44|5’s Custom Short-Stay Mont Ventoux Cycling Tour
Nicknamed ‘The Giant of Provence’, Mont Ventoux lives up to its name before you even take your first pedal stroke at the bottom of the climb. The mountain completely dominates its surroundings in the heart of Provence, and with it’s bald summit, gives the impression that it is snow-capped, and therefore higher than its 1912 meters. Mont Ventoux is arguably the most famous and feared Tour de France climb and is justifiably on the Bucket List of any aspiring grimpeur!
Climbing Mont Ventoux is an incredible experience, but there is plenty of amazing riding near the mountain as well. 44|5 offers short, custom cycling tours, centered around your dream climb, with guided rides and cycling-friendly accommodation included. Click on the tabs above to find out more.
“A huge thank you to John and Gerry for making our trip to Mt Ventoux so easy and so memorable. Their help with organizing transport , accommodation and bike rental made everything that easy I forgot I was in a foreign country and couldn’t speak the language. They even put on a perfect spring day had all the extra gear for a chilly decent and then give us a lift back to Avignon. Thanks guys , we’ll be back” – Terry, Australia
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Energy bars, gels, snacks and water on your ride
- Pick-ups and drop-offs at your accommodation each day (when necessary)
- Owner-operator guides to see to your needs
- Support vehicle (Ventoux climb), offering assistance, encouragement, and food and drinks
- Transportation to France (*We can arrange transport from Marseilles airport or Avignon train station.)
- Lunches and dinners
- Hotels before and after your tour
- Personal expenses, such as mini-bar, telephone or souvenir purchases
- Bikes – bring your own or you can rent high quality road bikes
Your Short-stay Ventoux Tour
You can choose the number of days you’d like to spend cycling in Provence with us, and we make sure your guided rides are tailored-made to your expectations and ability. Here is an example of what you can expect on a typical 3 day/3 night tour.
Dentelles de Montmirail
We will meet you at your hotel/B&B then head off on a ‘warm-up’ ride through the pretty Dentelles, the foothills of the geant itself! Although right next to Mont Ventoux, its hidden valleys, hilltop hamlets and tiny roads give the Dentelles a unique feel that make this one of the best areas to ride in Provence.
Mont Ventoux Ascent
Now that the legs are warmed up and you are full of energy from last night’s dinner, today is the main course of your tour! We meet early at your hotel, make sure your bikes are set up perfectly for your climb, then make our way to Bédoin.
Today you are supported by a vehicle with water and energy when you need it. After your successful ascent of one of the most famous climbs in France (and a celebration at 1912 meters, of course!) we ride back to your hotel, descending the northern side of the mountain to Malaucène, then looping back on a wonderful route through vineyards and Mediterranean pine forests.
With your objective achieved, we head out on the road today for a southerly loop right into the heart of Provence. Today’s route cuts a lovely loop to the south of Ventoux on roads lined with vineyards and olive groves. This large, open valley offers a few short climbs with stunning views in all directions, and plenty of village cafés if we feel like a break along the way!
44|5 partners with several comfortable and well-situated hotels/B&Bs in the Mont Ventoux area. Your accommodation will depend on availability and the rides you choose to do with us. Below are examples of what you can expect.
Hôtel Domaine des Tilleuls
This former silk farm is situated at the beginning of the northern climb of Mont Ventoux, in the village of Malaucène. Its Medieval town center plays host to a market on Wednesdays, and offers plenty of restaurant choices, not to mention a bike shop or two. Domaine des Tilleuls has welcomed many cycling legends over the years, including Eddy Merckx.
Hotel Le Siècle
Housed in a 16th century private “bourgeois” residence, Le Siècle is located in the charming village of Mazan, to the south of Mont Ventoux. Steeped in history from Roman times to the Revolution, the village offers everything you need during your stay. The surrounding area has a wide variety of cycling options in all directions.
Auberge du Vin
Auberge du Vin is a converted 18th century Provençal farmhouse surrounded by vineyards, with stunning views of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles. In addition to its tranquil and idyllic location, the Auberge offers wine, food and tourism activities for non-riding guests. The Auberge is located near Carpentras, with its famous market and fine selection of restaurants.
Hôtel des Pins
Located in and around a typical Provençal house, Hôtel des Pins is just minutes from the start of the southern climb of Mont Ventoux, in the vibrant village of Bédoin. Known for its Monday provençal market, Bédoin also has a variety of restaurant options and bike shops. The hotel’s quite setting invites relaxation after a morning of riding the roads of Tour de France greats.
Chateau de Mazan (4 Star Upgrade option only – packages from €475 per person)
If you want to spoil yourself on your Ventoux BreakAway, our 4-star 18th century chateau hotel is for you. The Chateau de Mazan, in the village of the same name, is a family-run hotel that has been lovingly renovated to its former glory. The rooms are large, modern and bright and the grounds are calm and meticulously maintained. The hotel also has a fantastic restaurant that serves bistro-style lunches and gastronomique dinners, either inside the large, airy dinning room, or outside in the garden.
Mazan is a historic village 10 km south of Mont Ventoux. It is perfectly situated for not only a Ventoux climb, but also for your extra guided rides with us in the beautiful Vaucluse departement.
Crillon le Brave (5-Star Upgrade option only – packages from €675 per person)
Perched on one of the small hilltop villages that dot the countryside near the base of Mont Ventoux, this Relais & Chateaux property is a cyclist’s paradise. The location offers excellent access to the area’s best riding roads, and when not on your bike, you might decide to take advantage of their spa services, eat a meal at one of three on-site restaurants, or just take in the view of Mont Ventoux from the patio.
There are 3 routes up to the summit of Mont Ventoux, but if it’s the route of the Tour de France you’d like to attempt, then you’ll be starting from the village of Bédoin. The northern route (pictured to the left), which starts in Malaucène, is every bit as hard, and offers outstanding views of the French Alps. The third route is from the lavender-scented village of Sault, and has less elevation gain and a gentler overall gradient. You are welcome to climb Mont Ventoux from any side (or all!).
For a detailed look at all three route, check out our Climbing Mont Ventoux page.