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France

Provence Retreat

20th - 25th Juni 2018

The perfect blend of riding and relaxation in luxurious Provence.

Provence might be the ultimate cycling destination. Ride among idyllic vineyards, climb the iconic Mont Ventoux, then enjoy downtime by the pool and recover with exceptional food and wine. This is the perfect time of year to discover Provence – not yet too hot, and with quiet roads all to yourself. Our base at the luxurious Château de Mazan is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Single occupancy — € 4.600 per person
Double occupancy — € 3.800 per person

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Who is it for?

Rapha Travel pioneered the idea of the cycling Retreat, a luxurious break where the emphasis is as much on unwinding and enjoying stunning surroundings as it is on challenging yourself on the bike. With exclusive accommodation in which to stretch out, and the best regional specialities, local wines and culture, the Retreats set a standard that other trip providers cannot match. Rapha Retreats are always based in one stunning location, for the ultimate in stress relief, and you can tailor-make the riding itinerary to suit you. Choose 150km over the high mountains, or a gentle coffee spin before an afternoon of relaxation; guided or solo, it’s up to you. Non-riding partners are welcomed along to share the experience with you.

How Hard is it?

Retreats suit all types of riders, except for those who want packed days and relentless riding. Although you will have the chance to do big days in the saddle and test yourself on amazing roads, your time can be as demanding or as gentle as you like: wine tastings, market trips, swimming and massages are examples of indulgences that are positively encouraged. You’ll return home fitter and happier, and recharged in mind and body.

All Retreats include

  • Airport transfers
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Double occupancy as standard

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire* and travel insurance are not included
*Bike hire only available for EU trips

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Flights to Marseille
Day 1 Provencal Villages 62 KM 1110 M
Day 2 Luberon 86 KM 1500 M
Day 3 Ventoux 78 KM 2000 M
Day 4 Gorges de la Nesque 70 KM 1200 M
Day 5 Ice Cream & Departure

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Arrival Day

Flights to Marseille

Arrive to Marseille to be met by a member of the Rapha Travel team. From here we transfer to Chateau Mazan, with time for an afternoon spin.

Accommodation

Chateau Mazan

Day 1

Provencal Villages

We begin our explorations of Provence in earnest today, rolling through local villages and relaxing over a cofffee. Spend the afternoon by the pool or explore the village of Mazan by foot.

Distance

62 KM

Climbing

1110 M

Accommodation

Chateau Mazan

Major Climbs

Madeleine

Day 2

Luberon

Today we head south east from Mazan to the Luberon. This region count some of France's most beautiful villages in its' repertoire - Gordes, Roussillon, both feature on the map.

Distance

86 KM

Climbing

1500 M

Accommodation

Chateau Mazan

Day 3

Ventoux

Today we'll tackle the Giant of Provence from the classic side of Bedoin. Climb the 21km ascent and imagine the exploits of racers through the years. Descending to Malaucene before returning to Mazan via col de la Madeleine

Distance

78 KM

Climbing

2000 M

Accommodation

Chateau Mazan

Major Climbs

Le Mont Ventoux

Day 4

Gorges de la Nesque

One of the highlights of any Provencel Retreat, the Gorges de la Nesque is a road made for cycling

Distance

70 KM

Climbing

1200 M

Accommodation

Chateau Mazan

Major Climbs

Gorges de la Nesque

Day 5

Ice Cream & Departure

A short morning spin with time for a coffee or ice cream before transfers to Marseille airport in the afternoon

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Customer Testimonials

Lots and lots of fun riding and inspirational discussions and dinners.

— Retreat Provence, 2015

Absolutely brilliant trip. Entire team looking after us were fabulous and made everything run extremely smoothly. Can't wait till my next trip with Rapha!

— Rider - Retreat Tuscany, 2015

FAQ

Can I bring a non-riding companion?

We welcome non-riding partners on our Retreats, but not on other trips.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)