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Road bike FranceLUBERON, BARONNIES AND MONT VENTOUX Our centre-based road bike trip taking in the cream of the crop of Provence

Pedaling, sweating, suffering a little but above all enjoying. This centre-based trip with two locations in the north and south of Mont Ventoux offers us the best of Provence on the road bike. On each of the 6 days in the saddle we will explore a different sector around the Géant de Provence. The gentle hills of the Mont de Vaucluse, the Provençal stone villages of the Luberon and the numerous gorge roads and lonely mountain passes of the Baronnies provençales await us. And of course we can tackle the mighty Mont Ventoux from all three sides. The vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise, the olive groves of Nyons, the sunflower and lavender fields in the valleys and the shady pine forests on the slopes do not only form the perfect backdrop for our tours; the typical landscape has of course also a culinary influence on us. So Provence.

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Highlights

  • The ascents of the legendary Mont Ventoux (1911 m) from 3 sides (optional)
  • The charm and the lonely backroads of the Luberon
  • The passes and gorges of the Baronnies: wild highlands and home to vultures
  • The typical Provence flair
  • The comfort of our 3* hotels with pool

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  • This centre-based trip consists of 2 parts, which can also be booked separately.
  • For group offers please contact us directly.

Centre-based trip with two locations

With this centre-based trip you will undertake your daily stages starting from our partner hotels at 2 different locations. The first is located in the surroundings of Carpentras south of Mont Ventoux (4 nights accommodation), the second near Buis-les-Baronnies north of Mont Ventoux (2 nights accommodation). The change of accommodation will take place in the morning of the 5th day (see detailed programme below). The two hotels are about 50 km apart (about 1h by car).

Our partner hotels are 3* hotels with a warm welcome, spacious rooms (equipped with air conditioning) and a pool. Your road bikes are safely stored and your hosts cater for a regional, rich and balanced cuisine. Accommodation is on half board in double or twin rooms. Single or shared rooms are also available. Please contact us for a quote.

Levels of difficulty

Each day you choose between three different route options with varying distances and altitude gain (levels 1, 2 and 3).

Day 1: Arrival at your accommodation

Arrival in the late afternoon in the surroundings of Carpentras. Welcome to Provence! On arrival, we drop off the luggage at the hotel and get the bikes ready for the first riding day tomorrow.

Day 2: The Southeast of Mont Ventoux

Our first riding day helps us to acclimatise and to explore the area. The beautiful gorges of the Nesque await us today. On level 2 we will start a complete loop around the Mont Ventoux. The fittest among us dare to take the first ascent of Mont Ventoux, from its easiest side: Sault. The level 1 route runs south of the summit with some beautiful panoramas of the Monts de Vaucluse and the Luberon in the distance.

Today's highlights:

  • The magnificent road through the Nesque Gorges (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The picturesque stretch of the Toulourenc (level 2)
  • The ascent to Mont Ventoux from Sault (level 3)

Distance & cumulative elevation gain

  • Level 1: ca. 80 km & 1500 m
  • Level 2: ca. 120 km & 1700 hm
  • Level 3: ca. 120 km & 2300 hm
Day 3: Lonely roads of the Luberon

Today, the Luberon Regional Nature Park is the backdrop for our second road bike day. The Luberon mountains alone appear to us like Provence from a picture book: rolling fields of lavender, vineyards, villages made of natural stone, a temperate relief and an equally gentle way of life. We have selected the most beautiful sections of rural roads to offer you maximum pleasure!

