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Côtes du Rhône Bike Tour

A Piece of Provence for Wine Lovers

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price from: $5,595Collection: 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

Eat

Rosette de Lyon and andouillette sausages, coq au vin, quenelle, pike, salade Lyonnaise, and marron glacé (candied chestnuts)

Drink

Full-bodied, bold, and tannic varietals including Syrah, Gigondas, and Grenache

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Côtes du Rhône

    Your guides will greet you at the Avignon train station and escort you to the charming perched village of Crestet. Settle into La Verrière, our home for the next two nights, before diving right into a wine tasting at the hotel’s own domaine, Chêne Bleu. After sampling organic reds, whites, and rosés made from traditional Rhône varietals, we roll up our sleeves and follow the instructions of the hotel chef to prepare a Provençal feast—the perfect pairing. Bon Appetit!

    Meals: Dinner
    Destinations: Crestet
    Accommodations: La Verrière

  • Day 2

    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, 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, we dine at the chic Pont de L’Orme restaurant in Malaucène.

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

  • Day 3

    Mont Ventoux and Mormoiron

    After breakfast on La Verrière’s terrace with a view of Mont Ventoux, we head to Malaucène and Bédoin, the 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. 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: Malaucène, Bédoin, Flassan, Villes-sur-Auzon, Mormoiron
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 500 meters
    AccommodationsLa Verrière

  • Day 4

    The Venice of Provence and the Pope’s New Castle

    Today’s ride takes us to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, called the Venice of Provence for the waterways that run parallel to sidewalks and umbrella-shaded cafés. Stop into a few of the town’s gorgeously curated antique shops, then transfer to the countryside for an afternoon of mellow riding. Pass through Lagnes and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, then pause for lunch with pours of Rhône and Ventoux wines. Arrive later in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where we tour a top domaine and its vineyards, followed—of course—by a tasting. 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: Mazan, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Uzès
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 300 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, celebrate our final evening together at the hotel’s exquisite restaurant 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: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 550 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

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

Depart

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

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 wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and 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

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

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