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Provence Insider Bike Tour

Stay in a luxury appointed farmhouse and go behind the Provençal scenes with our local guides

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

Tour Highlights

• Truly experience off the beaten track Provence and enjoy insider access to our favorite producers, farms, wineries, and friends

• Bike and hike the famous Gorges de l’Ardèche, “the Grand Canyon of Europe,” and visit the incredible 36,000-year-old cave paintings

• Taste authentic sheep and goat cheese from our guides’ neighbors, and hide truffles for Elmo the truffle dog to see if he can really find them

• Shop for your dinner at the local market with our friend and your private chef

• Cook a Provençal vegetarian dinner with chef Sammy

Eat

Tapenades, Brandade de morue, Saucisson de l’Ardeche, Pélardon goat cheese and Tomme de Brebis or sheep cheese, Roasted lamb, Tian D’aubergines, Crème de Marron

Drink

Local red Grenache and white Viognier in Côtes du Vivarais appellation, famous AOC wines from Gigondas and Vacqueyras, Pastis, and Perrier with its source in Gard

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Provence!

    Meet your guides in central Avignon or by the TGV train station for a transfer to Monteil, a small town where Olivier, your other local guide, lives and runs La Maison Papillons. Tucked amid verdant fields and rolling hills, this once abandoned farmhouse was brought back to life by Olivier and his wife Caroline. Together, the couple resuscitated the crumbling property and transformed it into its current iteration: a rustic and intimate guesthouse where stone mingles with rough hewn wood, terraces and gardens offer tranquil seclusion, a pool shimmers under the Provençal sun, and Olivier—a former book and magazine illustrator—can be found in his artist studio painting contemporary landscape works. Following your bike fitting and a safety talk, we’ll ride through the surrounding countryside, an undulating pastoral tapestry dotted by villages dating back to the 12th century, to Maison de Garniac—a family-run farm where we’ll stop for a decedent truffle lunch. Yolaine will share her passion and knowledge with us over—what else?—a truffle ice cream, followed by a visit to La Magnanerie—an olive mill that was awarded, “The best extra virgin olive oil 2019” by a top Italian olive guild. Stock up on their golden nectar before spinning back to La Maison Papillons. Tonight, we enjoy a family-style dinner by the fire in a charming 300-year old stone house in the middle of the forest. The meal will be paired with your guides’ favorite Gigondas and Vacqueras wine from the Côtes du Rhône.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Issirac, Malataverne, Orgnac l’Aven, Monteil
    Accomplished:  18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 461 meters 1512 feet
    Accommodations: La Maison Papillons

  • Day 2

    Val de Ceze and a Cooking Class

    This morning, opt to leave early and conquer Mont Bouquet, the area’s answer to the legendary Mont Ventoux. Though only 629 meters high, what Mont Bouquet lacks in elevation and length it more than makes up for in steepness—averaging 9.2% for nearly five kilometers. Alternatively, take the more leisurely route, peacefully pedaling through farmlands, vineyards, lavender fields, and small forests before reaching Lussan—designated one of, “The most beautiful villages in France.” Admire its medieval ramparts, narrow lanes dotted with old houses, and three mills—a testament to the town’s silk-making past. Pop into the 15th century château to explore and take in the vast panoramic views of the Cevennes mountains. Lunch will be a very French affair at our friends Dominique and Francoise’s restaurant in Verfeuil, where they’re sure to cook something special for us. Afterwards, it’s off to a tasting at Domaine de Gressac, a 280-acre estate that has been producing organic wines since 1970. We head back home via the Cèze Valley to prepare for a special cooking class with Sammy, a local chef and cookbook author. Roll up your sleeves for a 100% vegetarian workshop and don’t forget that you will eat what you create. Not into cooking? Follow Olivier to his studio to see where he crafts his beautiful landscape paintings.

    Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Méjannes-les-Clap, Lussan, Verfeuil, Goudargues, Monteil
    Accomplished:  36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 753 meters /2470 feet
    Longer Option: 53 miles / 86 km, elevation gain: 1227 meters /4025 feet
    Accommodations: La Maison Papillons

  • Day 3

    Cliffs, Canyons, and Cave-Paintings

    Today, a multi-sport adventure awaits. First, bike 13 kilometers to the starting point of our hike: the famous Ardèche Gorges Nature Reserve. Known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” the gorge is one of the greatest natural wonders in all of France. Set off on a three-hour hike featuring stunning views of the 200-meter-high limestone cliffs as we descend to one of the pristine beaches of the Ardèche river, where the brave among us might venture a quick dip. Smell the oaks and keep your eyes open for Bonelli’s eagles as we continue our loop back up the gorge. After a rewarding lunch, shuttle to an exciting discovery: the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave, a 36,000-year-old dwelling with frescoes and prehistoric drawings. Choose to get back to our hotel by bike or hop in the van. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in your room or by the pool before we drive to Barjac—a nearby gem town where tonight’s wine tasting and dinner take place.

    Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Labastide de Virac, Gorges de l’Ardèche, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, Monteil
    Accomplished: 8 miles / 13 km, elevation gain: 223 meters/732 feet
    Longer option: 16 miles/ 26 km, elevation gain: 350 meters/ 1148 feet
    Hike: 5 miles / 8 km, elevation gain: 311 meters/ 1020 feet
    Accommodations: La Maison Papillons

  • Day 4

    The Mayor, the Shepard, and the Chef 

    Have you ever wondered what the duties of a village mayor in deep rural France might be? Well, today is your chance to find out as Monsieur Benoit, the mayor of Monclus, will join us on our ride. First stop is Goudargues, a vibrant village with a tree-lined canal. Amble by cafés and through the weekly market, where we’ll meet up with Jacob, our private chef for tonight, and shop with him as he selects local ingredients for our dinner. Continue to the postcard-perfect medieval village of La Roque-sur-Cèze, as well as the nearby Sautadet Cascades, where the Cèze River tumbles over the naturally carved limestone in a spectacular series waterfalls, crevasses, and giant potholes. Lunch will be a simple, but true Provençal affair next to the 12th century castle. Climb up through the Valbonne Forest to Lucie’s goat cheese farm in Issirac. Savor these local cheeses before completing the loop back home where Jacob is preparing dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Goudargues, La Roque-sur-Ceze, Saint-Christol-de-Rodière, Issirac, Monteil
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 780 meters/2559 feet
    Accommodations: La Maison Papillons

  • Day 5

    Bon Vin, Beaulieu et Benoit

    Our last full day of riding will take us through the Ardèche and foothills of the Cevennes mountains. The steep climbs are rewarded by a special visit to Olivier’s favorite winery, Château de la Selve. Constructed in the 13th-century as a fort, the château became the hunting lodge of a wealthy family before being transformed into an excellent wine domaine. Taste their organic wine in a black glass and determine if you are drinking white or red. Guess the cépage and millésime, discover if the wine was aged in a barrel or amphora, or simply enjoy a glass or two before we sit down for a fresh picnic on the premises of the estate. Spin home through the garrigues (Mediterranean brushlands) and the villages of Beaulieu, Saint-Sauveur-de-Cruzières, and Barjac. Tonight, meet another Benoît, this time, a young chef who built his own restaurant on the family farm and works only with seasonal products from the region. It is sure to be an unforgettable, semi-gastronomic outing complemented by an impressive wine list from which to choose. Bon appétit, nos amis!

    Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Grospierres, Beaulieu, Barjac
    Accomplished:  35 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 911 meters/2989 feet
    Shorter Option: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 472 meters/1548 feet
    Accommodations: La Maison Papillons

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir!

    Stretch your body with a walk or just enjoy a relaxing breakfast this morning before your guides transfer you to the Avignon train station. À bientôt!

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accomplished: Optional walk
    Destination: Avignon

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Marseille or Paris, France Pick-Up Location: Avignon, France Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Marseille or Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Avignon, France Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm
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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
  • 5 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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