Cycling

Old Bicycle

Introduction offer for one week in the Provence, for groups of 7-9 people at € 280 p.p. pr. week, half board

Discover this beautiful part of the Provence by bicycle: hilly country side with flat stretches for moderate to advanced levels. Every tour is adapted to your individual levels and needs.

Cycle through picturesque villages like Cotignac, Tourtour and Aups. Your hosts Vivien and Leif, seasoned semi-professional cyclists themselves and members of the Bicycle Club of Carces, will highlight the most beautiful parts of their Provence, which take you off the beaten track down smaller country roads and lanes which took them years to discover, and they are willing to share with you. They know the best routes from first-hand experience and thus are able to show you different routes, for all levels of bicycling.

All tours are self-guided, with all necessary maps and material provided by Vivian & Leif. For a small fee (depending on length of tour) Vivian or Leif will be your personal guide for one or more days.

Tours of 30, 60, 90 to 120 km
Fully equipped repair shop at the house
Separate bicycle storage
Professional guidance by your hosts Vivian and Leif (trilingual Danish/English/French)

We suggest several tours:

Historic Villages of the Var
93km
This tour takes you down country lanes to Le Thoronet, past the Abbaye du Thoronet to Carcés, to the typical Provencal village of Cotignac, up into the more isolated part of the Provence towards Fox-Amphoux, a perched village visible from afar, then to Salernes and back to Entrecasteaux.

The Bauxit Tour
80,5km
This tour takes you through rosé wine country to the beautiful village of Bras, up through oak tree forests to Brue-Auriac, to the market town of Barjols, then the back roads to Correns (first bio village in France) and back to Carces

The Balconies of the Var
60km (plus 25km)

This tour starts in Villecroze, located 12,5 km from Maison Marianel, i.e. add 25 km to the length of the tour. Through gently rolling country side to Lorgues and then onto Taradeau, then to Ampus and up to the perched village of Tourtour, to then end this tour in Villecroze.

Mont Ventoux 1912m
For the advanced bicyclists we offer a tour up the famous Mont Ventoux, one stop along the Tour de France. Mont Ventoux stands alone in the middle of southern France, near Avignon. The highest isolated mountain in France, Mont Ventoux has a unique and somewhat eerie limestone “moonscape” at the top and lush provençal terrain at the bottom. Its vegetation and landscapes vary according to the altitude: 400 different flowers and more than a thousand types of plants adorn its slopes over five levels between 400 and 1900 metres.
There are four different routes up the “Giant of Provence”:
the Eastern slope by Sault – the least difficult climb – a 1220 metre rise over 26 kilometres. 20 km of shaded road, of false rising summits (3,5%) and climbs (5-6%), on a well-tended road. At 1410m one comes out of the forest to discover a lunar-like landscape and joins the Bédoin road. The last 6 kilometres are at +/-9%
the southern ascent by Bédoin – part of the Tour de France and the most difficult: a 1610 metre climb over 21,5 km (+/-7,5%). Between Bédoin and Chalet Reynard, there is a 6 km climb, then 9 kilometres between 8,5 and 10,7 %
the Northern ascent by Malaucène – a 1535 m climb over 21km (+/-7,3%). An easier ride than the others on a recently re-surfaced road. Magnificent views on a slope which is protected from the southerly winds.

Please arrange this tour in advance with your hosts so they can organize transportation to Mont Ventoux.

This offer is ideal for groups between 7 and 9 people.

Introduction offer for one week in the Provence, for groups of 7-9 people
from 280 Euro p.p. half board

We offer one week (7 nights) including a breakfast with home baked bread and a well prepared dinner every evening. The meals are well prepared and adapted to the needs of the active cyclist.

· on the day of arrival (after 16:oo) a dinner will be served.

· 0n the day of departure (before 10:00) breakfast will be served.

The package price is 280 euro per person, based on double occupancy in one of our well-appointed apartments. Two of the apartments are for up to 4-5 people. The apartments have their own separate bath room and private access.

dates: 4 April – 16 April or 23 April – 14 May

If you are a group of 7-9 people you are welcome to suggest a bicycle week (including half board) any time before week 20 or after week 36 (beginning of September).

There is lots to do in this area for the days you decide not to cycle or you come here with someone who does not cycle at all: colorful Provencal markets every day of the week; swimming in beautiful lakes or in the Mediterranean only 1.5 hours away by car; browsing through the numerous art galleries; wine tasting at the many vineyards; and many more opportunities to experience this beautiful part of the Provence.