Tour of Provence

Scheduled

6 nights

Advanced

563 km

10753 m

FranceTour of Provence

Summary

This tour is designed around the best and most varied riding in Provence, giving you the chance to discover both the must-see highlights of the region alongside little-known roads and secluded villages. 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 and Murs before finishing the week with the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux.

Stay in beautiful hotels along the route such as the 4-star Bastide du Calalou, Le Patio de Sophie in Sisteron, and the Chateau de Mazan. Enjoy the best of French wines and cuisine each day, with breakfast, lunch and 3 evening meals included in the price of the tour. Some highlights inlcude evening meals at a traditional French gastronomic restaurant, L’Ingénue, a home-cooked meal at Le Patio de Sophie and a moden, creative menu prepared by the chef at Bastide du Calalou.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the spectacular landscapes of Provence on two wheels. Our support vehicle will never be far from the group should you wish to take a break.

DURATION

7 days / 6 nights

DISTANCE

563 km

HOTELS
★★★★★ ★★★★★
REGION

France

Terrain

Road

LEVEL

Advanced

Average Distance X DAY

94 km

Average Time X DAY

4 h 41 min

PRICE PER PERSON FROM€ 4.699

TOUR highlights

Provençal charm and hospitality

The mighty Mont Ventoux

Prealps de Azur

Luberon

Gorges du Verdon

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Advanced

Rated 3 out of 4 our Advanced tours are designed for people who ride regularly and want back to back challenging days on the bike. Riders should be confident riding in a small group, comfortable on extended climbs (at your own pace) and have good bike handling skills on corners and descents. E-bikes are available on all of our tours.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Welcome to Provence!

Welcome to Provence! Once arrived in Moissac-Bellevue, head out with the Eat Sleep Cycle team for a warm-up ride au Bord tu Lac and settle into the rhythm of the week ahead. Relax by the pool in the afternoon and spend your first night in France at the charming 4* Bastide du Calalou Hotel.

EAT

Light light, evening meal

SLEEP

Bastide du Calalou

CYCLE

Warm up ride - 41.3 km, 691 m

Day 1

The Verdon Loop

On day 2, enjoy incredible views of the mightly Gorges du Verdon and its wonderful turquoise waters and complete an undulating route through the spectacular Provençal countryside. Enjoy lunch en route prepared by the Eat Sleep Cycle support team and spend the afternoon cooling off in the hotel swimming pool.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch, free evening in the village

SLEEP

Bastide du Calalou

CYCLE

Verdon Loop - 131.1 km, 2,966 m

Day 1

From Moissac-Bellevue to Sisteron

On day 3, ride from Moissac-Bellevue to Sisteron, nestled on the banks of the river Durance between two long mountain ridges. Start the ride by passing past the Gorges du Verdon once again, before carrying on north through the hilly countryside. Spend the night at Le Patio de Sophie, a boutique hotel situated in front of the citadel. Enjoy a wonderful welcome & stay with our hostess Sophie.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch, evening meal

SLEEP

Le Patio de Sophie

CYCLE

Moissac-Bellevue to Sisteron - 122.2 km, 2,226 m

Day 1

From Sisteron to Mazan

The tour advances west on day 4, with a 112 km route that starts with a gentle climb. The second half of the ride is a majority downhill route until today's destination of Mazan. Highlights of the day include the villages of Sederon & Sault, the Gorges de la Meouge. Spend the afternoon resting or exploring the quaint village of Mazan. Spend the night in the Chateau de Mazan, a gorgoeus hotel featuring a Chateau & 18th century mansion.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch, evening meal

SLEEP

Chateau de Mazan

CYCLE

Sisteron to Mazan - 111.8 km, 1,433 m

Day 1

Discover Luberon

A Provençal loop is on the cards for the penultimate day of this tour. Highlights of the day include the picturesque villages of Murs, Rousillon & Gordes, the Sénanque Abbey. Spend another at the Chateau de Mazan.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch, free evening in Mazan

SLEEP

Chateau de Mazan

CYCLE

Luberon Loop - 81.9 km, 1,468 m

Day 1

The Might Mont Ventoux

The final ride on the cards for this Tour of Provence is one ascent of the mighty Mont Ventoux. It has been the scene of one of the most grueling climbs in the Tour de France, which has ascended the mountain eighteen times since 1951. Make you final day truly epic by adding a second ascent from Malaucène! Spend the final night of the tour at the Chateau de Mazan.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch, evening meal

SLEEP

Chateau de Mazan

CYCLE

Ascend Mont Ventoux - 74.3 km, 1,969 m

Day 1

Departures from Mazan

Take some final picturs and exchange contacts with the other members of the tour, it's time to say farewell! Departures from Mazan.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

CYCLE

THE TOUR
IN DETAIL

RIDE SUPPORT

full support

Enjoy full ride support from our professional guide team & support vehicle.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water, as well as a full set of tools to resolve any mechanicals. On selected days the support crew will serve a delicious picnic lunch in a scenic location en route. Enjoy local foods chosen to keep you feeling energized and healthy.

