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Provence Family Bike + Adventure Tour

Where Adventure Meets Luxury: A Trip for All Ages

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $4,995Collection: Family, +Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Canoe down the meandering Sorgue, past waterfront villages and riverside cafés
  • Head into the ochre caves and quarries of Gargas
  • Learn to cook classic Provençal dishes with our friend Veronique in her home kitchen
  • Ride horses through pastoral Provençal backcountry
  • Go soaring through the “Colorado of Provence” on a zipline

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)

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Provence!

    Meet your guides at the Avignon TGV train station and be whisked to the Coquillade village, your five-star, family-friendly home for the week. Once we eat lunch, we’ll tackle the essentials during a safety talk and bike fitting. Then it’s time for our first ride to Roussillon, an artsy town with buildings painted in a palette of vibrant colors. Continue to Gargas, put on your miner’s helmet, and head into the underground ochre caves and tunnels for a guided walk. We’ll complete the loop back to La Coquillade, leaving you free to make a splash in two pools and get acquainted with the sprawling grounds before a casual dinner at the hotel’s ristorante.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Gargas, Roussillon
    Accomplished: 12 miles / 19 km, elevation gain: 273 meters; 1 mile / 2 km hiking
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 2

    Canoeing on the Sorgue

    Today we follow a winding bike path that meanders through vineyards, past perched villages, and around the ruins of the Mur de la Peste—a historic wall built to stop the spread of ancient plagues! We’ll take our time riding to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse for lunch and then trade our bikes for a paddle and a canoe. Though the river is clear and inviting, only the bravest will want to take a swim—the water’s temperature is never higher than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Back on dry land, we explore the charming town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and treat ourselves to an ice cream break. Return to the hotel via a short transfer and spend some time together by the pool. Tonight, with views over the Luberon Valley, your family will be spoiled with the authentic flavors of a Provençal feast.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 175 meters; 4 miles / 7 km canoeing
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 3

    From One Saddle to Another

    After breakfast, it’s off to the hilltop village of Gordes to experience the vibrant weekly market. Between stacks of rainbow baskets and colorful local delicacies, kids can pick out a few tempting snacks as we shop for our lunch. A quick transfer brings us to meet our new mode of transportation: chevaux (horses)! You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy this ride along the quiet trails of Provence’s wild. Saunter past Croagnes, Lioux, and the foothills of the Plateau de Vaucluse to be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of Roussillon and the Luberon. Dismount and mosey on back to La Coquillade. Tonight’s dinner in Roussillon is on your own, but our guides can suggest a pizza place that’s a real crowd pleaser.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Gordes, Joucas, Croagnes, Lioux
    Accomplished: Horseback riding
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 4

    The Hills are Alive!

    Greet the day with a mellow hike from Bonnieux to the magical medieval village of Lacoste, punctuated by fruit orchards and small hamlets. The looks of wonder on children’s faces as they look out over the Luberon Valley will be memorable forever. We’ll explore some château ruins after a well-deserved lunch, then return to our bikes for a downhill ride to Ménerbes and back to our hotel. This afternoon, play some tennis or a game of pétanque—or simply spend it by the hotel pool. Tonight, transfer to the village of Joucas and meet our dear friend Veronique. In her home kitchen, we’ll learn to cook classic Provençal dishes (and a dessert of course), then dig into our creations on Veronique’s charming terrace.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes, Gargas
    Accomplished: 7 miles / 11 km, elevation gain: 94 meters; 3 miles / 5 km hiking
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 5

    Market Day in Roussillon

    It’s market day! We ride to Roussillon once again, this time to find it bustling with artisans selling giant bolts of fabric, heaps of fragrant dried flowers, bars of French-milled soap, and bright bunches of sunflowers. The excitement continues as we pedal on to Rustrel, the so-called “Colorado of Provence.” Along the way, pause for a picnic lunch featuring the local products of farms and orchards, then get ready to monkey around on a ropes course and zipline. Grab your harness, hook, rope, and pulley and go sailing over the landscape of Provence. Keep the exhilaration going with an optional ride or take tuckered-out family members back to the hotel for some down time. Our final dinner celebrates our time together in the hotel’s laid-back bistro.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Roussillon, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Rustrel
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 440 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 46 km; elevation gain: 558 meters
    Accommodations: La Coquillade

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Breakfast is followed by a fond farewell to the Luberon however you see fit—take a last loop ride down to Roussillon, sip a traditional French café, browse for souvenirs in the village, or hit the hotel court for a family game of doubles tennis. Your guides will see you off at the Avignon train station.

    Meals: Breakfast

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 TGV Station or Avignon city center hotel Pick-Up Time: 11:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris or Marseille, France Drop-Off Location: Avignon TGV Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
Younger Travelers
  • This tour is recommended for children age 7 and older
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike; trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles provided to all children on tour

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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