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Provence: Wine Roads From Avignon to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Visit: Avignon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Venasque, Mallemont, Mormoirn, Mazan, Gorges-de-la-Nesque (Optional), Bédoin, Crillon-le-Brave, Beaumes-de-Venise, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon

Day 1: Avignon

Your cycling adventure begins in Avignon. If you have time, the beautiful fortified city and one of the European Cities of Culture in 2000 is worth exploring. Highlights include the Place du Palais, next to the Place de l'Horloge and the ruined bridge of Le Pont Saint-Bénézet over the River Rhône. There are lots of museums to visit and many cafes and restaurants for fabulous food and drink and the fun of people watching.
If you arrive early, we can schedule the wine tour this afternoon with a 14:30pm pick up (Please Note: The wine tour is not available on Sunday's).

Day 2: Avignon - L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Venasque

Distance: About 43 kms

Your first taste of cycling in this picturesque, off the beaten track region takes you from Avignon to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which is also known as the Venice of Provence because of its location amid a maze of canals and several branches of the Sorgue River. The town is most famous for its many antique shops. While away a few hours visiting the antique shops before enjoying late lunch or a snack in a café. You’ll need the energy for the final climb of the day, up to the sleepy village of Venasque. Here, you’re treated to stunning valley views and a chance to explore one of France’s most beautiful villages.

Meals: Breakfast

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Provence: Wine Roads to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Visit: Avignon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Venasque, Gorges-de-la-Nesque (Optional), Bédoin, Beaumes-de-Venise, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon

Day 1: Avignon

Your cycling adventure begins in Avignon. If you have time, the beautiful fortified city and one of the European Cities of Culture in 2000 is worth exploring. Highlights include the Place du Palais, next to the Place de l'Horloge and the ruined bridge of Le Pont Saint-Bénézet over the River Rhone. There are lots of museums to visit and many cafes and restaurants for fabulous food and drink and the fun of people watching.
If you arrive early, we can schedule the wine tour this afternoon with a 14:30pm pick up (Please Note: The wine tour is not available on Sunday's).

Day 2: Avignon - L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Venasque

Distance: About 43 kms

Your first taste of cycling in this picturesque, off the beaten track region takes you from Avignon to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which is also known as the Venice of Provence because of its location amid a maze of canals and several branches of the Sorgue River. The town is most famous for its many antique shops. While away a few hours visiting the antique shops before enjoying late lunch or a snack in a café. You’ll need the energy for the final climb of the day, up to the sleepy village of Venasque. Here, you’re treated to stunning valley views and a chance to explore one of France’s most beautiful villages.

Meals: Breakfast

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Provence Luberon - Ochres & Lavender Fields

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Visit: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Pernes-les-Fontaines, Cabrières, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Auribeau, Castellet, Lacoste, Ménerbe, Oppède le Vieux, Robion, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Day 1: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Your cycling trip begins in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a veritable island of a village is carved into a circle by the waters of the Sorgue, with quaint quayside antique shops and a labyrinth of narrow roads in the centre. The bikes will be delivered to your hotel by latest 18:00pm.

Day 2: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Pernes-les-Fontaines - Venasque - L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Distance: About 40 kms

Today you’ll ride through the Pays des Sorgues, its back roads lined with cypresses and old farmhouses, take time and explore Pernes-les-Fontaines, with its 40 fountains, its Romanesque Church and its mansions. You continue your way through landscapes and the perched villages of the northern Luberon, Les Monts de Vaucluse. A great lunch spot is Venasque, a medieval town labelled as one of "the most beautiful villages of France". In the afternoon you continue on tiny country roads through cherry orchards and Muscat vineyards. You descend back to Isle through pine forests and quaint valleys.

Meals: Breakfast

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Cycling Provence - Alpilles & Luberon

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Visit: Avignon, Barbentane, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Fontvieille, Les Baux-de-Provence, Eygalières, Oppède, Menerbes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Gordes, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Day 1: Avignon

Your cycling adventure begins in Avignon. If you have time, the beautiful fortified city and one of the European Cities of Culture in 2000 is worth exploring. Highlights include the Place du Palais, next to the Place de L' Horloge and the ruined bridge of Le Pont Saint Benezet over the River Rhone. There are lots of museums to visit and many café's and restaurants for fabulous food and drink, and the fun of people watching. Your bikes will be delivered to your hotel by latest 18:00pm.

Day 2: Avignon - Barbentane - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Distance: About 35 kms

It's a biking itinerary between the Durance and Rhône Rivers, through a mosaic of orchards and cypress trees. You will cycle into the quaint town of Barbentane before climbing up on the “Montagnette” literally “little mountain” where your wide sweeping views of the plains are accompanied by the scent of roasting pine needles and aromatic herbs. At the back of the Montagnette lies the Monastery of St. Michel de Frigolet, built over eight centuries, architecture ranging from Romanesque to Neo Gothic. You cycle through the charming villages of Graveson and Maillane before reaching Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Wednesday market), an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life.

Meals: Breakfast

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Best of Provence - Cycling from Ventoux to the Med Sea

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Visit: Vaison, Gigondas, Bédoin, Sainte-Colombe, Pernes, Isle, Gordes, Roussillon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Cavaillon, Eygalières, St. Rémy, Les Baux, Maussane, Arles, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Day 1: The Roman Wonders of Vaison

Your tour begins in Vaison.
Make your own way to Vaison-la-Romaine, France’s largest Roman archaeological site. Spend time wandering through the expansive Roman ruins before crossing a 2000 year old bridge and up to the Medieval village.
Perched on the rock above the Ouvèze River, the cobbled streets lead up to the ruins of the 12th century feudal Castle, from where the view extends to the entire town and to far reaching countryside.

