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Provence for epicure

Cycling tour through one of the most beautiful regions of France

The fascination of the Mediterranean way of life

The Romans, the mountains, the wine: the beauty of Provence feeds on different roots, resembles a fascinating, wild-growing plant of which no second specimen exists. Enjoy the views of Mont Ventoux and the hills of the Vaucluse with the famous wine-growing areas of the Côtes du Rhône. The city of Orange already awaits you on the first day of your journey: the grandiose theatre and the triumphal arch are testimonies of the Roman era. Immerse yourself in a glorious era of human history.

Enjoyment in Provençal

The region is a Dorado for gourmets in search of something special. Wine, olive oil, truffles, are just a few delicacies. The picturesque markets are an absolute must. Let yourself drift there and enjoy sun-ripened fruit and vegetables - all from the region! But you will also find all kinds of products made from and with lavender. A delight!

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  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Orange is a city with marvellous buildings dating back to the Romans. The spectacular theatre and the triumph arc are historic witnesses of this epoch. Accommodation is in a choice typical hotel in the centre. The old town breathes the charm of the Provence with its small shops and cafés.

After breakfast start to the first roundtrip to the world wide famous wine-growing town. Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Here one of the most full bodied red wines of Provence is grown. The vineyards were cultivated by the popes, who had their second residence in the region. Via Courthezon (medieval fortress) today's tour leads back to Orange.

In full view of the mighty mountain Mont Ventoux you cycle through the vineyards of the Cote du Rhone to the historical town Vaison-la-Romaine, with many antiques. Especially worth visiting are the ruins of the old Roman town as well as the Roman church Notre Dame de Nazareth.

On Tuesday there is a wonderful market during the morning. Explore the market of Vaison-la-Romaine and enjoy the culinary variety of the region. In the afternoon you have enough time to cycle a short round trip to the typical small villages with medieval architecture. 

You cycle to Sablet and Gigondas. Both villages are really well-known for the vine-culture. Afterwards you cycle to Carpentras – best-known for strawberries and Berlingots (sweet candy). Today you will see the famous spring Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, one of the most spectacular nature monuments of France. On small roads you cycle to the small town L´Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. For a long time the regional artisans used the water power of the small river Sorgue. Little water-wheels, the plane trees on the banks and numerous antique shops invite for a little stroll. 

We follow the valley of the branching river Sorgue. On the way you have the opportunity to visit the grotto of Thouzon, the only public accessible stalactite cavern of the Provence. Along the Durance and on tranquil roads you reach the centre of Avignon. Take the opportunity of an idyllic stroll through the old town and visit the Popes palace.

On small roads along the Rhone you leave Avignon and you reach Orange around noon.

The route

The tours lead through the varying landscapes of Provence. The route is planned to lead almost always on side streets with low traffic. This is an easy and diverting tour with only short simple ascents. Therefore this tour is also suited for beginners or persons with low training level.

Prices and events

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Orange
  Season Saison 1
23.03.2024 - 03.05.2024
06.10.2024 - 12.10.2024

Saturday
Season Saison 2
04.05.2024 - 14.06.2024
08.09.2024 - 05.10.2024

Saturday
Season Saison 3
15.06.2024 - 07.09.2024

Saturday
Provence Epicure, 7 days, cat.deluxe, FR-PRRGE-07D
Base price
1,099.00
1,159.00
1,199.00
Surcharge single room 359.00 359.00 359.00
Provence Epicure, 7 days, cat.A, FR-PRRGE-07A
Base price
929.00
979.00
1,039.00
Surcharge single room 239.00 239.00 239.00

Sustainability with Rückenwind!

Help us to achieve greater sustainability. If you choose to use the digital route book and forgo the printed version you will help us to reduce our environmental impact and we’ll give you a discount of 20 Euro per room as a thank you.

Season Saison 1
Mar 23, 2024 - May 3, 2024
Oct 6, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
Saturday
Season Saison 2
May 4, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024
Sep 8, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024
Saturday
Season Saison 3
Jun 15, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024
Saturday
Provence Epicure, 7 days, cat.deluxe, FR-PRRGE-07D
Base price
Surcharge single room
Provence Epicure, 7 days, cat.A, FR-PRRGE-07A
Base price
Surcharge single room
1,099.00
359.00
929.00
239.00
1,159.00
359.00
979.00
239.00
1,199.00
359.00
1,039.00
239.00

Sustainability with Rückenwind!

Help us to achieve greater sustainability. If you choose to use the digital route book and forgo the printed version you will help us to reduce our environmental impact and we’ll give you a discount of 20 Euro per room as a thank you.

