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"La Vie est Belle"- Pedaling the Roman Path
- Stays in chateaux and charming manor houses
- Provencal culture & historic lecture with local experts
- Learn about the sites painted by Vincent Van Gogh and the Greco/Roman site of Glanum
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Avignon and Pont du Gard
- Discover the towns of Saint Remy and the villages of Les Baux and Gordes
- Enjoy the Provencale countryside by bike with the optional challenging climb of Mt Ventoux
- Introduction to the regional wines and foods of Provence
What do you associate with Provence: quiet roads… vineyards… fields of lavender and sunflowers… rustic cuisine? Experience the landscapes and culture described in Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” and discover the region’s Roman heritage on a sensory journey that will become one of your most treasured travel experiences!
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Total Mileage: 238 Daily Average: 34 mi
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Day 1–2: Avignon, Pont du Gard and Abbey of Frigolet
Day 1: The city of Avignon is a historical treasure. Experience its 2500 years of history on a warm-up ride throughout the area.
Day 2: Cross the Rhone River on your way to the majestic and awe-inspiring Pont du Gard, a piece of Roman architecture that was built in 19 BC to carry water from nearby towns and currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 3–4: Mazan, les Côtes du Ventoux and Mont Ventoux
Day 3: Today's ride takes us along the beautiful grounds known as the Côtes du Ventoux, where exceptional wines grow with the impressive mountain as a backdrop. We pass through the wine mecca of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a marvelous hill town constructed in the medieval fashion.
Day 4: Before us stands the impressive Mt. Ventoux: 1912m of foreboding mountain, with its last 6 miles bearing an astonishing resemblance to the lunar landscape. Today's extra-loop takes you up to the top (by bike!), while the regular loopers enjoy time down in the valley with succulent reds from the iconic wine areas of Gigondas, Vacqueras and Beaumes de Venise to be sampled.
Day 5: Gorges de la Nesque and Gordes
Day 5: If you haven’t heard of the Georges de la Nesque before today’s ride, you certainly won’t ever forget them after cycling through them. Breathtaking views, low traffic volume and smooth roads make this a mecca for cyclist across Europe. onour way to the quaint village of Gordes.
Day 6–7: St. Remy & Les Baux de Provence
Day 6: Today we ride to St. Remy de Provence —Nostradamus’ and Van Gogh's inspirational town – passing by Fontaine de Vaucluse and Cavaillon, home of the Charentais melon.
Day 7: Travel on quiet vineyard roads past cypress trees and fruit orchards with the background resembling a small version of the Alps. The picturesque, medieval village of Les Baux de Provence affords some of the best views of the region.
Day 8: Au Revoir!
After breakfast, there will be a group shuttle at 9:00am to the TGV train station in
Avignon where you can catch a train to other cities in France. This shuttle will take about
30 min, so please make your plans accordingly.
Vicki B., Madison, NJ had this to say about Provence:I loved the pace and ease of taking all day to do the miles. The guides were fantastic about everything!