Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) July 12, 2006
Cyclists in the 2006 Tour de France have begun the exciting, unpredictable race through France’s scenic countryside. After cycling’s superstars battle for the yellow jersey, amateur biking aficionados can crank their two-wheeled steeds up the same stages of the famous Tour. HomesAway, the pioneers of the villa vacation, offers a sophisticated private villa that answers the growing adventure travel trend. Guests of the Bastide du Ventoux villa can cycle by day and enjoy five-star treatment by night, including a personal Local Host to arrange everything from private dinners to olive oil tastings.
Perched atop the Mont Ventoux climb of the Tour, HomesAway’s Bastide du Ventoux villa (http://www.homesaway.com/site_a/TS/Homes/BDV/BDV.cfm) offers the quintessential Provencal escape. Gracing the edge of a hilltop village, the 6-bedroom Bastide offers postcard vistas from every floor, window, terrace and balcony. The villa is in proximity to a variety of activities, including wine tastings, open-air markets, scenic villages and historic towns, shopping and antiques. Excellent local restaurants are just steps away.
HomesAway Local Hosts customize each HomesAway experience, and can arrange customized bike trips that follow the various stages and climbs of the Tour de France. The Local Host works with local bike operators to arrange rentals and specific routes.
Headquartered in Toronto Canada, HomesAway arranges highly personalized vacations in exceptional private residences located in Europe and soon in other quiet, culturally rich corners of the world. Their extraordinary properties range from grand châteaux to classic villas and country farmhouses. Each provides a gracious and comfortable retreat for as few as four guests to as many as 26. Unique to HomesAway, each stay includes the services of a HomesAway Local Host -- a guide, translator, itinerary planner, concierge, troubleshooter and insider. HomesAway Local Hosts provide invaluable insights and connections that help guests step effortlessly into the rhythm of local life. The HomesAway experience allows guests an intimate experience on one’s own terms, and offering the best of their home away from home and the region.
HomesAway has been described as one of the top villa rental companies by Travel & Leisure Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Virtuoso Life and Traditional Home Magazine, among others. HomesAway Vice President Maija Palkeinen has been nominated recently for a Condé Nast Traveler’s award for best villa rental agent.
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