Anytime between April 1 and October 31. Please note, however,
that bike pick-up and return cannot occur on a Sunday. See Scheduling Your Bike Tour for blackout dates and tour scheduling considerations.
Located in the far southeast of France, Provence is known for its lovely Mediterranean climate, fields of sunflowers, vineyards, the Impressionists, its Papal palace and Roman ruins. In
the deep south of France, the tour begins and ends in Avignon, 3 - 4 hours from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport by express train. The vegetation, light, and ambiance is Mediterranean.
Very challenging. This is the most challenging of our Provence tour itineraries from the standpoint of the amount of climbing required. Even if you choose to forego the Mont Ventoux climb, this itinerary is as demanding as
it is beautiful. Of course, you will be generously rewarded for your efforts. Days 3, 4, and 5 are the most difficult.
273 km / 169 miles. Average of 55 km / 33 miles per day.
Overnight destinations: Avignon, Gordes, Sault, and Vaison-la-Romaine.
Some of France's most beautiful perched medieval villages -- Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes, Goult, etc. -- bathed in the warm Provencal sun.
The climb up Mont Ventoux, the roof of Provence and location of the popular Tour de France mountain stage.
You also have the option of being shuttled with your bikes to the summit to
begin your cycling from there. There is no additional charge for this service.
The sheer beauty of the Mediterranean landscapes and the play of light that so captivated Impressionists like Van Gogh.
The charming riverside villages of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse.
The gorges of the Nesque and the Toulourenc Rivers.
Vineyards, wine villages, and free wine tasting opportunities.
Avignon, the region's most colorful and cultured city, with its medieval wall surrounding the city and its former Papal palace.
Tour Package Price
Per Person Adult Price: $795.00
Per Person Child Price (16 years or younger traveling with 2 adults): $375.00
Tour Deposit: $250.00 per adult and $100.00 per child. Deposits are charged when tour materials are sent and hotel availability has been confirmed.
Discounts are available for parties of 5 or more adults.
See Terms & Conditions for Diverse Directions' payment terms, cancellation policy, and all terms & conditions.
Tour Package Price Includes...
Tour Package Price Does Not Include...
Tour documentation: Route instructions, maps, Pre-trip Preparation Guide, On-Road Quick Reference Guide, and Sights Guide.
Bike Rental for 6 Days: Excellent quality hybrid bike with handlebar bag, map carrier, cyclometer, water bottle cage, rear rack, lock, repair kit, and helmet. Optional pedal cages.
Road / racing bikes and mountain bikes are available for a supplemental charge. Tandem bikes are also available and may be substituted for 2 standard hybrids at no additional charge.
Basic SAG Support: If you choose not to cycle on one or more days due to weather, illness, etc., AND
you notify your Diverse Directions support representative in advance so that you and your bikes can be transported along with your luggage, no additional charges will apply.
Accommodations: You're free to determine your own budget for accommodations. A complete list of accommodations options (with website links) is available upon request.
Meals: You're free to determine your own budget for meals.
Monitoring of your Mont Ventoux climb. Your support representative will monitor your progress as you climb Mont Ventoux and will be available to give you a ride to the summit if you feel you cannot make it. The price for this additional service is US $95.00
Euros for 1 - 2 persons. If you wish to take advantage of this service you must notify your support representative by 8:30 am of the morning of your Mont Ventoux climb.
Transportation from your home to Avignon and from Avignon to your home
Insurance & personal expenses
Postage to destinations outside the US (generally $20.00 - $45.00)
Expedited shipping of tour materials, if required.