Season Saison 1
Mar 23, 2024 - May 3, 2024
Oct 6, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
Season Saison 2
May 4, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024
Sep 8, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024
Season Saison 3
Jun 15, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024
Orange
Double room p. P. cat. deluxe
Surcharge single room
Orange
Double room p. P. cat. deluxe
Orange
Double room p. P. cat.A
Surcharge single room
Orange
Double room p. P. cat. A
120.00
95.00
120.00
85.00
78.00
85.00
120.00
95.00
120.00
85.00
78.00
85.00
120.00
95.00
120.00
85.00
78.00
85.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Orange
  Season Saison 1
Mar 23, 2024 - May 3, 2024
Oct 6, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024

Saturday
Season Saison 2
May 4, 2024 - Jun 14, 2024
Sep 8, 2024 - Oct 5, 2024

Saturday
Season Saison 3
Jun 15, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024

Saturday
Orange
Double room p. P. cat. deluxe 120.00 120.00 120.00
Surcharge single room 95.00 95.00 95.00
Orange
Double room p. P. cat. deluxe 120.00 120.00 120.00
Orange
Double room p. P. cat.A 85.00 85.00 85.00
Surcharge single room 78.00 78.00 78.00
Orange
Double room p. P. cat. A 85.00 85.00 85.00
Filter
21-gear unisex
21-gear gents
7-gear unisex
7-gear gents
Rental bike PLUS
Electric bike (free wheel)
95.00
95.00
95.00
95.00
165.00
239.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

Services

Included:

  • 6/7 Overnights in hotels of the booked category incl. breakfast 
  • Luggage transfer 
  • Personal welcome briefing (GE,EN)
  • At best elaborated route with maps (GE,EN,FR)
  • Detailed travel documents with maps 1x per room (GE,EN,FR)
  • GPS-Tracks and Navigation-App
  • For rental bikes, rental bike insurance
  • 7-days-service-hotline

Not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Costs for parking
  • City tax
  • Transfers
  • Optional sightseeings
  • City maps
  • Repairs of own bike
  • Travel Insurances
  • Costs of the private requirements
Extras

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Fly to Marseille. Take the train (TGV) from Marseille airport to the main train station in Orange. Good rail connection to Orange, Duration approx. 1,5 h.
  • Good train connections to Orange (TGV-station). The start hotel is located approx. 1 to 3 km away from the station. 
  • Cat. Deluxe: Underground car park nearby, cost approx. € 10 per day, no reservation possible.
  • Cat. A: Depending on the booked hotel, either underground car park nearby, costs approx. €
    10 per day or parking spaces at the hotel, partly subject to charges, no reservation possible.

 

Hotels

French hotel classification

 

Category A: Overnight stays in very good quality hotels of the 2*/3* category. All rooms with shower/bath and WC.


Category Deluxe: Overnight stays in hotels of the 3*/4* category. Mostly they are the best hotels in the place and all of them offer separate wellness and beauty areas. In addition, enjoy the excellent restaurants in these beautiful accommodations. All rooms have shower/bath and WC.

 

 

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Ratings

4.5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
5 stars
Stefan Waldispühl CH | 12.05.2023
Provence at it's best
Interessante, abwechslungsreiche Routen, meist gut markiert. Mit Hilfe der Karte und den GPX Tracks keine Orientierungsprobleme. Hotels top, ebenso deren Lage. Räder neu, hatten kleine Probleme mit den Sätteln (lockere Schrauben und Klemmen).
Anke Tammen
Anke Tammen answered:
Wir freuen uns, dass Sie sich auf Ihrer Radreise in der Provence so wohl gefühlt haben und Ihnen Ihre Radreise so gut gefallen hat. In den Rädern steckt man selbst bei ständiger Wartung leider nicht drin oder es ist tatsächlich bei der Kontrolle "durchgerutscht", bitte entschuldigen Sie. Vielen Dank für den Hinweis dazu und auch für Ihre schöne Bewertung.
4 stars
Thijs Arts NL | 21.07.2022
Radfahren in der Provence mit normal-Fahrräder ist im Sommer auf Grund der Höhenmeter und hohe temperaturen nicht "leicht"
Wir haben fürs 4e Mahl bei Rückenwind unsere Radreise gebucht (Elbe, Weser, Münster, jetzt Provence). Wir benützen unsere eigene Fahrräder. Das sind keine E-bikes. Wir wählen um dessen immer Reisen mit der Andeutung "Leicht". Durch die Kombination von Höhemeter-Hohe Temperatur-Mistral ergaben die Rundfahrt Orange, die Rundfahrt Vaison und die Etappe Avignon-Orange sich allerdings als "schwer", und die Tagen Orange-Vaison und Isle sur la Sorge-Avignon als "mittelschwer". Unser Tipp: es wäre (weil die meisten Radfahrer doch schon etwas älter [>50 Jahren] sind) besser bei der Andeuting/Qualification für Radreisen im Süden Frankreichs den Unterschied zu machen zwischen "Fahren Sie mit normal-Fahrrad [kein E-bike]? Dan im Juni-September auf Grund der Kombination Höhemeter-Temperatur-Mistralwind: "mittelschwer" bis "schwer". Fahren Sie mit E-bike? Dan "leicht" bis "mittelschwer". Unterkünfte: gut (Orange) bis sehr gut (Vaison, Isle sur la Sorgue, Avignon); Das Gespräch mit dem Reisebegleiter (Achim) war wertvoll, weil er uns drauf gewiesen hat genügend Wasser und Essen für Unterwegs mit zu nehmen und fruh morgens an zu fangen mit Radeln der Hitze wegen. In der Etappe Orange-Vaison wäre eine Kontrolle von der Beschreibung ab km 24.3 bis km 26.9 sinnvoll; wir haben uns den Kopf zerbrochen wo "um Gotteswillen" wir da etwas verfehlt haben und im Zentrum von Tulette ausgekommen sind.... Die Strecken sind gut gewählt, die Tourenbeschreibung im Übrigen gut. Nächtes Jahr melden wir uns wieder.

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