Provence exclusive Mountain Bike tour around Mont Ventoux & Luberon !

Mountain Bike tour in Provence, France

Provence Mountain Biking

A sport based discovery of Provence on mountain bike. Between the vineyards and the lavender fields, enjoy the single-tracks and panoramas in the heart of our countryside.
Real mountain biking, predominantly gravity fuelled with the legendary Mont-Ventoux as one of the holiday highlights. Provence is well known for its laid back lifestyle and the Ride & More team will ensure that you get to enjoy our gastronomy and traditions’. The holiday is kept to small groups, starting at 4 people with our qualified guide to ensure you enjoy his vast local knowledge and discover “la Provence” and its secrets.

Price from :

4195,00€ / Pers.

Duration : 6 days / 5 nights
Fitness level : level 3
Technical level : intermediate
Standing :

The program of your stay :

Welcome to Provence / Sunday

When you arrive on Sunday morning we will accompany you to your residence.
Your guide will ensure you receive the correct bike and equipment and help with the necessary tasks of setting up the bike for you. During lunch, the Ride & More team will be there to fully explain how the week will function including safety aspects. After a light lunch, off to the base of Mont-Ventoux to test the bikes and enjoy the rocky ochres formations and the vineyards. On our way back, a local winegrower will be waiting to propose a tasting of local wines. The evening of your arrival, Restaurant du Vieux Four will be expecting you with a menu both gourmand and generous.

#welcomeinprovence #wine #goodstart #onboard

Crossing the Dentelles-de-Montmirail / Monday

“En route” for the exceptional crossing of the Dentelles de Montmirail. After a small climb up to the Pas de loup, you will be immediately rewarded with breathtaking views of the Mont Ventoux and its surrounding vineyards and orchards. The same fun trails that hug the cliffs will lead you down to the village of Gigondas where lunch in the village square will await you.

After then, our team will transfer you back up to altitude in order to enjoy the last part of the descent through the forest single tracks all the way to Beaume-de-Venise.

The evening of your second day will be a discovery of savours based around our “black diamond” the truffle of Provence.

#wineyards  #muscatwine #perchedvillage #truffle

Mont Ventoux “Le Géant de Provence” / Tuesday

The days riding will take place on the slopes of the “Géant de Provence”, almost exclusively the descent in a simply breathtaking environment. We will drop you at the top where you can take in the 360° unbroken view of Provence before attacking the south face. You will have lots of time to enjoy the long ride down and the fantastic trails that will pass through incredibly varied terrain that will bring you to a well-deserved lunch break at Bedoin.

After a quick lift back up to Chalet Reynard, the Northface and its vertiginous singles will give you a stunning view of the Alps, all the way to the charming village of Aurel.
Our team will be ready with refreshments before they take you to Coquillade Village, your residence for the second part of your stay.

The evening will be a dinner and cookery course rolled into one with the restaurants chef.

#montventoux #mythic #summit

From Gordes to Fontaine de Vaucluse / Wednesday

After enjoying a coffee in the middle of the village, the ride will take you through the heights of the Monts-de-Vaucluse and down the beautiful and incredibly fun single tracks all the way to the emerald waters of Fontaine de Vaucluse. Lunchtime will be enjoyed at the waters edge before deciding the afternoon’s activities.

If you haven’t quite had your fill of riding the trails then the guide will take you back up to discover even more hidden wonders or maybe you simply want to enjoy the fantastic facilities at Coquillade Village.

The evening leaves you free to continue enjoying the hotel and facilities, however the team will be at your disposition for all matter of advice or simply reserving a restaurant for you and your friends or family.

#gordes #mostbeautifullvillage #roussillonochres

The hillside villages of Provence / Thursday

A fabulous day linking the villages from the Col de Murs through to Joucas and the beautiful terrain in-between. Lunch with a panoramic view on the terrace of one the regions most popular restaurants.

The afternoon starts under the trees and follows the cliffs down to the village of Saint Saturnin-les-Apts and its pretty cobblestone streets and castle ruins.

The evening dinner will be inspired by the abundant local produce, chosen by Coquillade Village’s chef and served in the main gastronomic restaurant Le Gourmet.

#lislesurlasorgue #antique #purewater #fontainedevaucluse

The Colorado Provencal / Friday

For the last day of your stay we propose a breakfast, taken at your leisure, followed by a moment of relaxation in the spa or maybe a final ride in the village of Roussillon.

After lunch the Ride & More team will ensure your transfer to the TGV train station in Avignon.

