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L'Isle sur la Sorgue to Vaison la Romaine

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A fairly gentle first day of this tour. After leaving the towns behind you're then cycling through vineyards on quiet country lanes as you make the ascent to Vaison la Romaine.
Distance 60.6 km
4:40 h
485 m
301 m

Before leaving L'Isle sur la Sorgue you may want to enjoy have a quick exploration of the town if you haven't done so already. There are markets each Thursday and Sunday, plus this town is well known for its antiques and art collections. Heading north you will soon reach Pernes Fontaines where more than 40 ancient fountains can be found in the village.

Just over halfway you will reach the vineyards of Vacqueyras. These excellent-value wines are like turbo-charged Côtes du Rhônes: dark and rich with the classic herbs and warm peppery spice of the Southern Rhône. Compared to neighbouring Gigondas, they are slightly more restrained and rustic and slightly cheaper. They are made from a minimum 50 percent Grenache. Maybe stop off for a coffee or spot of lunch as many have restaurants alongside the wine shop!


Author’s recommendation

If time permits, before setting off on your first day, a wander around L'Isle sur la Sorgue is highly recommended. It's a beautiful town.
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Kirsten Ogden
Update: August 03, 2018
Highest point
261 m
Lowest point
26 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage.

Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling.

If you are doubtful of the condition of your hire bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.

Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling.

Do remember to ride on the right hand side of the road and whilst drivers in France are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs. The road does narrow in parts so please take on bends and when descending, do so with caution.

There are some fairly busy roads, in the first half of the ride through the towns, so stay in the cycle lane where you can.

Tips and hints

There is a fairly large store in the centre of L’Isle sur la Sorgue to stock up on water and fresh breads and cheeses before your first day’s cycle. Further out of the centre of L’Isle sur la Sorgue there are a couple of larger supermarkets. During the second half of the ride it's mainly vineyards that you'll pass so maybe you could be tempted by the wonderful aromas from the boulangeries that you'll pass, on the road to Carpentas, and pick up something for the road!

This ride is available on: SGRCMVP


43.917431, 5.051531
43°55'02.8"N 5°03'05.5"E
31T 664709 4864748

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km - Your day starts in Parc Gaultier, on Avenue de Liberation, in L'Isle sur la Sorgue.  With your back to the beautiful Chateau, and small round lawn, leave through the gates (WC on the right if you need it!) and TURN RIGHT.

0.35 km - TURN LEFT at the roundabout, taking 3rd exit.

0.50km - STRAIGHT ON at the next roundabout, and then use the cycle path running alongside the road. You'll pass supermarkets along here.

1.30km - STRAIGHT ON at the next 2 roundabouts, taking the 3rd exit off the first, 2nd exit off the second.

1.90km - STRAIGHT ON, taking the 2nd exit, then immediately BEAR RIGHT following signs to Saint Antoine and ride through the village.

2.30km - TURN LEFT at the roundabout, sign posted Velleron, then TURN RIGHT to rejoin the main road.

4.60km - STRAIGHT ON at the next roundabout and continue for 3.7kms.

8.30km - Go STRAIGHT ON, taking the 2nd exit to Carpentras.

8.90km - Here you'll see an archway, in the old city walls, in front of you. Go STRAIGHT ON through the archway taking you into the narrow streets. Continue along until you can BEAR LEFT to pass back out under another archway and over the river. Then go STRAIGHT ON at the traffic lights.

11.90km - TURN RIGHT at the roundabout, to Carpentras, and STRAIGHT ON at the next 2 roundabouts. Cycle 3kms along this road with shops along the left side.

14.90km - You will arrive at a large roundabout and need to exit via the NW corner. It's probably better to dismount and use the pedestrian crossings. Go through the car park in front of you, exiting via the left side. Pass the shopping street, to your right, and then Rue de Cohorn is the next street in the corner. Go STRAIGHT ON up this street, following the one-way signs.

15.20km - At the Stop sign TURN RIGHT and follow the cycle path to the tower with an archway. Cross the road, to your left, and cycle down the hill sign posted Parking Coulee Verte. BEAR RIGHT at the bottom of the hill, crossing the river.

15.90km - Go STRAIGHT ON at roundabout, cross the river, and take the 1st RIGHT TURN. At the Stop sign TURN LEFT and go STRAIGHT ON at the next 2 roundabouts over the motorway.

18.30km - STRAIGHT ON at the next 3 roundabouts and into the centre of Aubignan. Dismount opposite the walled arch, that you'll see to your left, cross the road and cycle through the arch. Pass to the right of the Hotel de Ville and into the square, past a large church, then TURN LEFT to rejoin the main road following signs to Vacqueyras.

22.40km - Go STRAIGHT ON at the roundabout, then BEAR LEFT at the next. You'll then pass a couple of picnic sites on the right if you fancy a quick break!

29.10km - STRAIGHT ON at the next roundabout, passing by Vacqueyras.

31.30km - BEAR LEFT on the D8, and continue for the next 6.8kms, going STRAIGHT ON at the next 2 roundabouts. You're now cycling along with vineyards either side of you and as far as you can see!

38.10km - Go STRAIGHT ON at the roundabout and then BEAR RIGHT onto Chemin de la Gayere, a single track lane, between more vineyards!

41.00km - TURN LEFT at the crossroads and then TURN RIGHT at the roundabout and ride into Cairanne.

41.80km - Just before the traffic lights TURN RIGHT, to Saint Roman de Malegarde, go up the hill and BEAR RIGHT at the roundabout taking the 2nd exit. You now wind your way on small quiet roads, for the next 9.3kms, up over the Col and enjoy the decent to the village. Maybe visit the 13th century parish church, in the centre of the village, or climb to the highest point where you will find the remains of a 12th century chateau.

51.10km - Go STRAIGHT ON at the roundabout and, after 0.6kms, TURN RIGHT following signs to Buisson and take the next TURN LEFT up a short, steep hill so get into a low gear!

54.20km - Cruise down to a Stop sign here and TURN RIGHT, continuing for 4.6kms.

58.80km - The road bends to the left but BEAR RIGHT, onto Avenue Hector Berlioz, then STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads and TURN LEFT at the T junction.

60.40km - With a large carpark on your right TURN RIGHT towards the centre of Vaison la Romaine. Pass by shops and cafes and TURN LEFT on to Rue de la Republique.

60.60km - This will lead you into the town square, with a large fountain. Here is where your route for today ends.


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43.917431, 5.051531
43°55'02.8"N 5°03'05.5"E
31T 664709 4864748
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Besides cycling in the kit you are used too, we'd also suggest taking the essentials of water bottle(s), nutrition, an extra layer, cash/credit cards and mobile together with emergency telephone numbers.

Always wear a helmet and pack a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and handpump. You may also like to take a multi-tool.

Basic Equipment for Road Cycling

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes
  • Padded shorts and jersey
  • Sunglasses


  • Water bottle and cage
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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60.6 km
4:40 h
485 m
301 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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