Provence Bike Tour

Villages of the Luberon and Foothills of Mt. Ventoux

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,195Collection: Classic

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 Ventoux region revered by cyclists
  • Delve into the winemaking industries of the Vaucluse, Ventoux, and Luberon as you taste fruity reds from Gigondas and dimensional whites from Sablet and Vacqueyras
  • Visit countless colorful villages that typify Provence, like the red-hued Roussillon and pristine Bonnieux
  • Taste classic Provençal dishes prepared by our local friend in her home kitchen

Eat

Picholine olives, tapenade, ratatouille, 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) and sweet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

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  • Day 1

    Bienvenue en 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 bike fitting and safety briefing. Set out on a beautiful first ride through the villages of Gargas and Villars, reaching Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt in time for lunch. Leave town alongside the iconic 17th-century windmills and continue cruising past vineyards and fruit orchards, admiring the region’s tranquil landscapes and timeless architecture. Tonight, delight in a vineyard-side bienvenue dinner at our hotel’s bistro. Bon Appétit!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Gargas, Villars, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 1,010 feet / 308 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. Spin back to our hotel on a bike path and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying a poolside glass of chilled rosé. Later, we regroup and transfer to the small village of Robion to meet our dear friend Veronique. In her home kitchen, she’ll prepare classic Provençal dishes, then serve them on her charming terrace.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bonnieux, Lacoste, Menèrbes, Baumettes, Gargas
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 2,920 feet / 890 meters
    Shorter Option: 22 miles / 36 km, elevation gain: 1,875 feet / 575 meters
    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. Cruise downhill to the next charming village, Roussillon, which is full of galleries, colorful adornments made by local artists, and astonishing ochre-colored cliffs. Spend the remainder of today as you wish—may we suggest treating yourself to a massage at the hotel spa? Your guides can offer excellent suggestions for this evening’s dinner on your own in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Gordes, Murs, Joucas, Roussillon, Gargas
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 2,985 feet / 910 meters
    Shorter Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain : 2,664 feet / 812 meters
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 4

    Entering Ventoux’s Foothills

    Leave the Luberon Valley behind us as we head north into the Ventoux region, presided over by the “Giant of Provence”—Mont Ventoux itself. We’ll skirt the stunning cliffs in Lioux, reaching a plateau before we ride into Méthamis. Lunch is served just outside Mazan in an area devoted to agriculture and wine growing, with views of Ventoux beyond the vineyards. We’ll stop for a taste of those very grapes, discovering the nuances of the Ventoux appellation at a winery that was organic nearly 25 years ago, well before it was a global buzzword. Settle into our next hotel before dinner at a local restaurant, which is just a quick walk away in the perched village of Crillon-le Brave.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lioux, Méthamis, Mazan, Bédoin, Crillon-le Brave
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 3,641 feet / 1,110 meters
    Accommodations: Crillon le Brave

  • Day 5

    The Winemaking Mecca of the Vaucluse

    After breakfast on the hotel’s panoramic terrace, set off on a roller coaster day of riding: we’ll pass precious Provençal towns, sun-warmed vineyards, and olive groves on the way to Bedoin, the base of the all-important Mont Ventoux ascent. Though we won’t be tackling the massif ourselves, we’ll start a much smaller climb up Col de la Madeleine, a pass that makes you feel like you’re pedaling among the clouds. The descent into Beaumes-de-Venise is sweet—appropriate for a town best-known for its appellation of sweet wine. Continue spinning north, following a string of French winemaking villages like Vacqueyras and Gigondas. In the latter, break for a lunch and sip some local varieties of Syrah and Grenache while gazing out over the vineyards where they’re grown. After, visit a winery to learn a bit more about Vaucluse viticulture. If you’re happily full of wine, opt for a transfer directly back to the hotel, or choose to keep pedaling through the blissful country landscapes. Tonight, we dine together at one of our favorite restaurants close to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Le Barroux, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Crillon-le-Brave
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 1,634 feet / 498 meters
    Longer Option: 40 miles / 65 km, elevation gain: 2,644 feet / 806 meters
    Accommodations: Crillon le Brave

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir!

    For your final morning, enjoy a quiet breakfast and relax or go for a last ride in the countryside, saying farewell to the olive groves and vineyards that have been so familiar to us this week. Your guides will see you off in Avignon.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Le Barroux, Crillon-le-Brave
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 1,634 feet / 498 meters

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France Pick-Up Location: Avignon Train Station Pick-Up Time: 9:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France Drop-Off Location: Avignon Train Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

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2023Single Supplement From: $1,250

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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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • 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
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