle is the closest international airport and is serviced by BA and Easyjet from UK airports. An alternative airport is Marseille and is serviced by BA, Easyjet and Ryanair.


Rail: Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare du Nord - Paris, then take the TVG train to Avignon (approx. 7 hr)


Car: Eurotunnel –Folkstone to Calais (approx. 35 mins) Drive from Calais to Avignon (approx. 10hrs)


Ferry: Dover to Calais by ferry is a 90 min journey. Drive Calais to Avignon (approx. 10hrs). Alternatively Portsmouth to St Malo by ferry is a 9 hour journey. Drive St Malo to Avignon (approx. 10hrs)


Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

Getting to Avignon

Air - Paris Charles De Gaulle is the closest international airport and is serviced by BA and Easyjet from UK airports.
An alternative airport is Marseille and is serviced by BA, Easyjet and Ryanair.


Rail - Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare du Nord - Paris, then take the TVG train to Avignon (approx. 7 hr)


Car - Eurotunnel –Folkstone to Calais (approx. 35 mins) Drive from Calais to Avignon (approx. 10hrs)


Ferry - Dover to Calais by ferry is a 90 min journey. Drive Calais to Avignon (approx. 10hrs). Alternatively Portsmouth to St Malo by ferry is a 9 hour journey. Drive St Malo to Avignon (approx. 10hrs)



Travel Insurance


It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Chateauneuf du Pape to Avignon on Day 8
  • Detailed route book, maps and pre departure information pack
  • 24 hour phone assistance

Excluded

  • Transfers to and from Avigon
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Bike Rental
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation
  • Single room supplement (if applicable)
  • Bike Rental

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking tour is graded easy to moderate. 6 days of cycling with a maximum distance of 27 miles / 45km. Several days do have hills to climb. This trip is suitable for occasional cyclists or those that enjoy an active lifestyle.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The closest airport is Avignon, but it is not served by many flights. Paris Charles De Gaulle or Marseille are the closest international airports. Please refer to the travel details section of the website for more information.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially in the summer months.  Please note you can start this holiday on any day of the week. 

When is the best time of year?

Spring and autumn are generally best as Provence is both busy and hot in mid summer.

How do the baggage transfers work?

We can arrange for your bags to be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you limit your luggage to 1 bag per person and a maximum weight of 20kg.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are in need of support our local partner will be more than happy to help.

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Fantastic time

By Colette and Duncan

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • Poor Accommodations

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  • Relaxation

Comments about macs adventure Provence: Wine Roads to Chateauneuf du Pape:

We had a fantastic time on this trip. The scenery was beautiful. Our trip was very well organised but because of trip was a bit last minute some of the accommodation was a bit disappointing given the overall cost of the trip. However, this did not detract from our enjoyment - thank you very much Macs Adventures. We will be back.

 
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Excellent trip

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  • Great Accommodations
  • More Than Advertised
  • Well Organised

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    • Perfect Blend
    • Relaxation

    Comments about macs adventure Provence: Wine Roads to Chateauneuf du Pape:

    My wife and I picked up our bikes in Avignon in March, 2016, a bit early in the season. The routes were well documented. The inns, meals and roads were just perfect. This was our 6th European trip in 5 years and none were better. Even when rain arrived, the modest cycling and many wineries made for great days. We will use this company again, hopefully annually.

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