9 days; June 14th – June 22nd
Nice airport pickup & drop off
Terrain: Rolling to hilly
40-70 mi. per day options / 3,000-8,000 ft.
Ability Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
If you yearn for riding on little-traveled country roads dotted with red-roofed medieval hilltop villages and Roman influence of the area..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 option of challenging Mount Ventoux. You’ll cycle past textured hillsides of olive trees and lavender fields. After a day of spirited riding, relax by the pool in the evenings savor the culinary delights of the region,wines and cheeses and the cuisine seasoned with the herbs of Provence. Every day will be yours to do just as you like, always at your own pace and always with Breaking Away support at your side.
June 14th: Depart the USA for France.
June 15th: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 take train or taxi 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.
June 16th: 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! Tonight’s overnight in the 19th village of Manosquewill include a tasty dinner of local Provence cuisine specialties washed down with a local wine from the region.
June 17th: Ride through the verdant Luberon region on our way to the medieval Roman village of Vaison-la-Romaine where we’ll spend two nights near lively cafes and quaint shops.
June 18th: After a petit-dejeuner of warm croissants and fresh fruit, you’ll choose between a route through the scenic Côtes du Rhône vineyards or taking on the Giant of Provence- Mount Ventoux! Our support vans and staff will be cheering you on every few kilometers!
June 19th: Stop for a café au lait in the hamlet of Sault before cycling to the ocre cliff village of Roussillon with lunch overlooking its ocre colored cliffs. Take a dip in the pool after arriving for two nights at our deluxe farmhouse hotel before a group dinner that has the sunny local flavors of true provincial cuisine.
June 20th: 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 medieval Forcalquier.
June 21st: Our final riding day has us cycling along the turquoise waters of Lac Ste-Croix on our way to a farewell lunch in the ancient village of Villecroze. 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.
June 22nd: Shuttle service in the morning as well.