- Cycle through lavender fields and vineyards
- Visit classic hilltop villages
- Cycle past the picturesque Dentelles de Montmirail
- Canoe down the River Sorgue
- Visit famously beautiful Avignon
|Day 1||Welcome to Provence||Gigondas|
|Day 2||Dentelles de Montmirail||Mazan|
|Day 3||Gorges de la Nesque||Mazan|
|Day 4||Fontaine de Vaucluse & the River Sorgue||Fontaine de Vaucluse|
|Day 5||Gordes & Mont de Vaucluse||Fontaine de Vaucluse|
|Day 6||Avignon (Pope City)|
Day 1: Welcome to Provence!
Welcome to Provence! Start your French holiday in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where you'll kick off the trip with a wine and cheese tasting in a region known for its vineyards. Check into your hotel in Gigondas and go for a short test ride on your e-bike to make sure everything feels good before spending a leisurely afternoon exploring the village, enjoying a flavorful French dinner, and retiring for the night.
Day 2: Dentelles de Montmirail
Lace up your shoes, mount your bike, and spend your day riding the scenic road from Gigondas to Mazan. Your ride will take you along the Dentelles de Montmirail - a jagged chain of limestone mountains carpeted by vineyards and olive groves. The iconic Mont Ventoux looms in the background and opportunities for iconic photos abound. When you arrive in Mazan, check into the elegant château where you'll stay for the next two nights.
Distance: 33 miles (53 km)
Day 3: Gorges de la Nesque
Another classic route awaits on your second full day of cycling: Les Gorges de la Nesque. Pedal your way to the small village of Ville sur Auzon and continue on into the Gorges de la Nesque. The ride is 13 miles (20 km) of pleasantly-graded climbing alongside a sheer-walled, limestone canyon that exits into a valley known for its lavender. Enjoy the impressive views!
Distance: 45 miles (73 km)
Day 4: Fontaine de Vaucluse & the River Sorgue
Spend your morning riding through the well-known Vallis Clausa (Closed Valley), where the River Sorgue springs out of the ground. Pause at the river and grab a canoe for a leisurely ride. Then make your way to Fontaine de Vaucluse where your three-star hotel waits to welcome you.
Distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Day 5: Gordes & Mont de Vaucluse
From Fontaine de Vaucluse, ride to l’Isle sur la Sorgue - a charming, traditional town with a bustling local market on Thursday mornings. Continue on to the hilltop village of Mont de Vaucluse, then onto a segment of the road used by the 2016 Tour de France, through a narrow canyon, and finally to Abbaye de Senanque and Gordes. Here, a scenic detour will take you to some great photo ops before you circle back to Fontaine de Vaucluse.
Distance: 36 miles (58 km)
Day 6: Avignon (Pope City)
On your last day in France, spend the morning exploring famed Avignon with a private guide, have one last luxurious French lunch, and then bid France au revoir as you make your way home.