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Breakfast buffet on the terrace under the vines.

A TYPICAL DAY.

Breakfast buffet on the terrace under the vines.

Here are examples of 2 days' cycling for the 2 extremes of cyclists (those that want more sight seeing than cycling, and those who focus on the miles). Remember most of us are somewhere in between these two groups. Of course these itineraries are not written in stone, they are just an idea of what a couple of your days riding could look like - its up to you. We will of course point you in the right direction, so you can make the most of your time.

1 - A small amount of bike time with more of an accent on Tourism.

Day 1 example includes: The pool, a Ride to Gordes village for lunch & then onto some Wine Tasting, Dinner at the Farmhouse.

View of Gordes, the nearby hilltop village. 9am - Start the day with a nice French breakfast buffet under the vines.
9.45am - An hour in the sun lounging by the pool & lavender reading that book.
11am - On the bike for a ride to the breathtaking hill village of Gordes. 45 mins on quiet back roads, through the vines. Take a stop at the ancient "Village des Bories" and visit the stone buildings that Provence is famous for.
12.30pm - 15 minutes on the bike and the final climb to Gordes with its breathtaking views.
1pm - A leisurely lunch in one of the many village restaurants.
2.30pm - Time for a walk around the beautiful Provencal village of Gordes. A village with the entirety of its houses made from stone, take in the renaissance chateau & art galleries, the beautiful church, its many small and winding stone clad ruelles, and its restaurants and cafés by the stone fountain (as seen in the Ridley Scott film A Good Year!!).
4pm - back on bike for 45 mins & down the hill & on the country lanes to one of the numerous Vineyards for some wine tasting.
6pm - back to the farmhouse for a freshen up and relax before dinner.
7.30pm - Join us for a drink and 3 course home cooked dinner under the vines.
Total bike time for the day (approx) : 1h 30 to 2 hours.

View of the Pont d'Avignon.

Day 2 example includes: The Lavender Museum, a Ride to Fontaine de Vaucluse & Isle sur la Sorgue for lunch, Car Ride to Avignon & Dinner.

9am - Start the day with a nice French breakfast buffet under the vines. Then a 5 min walk into Coustellet for a visit of the Lavender museum, see the whole process & go to the shop.
11am - 45 min scenic ride to Fontaine de Vaucluse - walk along the crystal clear Sorgue river, then up to its source, have a drink by the river & old bridge and take in the atmosphere.
12.30pm - 20 mins along the flat to the town of Isle Sur la Sorgue (known as "Venice of Provence"), take in its many water ways & its dozens of authentic antique shops. Then a relaxing lunch at one of the numerous riverside restaurants.
2pm - 40 mins on the bike on the flat through the orchards back to the Farmhouse for a swim.
3.30pm - in the car for the easy 30 min journey to Avignon. Visit the walled city with its Pope's Palace (UNESCO site), Pont d'Avignon and many interesting streets, museums & boutiques.
7pm - drinks & dinner at one of Avignon's many excellent bars & restaurants.
Total bike time for the day (approx) : 1h 45 to 2h 30 hours.

View of the nearby beautiful village - Fontaine de Vaucluse.

2. Where the biking is more important.

Day 1 example includes: 3hr ride in the river plane & its villages (Lunch out), Pool, 2hr ride inc the rail bike track, Dinner at the farmhouse.

9am - start the day with a nice French breakfast buffet under the vines.
10am - On the bike for 3 hours in the quiet & beautiful hills and then onto the plane through the fruit orchards, taking in the villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, St Didier, le Thor & more.
1pm - Lunch stop in the village of Robion.
2.30pm - 10 min ride and its back to the Farmhouse for a swim.
4pm - Out for a couple of hours taking in some of the designated bike routes and the old railway bike track as well as some of the renowned hilltop villages and their cafes for a well earned pit stop.
6.30pm - back to the farmhouse for a freshen up and relax before dinner.
7.30pm - Join us for a drink and 3 course home cooked dinner under the vines. Then I'm guessing bed early after all that!
Total bike time for the day (approx) : 5 hours.

Mont Ventoux mile stone @ 1900 metres - almost there!

Day 2 example: Drive to and ride up Mont Ventoux, Lunch on the mountain, Visit Goult Village, Local Restaurant for Dinner.

9am - Start the day with a nice French breakfast buffet under the vines.
10am - In the car for the 50 minute drive to the foot of the cycling Mecca that is Mont Ventoux!!
11am - Get you time card punched at the Tourist Office and off you go.
12.30pm - you should be approaching the last and hardest section. 6kms @ 10% non stop + the wind = pretty tough.
1.15pm - You should be near the 1912m that is the summit of the "Giant of Provence", punch your time card, admire your time, & take in the view. Buy your "I tamed Mont Ventoux" souvenir water bottle. 5 mins of quick descent down to the Chalet Reynard restaurant to replace a few calories...
And then the huge 30 min descent back to your start point.
3.30pm - back in the car and towards the farmhouse via the lavender fields.
4.15pm - stop off at Goult, a pretty village off the tourist circuit topped by its Windmill and Chateau. A sign-posted walk takes you from the mill through the narrow village lanes taking in the various points important to the village’s history. Finish the visit at the café on the vast square dominated by the church. Then 5 mins car journey to the Farmhouse.
6pm - Back at the farmhouse for a swim and freshen up before dinner.
7pm - Choose one of the excellent local restaurants from our list and enjoy.
Total bike time for the day (approx) : 1h 45 to 3 hours.

“The area is full of beautiful villages and towns, all with a great choice of cafes and restaurants for lunch or for the evenings when dinner is not provided. Neil and Nat can advise on choice of restaurants and are also a fund of info about the area.”
Alan - UK - Sept 13.

“We have wanted to explore Provence more and found this fabulous bed and breakfast with biking excursions that we could tailor to meet our abilities”.
Deb - US - June 13.

“Cycling through the Luberon valley after having breakfast under the grape vines, going to an idyllic village to have lunch and knowing that Neil was preparing a feast for dinner was only a part of the experience.”
Kim & Annemarie - Australia - May 11.

"Amazing system.  Allows you to have a plan and know where you’re going through small country roads, villages, vineyards and orchards."
Dana & Flynn - US - June 2010.

"if you want a route that sets you a bit of challenge with a good restaurant for lunch Neil will point you in the direction and recommend the best places to visit, And if you want the ultimate cycling challenge you can travel to Bedoin and then head up Mont Ventoux, an experience which will stay with you for some time to come!"
Patrick - UK - June 2010.

"you could take off for a ride at your own schedule, travel at your own speed and stop whenever you felt like it...which was often as there were so many spectacular photo opportunities."
Donna - US - June 2010.

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Neil & Natalène COWELL- Provence Cycling Holidays - 536 Chemin du Sarret - 84220 Coustellet - France.
Tel: 00 33 (0)4 90 75 03 95 - Mob: 00 33 (0)6 66 99 98 02 - Email: neil_cowell@yahoo.fr
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