Day 2: Towards the Foot of Provence's Highest Mountain 

Vaison - Gigondas - Bédoin - Sainte-Colombe
Distance 43 km / Elevation + 650m / - 500m

In the background all day is Provence’s highest mountain, Mont Ventoux, its barren limestone peak soaring above the plains. Cycling through the most prestigious of Côtes du Rhône landscapes, you reach Gigondas and its world famous vineyards, with plenty of opportunities to stop at estates and taste their delicious reds. Through olive groves and a sea of vines, you cycle to Beaumes de Venise, a quaint village known for its sweet Muscat wines. Through a succession of tiny and forgotten villages, on back roads lined by oak forest and orchards, you reach Bédoin, legendary starting point in the Tour de France for the ascension of Mont Ventoux, arguably the hardest climb in all of France.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Beautiful Perched Villages of the French Riviera

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Visit: Breil-sur-Roya, Sospel, Sainte-Agnès, Gorbio, Menton

Day 1: Breil-sur-Roya

Nestled along the banks of the River Roya, your walking holiday begins in the picturesque town of Breil-sur-Roya, far from the bustle of the coastline. You’re surrounded by lush mountains and in a place where time is at a standstill. The town is shaped like a crescent along the waters, with colourful streets laden with cobbles. You’ll hear both languages French & Italian and feel both influences in food, culture, and in architecture.

Day 2: Breil-sur-Roya - Sospel

Walking time about 15 kms (5 hrs 30 mins)

You leave Breil-sur-Roya by foot, giving you a wonderful panorama of the valley. There are two choices in paths above the village and we’ve chosen the one less travelled, following abandoned stone terraces, now dotted with olive trees. You reach the stunning ghost town of Piène Haute, more Italian than French, perched above the valley. Your path then takes you to Italy to the colourful town of Olivetta before returning France and to the town of Sospel. Sospel is a genuine and medieval mountain town with an old stone toll bridge crossing the Brévera River.

Meals: Breakfast

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Hilltop Villages of the Luberon

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Visit: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Gordes, Sénanque Abbey, Bonnieux, Buoux, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Day 1: L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Arrive in the town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, veritable island of a village, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sorgue River, where you will be greeted for an information meeting. The town’s Sunday market is among the most colourful in Provence, while its canals are bordered by quaint cafés, restaurants and antique shops. Lose yourself among a labyrinth of narrow streets and in the town’s warm, Provençal charm.

Day 2: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse - Gordes

Walking time about  13 kms (4 hrs 15 mins)

A short transfer by taxi will take you to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the mysterious spring that heads the Sorgue River. Through cedar forests you follow a 300 year old mur de la peste: a stone wall built to protect Provence from the 1720 plague. After walking through Cabrières and its Castle, the path leads to Gordes, a town built of majestic grey limestone, rising dramatically out of the valley and crowned by its Renaissance castle.

Meals: Breakfast

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From the Alps to the Sea

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Visit: Breil-sur-Roya, Sospel, Sainte-Agnès, Gorbio, Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Èze, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Day 1: Breil-sur-Roya

Nestled along the banks of the River Roya, your walking holiday begins in the picturesque town of Breil-sur-Roya, far from the bustle of the coastline. You’re surrounded by lush mountains and in a place where time is at a standstill. The town is shaped like a crescent along the waters, with colourful streets laden with cobbles. You’ll hear both languages French & Italian and feel both influences in food, culture and in architecture.

Day 2: Breil-sur-Roya - Sospel

Walking time about 15 kms (5 hrs 30 mins)

You leave Breil-sur-Roya by foot, giving you a wonderful panorama of the valley. There are two choices in paths above the village and we’ve chosen the one less travelled, following abandoned stone terraces, now dotted with olive trees. You reach the stunning ghost town of Piène Haute, more Italian than French, perched above the valley. Your path then takes you to Italy to the colourful town of Olivetta before returning France and to the town of Sospel. Sospel is a genuine and medieval mountain town with an old stone toll bridge crossing the Brévera River.

Meals: Breakfast

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In Van Gogh's Footsteps

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Visit: Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Maussane, Les Baux, La Chapelle Saint-Gabriel, Arles

Day 1: Arrival Avignon

Your trip starts in Avignon. Arrival any time during the day. Stay inside Avignon’s fortified city for the first night. Discover the beauty of one of Provence’s great cities.

Day 2: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Free morning in Avignon. Transfer after lunch to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Free afternoon in St. Remy, with the option to follow the “Van Gogh’s” walking tour in and around town.

Meals: Breakfast

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Danube to Seine Tour

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Visit: Vienna, Mondsee, Munich, Lurcerne, Zurich, Frankfurt, Bonn, Cologne, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris

Day 1 (Thursday): Vienna

Arrival in Vienna and transfer on your own to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Vienna at your leisure.

Day 2 (Friday): Vienna - Mondsee - Munich (440 km)

Gather early in the morning at the central departure point in Vienna for your departure to Munich. En route to Austria, visit Mondsee lake, the town of Mondsee and Mondsee Abbey known as the site of the wedding in “The Sound of Music". On arrival in Munich enjoy a sightseeing tour to Marienplatz and New Town Hall.  You'll have some time to enjoy a German beer in one of the beergarden or brew houses.  Overnight in Munich.

Meals: Breakfast

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