PROVENCE AND MT VENTOUX
Provence offers the ideal vacation for every level rider. On our Provence, France Bike Tour you will climb & conquer Mt. Ventoux, a 5280 ft. ascent or choose the undulating terrain around the base of the mountain. Ride with us across textured landscapes, under cypress trees & through lavender fields as we circumnavigate Mt. Ventoux during the week. Coffee stops are mandatory and a rich part of cycling culture.
We’ll share our love of Provence with you and show you the best routes, villages, things to see and places to stop.
About the Riding…
About the Riding…
Provence is a Classic, Signature – Jemison Cycling Tours trip and one you are sure to remember. Provence brings out a sense of adventure on the bike and offers world-class cycling. Riding on unknown roads will take us past local farmhouses, over old stone bridges to tiny village cafes.
Options are a must, as we believe that each of our guests has goals and desires for their cycling vacation. Some of our guests come to Provence to challenge themselves & climb Mt. Ventoux, while others join us to ride through the beautiful countryside.
Trip Start: Avignon TGV train station, France
Trip Finish: Avignon TGV train station, France
About the Cuisine and Wines…
The culinary aspect of this cycling trip is a highlight, because it offers an excellent combination of food and wine. We start the trip dining, in converted Benadictine priory that is now a luxury B&B, at the base of Mt Ventoux. Our host Philip is a wine expert, leading private wine tours to some of the most unique vineyards in the Rhone Valley. Jude can be found collecting ingredients for your evening meal at the local market, picking herbs and pulling fresh fruit & figs off the surrounding trees. Her meals are simple, and something you’ll savor for a lifetime.
About the Accommodations…
Malaucene: Full of a rich history, this lovely, 12th century stone “moastery” was once a Benadictine priory, then a farmhouse, & later, was home to one of France’s most celebrated novelist, Marie Cardinal.
Sault: This lovely hostellerie in the city center, has breathtaking views of Mount Ventoux. The chef will create his favorite Provencal menu for you each evening.
Gordes: Once a classic, Provencal house, this property is situated in the heart of the Luberon and in the center of Gordes. Enjoy a ‘panache’ by the pool after riding on the race route of the Tour de France or do a shorter ride to a nearby village for coffee.
**(Marty was in the breakaway on the Col d’Murs in the 1998 Tour de France heading into Carpentras….ask him about it)
WHAT LEVEL RIDER DO I NEED TO BE?
We ride on the quiet, less traveled roads of Provence. This means that we ride over hilly terrain and offer the 25km climb of Mt Ventoux as a challenge for you. Our trips are for “lifestyle” cyclists that love to ride. 40-60 miles per day average.
IS THIS A GOOD TRIP FOR A NON-RIDER?
If your companion rides only a small amount we offer shorter rides. This is a very good trip for non-riders. Hikes are plentiful, daily markets, and walks through the vineyards are all options each day. Cooking classes are available and guided tours can be found in nearby Avignon. Two of our hotels have pools and upon request we’ll arrange for a local masseus.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME?
We are looking forward to sharing our 20 years of knowledge and experiences with you. We have bi-lingual staff that understands both American & European culture. Service & Safety are our top priority to provide you with a seemless vacation. Small groups provide a comfortable and personal experience. Read: About Us
European Knowledge – Jemison Cycling is owned & operated by a former Professional cyclist who raced over 900 days throughout Europe
Van Support & Luggage Transfers
Ride Food – Drink Mix
One Guide per 4 Guests
Snacks on the Fly
Bicycles (Rental Bikes available)
Personal incidentals & Guide Gratuities (our guides work hard for tips)
*Travel Insurance strongly suggested (www.TravelGuard.com)
Location: Bedoin, France
Date: June (2-9)
Dates: Sept (30-Oct 6) & Oct (7-13)
Cost: $3,497Sign Me Up