Provence self guided cycling holiday, Gastronomic

“Food and cycling combine blissfully on this self guided cycling tour through gorgeous, gastronomic Provence. Cycle up to 52km a day, stopping to taste local produce, then dining in style each evening.”

Highlights

Vercors Mountains | cycle across the Valence region | cycle along the Drôme River | Crest | optional ride to Marsanne | Aiguebelle Monastery | Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux | discover the wine producing Côtes-du-Rhône area | Orange | Avignon | wonderful wine and local food | medieval villages | rest day | hybrid bike hire available

Description of Provence self guided cycling holiday, Gastronomic

Combine cycling with the wonderful food of southern France on this Provence self guided cycling holiday. It’s a gastronomic tour that takes the French philosophy of “bien manger et bien boire” or “eat well and drink well” to its heart, with great cycling complemented by Provence’s gastronomic way of life.

This popular eight day holiday takes you on a tour of the Drôme department and Provence, nourishing all your senses. Meet welcoming local people, from the chef leading the optional cooking lesson to the sommelier who can explain the merits of each vintage wine. This region’s culinary heritage is alive and well and something local people feel very proud of. Come and immerse yourself in the food, wine and traditions of this corner of France.

This gastronomic cycling tour includes just enough hills to help you burn off each evening’s gourmet dinner. After a day in the saddle, covering between 41km and 52km, you can happily tuck into regional specialities, including Picodon goat's cheese, little circular pâtés called Caillette de Chabeuil, and a glass or two of Clairette de Dié, an AOC protected sparkling wine. After dining on local favourites and wonderful wine, you will spend the night at the quaint guesthouses and hotels packed with Provençal character that we have carefully chosen for each leg of this tour.

This tour price varies, depending on the standard of hotel you wish to use. Luggage is transferred for you and a briefing, directions and info are all included, with assistance once you are out cycling if needed. Bring your own bike, or there are hybrid bikes available to rent.

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Departure information

This trip can start on any Saturday April 1st to October 25th
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Responsible tourism

Provence self guided cycling holiday, Gastronomic

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We offer you a unique way to offset your carbon by using pollution-free bicycles. Travelling by bike, you are no longer an observer — you are an active participant in the local environment and culture.

Travelling on small and quiet roads, this tour will allow you to experience part of the rural countryside and ride through famous and not-so-famous small and authentic villages that all so well illustrate the multi-faceted Provencal character.

During this trip you may get the best out of fine local produce – tasting Côtes-du-Rhône’s exceptional wines and directly buying authentic Provencal food to local producers like honey, cheese, liquors, breads…

We recommend travel by train, a much more eco-friendly solution. To travel within Europe, we recommend taking trains over renting cars, or air transports. Trains are more energy-efficient and will minimize the CO2 emissions by capita.

In cities, we recommend clients to use public transportations, or to walk or bike. City bike rentals are more and more widely available in big and medium-sized cities across Europe they are the best way to get around congested cities.

Community

Relying on local guides and family-owned hotels, you will be ensured a warm, personalized welcome. All properties are run by people who have a passion for their region and its cultural, gastronomic, and historical heritage. We use genuine places with local charm, blending harmoniously into the environment. Our hotels offer guests a pleasant, nice-sized environment. Some of them have as few as two rooms, while others are small human-sized hotels.

We are based in France. This is where we live and work. Our office is located in the French Alps, just a stones throw from the Swiss border, and we ride the very same roads we recommend to you for your cycling vacations. As firm believers of sustainable development, we have established a friendly network of professionals, comprised mainly of local tour guides, small operators, and family-run agencies. Most of our people have created their own jobs/enterprises in order to live their passion for the region and cultural heritage. All have extensive travel experience and have lived in various places before falling in love with the area they now call home.

Traveling with us guarantees that you will be taken care of by caring professionals who chose to build their lives here. Forget the non-descript and indistinguishable big chain hotels; we use genuine places with local charm. All the properties we use are run by people who have a passion for their region and its cultural, gastronomic, and historical heritage.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The unknown! Everyday was whatever we wanted it to be, because we had the freedom to bike quickly to our next destination, or stop and gaze at every landscape or building or ANYTHING we felt like doing! We discovered something new everyday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you book it for the time frame we did (mid May) beware the mistral winds! They are more fierce at this time, as we discovered very quickly. It did not negatively affect our experience because we are athletic and love a challenge, but we can appreciate how some people with lesser endurance would find it difficult. If you're not, just be aware that at some points you may feel it best to dismount and walk the bike for short distances here and there. And bring a jacket because wind makes any beautiful weather seem more chilly!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10/10. Everything was taken care of by the cycling company. It was a worry free and stress free vacation. Highly recommended!

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