Cotes Du Ventoux Self-Guided Cycling - Short Break

Start: France Finish: Provence

Visiting: Provence


Duration: 4 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Age range: 8 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

With a history dating back to Roman times, today the Vaucluse is a patchwork of vineyards punctuated by olive groves and watched over by the silent majesty of Mt Ventoux - a Mecca for cyclists who come to challenge themselves in emulation of their Tour de France heroes. Our gentle 4 night cycling holiday, however, offers you a much more relaxed way to take in this fabulous region, one of the most fertile plains in southern France and home to such wine appellations as Gigondas, Vacqueyras and, further afield, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It's also home to the Ventoux appellation which, although not as well-known as its cousins from the Rhone Valley, offers some fantastic wines at equally impressive prices.

Highlights

  • iconColourful medieval towns and villages; eclectic markets; good local wines with plenty of tasting opportunities
  • iconBased on our popular 6 night, Cotes">https://www.headwater.com/holidays/cycling/france/C06PV.htm">Cotes du Ventoux Cycling
  • iconGentle cycling between the vineyards of the Cotes-du-Rhone and Ventoux appellations
  • iconLively Bedoin, gateway to the incredible Mt Ventoux
  • iconQuiet lanes and tranquil countryside at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail
  • iconWonderful family-run hotels, each with a pool

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : ARRIVE IN PERNES-LES-FONTAINES

Meals: dinner

Arrive at your 3-star hotel in time to relax before dinner. *(Staying at Hotel l'Hermitage)*

icon Day 2 : PERNES-LES-FONTAINES TO VACQUEYRAS

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Setting out from Pernes-les-Fontaines you immediately find yourself surrounded by a sea of swaying vines and spectacular views of the 'Giant of Provence', Mt Ventoux, and the Dentelles de Montmirail. Heading towards the mountains takes you around Carpentras into the sleepy village of Loriol-du-Comtat. It's then on to Aubignan, a small market town with ramparts dating back to the C14 and a pretty old quarter to explore - it's a perfect lunch spot. In the afternoon you'll come to the wine village of Vacqueyras, home to one of the Southern Rhone's bigger names, and from here make the short climb up to your beautiful hotel in Les Dentelles. *(Staying at Hotel Montmirail)*

icon Day 3 : VACQUEYRAS TO MAZAN 

Meals: breakfast

Today you leave Les Dentelles behind as you head for the village of Beaumes-de-Venise with its muscat wines and olive oil museum. Then it's a gentle ride along quiet lanes, past olive groves at the foot of Mt Ventoux, to the ancient, fortified village of Caromb. Home to an impressive church, a C16 watchtower and 14 fountains, it makes a nice option for lunch. With Mt Ventoux at your back now, head south through the vineyards to the mediaeval village of Mazan with its church wall made up of more than 60 Roman sarcophagi. *(Staying at Chateau de Mazan)*

icon Day 4 : MAZAN TO PERNES-LES-FONTAINES

Meals: breakfast, dinner

This morning follow empty lanes and vineyard tracks to Malemort-du-Comtat before coming to the foot of the hill on which the wonderful mediaeval village of Venasque sits perched, still surrounded by the remains of its ramparts and three Saracen towers. Listed as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France', there is also a lovely C11 baptistery right in the heart of the village. Heading back down leads you to the popular village of St-Didier with its great variety of lunch options. It's then a fairly short distance to the old town of Pernes-les- Fontaines where you should have time to explore before heading back to your hotel for a swim in the pool before dinner. *(Staying at Hotel l'Hermitage)* Optional shorter ride: 21km/13.5mi

icon Day 5 : LEAVE PERNES-LES-FONTAINES

Meals: breakfast

LEAVE PERNES-LES-FONTAINES

What's Included

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    Meals

    4 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners.

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    Luggage transfers between hotels

What's Not Included

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    Single supplements

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    Visas and vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

Food

All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals included. Whilst not the most sophisticated of the French cuisines, most dishes use the excellent tasting local fresh produce. Cooking à la Provencale uses local olive oil, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines and wild herbs, all ripened by the sun to give an intensity of flavour. You can browse among the colours and smells, and make picnic purchases at the lively local markets.The proximity of the sea makes fish and seafood an important element of the local cuisine. Regional dishes include the famous bouillabaisse, a rich fish stew served with aioli and rouille; the bourride – a lighter version of the bouillabaisse; pistou soupe (summer vegetable soup with a blend of garlic, basil and olive oil); authentic ratatouille, large colourful salads an delicious courgette flower fritters. Tapenade and anchoïade are savoury dips made with local olives and anchovies; pissaladière is an onion tart with olives and anchovies and is very likely to have come from the Romans. Making wine, particularly rosé, has been Provence’s specialty for a long time. The grapes and soil throughout the region vary a lot, but the hot, sunny and dry climate is ideal for the local wines. The local red grape varieties are used because they cope well with strong sun exposure and poor soils: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Tibouren and Calitor. The rosés are made out of the same varieties but the musts only macerate for a few hours so the fruits’ skin don’t darken the juice or release too many tannins.

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