#authentic #provencemarket #seeyousoon

Your hotel, the best in services and well-being……

From Sunday to Tuesday…

Hotel Crillon le Brave is a relaxed and informal refuge where you can enjoy all of the simple pleasures of Provence. Located about 25 miles northeast of Avignon, our 36-bedroom hotel is perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The views from our rooms, terraces and gardens are stunning.

At the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux is a charming and historic place in a location close to the heart of Paul Cézanne. Former meeting places – a presbytery, stables and a school – have been renovated, restored and converted into beautiful lodgings with wonderful views of “the Giant of Provence”, Mont Ventoux.

Around the houses are a large swimming pool, several terraces, small discreet nooks and crannies, a spa where you can be pampered with hot stone massages, bicycles that can be lent for your romantic getaways or sports outings and a bowling ground for your evening’s entertainment. Guests will also enjoy the generous and delicious cuisine of Chef Jérôme and unforgettable wine of Rhône wines: Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Everything is there to experience southern French living…

From Wednesday to Friday…

Coquillade Village offers a whole new concept of luxurious village. This estate is unique, magic, chic, laid-back and unexpected, all at the same time. This 5-star hotel with restaurants promises its guests a multifaceted experience built on five main pillars – spirit, gourmet dining, Spa, vineyards and cycling. It is perched on a hill with stunning views over the Luberon and Mont-Ventoux, in Gargas in the Vaucluse – the perfect spot for lovers of the great outdoors.

Gourmet dinners can choose between Le Gourmet, the gastronomic restaurant, Le Bistrot, with its local traditional cuisine, and Il Ristorante. This is a poolside restaurant with Italian-inspired food. The food experience at Coquillade Village is complete with the wines bottled by Aureto, the estate’s winery. For even more by way of relaxation, you can head off to the 5-star hotel Spa. This new space, with a floor area of 1500 m² exclusively devoted  to wellness and fitness, offers the full range of treatments and massages with a view on vines and cherry trees.

It is perched on a hill with stunning views over the Luberon and Mont-Ventoux, in Gargas in the Vaucluse – the perfect spot for lovers of the great outdoors. The atmosphere of the Estate envelops you from the moment you leave your luggage at reception. Why not sketch out your own bespoke holiday over a drink before going to laze by the pool, lulled by the dulcet song of the cicadas.

This hotel, tucked away in the middle of the countryside, is not only one of the finest in the Luberon region, but it also prides itself on its green credentials. It has embarked on an initiative in sustainability to minimise the impact of its use of this peaceful spot, while still providing upscale services.

Luxury travel starts here, so let your spirit take wings.

“Les papas, c’est toujours pareil, ils font les guignols, et, si on ne fait pas attention, ils cassent les vélos et ils se font mal.”
–  Jean-Jacques Sempé [ Le Petit Nicolas ] –

The bike of your stay…

logobmcSwiss, Premium, Performance cycling

BMC Switzerland is a premium, Swiss, bike brand. Established in 1994, the company employs approximately 120 people worldwide. It is headquartered in Grenchen, Switzerland where it also has its own research and development facility; the Impec Lab. BMC’s bikes meet the highest standards in quality, design and manufacturing and the company invests heavily in research and development to continue to improve its designs and technologies. BMC has written its way into history by supplying bikes for the world’s top athletes, winning races such as the Tour de France, the Team Time Trial and Road World Championships, the MTB XCO World Championships and numerous Ironman Championships.

BMC is Swiss, very Swiss. But what does that mean?

This small Alpine European country bordered by no less than 5 others, has been crafted by the mountains. Mountains have influenced the birth of its independence and the evolution of its people and culture, to create a highly diverse yet very diplomatic landscape. Mountains are unavoidable in Switzerland, and for a bicycle manufacturer like BMC they provide the canvas for our dreams. They challenge us with their terrain, providing the perfect playground to inspire innovation.

We don’t see our mountains as barriers but as hurdles, and we search daily for the best ways to overcome them – with pride, precision and quality engineering.

BMC Aluminum Mountain Bike

BMC Carbon Mountain Bike

Non-contractual photo. The bikes presented are indicative and not contractual. Depending on availability, we will propose a similar bike.

V I D E O  :

CERTIFIED GUIDES :
All our guides are certified. They are dedicated to the group. They are local and expert in the region.

TRAVEL AGENCY :
Registered at ATOUT France, Ride and More Travel is an official travel agent and meet the collateral requirement of French tour operators.

TRANSPORTATION :
For your safety, our company is compliant with the French law regarding the transportation of passengers.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBER:
To meet your needs in an emergency, we have a line available to you day and night. (voir détail)

SMALL GROUPS :
Our trips are made of 4 to 7 participants, it allows us to bring to everyone’s attention that it deserves.