Eat Sleep Cycle guides are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime.

All guests will receive access to our digital Road Book and routes, giving everyone the flexibility to ride at their own pace.

HOTELS

Hotels shown are examples and are subject to change

BIKE HIRE

Wilier Filante SLR

Pure Road

The Filante SLR is an extremely lightweight aerodynamic bicycle used by World Tour team Astana. Enjoy a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and DT Swiss ERC 1400 wheelset.

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Wilier Filante SL Hybrid Road E-Bike

Pure Road Electric

Our top of the range road e-bike from Wilier. Enjoy a lightweight carbon frame, carbon wheelset and Shimano Ultegra Di2 shifting. The Filante Hybrid has a range of 1,000-2,000m of elevation, or constant use 1.5-2hrs. Range extenders are avialable to hire which doubles this range.

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Wilier Garda Hybrid Road E-Bike

All Road Electric

A comfortable e-road bike with a lightweight carbon frameset and a clean-cut design featuring fully integrated cable routing. The Garda Hybrid uses the proven and reliable Mahle X35+ drive unit with 250 Wh motor inserted in the rear hub while the battery is housed in the down tube. The groupset is Shimano 105 Di2. The Garda has an autonomy of 1,000-2,000m of elevation, or constant use 1.5-2hrs - it's possible to rent a range extender to double the range for an additional fee.

Electric

Wilier Filante SL

All Road

The Wilier Filante SL guarantees a first-class weight, a precise ride and a great aesthetic clarity thanks to the integrated cables. Carbon Monocoque frame with full internal cable routing Electronic Shimano 105 Di2 shifting Carbon wheels Chainrings: 50/34, Cassette: 11-34

Basso Diamante

Pure Road

The ultimate bike for climbers. The Diamante features a lightweight fully integrated frameset, a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and a carbon ERC 1400 wheelset from DT Swiss. The Diamante has gearing for climbing - a 50/34 chainset and an 11-34 cassette.

Premium Upgrade

Basso Astra

All Road

An endurance all-road bike that increases versatility with features that lean closer to gravel. Enojy a comfortable performance carbon frameset, an electronic SRAM Force AXS groupset and a MicroTech RE38 Carbon wheelset. 48/35 chainrings and 10-36 cassette

THE GUIDES

Details

LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION

HOW TO GET HERE

Travel to Moissac-Bellevue

MEETING POINT

Bastide du Calalou Hotel

TIME

10:00

DEPARTURE

Mazan

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES

CYCLING

Fully supported

ACCOMMODATION

3 & 4* hotels

FOOD

Breakfast, lunch & 4 evening meals

TRANSFERS

Not included, available on request

BIKE RENTAL

Not included, available on request

EAT SLEEP CYCLE LOCATION

ESC France

Lavendar, croissants and café au lait… Mont Ventoux, the Gorges du Verdon and the Cote d’Azur. Need we say more?! The South of France offers unique and contrasting landscapes to experience on two wheels. From the picture-perfect lavender fields of Provence, to the iconic Mont Ventoux, to the wild, remote Cevennes & Ardeche mountains, the South of France offers incredible rides for cyclists of all abilities. The region’s warm Mediterranean climate makes the South of France the ideal location for year-round riding.

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DEPOSIT

A 30% deposit will secure your place on the tour

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FINAL BALANCE

The final balance is due 90 days before the tour departs

Single Occupancy:  PLUS €999
Sunday

9 June 2024

Saturday

15 June 2024

€4.699Book now
Monday

14 July 2025

Sunday

20 July 2025

€4.699Book now
Monday

29 September 2025

Sunday

5 October 2025

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FAQs

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What happens if I need to cancel the trip?

We have a flexible cancelation policy – please take a look at our cancellation policy at the time of booking. If you have any doubts please reach out and we’re happy to help.

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Is the tour the right level for me?

We rate our tours from Level 1 (Leisure) to Level 4 (Epic). Each tour contains a description of the level, expected daily ride time, distance and elevation. If you have any doubts we’re more that happy to speak to you on the phone and help to find you the perfect trip!

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What about bikes? Can I hire one or should I bring my own?

We recommend that you hire a bike for your tour and will work with you after you book to help you to choose the best size and model for your ride style. If you prefer to bring your bike, it’s no problem. Please be aware that on some of our epic trips we charge a supplement to transport your bike box to our finishing location. If you have any doubts, please ask!

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Is insurance included?

Insurance is not included in our tour packages. We highly recommend contracting travel insurance at the time of reservation with a company from where you are from.

Health insurance which covers you for illness or injury whilst cycling in your chosen destination is mandatory, we’ll ask you for details of your insurance providor before you travel.

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