New in 2018: We have a one day Gourmet Cooking Class!
If some of your group would like a break from the saddle and spend a day with a well renowned French Chef (English speaking), we have an option for you. In the morning you accompany Chef Jean Marc to the local market and select your ingredients for your menus. Return to his house in the Regional Parc of the Luberon to prepare your creations under his guidance. Groups from two are welcome. Ask us for more details.
190kms - 500kms ❖ 2,500m - 4,500m ❖ 5 nights/6 days ❖ from 2194€ pp.
Provence continues to conjure up images of endless rows of lavender and grape vines. Then there are the pale greens of the olive trees lining your quiet lane. The colours and smells in the markets in Provence absolutely must be experienced to be believed. Those of you riding in July or August will hear the buzz of the Cigales (Cicadas), but realistically those are the busiest (for traffic) and hottest months. They should be avoided if you are thinking of a cycling vacation. Late April, May, early June and September to mid October have perfect riding conditions. Late October works too, but daylight is in much shorter supply as is the warmth.
Ride Difficulty: The Provence week can generally be described as easy to moderate and the optional ride extensions can make it a little tougher in distance and climbing. There is one flat-ish day, while all the rest have some rolling hills. This is definitely not Iowa, Holland or Manitoba. Fully Van supported.
Day 1: Meet your guide at the Avignon TGV train station at 11h00 for your 45 minute transfer to your beautiful new home for 3 nights just outside of Cabrières d’Avignon. We will have a bike fitting and safety session, then we are off to the Fontaine de Vaucluse and L’Isle sur la Sorgue, aka the "Venice of Provence." 30 - 100kms
Day 2: Beautiful loop ride to the villages of Gordes, Roussillon and Goult. These are the three "must see's” in the area. Sip a cafè au lait or wander through the narrow streets. Huge ride extension available to Murs and beyond, via the Plateau de Vaucluse and two of the nicest gorges. One was recently re-paved for the Tour. Yes, that tour. 45 - 115kms
Day 3: Another fantastic rolling ride from our Bastide (hotel). We cycle to and through Robion, Ménerbes and Oppède les Vieux. Our ride takes us on a quiet residential route in the forest, hidden from traffic. We also have a big hilly extension available to an area where few cars or people have yet to be seen. 40 - 90kms
Day 4: We change hotels today and ride to Lacoste and Bonnieux via one of the nicest and easiest climbs you may ever ride. Then we cross over the Luberon Parc Naturel. Today ends with a fantastic 10k descent (slightly busier road) in a gorge all the way to your hotel in Lourmarin. Nice little ride extension available. 45 - 75kms
Day 5: Short or long loop rides. Flat or really hilly. We loosely follow the “Route des Châteaux du Sud Luberon.” Wait till you see our favourite village! Options include a short ride to a pretty lake for a swim if the weather is hot. Or you could sit poolside in Lourmarin and give your bike a rest. 30 - 120kms
Day 6: Trip end, but not before your visit to the best market in Provence. Trips that end here have a group transfer to Aix en Provence or Marseille airport at noon.
Optional 7th day - If you have chosen to ride an extra day with TTT we have a superb ride to Aix en Provence. Three little bumps to pedal up and over, then a superb downhill all the way to your hotel in Aix. It's amazing how the landscape changes on today's ride. Say goodbye to your two-wheeled aluminium (or Carbon) friend in Aix and sip a cool crisp rosé in the centre of town with about 10,000 students doing the same. Upon your arrival in Aix, your Tour de Provence with TTT c'est fini. 38 -70kms