Today's highlights:

  • Le col de Murs (627 m), natural gateway to the Luberon (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The village of Fontaine de Vaucluse with its rock spring (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The small charming villages at the foot of the Petit Luberon (level 3)
  • The Calavon cycle path and the passage to the Pont Julien (year 3 BC) (levels 1 and 2)
  • The 3 jewels of Provence: Roussillon, Gordes and the Abbey of Senanque (levels 1, 2 and 3)

Distance & cumulative elevation gain

  • Level 1: ca. 60 km & 1100 m
  • Level 2: ca. 90 km & 1300 hm
  • Level 3: ca. 120 km & 2000 hm
Day 4: The Southwest of Mont Ventoux

Today, our routes on levels 2 and 3 take us (again) up the Mont Ventoux. By the way, Bédoin is the starting point of the most difficult side of the Géant de Ventoux, which the Tour de France usually takes when the Ventoux is on the programme. After this demanding morning programme we will discover the limestone peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail, which tower above the famous vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise...

Today's highlights:

  • The ascent of Mont Ventoux from Bédoin, taking its most legendary flank! (levels 2 and 3)
  • The ride along the foot of the magnificent Dentelles de Montmirail (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The villages of Malaucène and Beaumes de Venise, where a break in the shade of the plane trees will do you good (levels 1, 2 and 3)

Distance & cumulative elevation gain

  • Level 1: ca. 60 km & 800 m
  • Level 2 & 3: ca. 95 km & 2200 hm
Day 5: The Eastern Baronnies

We are here in the heart of the regional nature park of the Baronnies provençales. This huge, sparsely populated area (30,000 inhabitants live here on 1600 km2) is dotted with beautiful, isolated country roads, small winding passes and magnificent gorges. The landscape is a real mosaic of vineyards, apricot plantations, olive groves and lavender fields. And with a bit of luck we might spot the resident griffon vultures, which often circle the blue sky.

Today's highlights:

  • The gorges of Ubrieux (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The Col de Peyruergue, 797 m (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The Col de Perty, 1302 m (levels 2 and 3)
  • The famous rock climbing sites of Orpierre (level 3)
  • The gorges of the Méouge (level 3)
  • The Col Saint Jean, 1159 m (level 2)

Distance & cumulative elevation gain

  • Level 1: ca. 55 km & 1100 m
  • Level 2: ca. 105 km & 1950 hm
  • Level 3: ca. 140 km & 2000 hm
Day 6: The Northwest of Mont Ventoux

A beautiful road cycling day awaits us. On level 2 and 3 we will today climb up to the Géant de Provence from Malaucène, a demanding climb! On level 3, 2700 metres of elevation gain have to be overcome. From the descent we enter the wild and beautiful gorges of the Toulourenc. The route on level 1 takes us also into the valley of the Ouvèze.

Today's highlights:

  • The small town of Vaison la Romaine with its rich cultural heritage (levels 2 and 3)
  • The legendary vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise (level 3)
  • The ascent of Mont Ventoux from Malaucène (levels 2 and 3)
  • The gorges of Toulourenc and the Col de Fontaube pass, 635 m (levels 1, 2 and 3)

Distance & cumulative elevation gain

  • Level 1: ca. 75 km & 1050 m
  • Level 2: ca. 110 km & 2200 hm
  • Level 3: ca. 135 km & 2750 hm
Day 7: The Northern Baronnies

A clear scenic contrast to the previous days awaits us on our last cycling day: The northern part of the Baronnies is more Alpine, the reliefs more pronounced. Between the gorges of the Trente Pas and the village of La Motte Chalancon, we bypass the mountains Angèle, Raton and the Tête du Mouret. On the level 1 route, we discover the olive growing area of Nyons!

Today's highlights:

  • The Gorges de Trente Pas (gorge) (levels 2 and 3)
  • The Col de Soubeyrand in the middle of lavender fields, 987 m (levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • The Col de Fromagère (or de Pommerol), 1072 m (level 3)
  • The small village of Sainte Jalle (levels 2 and 3)
  • The Gorges de l'Eygues and Saint May (vulture colony) (Level 1)

Distance & cumulative elevation gain:

  • Level 1: ca. 90 km & 1250 m
  • Level 2: ca. 100 km & 2050 hm
  • Level 3: ca. 130 km & 2650 hm

End of the trip: In the afternoon of the last cycling day in Buis-les-Baronnies. On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

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