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Côtes du Rhône Bike Tour

A Piece of Provence for Wine Lovers

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $5,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Learn to prepare Provençal-style cuisine during a cooking class
  • Shop the gorgeous weekly market in Vaison-la-Romaine, an abundance of olives, cured meats, and heirloom vegetables
  • Tour and taste at a top vineyard in the world-famous winemaking enclave of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Ride right to the Pont du Gard—an ancient Roman aqueduct and staggering feat of manmade engineering—and the incredibly well-preserved Roman Theater of Orange

Eat

Pistou soup, Provençal lamb, fromages de chèvre, tapenade, black olives from Nyons

Drink

Full-bodied and bold Châteauneuf-du-Pape, tannic varietals including Gigondas, Côtes de Provence rosé, and pastis, an anise-flavored apéritif

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Côtes du Rhône

    Your guides will greet you at the Avignon train station and transfer you directly to our boutique hotel in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains for a light, fresh lunch. Our first ride is warm-up through the region’s peaceful white stone villages, with the option to tack on some extra miles or head straight back to the hotel. Later this evening, roll up your sleeves and work alongside the hotel chef to prepare a Provençal feast—perfectly paired with organic reds, whites, and rosés made from traditional Rhône varietals at the hotel’s own domaine. Bon Appetit!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Crestet, Entrechaux, Mollans-sur-Ouvèze, Faucon
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 346 meters
    Longer Option: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 624 meters
    Accommodations: La Verrière

  • Day 2

    The Base of Mont Ventoux and Mormoiron

    After breakfast on La Verrière’s terrace with a view of Mont Ventoux, we head to Malaucène and Bédoin for a visit to the weekly market. From these bases where Mont Ventoux ascents begin, the massif is ever-present as we ride alongside olive orchards, cherry trees, and never-ending vineyards. Stop for lunch at a farmhouse that’s sweet in its simplicity, and taste the Viognier and Grenache grown just feet away. Later, we reach Mormoiron for a visit with a leading producer of the Ventoux appellation. Walk into the vineyards, descend into the cellars, and taste the stellar range of wines. Tonight, we head into Crestet for dinner at a local restaurant with plenty of Provençal ambiance.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Malaucène, Bédoin, Flassan, Villes-sur-Auzon, Mormoiron
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 500 meters
    Longer Option: 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 960 meters
    AccommodationsLa Verrière

  • Day 3

    Wines of the Côtes du Rhône Villages and Dentelles de Montmirail

    This morning we ride to the ancient Provençal village of Vaison-la-Romaine, crossing its Roman bridge over the Ouvèze River. It’s market day in town, and after a bit of browsing we’ll continue into the Dentelles mountains to visit a winemaker within the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation. Pause for lunch in the perched town of Séguret, then continue on the bike or catch a ride in the van to a few more stops on our Côtes du Rhône wine tour, such as Sablet, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras. This evening, the chef at La Verrière treats us to a meal inspired by the best produce of the season.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Vaison-la-Romaine, Séguret, Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Malaucène, Crestet
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 366 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 930 meters
    AccommodationsLa Verrière

     

  • Day 4

    An Amphitheatre in Orange, Red Wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Today’s ride follows the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône through Rasteau, Cairanne, and the heart of the Rhone Valley to Orange, the “City of Princes.” The Roman Theater here has earned UNESCO World Heritage—it’s the best-preserved of its kind in Western Europe and continues to welcome artists to its magnificent stage. After lunch at a bistro in town, we’ll ride the rest of the way to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Pay a visit to one of the Pope’s favorite vineyards, followed (of course) by a tasting. A transfer takes us to Uzès where we’ll stay for our last two nights. This evening, lose yourself in the alleyways of this still-living medieval town in search of your own perfect dinner spot.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Rasteau, Cairanne, Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Uzès
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 231 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 414 meters
    Accommodations: La Maison D’Uzès

  • Day 5

    Pont du Gard Loop

    Hop on the bike and head southeast to visit one of the Rhône Valley’s most famous and impressive feats of ancient architecture: the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct built over 2000 years ago. We’ll make our way back through pleasant Provençal villages where time stands still. Tonight, we gather at our friend’s home outside of Uzès and enjoy a meal matched with wines that highlight the best of the Côtes du Rhône terroir.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Remoulins, Rochefort-du-Gard, Valliguières, Uzès
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 609 meters
    Accommodations: La Maison D’Uzès

  • Day 6

    Adieu to Côtes du Rhône

    After a relaxing breakfast, bid farewell to to Provence however you prefer. Take a last loop ride around the countryside of Uzès and visit Saint-Quentin-La-Poterie’s famous pottery workshops, or stroll the Saturday market in Uzès. Your guides will see you off at the Avignon train station.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Saint-Quentin-La-Poterie, Uzès
    Accomplished: 9 miles / 15 km, elevation gain: 80 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France Pick-Up Location: Avignon TGV Station or Avignon city center hotel Pick-Up Time: 11:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France Drop-Off Location: Avignon TGV Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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