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Tour Details

Duration
Duration
8 days /7 nights
2016 Tour dates
July 8th – July 15th
Start/End Location
Tour Starts – July 9th
Tour ends – July 15th
Airport – Nice (NCE)
Accommodations
2-4 Star hotels
1 night Nice area airport hotel
2 nights, Manosque
3 nights, Sault
Price Per Person (Double Occupancy)
$3598
Single Supplement
$700 (Limited Availability)
Difficulty Level
Intermediate to Advanced
Daily Ride Averages
30mi-75mi
2,000-7,000ft
Terrain
Rolling to Hilly and Mountainous Terrain
Non Rider discount (20%)
Rental Bike
$450 per tour
(Limited sizes and availability)
What’s Included
What’s Included
7 days / 6 nights fully supported and accompanied trip
All breakfasts
4 out of 6 dinners
Pick-up at Nice Airport
Drop-off at Nice Airport
All ground transportation
All luggage transfer
Support and services of our expert guides
Support vehicles
Breaking Away Bicycle Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What’s Not Included
Airfare
Travel and personal insurance
Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
Lunches

Tour Highlights

If you yearn for seeing a live Tour De France stage on Mt Ventoux or explore Provence..riding on little-traveled country roads dotted with red-roofed medieval hilltop villages…then you’ll love this exclusive cycling vacation. Join us as we explore the romantic landscapes that inspired Van Gogh and Cézanne inside the heart of Provence. Experience the spectacular Grand Canyon du Verdon the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône and the challenging Mount Ventoux. You’ll witness live race action on the slopes of Mt.Ventoux as the pros battle it out in the race towards the top of the Giant of Provence. Options to ride Mt. Ventoux twice..before the TDF comes through and then again as you pick your spot for live stage viewing on race day. You’ll also enjoy the scenery as you cycle past textured hillsides of olive trees, lavender fields and medieval villages. After a day of spirited riding, relax by the pool with a snack of cheese.. a glass of Rose and fresh baguette from the local market day. Every day will be yours to do just as you like, always at your own pace and always with Breaking Away at your side.

Daily Itinerary

July 8th: Depart the USA for France.
July 9th: Welcome to Nice! Airport pickup and then you’ll check-in to our local deluxe hotel. After our mechanics help you build your bike you can either relax by the pool or go into downtown Nice for great sightseeing or shopping. Join us at our “Welcome Meeting & Group Dinner” later this evening and meet your fellow guests and indulge in a meal of fine French cuisine & wine.
July 10th: A short van transfer takes us to the gateway to the amazing Gorges du Verdon. You’ll cycle through rock tunnels perched on the edges of a limestone canyon with views you simply won’t believe! Our hotel for the next two nights is in the 13th century town of Manosque.  Tonight’s group dinner will include a tasty menu made up of local Provençal specialties that are accompanied with a local Rose wine from the region.
July 11th: Choose between an easy riding loop past olive groves and sunflower fields or a longer route that goes into the Haute Provence countryside. Tonight you’ll explore the quaint cobbled streets of nearby medieval village Forcalquier.  Open night for dinner.
July 12th:  Ride through the verdant Vacluse region of Provence on our way to the medieval village of Sault which is situated on the border of a picturesque wooden plateau and is surrounded on all sides by fields of lavender. Sault also happens to be one of the 6 privileged villages sites in France chosen for protection by UNESCO due to the quality and beauty of the environment. Our hotel is located near lively cafes and quaint shops in a village that is set in the shadows of Mt.Ventoux. Tonights group dinner has the sunny local flavors of true provencal cuisine.
July 13th: After a petit-dejeuner of warm croissants and fresh fruit, you’ll ride a route through the scenic Côtes du Rhône vineyards on your way to taking on the Giant of Provence – Mount Ventoux! A day before the TDF race comes through. Our support vans and staff will be cheering you on every few kilometers!  Open night for dinner.
July 14th: Happy Bastille Day! Today is the monumental Mt. Ventoux stage. After an early breakfast, ride from our hotel and pick your prime viewing spot on the side of Giant of Provence. Experience first hand all of the TDF pre race festivities and get close and personal as the racers struggle one by one on making their way to the top on the slopes of the (in)famous Mt.Ventoux. After the race, share stories of your day with your fellow guests during our final “Farewell Group Dinner Party.”
July 15th: After breakfast and hotel check out, we will have a short transfer before our final riding day has us cycling along the turquoise waters of Lac Ste-Croix on our way to the ancient village of Villecroze.  After lunch a short afternoon van transfer brings us back to our Nice area hotel. Late afternoon airport or train station shuttles or you can stay an optional night and explore Nice.  Free Shuttle service tomorrow morning as well.