Provence Family Bike Tour
- Region: France
- Destination: Provence
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Occasional Rider
- Price From: $6095
- Single Supplement: $ 750
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Cycle through fields of lavender and past olive trees. Breath in the aromas of fresh rosemary and sage. Explore ancient abbeys and taste the world’s best olive oils. Cycling along at your own pace, past ancient Roman architecture like the Pont de Gard and Les Baux de Provence, forge lifelong family memories on this cycling vacation fit for every generation. Exploring the ochre caves in Roussillon; meeting chocolatier Joel Durand; and taking to the streets of the St. Rémy market you’ll get to know Provence like a local. The flavors of Provençal specialties prepared by some of the region’s most prominent chefs will heighten it all.
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to Provence!
Your guides will greet you at the Avignon TGV train station, and we’re off! 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 to the Pont du Gard aqueduct – one of the Roman’s grandest structures, built in 19 B.C. After this outstanding introduction to Provence, we’ll cycle back to the hotel, where tonight our chef will delight us with authentic Provençal fare.
Destinations: Castillon du Gard, Pont du Gard, Collias, Vers
Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km
Start your day biking through vineyards and fortress villages on the way to Uzès. We’ll enjoy a visit to the Haribo museum and shop for an interactive tour and candy tasting! Then browse pottery, truffles, and olive oils in the vibrant shops and stalls before lunch in the historic town square. Continue cycling to Collias, where we’ll trade our bikes for kayaks to paddle down the Gardon Gorges and pass under the Pont du Gard. Tonight we’ll play petanque (a local version of bocce) overlooking the Pont du Gard before dinner in Castillion du Gard with our friends Laurence and Mario in their fantastic restaurant, L’Amphytrion.
Destinations: Vers, Uzes, Collias, Pont du Gard, Castillon du Gard
Accomplished: 14 miles / 22 km. Kayaking
Leave Gard and cycle through rural countryside past rustic stone churches before crossing the Rhône River. Enjoy a gourmet picnic atop the climb to the Abbey de St. Michel-de-Frigolet. Continue cycling through Graveson and Maillane on our way to Les Baux de Provence. Enjoy the spectacular views of cliffs and a pine forest leading up to the castle ruins. Cycle onto Staint-Rémy-de-Provence and tour the famous local chocolatier, Joel Durand. A short ride delivers us to our hotel in town. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight, or join your guides and the locals in one of the many fun bistros.
Destinations: Aramon, St. Frigolet, Maillane, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km
It’s market day in St. Rémy! Explore the streets, filled with artisans selling fabrics, essential oils, soaps, produce, jewelry, olives, and more. Riding on, we’ll stop for lunch in Eygalieres. Explore the château ruins, the esplanade of the old gatehouse, and Saint-Laurent church. Then we’ll take to the trees for a zip-line and ropes course! After we’re climbed out, we’ll transfer to the Durance River and into the tranquil Luberon. Our luxury hotel perched upon a hill offers breathtaking vistas. Our favorite local restaurant will treat us to delectable regional specialties tonight.
Destinations: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Eygalieres, Cavaillon, Gordes
Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km. Ropes course and zip-line
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. Visit of the largest excavation site of natural ochers pigments in the world before learning to use these glowing natural hues yourself in one of the workshops. Enjoy a picnic lunch outside town before cycling back to Gordes, stopping off at a longstanding olive oil mill en route to learn how this precious oil is extracted. Tonight, with views over the Luberon Valley, our chef will spoil us with a gourmet Provençal feast.
Destinations: Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Lourmarin, Rousillion
Accomplished: 18 miles / 28 km
After eating a relaxing breakfast, say goodbye to the Luberon however you see fit. Take a last loop ride down to the Abbaye de Senanque, sip a traditional French café, and finish your shopping in the spectacular village. Your guides will you off at the Avignon train station.