Provence Bike Tour

Lavender Fields and Hilltop Villages of the Luberon

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $4,995Collection: ClassicNon-Rider Options

Tour Highlights

  • Browse the weekly market in Gordes, where local producers offer pints of perfect berries, fragrant soap, loose lavender and spices, and heaps of olives
  • Ride through emblematic Provençal scenery, from hill towns and lavender fields to the rocky Alpilles
  • Delve into the olive oil industry of the Luberon and taste oil varietals at family-run Clos de Jeannons, one of the last remaining mills in Provence
  • Browse the boutiques and galleries of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence
  • Learn to cook classic Provençal dishes during a lesson in our friend’s home kitchen

Eat

Picholine olives, tapenade, ratatouille, Provençal bouillabaisse, confectionary Calissons d’Aix, fromage de chevre, and slow-cooked lamb

Drink

Outstanding local wines like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Côtes de Provence; pastis (a traditional anise-flavored apéritif)

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Provence

    Meet our guides at the Avignon TGV train station, and the adventure begins! After a short transfer into the countryside, we’ll start in style at our luxurious hotel with a true Provençal welcome lunch. Get fitted on your bike, and we’ll set out on a beautiful first ride through the villages of Gargas, Villars, and Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt. Cruise past vineyards and fruit orchards while admiring the region’s tranquil landscapes and timeless architecture. Tonight delight in a bienvenue from the chef as he prepares a dinner featuring produce grown on the property.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Avignon, Gargas, Villars, Saint Saturnin
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 255 meters
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 2

    Essence of The Luberon

    Today 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. Enjoy views from the wealthy and picturesque village of Bonnieux, and stop for a cappuccino in Lacoste. We’ll learn about Côtes du Luberon wines in a domaine near Ménerbes, then enjoy a lovely picnic prepared by your guides. After, hop in your saddle again to meet our longtime friend Andre at his olive oil mill and taste his delicious products. This afternoon, we spin to Roussillon to admire the local artists’ colorful creations in the town’s many galleries. Dinner this evening is at one of our favorite local gems.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Gargas, Lacoste, Menèrbes, Baumettes, Roussillon
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 700 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 62 km
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 3

    To the Top of the World

    Our morning ride will take us on small country roads that lead to one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon—Gordes. Explore the village’s outdoor market and scenic terraces created by its impressive position in the Luberon Valley. Next, climb to the high plateau of the Luberon and reward yourself with incredible views and a well-deserved lunch in the village of Murs. A downhill ride will take us back to our hotel for some well-deserved rest. Later, transfer to the small town of Robion to meet our dear friend Veronique at her home. For dinner, we will learn to cook typical Provençal dishes and enjoy our creation on Veronique’s terrace.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Gargas, Joucas, Gordes, Murs
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 717 meters
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 4

    Foothills, Villages, and Crossing the Durance

    Today we’ll warm up with a ride on a bike path that leads us to the foothills of the Luberon Mountain and past quaint hilltop villages. Pedal through Cavaillon before crossing the Durance River, then rest your legs during lunch in the town square of Eygalières. This afternoon, we encounter the natural beauty of Les Alpilles mountain range as we ride through its limestone massif dotted with Aleppo pine and cypress trees. Arrive to our luxurious five-star hotel, and the remaining afternoon is yours for a massage or a round of golf. Your guides can offer excellent suggestions for this evening’s dinner on your own in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Oppede, Maubec, Robion, Les Taillades, Cavaillon, Orgon, Eygalières
    Accomplished: 41 miles / 66 km, elevation gain: 403 meters
    Accommodations: Domaine de Manville

  • Day 5

    Les Alpilles

    Begin the day riding on quiet roads surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and the undulating mountain range of Les Alpilles to Domaine de la Vallongue. We’re treated to a tasting of organic wines from a small producer in Eygalières before continuing to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Explore the town’s vibrant boutiques and galleries, sit down to a well-deserved lunch, and tour the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh’s famous works with a local guide. Our afternoon ride will take us to the famous hilltop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll in town or enjoy the atmosphere in a local café. We’ll share a final meal together at a favorite spot for locals in the sweet village of Paradou.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Maussane-les-Alpilles, MourièsAureille, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence
    Accomplished:  29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 395 meters
    Accommodations: Domaine de Manville

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir!

    For your final morning, enjoy a quiet breakfast and relax or go for a last ride in the Alpilles countryside, dotted with olive groves and graceful cypress trees. Once showered and changed back at the hotel, your guides will see you off at the Avignon TGV train station.

    Meals: Breakfast 
    Accomplished: Optional ride of 10 miles / 16 km

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France
Pick-Up Location
: 11:30am at the Avignon TGV Station or Avignon city center hotel

Depart

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Avignon TGV Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $1,300

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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