PROVENCE - ALPES - COTE D’AZUR
An inspiring journey that traverses rolling roads of Provence before descending upon the stunning Cote d’Azur in Menton. A route that takes in some classic climbs and less known valley roads, with spectacular scenery from start to finish. You will discover roads, villages, food, culture and people that you could only dream of finding by yourself. Guided by former professional cyclist Tim Gudsell and friends along their favourite training and race routes.
People of all ages and abilities can take a trip with Ventouro. Rest assured our tours almost always comprise of riders with a wide variety of fitness levels and experience. To enjoy the main ride each day you would want to be able to ride 90km relatively comfortably, we will have shorter ride options available also.
Non-riding partners are also very welcome, at a discounted price you will get to explore France just as much as the riders, with more time to delve deeper into historic towns, and relax poolside at the hotel.
- Moderate Riding Difficulty
- 9 days 8 nights
- Rides between 40 to 120km
- Gorge de la Nesque
- Luberon Valley
- Cotes D’Azur
- Guided Rides and Vehicle Support
- Massage after Long Rides
- 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
“We’ve created our very own standard of travel, far exceeding the norm, for one simple reason: when your time is precious, we think you deserve a journey that moves you and surprises you at every turn”
Day 1 Bédoin - 30km 350m
Bienvenue en France! After your pick up and a short transfer to Bedoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux. After a light lunch, it’s time to fit the bikes and take an afternoon test ride into the heart of Provence. This is the time to make adjustments to your bike fit, so if something isn’t quite right the staff will help you.
Day 2 Gorge de la Nesque - 75km 1000m
Today we’ll discover the Gorges de la Nesque that cuts through the mountains between Mont Ventoux to the north and the Plateau de Vaucluse to the south. A stunning undulating ride that captures a full range of Provencal scenery.
Day 3 Mont Ventoux - 60km 1895m
Welcome to one of the most famous routes in all of cycling. As we are based at the foot of Mt. Ventoux, we will take a little detour to the start of the climb to let our legs warm up. Then our ride takes us up and over the summit just like the pros have traditionally done. Time for some photos at the summit before a flowing descent into Malaucène for lunch, followed by one of the best valley roads home..
Day 4 Transfer day to the Alpes - 44km 700m
Before departing Provence we will enjoy one more gorgeous Provencal ride, meandering through lavender fields and through tiny river valleys. After a picnic lunch we will say goodbye to Provence and head north to the Alpes, to find our base for the next 3 nights on the outskirts of Briancon.
Day 5 Col d’Izoard - 105km 2360m
Today is truly one of the most outstanding rides in the Alpes, we begin by following the Durance river along narrow road etched into the cliff side, before turning towards the quaint village of Guillestre. Then taking valley road winding through tunnels to the base of the Izoard. Climbing from the south side you can look back across the Casse Déserte towards the steep, forested slopes and the meadows beyond from where he had just ascended. Once at the summit all that rests is a 20km descent back to Briancon.
Day 6 Alp D’Huez
Synonymous with the Tour de France, the Alpes 21 hairpin turns are a serious challenge yet rewarding summit to tick off. We start our day with short transfer to the mountain village of La Grave to begin our loop. A gentle descent on the lower slopes of the Col de Lautaret to warm up before tackling the Alpe, before continuing on over the Col de Sarrene to complete our loop.
Day 7 Transfer to the Riviera - 60km 1000m
Time to leave the Alps and hit beach! This morning we spend transferring to the Italian Riviera, on arrival we enjoy a relaxed lunch and get ready for an exciting ride along the coast into France for our last stop. Taking in the Cipressa and Poggio climbs made famous by the Milan San Remo spring classic, and taking time to stop for gelato along the way.
Day 8 Col d’Eze & Nice - 75km 1800m
The last ride of the tour, but not the least. Starting with Col d’Eze we climb from the sea back into the mountain just briefly, before gliding back down the most magnificent roads into the centre of Nice for lunch. We’ll enjoy the vibe of Nice port before a gentle ride back along the coast to Menton, and our final dinner together at our favourite restaurant.
Day 9 Departure
Our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least à bientôt, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our team but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations.
RIDING // The rolling hills of south-eastern France make for incredible cycling terrain in general, but throw in a climb or two to one of the region’s picturesque hilltop villages, and you have something special. There really is something for everyone in Provence, and during this trip, you will get to explore the best the region has to offer.
ACCOMMODATION // For your comfort, we handpick accommodation for each tour. You may be staying in a boutique hotel, at a vineyard (handy for wine tasting), or in a rustic homestead with a personal chef on hand. Either way, you’ll be ready to relax into a comfy bed after your exertions during the day!
FOOD & WINE // The Provence region is renowned for their Rose wines, but we are also fans of their big spicy reds. From the crepes at breakfast to the crusty, yet chewy baguette at lunch and the regional delicacy, Ratatouille at dinner, the daily culinary road is second only to the amazing rides of the region.