Currently we are working hard to design the most suitable route for you. The given routes, locations and distances show the current planning and are subject to change in the coming months. The final tracks will be available approx. 6 weeks prior to the tour start.
Day 1:Aix - Manosque
Traveling through the city via Cours Mirabeau, there is an opportunity for a break, as the first challenging ascent of the tour awaits before the next town, Venelles. Following this, we descend into the Durance Valley and continue towards Pertuis. Here, another extended climb awaits, leading us to La Bastide-des-Jourdans on the edge of the Grand Luberon. To conclude the day's journey, we follow the banks of the Durance to our destination in Manosque.
Day 2: Manosque - Sault
We begin by loosely tracing the Luberon cycling route until we arrive in Apt. Our adventure then unfolds as we head to Roussillon, celebrated for its lively ochre quarries—an absolute must-see. Moving on from Roussillon, we climb around 500 meters to the Plateau d’Albion, progressing toward our overnight stop in Sault.
Day 3: Sault- (Mont Ventoux) - Avignon
The queen stage leads from Sault, climbing 26 km up to Mont Ventoux (track 2 only). The Giant of Provence is recognizable from afar, and after countless strenuous switchbacks, we reach the 'roof of the tour' at 1912 m with a magnificent panoramic view. For those finding the ascent too challenging, there's the option to ride through the equally beautiful Nesque Valley. The final highlight of the day is the old papal residence of Avignon with its beautiful old town and the famous Pont d'Avignon bridge.
Day 4: Avignon - Martigues
For track 2, even on this day, the mountains remain faithful to us. In the morning, we traverse the Alpilles, a mountain range south of St. Remy. Track 1 will follow a quite flat and more direct route. Later, we reach the inland lake Étang de Berre and conclude the day in the port city of Martigues, gathering for an evening beer at L'isle, the historic city center crisscrossed by canals.
Day 5: Martigues - Aix
We ride eastward along the Mediterranean Sea and the Étang de Berre lake, tackling a few leisurely ascents and passing typical camarce style holiday resorts. After a few hours, we'll see Marseille's airport in the distance. It's our final chance to savor picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and a varied route that led us through the untouched beauty of Provencal nature before we arrive once again at our starting hotel in Aix-en-Provence, completing our well-deserved journey.
The below figures are based on a drafted route. The final tracks will be available approx. 6 weeks prior to the tour start.
Recommended for all kinds of bikes including road bikes. Only paved roads on the track, if there is a need to use some (short) gravel sections, these are possible to cycle even with road bikes. If possible the track follows cycling paths.
Shorter and less challenging than track 2.
Recommended in particular for road bikes, but possible for all kinds of bikes. Only paved roads on the track, if there is a need to use some (short) gravel sections, these are possible to cycle even with road bikes. If possible the track follows cycling paths.
The distance is longer and more climb than on track 1.