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Provence Alps

End the season with some Provence sun – 9/09-16/09/2017

Provence – from the vineyards of the Rhône Valley to the Mercantour High Alps. And back. Through fields of lavender, on remote, unfamiliar roads, down wild, romantic gorges. Over giant passes like the Col d'Allos and Col de la Cayolle. Also, of course, the Géant de Provence – the monumental Mont Ventoux. You can discover all this with us in September 2017.

You can extend the summer season well into September under the southern sun. Starting out from Orange in the Rhône Valley, we'll whisk you away on one of Epic Climbs' most adventurous trips, through some remote areas far removed from the well-trodden tourist paths. And we'll introduce you to the unique Provence scenery with wonderful gorges like the Gorges de Cians with its fire-red rocks, and the strange Verdon Gorge. You can expect fabulous passes which, though not the biggest names, will nonetheless make this trip a very special experience.

Enjoy the Provence sun.


Impressions


The Guides

Tom – The Sous Chef

quäldich-Guide Tom Bender

After interludes in South Baden and Savoy, Swabian Tom is now based in the border area near Aachen. But from the Savoy Alps he's taken away a passion for real mountains and genuine tartiflette. In 2016 he became Holiday Manager at Epic Climbs and he's the mastermind behind our 2017 programme!

Simon – The DJ

quäldich-Guide Simon

Simon benefits from the superb South Baden training environment and gets his impressive form from the long Black Forest climbs.

Tilmann – The Tea Drinker

quäldich-Guide Tilmann Böß

Drinks coffee too, not just tea, and enjoys long climbs, which unfortunately don't exist in the Vogelsberg area where he comes from. So he enjoys the Alps even more. In the French Alps he knows just about every peak by name, and often knows far more than the tour leader.

Erich – The Gunslinger

quäldich-Guide

Erich did his greatest service for Epic Climbs back in 1980, when he began creating our fastest guide.
Famous as a top luggage driver on the Tour of Germany, and never slow to offer a strong opinion.


Getting there

Our initial hotel is a little bit outside Orange.

Cars may be left free of charge all week in the hotel car park.

From Germany and Northern Europe via Frankfurt or Stuttgart - Karlsruhe - Mulhouse - Lyons on France's A7 to the Orange-Centre exit.

From Western Europe also via Paris or Luxembourg - Dijon - Lyons on France's A7.

From Central and Eastern Europe also via Zurich - Geneva - Valence on France's A7. You may also consider to take the Montblanc tunnel from Milan.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airport is Marseilles-Provence, which has direct flights from many European airports.

From Marseille Airport take a regional train to Orange.

By high-speed train (TGV) to the Avignon TGV station. From there, take a regional train to Orange.


The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 9/09-16/09/2017

  • Saturday, 9th September 2017
    Travel to Orange. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 10th September 2017
    Start of the first stage (Orange - Sisteron) at 9am.
  • Monday, 11th September 2017
    Second stage Sisteron - Saint-André-les-Alpes
  • Tuesday, 12th September 2017
    Third stage Saint-André-les-Alpes - Barcelonnette
  • Wednesday, 13th September 2017
    Fourth stage
    Barcelonnette - Puget-Thenières
  • Thursday, 14th September 2017
    Fifth stage Puget-Thenières - Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
  • Friday, 15th September 2017
    Sixth stage Moustiers-Sainte-Marie - Sault
  • Saturday, 16th September 2017
    Seventh stage Sault - Orange. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)
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