Alps - France

Provence & Ventoux Discovery: Heritage Cycling Tour

Guided 7 days € 1,095

Year-round road cycling through the superb mountains of Provence, France. As you pedal these world-class mountain passes, you will be under the watchful eye of Mont Ventoux with spectacular views.

Style
E-Biking
Gain
14,800 m
Distance
765 km
Level
Difficult

Tour overview

NO NEED TO WAIT FOR THE SPRING TO RIDE THESE MOUNTAINS

On this guided cycling tour through the French Alps, you’ll ride from high up in the Southern Alps through the charming back streets and sleepy villages and discover lesser-known mountain passes and alpine routes along the way.

During this fantastic seven-day tour, you’ll make lifelong memories and face daily challenges, with a new series of quiet cols to climb each day before taking on the mighty Mont Ventoux.

The tour features moderate to high altitude climbs and demanding daily distances over diverse terrain, giving you the chance to push your performance under sunny Mediterranean skies.

Start point
Sisteron
End point
Sisteron
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Marseille
Flying out
Marseille

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Cyclist on road mont ventoux, bédoin, france

Discover Secret Cols

Lesser-known mountain passes and local favourites are all part of the incredible itinerary. You'll receive full support throughout the trip so you can focus on pedalling.

Mont Ventoux - Ascent from Malaucene

Diverse Terrain

This tour takes on the impressive Mont Ventoux with a variety of landscapes. Take in the fantastic panoramic views span across the southern Alps. Each day offers two routes with varying distances and profiles.

Comfortable Hotels

Across the 6 nights, you'll enjoy comfortable accommodations ideal for resting after long days in the saddle. There will be opportunities to meet non-riders and have a catch-up in the evening at the end of the day.

Tour destination

Provence - Southern French Alps

The southern French Alps are a paradise for cyclists and explorers of all kinds with their thundering gorges, rolling valleys, and cloud-topped mountain peaks. What’s more, the varied terrain offers some challenging routes for more technical riders who want to see how far they can push their climbing skills. Rich blue skies create a backdrop for awe-inspiring views of the Alps and Mediterranean coastline, whilst we soak up the culture and history of these ancient roads and towns.

Discover More
  • Weather

    Spring and autumn offer the best weather conditions for mountain riding in the Alps, and although the peaks can get a bit blustery in winter, year-round cycling certainly isn’t out of the question.

  • Terrain

    France offers an incredibly diverse range of terrain suitable for any rider. However, this tour through Provence is challenging with some intense climbs through the alpine mountains.

  • Culture

    French cycling culture doesn’t get much better than in the Alps riding on epic Tour de France roads. Touring is a popular way to explore the country and drivers are used to sharing the road with cyclists.

Accommodation during your tour

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels and Guesthouses

Each night we’ll sleep in a different 2 or 3 star hotel or guesthouse along our route, all of which offer a very pleasant stay after a full day of riding. 

We choose the accommodation based on its location and proximity to the start and end of each route and each location includes secure bike storage facilities so you can focus on some well-deserved R&R.

A support vehicle will be assisting us for the entire trip to move your bags and belongings safely between each location.

All Meals Included

This 7 day tour includes all breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4 course menu, so all you need to decide is what to drink with each meal. We also recommend you bring your favourite gels and energy bars in case you need a mid-ride boost.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Digne les Bains – Embrun
  • Distance
    110 km
  • Altitude gain
    2500 m

Enjoy incredible views of legendary mountains just over the Swiss-French border and a visit to the 4th-century town of Embrun located on the edge of one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Cameras at the ready!

 

Highlights:

  • Climb through the winding gorges of Bès River surrounded by high cliffs on either side
  • Enjoy breath-taking views of the Cheval Blanc mountain and Cime Bianche
  • Explore Embrun, host to a stage of the Tour de France in 2013

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport options: Marseille.

When best to arrive: in the morning the day the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: we meet at 13:00 at the central railway station of the French town Sisteron.

Transfers: we highly recommend you book optional airport transfers that we offer, this way we can guarantee a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night in Sisteron that we offer; the tour starts in the morning and you’ll want to be fresh!

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Marseille.

When best to depart: in the morning the day after the tour ends, the tour ends at 3 pm.

Where the tour ends: in the afternoon in the town of Sisteron.

Transfers: we highly recommend you book optional airport transfers that we offer, this way we can guarantee a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night near the airport that we offer; the tour ends in the afternoon, packing up and transferring takes time.

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • 6 Nights Accommodation

    6 nights in 2-3* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as an extra)

  • All Meals

    7 breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 7 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

  • Guide and Support

    Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, and tech support throughout the tour

  • GPS Tracks

    Comprehensive navigation app for smartphones, a detailed digital road book with routes, and GPS tracks

Cycling bottle
Extra
Bike rental
From only €275 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality carbon bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. To make sure you get the maximum from your bike for your trip, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of equipment.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

An Electric Road Bike is also available to rent.

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. 

CARBON ROAD BIKE

Fitted to you and in perfect condition

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • EXTRA
    Single accommodation
    €210 per person for entire trip

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €210 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

  • EXTRA
    Airport transfers
    From €140 per person

    Transportation for you and your bike from the nearest airport to the start point and back is available to book for €140 (round trip). You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. Contact us if you have any questions.

  • EXTRA
    Extra nights
    From €190 per person

    The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening, plus airport transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after to maximise your trip. You can book these two additional nights for €190 when you proceed to checkout.

Booking options

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Saturday 17 September 2022
Friday 23 September 2022
Saturday 8 October 2022
Friday 14 October 2022
Saturday 29 October 2022
Friday 4 November 2022
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