Provence Bike Tour
- Region: France
- Destination: Provence
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Active Rider
- Price From: $4795
- Single Supplement: $1400
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Cycle through vineyards, cherry orchards and fields of lavender on our Provence Bike Tour. Climb winding roads to farmers markets in medieval villages. Stroll through charming rural towns. Explore ancient abbeys and taste the world’s best olive oils. You will never forget the views from the ruins of the Sade family château in Lacoste, the thrill of riding down from Gordes, and truffle and wine tasting in the village of Menèrbes. Culinary delights on this bike tour in Provence include tastings of sumptuous reds, whites, and the celebrated rosés of Provence, and unforgettable meals that feature Provençal specialties prepared by some of the region’s most prominent chefs.
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to Provence
Your guides will greet you at the Avignon TGV train station, and the adventure begins! At the hotel, we’ll start out with the essentials: bike fitting, safety talk, and map review. Then we’ll hop on our bikes and head over to Bedoin, the famous village that marks the start of the most challenging ascent up to the Mt Ventoux. You may decide this is one challenge you cannot live without, or continue spinning along the foothills of the Geant de Provence. Tonight our chef will delight you with authentic Provençal fare, and afterwards you’ll enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep in this lovely Chateau.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Avignon, Mazan, Mormoiron, Bedoin, Crillon le Brave
Accomplished: 15 miles / 24 km (additional optional climb of 21 km up the Mt Ventoux)
Day Two: Dentelles de Montmirail Loop
En early start to the day will allow us to enjoy some time at the Mazan market before heading off on another stunning ride. Browse pottery, truffles, and olive oils in the vibrant shops and stalls. Our rollercoaster day of riding will take us past authentic Provencal towns bustling with cyclists and locals alike. Enjoy lunch and a stroll in the town of Vaison la Romaine, a beautiful town rich with roman history and a traditional central market square scattered with quaint shops. Learn all there is to know about the noble red varieties Grenache and Syrah in the well-known wine-producing town of Gigondas. Spin along back to our hotel for some quality down time before dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Malaucene, Vaison la Romaine, Seguret, Gigondas, Vaqueyras, Beaumes de Venise
Accomplished: 41 miles / 66 km (additional optional ride of 19 miles / 30 km)
Day Three: Gorges de Venasque
Leave the Ventoux behind and head south towards the equally stunning region of the Luberon, the region that inspired Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. We’ll skirt along the valley before passing through Pernes les Fontaines and ascending through the town of Venasque, cherry capital of France. We’ll tackle the gorges that separate this part of Provence from the Luberon and the picturesque town of Gordes. Relax by the pool at our next luxurious hotel where the views will leave you speechless. All your senses will be stimulated with an in depth wine tasting before dinner at our friend and chef’s restaurant in town.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Pernes les Fontaines, Venasque, Murs, Gordes
Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km (additional optional ride of 9 miles / 14 km)
Day Four: Essence of the Luberon
Cycle past rustic stone villages perched along ridges overlooking esteemed vineyards. We’ll meet the local potters near Roussillon and explore the famous ochre cliffs surrounding the village. We’ll ride on through the forested heart of the Petit Luberon, peering out across the valley floor with its patchwork of orchards and vineyards. An indulgent truffle and wine tasting awaits us at lunch at the House of Truffles and Wine in Menerbes. Stop by our friend Andre’s olive oil mill for a local take on the fading olive industry followed by a tasting of his own production. Delight in a gastronomical event at the hotel’s own restaurant with views over the Luberon Valley.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Roussillon, Lacoste, Menerbes, Oppede, Gordes
Accomplished: 34 miles / 54 km (additional optional ride of 28 miles / 45 km)
Day Five: The Wild Backcountry of Provence
After your gourmet breakfast admire the deep green pine trees against the brilliant blue sky that expresses the magic of color that inspired so many famous artists here. Continue through the heart of the Petit Luberon past the villages of Saint Saturnin, Rustrel, and Simiane. Discover the local cheese called Banon with its unique grape leave wrapping and strong taste. Ride towards Mane en Provence where you’ll be invited to join the locals as they play the popular game of petanque with a glass of pastis in hand. Arrive at your final luxurious hotel, a renovated and modernized convent including a full Occitane Spa, designed by the Occitane founders. Tonight our chef will delight you with his creative presentation of gourmet provençal fare, during our last meal together.
Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet Picnic / Dinner
Destinations: Rustrel, Simiane, Banon, Mane en Provence
Accomplished: 42.5 miles / 68 km (additional optional ride of 16 miles / 25 km)
Day Six: The Occitane Spa
After eating a relaxing breakfast, we will have the opportunity for some serious pampering at the hotel's own Occitane Spa before your departure. You can also choose to take a last loop ride to the village of Forcalquier or opt for an early morning hot air balloon ride. Your guides will see you off at the Aix en Provence TGV train station.
Accomplished: (optional ride of 9 miles / 14 km)