Option 1: Gorges de la Nesque
With fantastically carved rocks, Les Gorges de la Nesque is an imposing and wild canyon which can be admired from the road. The route is punctuated by tunnels and view-points.
Distance: 60km, Climbing 1100m Option 2: Abbaye de Senenque
This ride takes you into the Luberon natural park. Enclosed in a valley and surrounded by lavender fields, the Sénanque Abbey remains one of the purest examples of early Cistercian architecture. It is still inhabited by an active community of Cistercian monks.
Mont Ventoux Summit Climb
Today’s ride is the “raison d’etre” for your trip. Mont Ventoux utterly dominates its surroundings in the heart of Provence. There are 3 possible ascents, with the classic Tour de France route starting in Bedoin. Mont Ventoux is a worthy adversary for any aspiring cyclist and merits it’s nickname “The Giant of Provence”.
Our final ride winds through the scenic foothills of Mont Ventoux. The area abounds with hidden valleys, hilltop hamlets and quiet back roads which give the area a unique feel and make it a ride not to be missed.
We talk about that fun day that we cycled up Mt Ventoux in late June often (OK, we even brag to our friends), and think we may need to return soon and try a different route up.