Côtes du Rhône route

Discover Provence and its great wines

Highlights

- Great vineyards : Chateauneuf du Pape, Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise
- Antique theatre and Triumphal Arc in Orange
- Castle in Suze la Rousse and wine university
- Séguret, most beautiful village in France
- Medieval city of Vaison la Romaine and its roman vestiges
- Natural landscape and vines of the Dentelles de Montmirail

From Orange, you ride around Provence and discover some of the greatest wine designations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise.

Sun, relaxation and tasting … the best of Provence!

A privileged passage between the Mediterranean world and Northern Europe, the Rhone Valley deploys its vineyards in six departments. We take you to the heart of Provence, the southern part of the region, to discover its most prestigious vineyards and most beautiful landscapes. Through small roads surrounded by sun-drenched vineyards, this trip offers you a sensory experience punctuated, through the seasons, by the life cycle of vine and the life of winemakers. From vineyard to vineyard, you will see how the Rhône Valley has played an active role in the birth of French wine designations.

Carte itinéraire vacances à vélo boucle au départ d'Orange
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

ORANGE

Welcome to Provence

You meet up with our guide at your hotel for a briefing before you start your trip! Enjoy a free evening in Orange, its magnificent Theater Antique and many restaurants.

Day 2

CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE LOOP 32km 220m Niveau Loisir

From the ancient city of the Princes of Orange this loop takes you to the village of Courthézon and its 12th century ramparts. You then enter the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, the most famous designation of the Côtes du Rhone wines. The charming wine routes lead you to its village where you will undoubtedly enjoy a tasting in some of the many cellars and visit the Wine Museum. You will better understand why this precious nectar was once designated “the Pope’s wine” and later inherited a worldwide reputation.

  • For a few more km 62km 330m Niveau Forme

    On the other side of the Rhone river you reach the Gard and visit two other remarkable Cotes du Rhone wine designations: Lirac and Tavel, well known for its rosé wine. You head back to Orange after a beautiful first day full of discoveries!

Day 3

From ORANGE to ROCHEGUDE 30km 200m Niveau Loisir

You head north to Suze la Rousse. En route discover the Romanesque chapel of Piolenc or the site of Castellas in Uchaux. You then enter the designated Massif d’Uchaux area. A unique atmosphere emerges from this land through its Mediterranean forest, a gorgeous green setting where all your senses will be solicited. You leave the forest of Uchaux, enter the Drôme and reach your hotel in the middle of the vineyards.

  • For a few more km 35km 215m Niveau Forme

    A few extra kilometers will take you to the charming village of Sérignan du Comtat. It has an impressive heritage of ancient buildings most often from the medieval period. This small village, homeland to Pierre-Henri Fabre, is a beautiful stopover for lovers of nature and historical architecture.

Day 4

From ROCHEGUDE to VAISON LA ROMAINE 31km 300m Niveau Loisir

If you enjoy contrasting landscapes, you will be delighted by the day! You ride through oak woods, vineyards and lavender fields. After contemplating or visiting the feudal castle of Suze la Rousse and the Wine University, your itinerary takes you to Visan, another well-known designation of Côtes du Rhone wines. From the historic center dominated by the ruins of the old castle, an enchanting panorama invites you to taste the products of its generous terroir. Your route today ends at Vaison la Romaine. Be charmed by its ancient theater and medieval town, called “Haute Ville”, topped by the ruins of a 12th century feudal castle.

  • For a few more km 50km 850m Niveau Forme
    After visiting Visan the long version of the itinérary takes you to the village of Vinsobres which has mainly become famous due the great quality of its wines. Its vintage wine enchants connoisseurs.
Day 5

From VAISON LA ROMAINE to BEAUMES DE VENISE 32km 350m Niveau Loisir

THROUGH GIGONDAS AND VACQUEYRAS

You ride through hilltop villages of the prestigious Côtes du Rhône deisgnation, with the magnificent Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux as a backdrop. Take time for a stroll down the streets and splendid viewpoints of Séguret and Sablet villages, the Gigondas sculpture trail and the winemaking route in Vacqueyras.

  • For a few more km 48km 400m Niveau Forme

    You start off by discovering the Rasteau, Cairanne and plaine du Pan de Dieu wine designations, before enjoying the main itineray.

Day 6

From BEAUMES DE VENISE to ORANGE 25km 40m Niveau Loisir

You ride back to Orange, mainly using the Voie Venaissia, a cycling route built on the old railway tracks between Carpentras and Orange. Contemplate the agricultural and winegrowing landscapes of Comtat Venaissin, the magnificent panoramas of the Dentelles de Montmirail Massif and the Mont Ventoux.

  • For a few more km 40km 230m Niveau Forme

    Before you reach Orange disocver the impressive belfry in Camaret sur Aygues.

Day 7

ORANGE

End of stay after breakfast

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example

Starting from 630€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example

Starting from 635€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Chambre avec mur en pierres Hôtel logis la bastide à saint bach Abicyclette Voyages à vélo Chambre avec lits jumeaux et poutres apparentes Vacances à vélo

Starting from 870€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Bike trailer

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Getting here

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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