Welcome to Mont Ventoux

Because of the mountain’s dimensions, every European climate type is represented here, from Mediterranean on its lower southern reaches to Arctic on its exposed northern ridge. As you climb, temperatures can plummet by 20°C, and the fierce mistral wind blows 130 days a year, sometimes at speeds of 250km/h. Bring warm clothes and rain gear, even in summer. You can ascend by road year-round, but you cannot traverse the summit from 15 November to 15 April.

The mountain’s diverse fauna and flora have earned the mountain Unesco Biosphere Reserve status. Some species live nowhere else, including the rare snake eagle.

Three gateways – Bédoin, Malaucène and Sault – provide services in summer, but they're far apart.

Top experiences in Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux activities

$165.55 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Avignon to Rhone Valley Guided Wine Tasting Tour and Transport

Leave your central Avignon hotel by luxury minivan and head northeast in the direction of Mont Ventoux – amusingly nicknamed the ‘Beast of Provence’ in recognition of its status as the region’s largest mountain. Lasting just over an hour, your journey passes through swathes of picture-perfect Provence countryside, dotted with vineyards that produce the grapes for the Rhône Valley’s esteemed Ventoux wines. Stop at a wine estate in the foothills of Mont Ventoux for a tour of its cellars, fermenting rooms and bottling rooms, learning all about wine cultivation in the area as you go. Listen to your knowledgeable guide explain how all of your senses can discern your taste for different wines, and then discover it for yourself during a wine-tasting session. Sample up to five different wines (red, rosé and white) plus quality olive oils, and then take a stroll around the vineyards. Hop back into your minivan and travel to the charming town of Beaumes-de-Venise to explore independently or have lunch -- your guide will give tips for the best places to eat! In the afternoon continue your tour through the prestigious Rhône Valley, where you’ll visit two more wine estates. Sample crisp rosé wines at a chateau in the Tavel wine region, and then end your tour on a high note by sampling the internationally acclaimed Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine at another chateau. After learning all about the characteristics of these incredible Rhône Valley wines, return to your Avignon hotel where your tour ends.From April 1st 2019, no more stop in Beaumes de Venise for lunch and free time. After the tasting session, a picnic lunch will be served on the terrace of the chateau, sheltered by centenary plane trees. Taste terroir products (seasonal fruits and vegetables, tapenade, goat cheese, …) pairing with the wines of the domain. Picnic lunch included.

$102.76 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chateau Pesquie, Mormoiron, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'AzurWine tasting sessionDuration: 4 hours

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