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Provence Alps

End the season with some Provence sun – 7/09-14/09/2019

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.


The Guides

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.


quäldich-Guide Ilka Krull

Sympathische Allrounderin mit großem Herz und großem Mundwerk. Hat Blut geleckt beim Ersatzguide-Einsatz in der Provence und fiebert nun dem Ernstfall entgegen.


quäldich-Guide Matthias  Dreier

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 7/09-14/09/2019

  • 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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