 

EQUIPEMENT :
Equipements are checked and updated each evening by professionals.

  • More options BEFORE and AFTER your stay :

    As a professional travel agency, Ride & More can assist you in preparing your next trip by reserving airplane or train tickets, booking hotels or other tourist activities either leading up to or following your stay with us. Once your stay has been booked with us, allow us to make suggestions in order to facilitate your travels. We are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

    As prices go up quickly, we can help reserve your plane tickets once you have booked your stay with Ride & More.

    Need help booking a hotel in Paris, Nice, Avignon, Aix en Provence or any other destination in France? Look no further. Following your confirmed stay with us, we can help set-up additional hotel accommodations.

    Upon your arrival in France or following your stay with Ride & More, we can organize transportation to your next destination.

    If you are interested in seeing more of Provence we can set-up 1-day or several day tours of the region complete with suggestions of things to do and see.

    • For those staying with us who do not plan on biking: we are more than happy to welcome you based on our availability. We have separate pricing and are able to suggest a variety of activities for your enjoyment. Some examples include but are not limited to: cooking classes, visiting the Gordes’ market, wine tasting for half and full days, private tours to charming villages, shopping trips to Aix en Provence, or a relaxing spa complete with massage!

  • Insurances :

    In partnership with April International, Ride & More Travel offers varied insurance policies to provide coverage before and during your stay.
    Although you may already have travel insurance, be sure to check the details of coverage it provides. It would be unfortunate to occur any financial losses before a long-awaited vacation.

    Additional insurance is not mandatory but recommended for a worry free stay.

    EUROPEAN UNION CUSTOMERS:

    – Trip cancellation insurance – (4% of the total price):
    Cancellation as a result of illness, accident, death from all justified causes, attacks, natural disaster, missed flights…
    – Multirisk insurance contract – (5% of the total price)
    Including Cancellation Insurance + baggage + Stay interruption + repatriation, early return, travel assistance and inability to return.

    NON EUROPEAN UNION CUSTOMERS:

    – Trip cancellation insurance – (4% of the total price):
    Cancellation as a result of illness, accident, death from all justified causes, attacks, natural disaster, missed flights…
    – Medical emergency assistance contract costs – (starting at 1.5% of the total price in addition to insurance):
    Includes unlimited coverage of medical care and repatriation.
    – Multirisk insurance contract – (starting at 2.5% of the total price):
    Emergency Medical personal responsibility + baggage + cancellation insurance + accident missed connecting flight.

    The details of the services and events covered by our insurance policies is available on the dedicated page INSURANCE.

  • Booking status, confirmation or cancelation :

    We have 3 statuses:
    – BOOKING AWAITING CONFIRMATION
    – BOOKING CONFIRMED
    – BOOKING COMPLETE

    We will send you the status of your booking via email, once we receive your request for confirmation.

    Our stays are confirmed for a minimum of 4 participants, 40 days before the arrival date. If the minimum number of participants has not been reached 40 days before the set start date, Ride & More reserves the right to cancel any reservations.

    RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS :

    Réservations: Reservations may be made online or by telephone via credit card. Nevertheless, a reservation may not be considered “finalized” until a written confirmation has been sent by Ride & More.

    Deposits and Payments: A 30% deposit per person of the total amount is due at the moment of the reservation via credit card or wire transfer. Full payment is due 60 days before the first day of the arrival date. Payments must be made in Euro. Prices for the trip are shown per person in a double room and include the elements mentioned in the itinerary in addition to any additional elements that may have selected by the user. Any requests for single rooms are subject to additional cost and must be requested at the time of the reservation.

    If you would like to pay the deposit by wire transfer, your booking will only be confirmed once payment has been received by our bank.
    If the requested package cannot be reserved, Ride & More will suggest a different package or alternative dates before reimbursing the deposit. Clients are free to accept or refuse these suggestions. In the event that the client refuses Ride & More’s suggestions, the deposit will be entirely refunded.
    The 30% deposit will be deducted from the total amount due when calculating the balance to be paid.

    Final payment: The balance is due no later than 60 days before the scheduled arrival date. The final payment must be made in Euros and the terms of payment will be reminded to all customers before payment is due. Payment via debit card is not accepted. If you are able to find an exchange rate that is suitable before the the balance is to be paid, the remainder of the amount may be paid earlier.

    If on the 60th day preceding the scheduled arrival date, Ride & More has yet to receive the balance, the reservation will be automatically canceled based on on the terms of payment outlined below. In the event that the canceled reservation results in Ride & More no longer meeting the minimum number of participants, the 30% deposit will not be reimbursed.

