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8 Days Self Guided Cycling Holiday in France

Serre Des Ormes, Salérans, Laragne-Montéglin, Gap, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Road Cycling Holiday France

Serre Des Ormes's beautiful 18th-century house is situated in the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge in the Hautes-Alpes. The house has been redecorated and provides delightful accommodation with spacious ensuite bedrooms. There are a private swimming pool, sunny terraces, cozy lounge, and even a library to relax in, all set in idyllic peaceful surroundings. There is fantastic road cycling to suit all levels right on the doorstep. Enjoy quiet roads, stunning gorges, picturesque villages, as well as some great climbing on the local cols and of course, Mont Ventoux!

Key information

  • Trip type: self-guided
  • Lodging: center-based
  • Terrain: cols to valley riding and through gorges
  • Difficulty level: easy (cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day), moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 - 45 miles per day), challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46 - 80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 149 - 186 miles / 240 - 300 kilometers
  • Vacation type: road biking
  • Type of bike: road bike
  • E-bike: available to rent

Highlights

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Cycle through the Jabron valley
  • Experience the iconic climb of Mont Ventoux
  • Ride through the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge
  • Daily breakfasts and an evening meal
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • Bike friendly hotel

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Marseille Provence Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:30
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

Serre Des Ormes's 18th-century house has been completely redecorated to a high standard and is the perfect place to enjoy your holiday. There are three spacious ensuite rooms with newly fitted bath or shower rooms. One of these rooms has an annex room with two single beds and makes an ideal family or small group room.

Downstairs, there is a large dining room where breakfast and evening meals are served if you are not eating al fresco on the terrace. You can help yourself at any time to the tea and coffee available in the dining room. There is a spacious lounge, with comfy sofa and chairs. In the spring and autumn, if the evenings are chilly, you can snuggle up in front of the large wood burning fire.

Upstairs, they have their very own library, which offers a quiet place to sit and relax after a day’s activities. Several hours can be easily lost searching through their large collection of classic French literature including poetry, art, and philosophy!

Outside, there is a private swimming pool for you to enjoy after a day on the bikes. Their sunny terrace gets the sun from late morning onwards and is a great place to relax and enjoy the views after or before a day’s riding. During the summer, they will often serve evening meals on the terrace.

They have a large garage which offers secure storage for your bikes. There is also access to bike wash facilities and tools for essential repairs and maintenance.

Program

The cycling is self-guided but with Serre Des Ormes's knowledge of the region and passion for cycling, they will make sure you get the very most from your weeks holiday with them. At the start of the week, they will organize a group ride to introduce you to the area and so that they can tailor the week’s riding to suit you. They have numerous routes and cycling itineraries for all abilities with advice and GPS files for easy route finding.

The following is an example itinerary of Serre Des Ormes's all-inclusive package and can easily be tailored to suit all levels of cyclists.

Day 1

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) or Aix-en-Provence TGV railway station and transferred to Serre Des Ormes, where you will arrive to a warm welcome, tea, and freshly baked cake.

Day 2

For those hiring bikes, Serre Des Ormes will make a short trip to Sault to collect bikes and ensure you are kitted out for the week ahead. Once bikes have been collected, there is the option to explore the lavender fields around the delightful village of Sault or cycle back to Serre Des Ormes.

Day 3

Enjoy a great ride to the Buëch valley, starting with a ride through the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge and to the perched village of Ventavon for lunch.

Day 4

Known as the Tour of Chabre, today’s ride takes you over Col Saint-Jean and to the village of Orpierre before returning through the Gorges de la Méouge.

Day 5

Today, you will cycle through the Jabron valley and visit the citadel town of Sisteron.

Day 6

In the early Thursday morning, there is an opportunity to join Kate and visit the local provincial market in Laragne. On Thursday evening, you will have a night off but transport will be provided to the citadel town of Sisteron where you can choose to dine in one of the many local restaurants.

Day 7

Experience the iconic climb of Mont Ventoux! Serre Des Ormes will take you to the village of Sault from where the climb up this impressive mountain begins.

Day 8

You will have a morning transfer to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) or Aix-en-Provence TGV railway station.

Location

Serre Des Ormes is located in the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge, in the Hautes-Alpes region of France and within cycling distance of Mont Ventoux. They are less than two hours drive from Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). During the cycling holiday, you will ride to several places such as Sault, Buëch valley, Gorges de la Méouge, Col Saint-Jean, Orpierre, Jabron valley, Sisteron, and Mont Ventoux.

Gorges de la Méouge

“Méoujo” means the honey-colored river in provençal language and the river flows 40 kilometers from west to east along the valley, crossing a valley of exceptional landscapes, alpine grasslands, wild ridges of Chabre, and ending in the deep Gorges de la Méouge. The gorges are located 20 minutes on the bike or a short drive from Serre Des Ormes and in the summer, they are popular with both bathers and walkers.

Sisteron

The picturesque citadel town of Sisteron is known as the “pearl of Provence” and is situated on banks of the Durance river which forges its way through the natural gaps in the hills. It is located on the scenic route Napoleon and is the gateway between Provence to the south and the Dauphine to the north. It is well worth exploring it’s narrow streets and numerous cafes, either on a rest day or during a ride. The town is particularly spectacular in the evening when the citadel and rocks are lit up.

Laragne

Laragne is a bustling market town, where every Thursday morning, local produce including fruit, vegetables, cheeses, honey, meat, spices, and numerous other delicacies can be bought directly from the producers.

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

Food

From the moment you arrive, you will be completely taken care of. A hearty breakfast is served each morning to set you up for the day ahead, including porridge, muesli, granola, croissants, fresh bread, fruit juice, homemade jams, and freshly laid eggs from Serre Des Ormes's own hens.

Tea, coffee, and home-baked cakes are also served each afternoon and help yourself to fresh fruit throughout your stay. On all but one night, Serre Des Ormes serves a delicious two-course evening meal, with locally produced organic food where possible. Aperitif, hors d'oeuvres, and wine are included with the evening meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Horseriding
  • Option to join Serre Des Ormes weekly group ride to show you some of the great routes in the local area
  • Option to participate in Serre Des Ormes weekly 'Ventoux Day'
  • Parapenting
  • Photography
  • Trail running
  • Wild swimming

What's included

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Cycling itineraries for all abilities with advice and GPS files for easy route finding
  • Emergency vehicle support if required
  • Secure bike storage and access to tools and bike washing facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi available
  • Midweek laundry service available
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and an evening meal
  • Tea, coffee, and fresh fruit throughout your stay
  • Airport transfers, transport for bike collection, and the supported Ventoux Day (for the package with transfers)

What's not included

  • Bike hire (available upon request)
  • Airport transfers and van support during the week (for the package without transfers)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Marseille Provence Airport Airport transfer included: Marseille Provence Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available from April to October, with arrival on Saturday.

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