La Marmotte — June 29-July 6, 2014
Southern Corsica — June 9-16, 2014
L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees — July 16-24, 2014
Pyrénées Traverse — Sep. 10-17, 2014
Around Mont Blanc in 6 days — July 5-12, 2014
Tour 2013 : Ventoux, Alpe, Annecy + Finale — July 14-21, 2013
A Week In Provence — June 22-28, 2013
France’s Sportive Double: La Marmotte and L’Etape du Tour — June 28 - July 8
L'Etape du Tour: Pyrénées Tour de France Trip — July 11-20, 2012
Milan - San Remo Gran Fondo — June 7-12, 2012
French Alps Traverse — June 16-22, 2012
Ventoux + Alpes — May 30 - June 6, 2012
Pyrénées Traverse — September 2-7, 2012
Spring Traverse — April 12-16, 2012

A Week in Provence

More than just a taste of Provence. An immersion.

Close your eyes and picture Provence.   The rolling lavender fields, blue skies, gorgeous stone villages, wonderful food and superb wine. 

Now imagine six blissful days cycling there, savoring a movable feast so diverse and incredible, you’ll wish the week were as endless as the early summer sun.

This tour spends 3-5 hours riding each day, exploring the intricate network of small roads that meander through the valleys and over the hills that connect this Eden of villages.   Our 10+ years of experience cycling this area ensures you the finest routes:  Maximum scenery, minimal traffic.  And plenty of time to explore, relax, shop and savor the wine and cuisine. 

Peter Mayle had ‘A Year in Provence’, and all you have is a week.    That’s OK.  DuckStore’s created just the tour to provide a Provencal cycling and cultural experience so authentic, you might just start looking for a Mas of your own.  

Trip facts (tableau)

 

DATES June 22-28, 2013
START-END Avignon TGV train station 
STAY IN Fontaine de Vaucluse, Bonnieux, Venasque, Sault, Malaucène 
RIDES Six (6) days cycling.
DIFFICULTY Leisure-Moderate, relaxed cycling with hills 25-65 miles/day.
HIGHLIGHTS - A 22km descente
- Visiting Vaison la Romaine
- Wine tasting
- Lavender fields in bloom
LODGING In independently owned cycling friendly establishments
MEALS Full breakfasts and 3 course dinners
SUPPORT - Technical support/sag  van
- Professional mechanical support & upkeep
- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides
- All Ground transportation
- Bi-lingual guide(s)
GROUP SIZE Limited to 12 riders
COST $2,085/person (double occupancy)
BIKE RENTALS Available $150-175 /week

 

Itinary

Day 1 Saturday June 22   After landing at Paris CDG airport, walk to the train station for a 3 hour high speed train ride to Avignon.  There, our greeting and 45 min. shuttle to our hotel in Fontaine de Vaucluse await.  We settle you in, help you build up your bike, and take a test spin in this beautiful area.  Dinner at our hotel on the Sorgues river. 

Day 2 – Sunday June 23   Today’s ride will quickly get you into the rhythm of Provence.  The Cicadas will be singing, and the views outstanding.  While there are some hills today, they’re not too long.  But nobody ever forgets the short but sweetly steep climb to Oppede-le-Vieux!  This unique village and the ruins to explore are well worth the effort.  Dinner/hotel in Bonnieux, overlooking the Lubéron valley.  Ride 25-60 miles.                                                               

Day 3 – Monday June 24   Today starts with a beautiful cruise down to the Roman bridge Pont Julien before gently climbing up to the clay quarries of Roussilon.  A short visit will help you appreciate how and why the buildings in Provence are colored as they are.  And after exploring the village’s delightful shops and cafés it’s a quiet remote climb up the Col de Murs before coasting all the way (almost) to Venasque, our next village and stop for the night.  Ride 30-55 miles.

Day 4 – Tuesday June 25   A special treat, the Gorges de la Nesque, perhaps one of France’s best roads for cycling.  Few cars. No driveways, no intersections.  Just stupendous natural scenery.  At the top, we’ll take in the amazing view back through the gorge before continuing to our next destination, Sault, perched above some cliffs overlooking lavender fields and Mont Ventoux.  We’ll relax tonight in this quaint village over some Cotes du Ventoux.  Ride 30 -45 miles.

Day 5 Wednesday June 26   Today we’ll skirt the southern edge of Mont Ventoux through Flassan and Bedoin on quiet back roads away from traffic, choosing from several great spots to stop for coffee, lunch or just a beer.  The more courageous might opt instead to ride up Mont Ventoux directly from Sault, and coast down to our destination, Malaucene, where we’ll settle into our own private 15th century guesthouse for 2 nights to cap a great week of cycling.  Ride 35 miles. 

Day 6 – Thursday June 27   We’ll loop around the Dentelles de Montmirail, passing through some famous Côtes de Rhône vineyards and villages, enjoying fantastic riding and different topography.  Shopping and visiting Vaison-la-Romaine after the ride will finish the day perfectly.  Ride 30-60 miles.

Day 7 Friday June 28   A final French country breakfast and it’s into our air conditioned vans for the 45 min. ride to the Avignon train station where we’ll say, “à bientôt” – but not goodbye!