    Last minute réservations : If you would like to reserve a stay less than 14 days before the scheduled depart date, you must submit a Reservation Request via email. The entire payment is due in full via credit card or wire transfer pending confirmation. If payment is not received within 24 hours, the credit card submitted will be billed for the full amount without possibility for reimbursement.

    For further information, please see the Terms and conditions

  • THE DETAIL OF YOUR STAY :

    WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE :

    • Transportation to and from the meeting point at your hotel.
    • Transportation between hotels and day tours.
    • Guides and support vehicles : All outings are accompanied by a guide and our support vehicle is always nearby in case of need as well as to organize breaks and refuelling.
    • Equipement : We only work with industry leading brands. More about these brands can be found in our package presentation section.
    • Accomodation : 5 nights in a standard room in the best hotels of the region.
    – Hôtel Crillon Le Brave 5* – Relais & Châteaux
    – Coquillade Village 5* – Relais & Châteaux
    Optional categories superior rooms available on request with additional cost.
    • The majority of meals :
    –  Breakfast and Lunch are included
    Picnic lunches are prepared by our chef and are made with local, fresh and organic products.
    – 4 dinners including 1 in a truffle farm and 1 gastronomic diner at the Coquillade Village restaurant: Le Gourmet.
    – One evening during the stay is at your own. This will let you the chance to discover another place close to the hotel. On request our team will be more than happy to help to book a restaurant.
    • Group activities : wine tasting, a pétanque tournament and oenological discovery workshops are organized.
    • Entry fees for visits are also included in the package price. However, these visits are subject to modification depending on seasonality as well as the availability of our partners.

    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE :

    • transportation (flights or land travel) to and from the meeting point at the beginning and end of stay.
    • Accommodation before or after your stay. However, we are able to suggest other options to best suit your needs.
    • Tips for the guides and our support team. See the section dedicated to this subject.
    • The purchase of personal belongings during your stay.
      Some meals may not be included (see details of stay) and provide you the opportunity to discover local area restaurants. Our team is at your disposal to provide suggestions and help with your reservations.
    • Additional cost for single occupancy : single travellers not wishing to share a room can, with supplement, take the single occupancy option for comfort and privacy.
    • Bicycle upgrades : For some of our stays, it is possible to request an upper range bicycle or electric bike. These requests are subject to additional cost according to the required range. We advise you to let us know should you be interested in one of these options as soon as possible in order to ensure availability of desired bikes.
    • Travel insurance : We can offer travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, interruption of your trip and medical emergencies. For more information, please consult the section dedicated to travel insurance.

  • Time and meeting point :

    Avignon – TGV train station / Avignon – France
    The Ride & More Travel team will meet you at the Avignon TGV station at 11:45 am on the first day of your stay. After about 45 minutes of a private minibus transfer, vacation in Provence can begin!
    In the event of delay or if you are unable to make it to the meeting point, please be sure to inform Ride & More Travel team on the emergency number that will be provided in your travel documents. Approximately one week before your departure, you will receive an email with the names and contacts of people to contact in case of emergency or problem during your stay. You will then take a taxi which costs about 100 Euros to the hotel.

    TIME AND PLACE OF DEPARTURE
    Avignon TGV train Station ou Avignon Central Station / Avignon – France
    Goodbye! The Ride & More Travel Team will take you via private minibus to the Avignon TGV train station or the Avignon City Center train station (the transfer takes about 1h00). From here you can take a train to Paris or any other destination of your choice. Do not book train for departures before 3:30 p.m.

    HOW TO GET TO THE MEETING POINT :
    We recommend that you arrive in France at least 1 day before the start date. This will allow you be adjusted to any time differences and minimize delays. If you are traveling from Paris, the best way to reach Avignon is to take a TGV train from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or from the center of Paris at the Gare de Lyon (tickets available on www.voyages-SNCF.com).
    You can also fly from Paris to Marseille (MRS) or Nice (NCE) and then take a train to Avignon. Please note that there are two train stations in Avignon: The Central Station and the TGV station, which is 10 minutes by taxi from downtown. There are also frequent shuttles between the two stations. The journey takes about 10 minutes.

  • Technical skills :

    We usually make trip for intermediate and intermediate + level. We determined the level of our stay from our knowledge of the various grounds of the region. Beginners (Level 1), Advanced (Level 4) and Expert (Level 5) can obviously participate in our stays, our State-certified guides are for it there !

