The Best of Provence in 2011by Bike tour guru
DuVine has done it again! In 2011, we've altered and improved our Bicycle Tour Provence Itinerary to make it the best trip we've ever offered in the region. "How is it possible?" you might ask. We've taken the highlights from our Provence Classic and combined it with the Guide's favorite moments from our Provence Lavender tour. Not sure what this means? Here is a rundown of what to expect in 2011.
The trip starts at the stunning Vieux Castillon hotel in Le Gard Provençal. From here our trip cruises down hill and across the historic Pont-du-Gard, a Roman aqueduct built in 19 BC. In the summer months, it is a wonderful place to stop for a quick swim in le gard, the river below. From here we enjoy a beautiful ride around the garrigue, a typical ProvenÃ§al landscape. Upon our return to the hotel, there is an opportunity for a dip in the pool before we enjoy a refreshing glass of rosé and carefully crafted dinner.
Our next day continues the exploration of the region, this time by heading over towards Uzès. The riding is more difficult than the previous day but every pedal stroke is worth the effort. Enjoying a pastis in the town square, you'll learn to embrace to local lifestyle. As you leave Uzès, you'll cycle along tree-lined streets - the ultimate image of the French countryside. Past vineyards and sunflowers, you'll arrive at your hotel to be entertained by Mario at his gem of a restaurant. The local dishes will blow you away.
As we cross the Rhône, one of the longest rivers in Europe, you'll leave behind Le Vieux Castillon in the direction of Saint Remy. Along the way, you'll enjoy an expertly crafted picnic by your DuVine guide. We've selected an exclusive spot near the Abbey de St. Michel-de-Frigolet for you to relax midday. After a brief rest, you'll enjoy a wonderful descent as you work your way to our next hotel, the Château de Roussan in Saint Rémy de Provence.
In this fabulous town, known for olive oil, Nostradomus and delicious Joël Durand chocolate, you'll enjoy a relaxing night. Take a recommendation from your guide as you select your own restaurant for a private meal with someone special.
In the morning you'll awake to the streets full of excitement. It's market day in Saint Rémy! (check out our Market Day in Provence blog post) Wander around the square and you'll find exceptional local produce, pungent cheeses, lavender, handmade soap, local olive oil and more. This is a great place to find a souvenir from your bicycle trip to Provence. Departing Saint Rémy, you'll head along the Alpilles towards Gordes. The Alpilles, know as the little Alps, are breathtaking. Ominous as they look, they're only miniature versions of mountains - you'll be able to bike along them without too much trouble. Crossing the Durance, you'll see the beautiful landscape of Le Vaucluse. This is lavender country!
From our final hotel, La Bastide de Gordes, you'll cycle past beautiful villages that sit perched upon hills. In this region, your senses will rejoice with the wonderful colors and scents of Provence. With a truffle and wine tasting scheduled for afternoon, as well as a visit to an olive mill, every discerning gourmand will be pleased. Round out your experience with a morning ride prior to your departure.
There is no doubt that we're offering the best that Provence has to give. Experience it all: the local culture, the wine, truffles, olive oil, chocolate, pastis, lavender and more. I couldn't imagine a better location for your next DuVine Adventure.
Join me, Tommy Pace...your DuVine guide in France, in 2011 on this newly refined itinerary. It's an experience that you'll never forget!