HAUTE PROVENCE, FRANCE.
Nice to Nice.

12 days total / 11 nights accommodation / 10 riding days
Provence is rated as the premier cycling destination in France. This route has been created to absorb as much beauty as possible in a 10 day cycling-holiday. We will ride in one of France’s most scenic regions, the Gorges du Verdon. Its crystal clear lakes, fascinating rock formations and wild beauty are simply unforgettable.
With its historic villages, regional food, wine, cheese, sun-ripened fruits etc. you can taste the unspoiled flavor of the “true” Provence and it will let you imagine what is to live in Provence; here, you will also find a diversity of local products as honey, olive oil and all kinds of goods made out of lavender, from liqueur to ice-cream; although we will be late to see lavender in bloom, its strong fragrance lingers at the Plateau de Valensole, France’s most important lavender-growing area. We will also ride a couple of days in the Alpes-Maritimes region, which is worth another trip on its own that we will explore another time. This will be our fourth tour in this area of Provence; hope you can join us.


GETTING THERE & BACK:

Our trip starts and finishes in Nice. You may find some charter airlines that fly from Montreal direct to Nice on certain days of the week: also if you want to fly from the US, there may be now direct flight from Seattle and /or JFK airport.
You can fly to Nice from Paris (CDG) or Orly (ORY) as well as from other European cities. Arriving by train is another option.
First day of riding is September 19 but we will rendezvous in Nice (near airport) the day before: ---.
Our tour finishes back in Nice on ---after breakfast.
Nice is a great city and there are many great rides out of there; if you have the time, plan to arrive days early or leave days later, it is worth it. Shuttle available to and from Nice hotel and Nice airport subject to a schedule.

THE RIDING:

The majority of the riding will be on quiet, paved roads but there may be some sections with some traffic being the only option to get from A to B. We average about 70 km per day, two optional rest days are included although there will be day rides available in those days too. You will have the choice of shorter or longer rides depending on the day’s route. There will be hills to climb every day; therefore, a good level of fitness is required to enjoy the whole route. See itinerary & overview map.
All participants are expected to cycle the full distances, although if your knees are sore or if your legs need a day of rest arrangements can be made for a shuttle.
A support vehicle will carry luggage from hotel to hotel but will not trail behind cyclists. We will stop as we go by every rider to make sure all is going well; if none of us is riding with you on a given day and need assistance or need to be picked up we will be reachable by cell phone at all times.
We carry a set of tools and a floor pump. Helmets are mandatory. To wear a safety vest or a bright shirt while riding your bike is always a good idea.
Given the distances, it is best to bring (or rent) a road bike although if you are not used to it, a light hybrid bike would be fine too.Your bike should have the capacity to carry a minimum of 2 water bottles.
Bike rentals are available in Nice; we will provide you details if you wish.



ACCOMMODATIONS:

We will rest in a variety of hotels that are comfortable, clean and well situated. Hotel rooms are booked on a double occupancy basis; if traveling solo, we’ll try to find you a same sex roommate, if this is not possible; because hotel pricing we’ll collect 50% of the single supplement fee on the final payment; if a roommate is found, we’ll refund you the supplement fee. Persons wishing a room to themselves may do so at their own expense. Hotel nights from --- to --- ( 11 nights ) are covered in the package.

MEALS:

11 breakfasts & 6 dinners are included in the package. Cyclists are on their own for other meals. France, of course is famous for its fine dining. Generally restaurants open late for dinner (typically after 8:30pm). When hotels allow us, we will have snacks and beverages available by late afternoon to tie us over until restaurants open in the evenings.

CLIMATE:

Daytime highs will be around 19-23C. The region typically receives about 50 mm of rain in September, though normal weather patterns are no longer as predictable as they once were.

COST:

$2350 CAD or $1895 USD. Per person, based on double occupancy. There is no tax charged on trips outside Canada.
Add $625 CAD or 500 USD if you prefer single occupancy.
USD rates subject to change if major fluctuation.

$200 per person, non-refundable deposit reserves your spot. Full payment is due 90 days before the tour start (----). We do not process credit cards. Please make cheques payable to GABRIOLA ISLAND CYCLE & KAYAK or if you prefer, e-transfers are also possible.
Cancellation fee 31-60 days prior to the start: Full deposit + 20% final payment.
Cancellation fee 1-30 days prior to the start: Full deposit + 40% final payment.
To register please send us your deposit along with your details using our application form.
Note: Price is subject to change in the case of exchange rate increase.

WE PROVIDE:

  • 11 hotel nights.
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (drinks not included).
  • Support vehicle.
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
  • Snacks.
  • Bike logs & maps.
  • 2 staff.
  • Shuttle available to and from Nice hotel and Nice airport subject to a schedule.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to and from Nice, FR.
  • Accomodations before and after the trip.
  • Bicycle.
  • Alcohol / Wine (we keep a cooler full, everyone chips in).
  • Incidentals during the trip.

Note: Minimum 10 to run the trip. Please check for availability.

Tour Dates

To Be Announced


12 days total /
11 nights accommodation / 10 riding days

COST:
$-tbaCAD
or $ tba USD per person based on double occupancy.

Add $tbaCAD or $ tba USD for single occupancy.

There is no tax charged on trips outside Canada.
USD rates subject to change if major fluctuation.

Please check for availability and make sure to send in your deposit to secure your spot.
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Provence photo album.
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Baume rock, Sisteron, France.



France 2009, Courtesy D. Hinchcliffe



Haute Provence 2013



France 2009, Courtesy Ch. Cheffins



Sisteron, France.



Haute Provence 2013