Mont Ventoux to Cote d'Azur
This challenging Provence itinerary will lead you to the Cote d’Azur and the famous seaside cities of St Tropez and Nice.
Start your trip in the heart of the Provence Cote d’Azur region, with an option to ride up the famous Mont Ventoux. Cycling through beautiful villages like Gordes, you will experience the genuine Provence with its lavender fields and hilly landscapes before reaching the southern coast of France.
You will then be rewarded by cycling along the coast of the Mediterranean Cote d’Azur. Take some time to relax in St Tropez, Cannes and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
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Pre-tour night : (Optional)
We can take care of pre-tour hotel reservations as wellMeals : Breakfast included, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own.
Accommodation : Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis - "Avignon"
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN AVIGNON AND WE TRANSFER YOU TO BÉDOIN
Arrival in Avignon train station and we transfer you to Bedoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Orientation and bicycle set up at the hotel. You can explore the village, take a walk, or relax for the rides ahead.
Accommodation : Hôtel des Pins - "Bedoin"
Day 2 : Loop ride to Mt Ventoux and Lavender fields
Option 1 : 44 Miles - 71 Km
Option 2 : 47 Miles - 76 Km
Option 3 : 55 Miles - 89 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 980 Meters Elevation gain 2 : 1500 Meters Elevation gain 3 : 1980 Meters
Different ride options including the famous Mont Ventoux - 64 km or Gorges de la Nesque & the lavender fields of Sault (89km/55mi). The first itinerary starts with a warm-up tour between the vineyards of Bedoin, followed by the challenging climb and descend of Mont Ventoux.
An alternative itinerary will take you through the Nesque River Canyon (Gorges de la Nesque) to the lavender plateaus and the village of Sault. As a cherry on the cake you can climb the Ventoux and join Bedoin through Sault and the Nesque River Canyon: an unforgettable experience (89 km/55mi). Return to the same hotel.
Accommodation : Hôtel des Pins - "Bedoin"
Day 3 : GORDES TO GREOUX LES BAINS
Distance 1 : 81 Miles - 131 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 2000 Meters
This stage is long and hilly; and the landscape changes throughout the day. You start cycling in the vineyards before reaching Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Then cycle on small roads through the Luberon and cross small villages which were the inspiration behind all of Peter Mayles books on Provence.
Relax under the shade of plane trees in the villages as you make your way across this quieter part of Provence. As you approach Gréoux-les-Bains, you will start to see the first peaks of the Alps in the distance. Gréoux-les-Bains is a small town where you can relax in the quiet.
Accommodation : Villa Borghese - "Gréoux-les-Bains"
Day 4 : Bike Cote d’Azur to St Tropez
Distance 1 : 76 Miles - 122 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 1333 Meters
Start with a road that runs along a dry canyon that is mostly rolling. Then, continue on past a pristine and inviting lake and continue riding through the pines as you start to descend to the sea. Just before arriving to St Tropez, you are on a beautiful Mediterranean road that looks like Corsica with sea and mountain views as well as wildlife.
Upon arriving in St Tropez, reward yourself with a glass of champagne like the rich and famous who frequent this Riviera jewel. Dinner on your own tonight in St Tropez with our recommendations included.
Accommodation : Hôtel Le Mouillage - "Saint-Tropez"
Day 5 : St Tropez to Nice
Distance 1 : 72 Miles - 116 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 930 Meters
The ride profile is more or less flat but it does not matter, you cycle all day close to the most beautiful and prestigious oceanside of the French Riviera. You ride on very well known towns and places such as 'laCroisette' In Cannes or 'La Promenade des Anglais' in Nice! A great way to finish a long and spectacular ride! The contrast of red mountains and beaches of white sand; with the Alps in the background.
Nice 4 star hotel near the beach.
Accommodation : Hotel Riviera - "Nice"
Day 6 : Departure Day
Day 6 is departure day. You can take your time with breakfast and then transfer to the Nice rail station or airport on your own. Additional nights can be arranged.
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Day : Pre-tour Night
Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.
