FROM THE BLOG
One of our favorite corners of Provence and the Rhone Valley – and there are many – is Vaison la Romaine. This small town lies in the shadow of Mont Ventoux or the Giant of Provence and is an overnight stop on most of our Provence tours. The ancient Roman town is chock-full of history, art, delicious eateries and our favorite – miles of breathtaking road to ride our bikes on. We’ve narrowed down our top 5 sights in Vaison-la-Romaine that you should definitely make time to visit while in the area.
Are you on a bike tour to conquer some of the big mountains? Or are you on a family tour ready to see some of the most gorgeous sights in southern France? Do you think you’d be more comfortable on your own trusty steed? Or do you feel you’d get more enjoyment from your vacation if our local guide navigated the rental process for you so you don’t have to worry?
Watching the roof of Notre Dame burn this week left us feeling homesick. The strange thing is we're American but France and Paris have always been a central part of our lives and we felt like we wanted to be there with the rest of France to mourn the damage at Notre Dame. To mourn and to hope for a quick and worthy rebuild.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
“The team at the Outfitter Bicycle Tours put together an amazing holiday that I’ll never forget. We had great places to stay/eat and we were always in the thick of the action. The tour rides catered for riders of all levels and we somehow managed to visit my favourite team on a tour ride! I’ll be back to do it all again soon.”
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more