France - Montpellier to Mont Ventoux is fully booked France - Montpellier to Mont Ventoux

France - Montpellier to Mont Ventoux

10th May 2019 - 19th May 2019 (10 days)

This is a leisurely spring tour through the Mediterranean hinterland and Cevennes, moving on every other day with just one 1-night stand. Optional rest days include the Georges de I'Herault, Corniche des Cevennes and a choice of doing the Ventoux summit or the Gorges de la Nesque, or both.


  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Sheila Simpson
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Fully Booked
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Board Basis Half Board
  • Travel Arrangements Coach and Ferry
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Multi-centre
  • Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
  • Holiday Ref 01908


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Friday 10th May

Travel by European Bike Express (Bike Bus) to Dover for the P&O Ferry crossing to Calais and thence through the night to Montpellier.

Saturday 11th May

Arrive Montpellier approximately 0915. Cycle to Aniane via Gignac. 47km. Stay 2 nights.

Sunday 12th May

Free day. Optional circuit to St-Guilhem-le-Desert, the Gorges de l'Herault and St-Jean-de-Bueges. 71km; 58km if short cut. 

Monday 13th May

Cycle to St-Jean-du-Gard via St-Martin-de-Londres and St-Hippolyte-du-Fort. 76km. Stay 2 nights.

Tuesday 14th May

Free day. Optional circuit of the Corniche des Cevennes, le Pompidou and Vallée Francaise. 64km.

Wednesday 15th May

Cycle to Uzès via Anduze. 68km. Stay 1 night.

Thursday 16th May

Cycle to Bedoin via St-Victor-la-Coste and Aubignan. 82km. Stay 2 nights.

Friday 17th May

Free day. Optional circuit to Mont Ventoux summit (2012m) via le Chalet Reynard and Malaucène 60km. Or circuit of the Gorges de la Nesque. 70km. 

Saturday 18th May

Cycle to the Bike Bus pick up point at Orange via the Dentelles de Montmirail. 51km. Depart approx 1800 for the return overnight journey to Calais.

Sunday 19th May

P&O Ferry crossing to Dover and your chosen Bike Bus set-down point in the UK.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation will be in 2 and 3-star hotels in rooms based on two people sharing. Meals are half-board, with the possibility of vegetarian meals if indicated when booking, though choice is sometimes limited in France.

Vehicle Support

Riders will carry their own luggage. No backup is provided.

Passports, Visa & Health

EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa.
There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.

Travel Insurance

Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.


The price of £1,180 is based on a minimum number of 8 people taking part in the tour and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 euros to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 1st March 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid, although in certain circumstances the tour may still run at below minimum numbers but at the same price.

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel between Orange and any Bike Bus pick-up point in England
  • 7 nights hotel, sharing room, half-board
  • Daily cycle routes on marked-up maps and as GPS tracks
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from your Bike Bus set-down point in England
  • Meals in transit
  • Drinks with evening meals
  • Lunches or refreshments during the day
  • Entry fees to any attractions
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single occupancy supplement (subject to availability)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £295 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £885 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 1st March 2019.


Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 1st March 2019

From 1st March 2019 through to departure


Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£295)

100% (£1,180)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

This is a tour of the Mediterranean hinterland in the Languedoc and Provence, between Montpellier and Orange. The terrain is flat to rolling with some climbs, partly through vineyards and garrigue (mix of forest and aromatic scrubland), partly through the Cévennes with some well-graded climbs and descents. Road surfaces are generally good.

Rides & Rest Days

There are 5 moving-on days, much of which will be spent cycling and sightseeing from the saddle. The group will be led at a pace of approx 18kph on the flat, tackling hills at a slower pace, and cover 47 to 82km a day. We use minor roads almost entirely, though as with any tour, road closures and landslips can affect our route choice. Weather might even affect your decision to ride up Mt Ventoux. You are free to ride separately, but it is important that you are fit enough to undertake each moving-on day’s ride, carrying your own luggage. There are three rest days when we ride without luggage, or you can take a complete rest from the bike.

Accommodation & Meals

The hotels are used regularly by cycling groups, and three have swimming pools. We will be sharing twin or double rooms on a half- board basis. We buy supplies individually for lunch, which is often at or near a bar-café, and stop whenever possible at mid-morning and afternoon cafés.


When booking this holiday online it is also necessary to complete a booking form for the European Bike Express and to email this to the Tour Manager. The form can be downloaded here.

Group Information

The maximum group size will be 11 excluding the Tour Manager(s).

Weather & Clothing

The weather should be warm, even hot, but there can be occasional showers in spring. Bring lightweight summer clothing with extra layers in case of cool weather (or to protect from sunburn), a change for evenings and a light waterproof.

Cycles & Equipment

A touring cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. Tandems should have at least one hub brake. A low bottom gear (eg a small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended; if unsure about gears, please email the Tour Manager. Mudguards are optional. Lights are recommended, as they are a legal requirement in France at any time that there is poor visibility, as well as a retro-reflective gilet. You should have ridden your cycle fully laden before the tour to ensure that you are happy with its handling. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs, along with any waterproofs and spare clothing needed for the day. Anyone considering bringing an electric bike must select this on the booking form, mention it under Special Requests and discuss this with the Tour Manager before their booking can be confirmed.

Maps & Guides

Each day you should carry the route sketch map, which will be provided. Michelin 526, ‘Languedoc-Roussillon’, 1:200,000, and 527 Provence-Alps Cote d'Azur covers the whole tour, but you could use just the relevant pages cut from a Michelin Atlas. You will need several 1:100,000 IGN maps.

Travel Insurance & Advice

In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from most Post Offices. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking you should check the Foreign Office ‘Travel Advice by Country’ at or on 0845 850 2829.

Other Information

When booking this holiday online it is also necessary to complete a booking form for the European Bike Express and to email this to the Tour Manager. The form can be downloaded here.