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Gordes Provencal Escape

France, Europe

from €867* per person 5 Days April-November
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Pure Adventures 24 people max
  • Avignon tgv, avignon, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
This Provence bike tour is based in Gordes, where you will spend 4 nights in the same hotel of your choice (3 or 4-star accommodations). Standing opposite the Luberon, perched on the foothills of the Vaucluse Plateau, the dry stone buildings of Gordes seem to reach for the blue sky. Its fortified Chateau from the 11th century and its church dominate the buildings, which seem to melt into the rock. Just a few miles north, is the Abbey de Senanque, situated in a small valley and surrounded by lavender fields. If you decide to go south, you can stop to visit an ancient oil press and the Musee du Vitrail, which tells the story of stained and painted glass.

On this cycling tour, you will be provided with different itineraries allowing you to discover the many landscapes and villages of Provence, and each day you can choose which ride is better for you: short, long, challenging, easy…

Locations visited/nearby

France, Europe

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3 testimonials about the provider, Pure Adventures:

  • Reviewer:
    'The trip was great! I lived in France for 5 years and took many great trips around Europe, but this may well have been the most memorable!'
    5
  • Reviewer:
    The trip exceeded my expectations in just about every way. It was awesome and challenging to be alone on a bike in a foreign country. I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure who is in good health.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in CO USA
    Costa Brava Explorer - This is a WONDERFUL tour.  Bo was amazing and helpful, as were his directions and additional information in the hand-outs of things to see and recommended stops and restaurants.  I will recommend Pure Adventures to my bicyclist friends, and will certainly return to you for our next European bicycle adventure!
    5

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
  • Self-guided (includes hotels, maps, luggage transfer, etc but no guide).
  • Offers some solo-only/singles departures.

Itinerary

Day 1: Upon arrival in Avignon, you will be met for transfer to Gordes and your hotel. You will have orientation and bike delivery at the hotel in Gordes, and then you are free to explore the rest of the day in this charming village. Dinner on your own, and many choices possible at your hotel or within a short walk.

Day 2 – Day 4: In three riding days, you can choose from several itineraries, the following itineraries are examples. We can also suggest some longer, more challenging rides for those interested. 2 dinners included these nights.

This format allows for people of all abilities to come along, including non-riding participants. We can suggest visits by car and arrange spa treatments among many possible ways to spend an exciting day in Gordes/Provence!

-The Ochre Hills in Roussillon and the town of Apt (65km): An moderate ride through an area famous for its Ochre hills before going to Apt and Roussillon, the center of Ochre.

- Isle sur la Sorgue (39km): Charming town located on the river Sorgue. Includes visit of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, village with a refreshing temperature due to the spring where the river Sorgue begins. This ride is best when done on a Sunday, because of the outside market and antique fair in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

- Bedoin/Mont Ventoux (89km): Hilly ride through the magnificent landscapes of the Vaucluse with a longer ride option to Mont Ventoux. On your way, you can stop at the Abbey of Senanque. Then you will go through a small mountain chain before reaching Venasque, one of France’s most beautiful villages, on a hilltop with a splendid view of the area. If you choose to continue, you can go to Carpentras via small roads.

- The Murs Pass (3 options: 26/28/42km): A beautiful and hilly ride, which will allow you to enjoy the forest and nature on this tour on the Murs Pass. 28km itinerary goes to Abbaye de Senanque; 42km version includes both options.

- Valley of the Luberon (51km): this area became famous through the book “One Year in Provence” by peter Mayle. Nice tour through the fossil village of Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes (where Peter Mayle lived), Lacoste, Bonnieux and the Castle of Marquis de Sade.

Day 5: Departure after breakfast. Transfer back to Avignon is included at 9:30 am. Extra nights are possible, please contact us for a quote. Allow 1 hour travel time in transfer for planning train tickets.

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