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6 NIGHTS

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COMFORT

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LEVEL 2-3

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600 KM

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11,500 M

PROVENCE CYCLE TOUR

This is a tour desgined around the best & most varied riding in Provence, taking in both the must-see highlights of the region alongside little known secret roads.

The tour begins in the Préalpes d’Azur and the breathtaking Gorges du Verdon. From here ride north to the Sisteron-Beuch region before riding east up the Gorges de la Meouge & the Gorges de la Nesque to the picturesque village of Mazan. 

From Mazan take a restful ride around Luberon and the iconic villages of Rousillon, Gordes & Murs before finishing the week with the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux.

Stay in beautiful hotels along the route & enjoy the best of French wines & cusine.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Moissac-Bellevue
Warm up ride, Route Bord du Lac, 41 km, 690 m

Day 2:

Gorges du Verdon & the Préalpes d’Azur, 131 km, 2,900 m
Highlights: the Gorges du Verdon

Day 3:

Moissac-Bellevue – Sisteron, 122 km, 2,200 m
Highlights: Col de l’Espinouse, Col de Font Belle

Day 4:

Sisteron to Mazan, 112 km, 1,400 m
Highlights: The villages of Sederon & Sault, the Gorges de la Meouge

Day 5:

Discover Luberon, 82 km, 1,400 m
Highlights: The picturesque villages of Murs, Rousillon & Gordes, the Sénanque Abbey

Day 6:

Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, 75 km, 1,900 m (1 ascent)
Make it epic: Add a second ascent from Malaucène

Day 7:

Departure from Mazan

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

This tour is for Level 2 – 3 riders. To be able to enjoy the rides regular cycling in the months before the tour is highly recommended.

Don’t forget our support vehicle will never be from the group should you wish to take a break. 

We are experienced at adjusting rides to suit different rider levels within a group. Please give us a call if you have any doubts or questions.

MAP

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • MONT VENTOUX
  • PREALPS DE AZUR
  • LUBERON
  • GORGES DU VERDON

PROVENCE TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. On longer days the team will serve a roadside lunch – a time efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love ofcCycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.

Mechanical support will be close by at all times.

Quick Facts
  • PROVENCE HAS PRODUCED BEAUTIFUL WINES FOR OVER 2,000 YEARS
  • THE FIRST LAVENDER IN PROVENCE ALLEGEDLY CAME FROM PERSIA
  • THE TOMMY SIMPSON MEMORIAL IS LOCATED ON MONT VENTOUX

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Tastes of Provence

Provence is a region known for its beautiful wines and delicious local produce.

Highlights of the tour inlcude evening meals at a traditional French gastronomic restaurant, L’Ingénue, a home-cooked meal at Le Patio de Sophie & a moden, creative menu prepared by the chef at Bastide du Calalou.

Lunch is a guest favaourite – a picnic prepared by the support team at beautiful locations on our daily ride. We shop locally and put together a nutritious buffet designed to keep our guests feeling strong all day.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch & 3 evening meals included in the tour. Guests are free to dine at their leisure for 3 nights of the tour & we’ll recommend the best restuarants in our host villages.

Provencial Hospitality

Rest, recover & indulge in 3 & 4* hotels.

Bastide du Calalou * * * *

Stay in elegant rooms overlooking the Aups valley in this charming hotel located in the village of Moissac Bellevue. Relax by the pool & soak up the luxury. (2 nights)

Le Patio de Sophie * * *, Sisteron

A boutique hotel situated in front of the citadel in the historic centre of Sisteron. Enjoy a wonderful welcome & stay with our hostess Sophie. (1 night)

Chateau de Mazan * * * * 

Finish the tour in style with two nights in this gorgoeus hotel featuring a Chateau & 18th century mansion. (2 nights)

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike.  All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY HELIUM X

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

RIDLEY FENIX DISC

  • Disc Brake Road Bike
  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • DTSwiss R24 DB wheelset.

FACTOR O2

  • State-of-the-art lightweight frameset
  • Black Inc. carbon wheels & finishing kit
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

Trip Dates

24th – 30th May 2020

31st May – 6th June 2020

27th September – 3rd October 2020

On demand for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€2,899*

Single Supplement €499

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Travel Logistics

Meeting Point: The meet point for the tour is Marseilles Train Station at 10am on Day 1 of the tour.

Plan onward travel from Avignon train station. Riders will be here by 11:00 on Day 8 of the tour.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3* & 4* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, ride nutrition & 3 evening meals included
Bike Hire: Optional extra
Transfers: Return group transfer from Marseilles Train station and too Avignon Train Station.

Group Bookings

Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

Absolutely brilliant service, Edward, Peter and Gethin were absolutely superb... The bikes were top class and just a totally professional outfit.. Thanks Brian.

Claire Mcgonigle

I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent. Really - nothing negative to say except that they are not located in the USA so I can’t use their company more frequently. I guess I have to get back to Europe! Thanks Lee and Team. What a trip!!

C.S

I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!

Jennifer Oh

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

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EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

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EXPERT GUIDES

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