    Novice+ (Level 1)
    You have some experience (less than one year) of riding a bike off-road
    You occasionally bike on canal paths, forest roads and other double track
    You may be a road biker who has seen the light and wants to do some more mountain biking
    And the ‘+’ part of ‘Novice+’ means that you’re aspiring to ride some single-track during your adventure

    Intermediate (Level 2)
    You have been mountain biking regularly for at least one year
    You have reasonable bike handling skills, and are confident riding non-technical double track and singletrack
    You are competent at riding undulating trails with moderate climbs and descents, but tend to get off and walk technical sections
    You ride at least two times per month throughout the biking season

    Intermediate+ (Level 3)
    You are generally comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: single-track, double track, muddy, dry, loose…
    You’ll have a go on smaller technical features, such as roots, rock gardens and small drops, but may get off and walk sections
    You have good bike handling skills and can brake, use your gears and corner confidently
    You ride at least once a week throughout the biking season

    Advanced (Level 4)
    You are very confident handling most types of riding and obstacles, including drops (up to 1 foot), rocks, logs, switchbacks
    You have excellent bike handling skills and can lift front and rear wheels, do small jumps, corner, climb and descend well
    You have considerable experience of riding on a wide variety of technical terrains including: rocky, rooty, muddy, loose, fast singletrack, exposed trails
    You ride at least twice a week and rarely get off and walk sections
    You can climb and descend comfortably on technical singletrack for as long as required

    Expert (Level 5)
    You were born on a bike!
    You can tackle anything the trail throws at you and have experience of riding all types of trail and obstacles (large, loose rocks, roots, drop-offs, logs, north shore)
    You take every opportunity you can to get out on your bike, in all weathers, and you’re happy to ride all day long

    We recommend that you have, or work towards, the designated skill and fitness level for your mountain biking holiday before you arrive.
    In addition, your mountain bike guide will offer informal, on-the-trail skills tips as you’re riding, so that you can improve your technique and go home a better rider!
    Here are a few skills tips to help you get ready for your next fantastic mountain biking holiday with us!
    Key mountain bike skill 1: How to lift your front wheel
    Key mountain bike skill 2: How to lift your rear wheel
    Key mountain bike skill 3: How to bunny hop

  • Fitness level :

    We usually make trip for level 2 to 5. We determined the level of our stay from our knowledge of the various grounds of the region. Beginners (Level 1), can obviously participate in our stays, our State-certified guides are for it there !

    Fitness Level 1
    You are a reluctant athlete
    Cycling on flat ground for an hour or so is more than enough for you and you walk any small climbs

    Fitness Level 2
    You exercise once a week for 30 minutes or more
    You can ride at a relaxed pace for up to three hours a day, for three consecutive days
    You can tackle one or two climbs of up to 200m per day

    Fitness Level 3
    You have a reasonable level of fitness, exercising at least twice a week for 45 minutes or more, throughout the whole year
    You can ride for up to five hours per day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three consecutive days
    You are capable of tackling one or two moderate climbs per day, of up to 400 metres

    Fitness Level 4
    You have a good level of fitness, exercising three or four times every week throughout the year, for up to an hour at a time
    You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops
    You can tackle two or three fairly serious climbs a day, up to 800 metres at a time

    Fitness Level 5
    You are super-fit and often train for enduro or other mountain bike events
    You are comfortable mountain biking eight hours or more per day, at a moderate pace, for four or five consecutive days
    You can tackle sustained climbs of up to 1,500 metres, two or three per day

    We recommend that you have, or work towards, the designated skill and fitness level for your mountain biking holiday before you arrive.
    In addition, your mountain bike guide will offer informal, on-the-trail skills tips as you’re riding, so that you can improve your technique and go home a better rider!

  • Thanking our team with gratuity :

    Tips for our guides and our team are not included in the package price. Tips are not expected but are appreciated. If you wish to thank the team by tipping, please feel free to do so at your own discretion. Unless gratuities are given separately, tips will be shared equally between employees. There is no specific amount and any tipping depends on your assessment of the professionalism, service and enjoyment that our team has provided you.

BOOK THIS STAY :

 Price from :

4195,00€ / Pers.

 Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
 Fitness level :
Level 3
 Technical level :
Intermediate
Standing : 

MAKE IT PRIVATE :

Privatizing your stay also allows you the opportunity to personalize it.
Privatization is possible for 2 or more participants and without any additional cost for a group of six participants or more. Please contact us via the contact form below for an estimate.

CUSTOMIZED STAY :

Share with us any wishes you may have for your group and we will organize the best bike trip of your life! 
At the hotel or in one of our private properties, we can in addition to biking related activities, help you organize cultural visits, sporting events, gastronomic or wine tasting outings.