Provence Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Provence
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $4895
  • Single Supplement: $1000
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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. Pamper yourself at the L'Occitane Spa that will leave you refreshed at the end of an exhilarating week.


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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: 17.5 miles / 28 kms, elevation gain 404 meters (optional climb of 21 km up Mt Ventoux)
Accommodations: Chateau de Mazan

Day Two: Dentelles de Montmirail Loop
Our roller coaster 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 spot 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. From here you can jump in the van to get back to the hotel in time for some lounging by the pool or spin along back to our hotel on an optional ride. All your senses will be stimulated with an authentic dinner at our friend and chef’s restaurant in St Didier.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Malaucene, Vaison la Romaine, Seguret, Gigondas, Vaqueyras, Beaumes de Venise
Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 kms, elevation gain: 1,171 meters (additional extra ride of 25 km)
Accommodations: Chateau de Mazan

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. Tonight's meal is on your own in the town of Gordes. Your guides would be happy to share their favorite restaurants if you're looking for recommendations.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Destinations: Pernes les Fontaines, Venasque, Murs, Gordes
Accomplished: 29 miles / 47 km (additional extra ride of 14 km)
Accommodations: Bastide de Gordes

Day Four: Essence of the Luberon
Cycle past rustic stone villages perched along ridges overlooking esteemed vineyards. We’ll admire 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 kms, elevation gain: 793 meters (additional extra ride of 45 km)
Accommodations: Bastide de Gordes

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 L'Occitane Spa, designed by the L'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 kms, elevation gain: 1283 meters (optional extra ride of 25 km)
Accommodations: Couvent des Minimes

Day Six: The L'Occitane Spa
After eating a relaxing breakfast, we will have the opportunity for some serious pampering at the hotel's own L'Occitane Spa before your departure. The spa by L’Occitane is the only place of its kind in Europe and will immerse you into the essential virtues of their Provencal products, made in Manosque only a few kilometers away. 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accomplished: Optional ride of 9 miles / 14 km
 

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