Provence Lavender 4-Day Bike Tour

Celebrate Lavender Season in Sault

4 days / 3 nights Level: 2Price From: $3,695Collection: Classic, Specialty

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the iconic lavender field at the Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey
  • Smell the intoxicating fragrance of lavender at a distillery in Sault, the lavender capital of Provence
  • Be treated to a tasting of Côtes du Luberon AOC wine
  • Ride the Gorge de la Nesque within the UNESCO Mont Ventoux Biosphere Reserve

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)

As featured in:
A cyclist riding between red-orange buildings in Rousillon on a DuVine tour of Provence
Rows of lavender in full bloom, with hay bales and mountains in the distance in Provence, France
DuVine cyclist on a bike path with lavender planted on either side
A fresh lavender bouquet for sale at a French market in Provence
Rows of purple lavender growing beside wheat fields with a stone farmhouse in the background
Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Lavender Capital

    Our beautiful bike adventure begins with a transfer to Villes-sur-Auzon, a charming village in the region of Mont Ventoux and an ideal starting point for the Gorges de la Nesque. Fuel up with a seasonal Provençal lunch at a farm set in the middle of vineyards, followed by our bike fitting and safety talk. Our first ride will take us into the exceptional landscape of Gorges de la Nesque, a picturesque route that approaches Sault. In the lavender capital of Provence, we’re met with tidy rows of purple stretching as far as the eye can see and the unmistakable fragrance of lavender in bloom. Ride right to the hotel and take some time to settle in, or explore Sault before tonight’s Provençal feast.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Villes-sur-Auzon, Monieux, Sault
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 2,939 feet / 896 meters
    Accommodations: Hostellerie du Val de Sault

  • Day 2

    Shades of Red and Purple

    After breakfast with a view of Mont Ventoux, visit a lavender farm near Sault to get acquainted with the different varieties and uses of this soothing plant, followed by a much-anticipated ride through the lavender fields, forests, and mountain passes bordering the regions of Vaucluse and Luberon. We’ll dine alongside locals in the peaceful town of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, then it’s off to Roussillon to admire the boldly colored cliffs of the otherworldly ochre canyons. Opt to finish riding all the way to the hotel, or hop in the van for a quick lift to our home for the next two nights. Tonight’s dinner is at our favorite Provençal restaurant near Gordes.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saint Christol d’Albion, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, Roussillon, Joucas
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 1,089 feet / 332 meters
    Longer Option: 30 miles / 49 km, elevation gain: 1,601 feet / 488 meters
    Accommodations: Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

  • Day 3

    Three’s Company in the Luberon

    Begin with a traditional Provençal breakfast before today’s ride towards the “Golden Triangle” of Luberon. This trio of villages includes Bonnieux and its unmistakable church tower; Lacoste, where the weekly market is in full swing; and Ménerbes, made famous by Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence. At a domaine near Ménerbes, we’ll discover Côtes du Luberon wines and sit down to a picnic prepared by our guides. This afternoon, you can keep pedaling through the Luberon Valley or hop in the support van headed straight to Gordes. The lavender field here is famous—it unfurls in a striking purple carpet that ends right at the doorstep of the Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey. Make a final push back to the hotel or hurry back in the van to take advantage of the spa or relax by the pool. Our final meal together will be a special evening at the hotel restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bonnieux, Lacoste, Ménerbes, Gordes
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 1,473 feet / 449 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 3,480 feet / 1,061 meters
    Accommodations: Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

  • Day 4

    Au Revoir Provence!

    Spend your last morning as you prefer—linger over a leisurely breakfast or take a final spin through the countryside of Provence to bid farewell to its bright colors, rustic villages, and enchanting lavender fields. If you’re in the saddle, stop for a cappuccino in Murs and enjoy your accomplishment at reaching the very top of the Luberon. Our adventure concludes at the Avignon TGV train station where your guides see you off to your next adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Murs, Lioux, Croagnes
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 1,578 feet / 481 meters

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Paris, France Pick-Up Location: Avignon Train Station Pick-Up Time: 10:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Paris, France Drop-Off Location: Avignon Train Station 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
  • 3 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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