Day : 1, 2
Blue, green, white... Mont Ventoux towers skyward watching over the hills and vineyards. At the foot of Ventoux is the hotel Les Pins, a provencal guest establishment with the charm of yesteryear... swimming pool, pond, waterlilies, garden, romantic rooms with a medley of love-at-first-sight furnishings. Savours, aromas... The cuisine at L'esprit Jardin , crafted with the marvels of taste and freshness gleaned from nearby Provencal markets, croons with a delectable local accent. Dine indoors or on the outdoor terrace under the pine trees.
Day : 3
Nestled in the vegetation and foliage of the surrounding wooded grounds in the heart of lavender-blue Provence blossoming between the Verdon and Luberon, Villa Borghese has been the home of Jean-Claude Redolfi and his children since 1971. The villa is an enchanting spot where family values are a long tradition and where hospitality is a way of life.
Day : 4
Facing the sea, just 200 meters from the beach, and ten minutes from the center of Saint Tropez, this 3-star hotel promises you a peaceful stay. The decor is elegant, and the theme of the sea evokes a summer atmosphere. Each room is individually decorated, and has a private terrace. The patio and garden are open as of breakfast each morning, and the heated pool and chaise lounges allow you to relax in a quiet and intimate setting.
Day : 5
Ideally located in the city center of Nice, a few steps from the train station and only 10 minutes from the beach, the Best Western Riviera Hotel offers the keys of Nice and the French Riviera. Totally renovated in 2006 and redecorated in 2008, this 4-star hotel is located in the old Nice, near the main museums, theaters, and the Congress Center. It offers 48 guest rooms which are air-conditioned and soundproofed, with private en-suite bathroom (bath or shower), cable TV, and Wifi.
Road bike - Standard
SCOTT ADDICT 20 - ( or equivalent)
The SCOTT Addict 20 was redesigned from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With new geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 20 will be your go to when you're looking to put the miles.
All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XLX
-Frame Addict MF Carbon technology Endurance geometry / Replaceable Dropout
-Fork Addict MF 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Carbon steerer Alloy Dropout ;
-Headset Syncros Integrated ;
-Rear Derailleur Shimano 105 Black RD5800-GS 22 Speed ;
-Front Derailleur Shimano 105 FD-5801 Black ;
-Brakes Shimano 105 BR-5800 Super SLR Dual pivot ;
-Cranset Shimano FC-5800 Compact Hyperdrive 50x34 T Black ;
-Cassette Shimano 105 CS-5800 11 Speed 11-32 ;
-Wheels Syncros RP2.0 18 Front / 24 Rear ;
-Tires Schwalbe Durano Fold 700x28C ; Approx Weights IN KG 7.85
Saddle Bag Containing:
• Tire levers
• Patch kit
• 2 spare tubes
• 1 hand pump.
• 2 souvenir water bottles
• Pedals (flat or cages on request). You can bring your own pedals to clip in but remember to bring a pedal wrench to take them off at the end of the tour.
GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.
Option 1: 44 Miles - 71 Km Elevation gain 1 : 980 Meters
Option 2: 47 Miles - 76 Km Elevation gain 2 : 1500 Meters
Option 3: 55 Miles - 89 Km Elevation gain 3 : 1980 Meters
Option 1: 81 Miles - 131 Km Elevation gain 1 : 2000 Meters
Option 1: 76 Miles - 122 Km Elevation gain 1 : 1333 Meters
Option 1: 72 Miles - 116 Km Elevation gain 1 : 930 Meters
- 5 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
- Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included
- Road bike rental included
- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
- All luggage transfers
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
What's not included
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
Informations & Recommendations
Arrival city is Avignon, which accessible via train from Paris Gare de Lyon (2hrs 45min) or Paris CDG airport (3 hours). Taxi from rail station to hotel is approx. 15 euros. Departure from Nice; flights to Paris or other international city. Return Train to Paris 4-5 hours.
Transfer to hotel upon arrival is included.
About climbing Mont Ventoux : You can do this anytime of the year, but to have good access to the Ventoux summit, we recommend starting after May 1 and before end of September.
Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.
|Price from* & per person||Double occupancy||Single supplement |
(traveling with a group)
|Solo traveler |
|Standard||2090 €||290 €||3280 €|
|Bikes available||Options per person|
|Road Bike Rental|
|Tandem Bike Rental|
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.