Provence Lavender 4-Day Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Provence
  • Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $3495
  • Single Supplement: $650
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Jul 17 - Jul 20, 2017 $3495 Book Now

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The Provence Lavender 4-Day Bike Tour will have you seeing purple. Cycle through fruit orchards, olive groves, vineyards, and fragrant lavender fields. Stop and smell this famous flowering plant as you learn the many ways it is used in Provençal products, from honey to soap and healing oils. Taste the local olive oils and cheeses in charming rural towns with Mont Ventoux as your backdrop. In the lavender capital of Sault, the villages of Bonnieux, Murs, and Gordes are blanketed in aromatic fields and buzzing with festivals that pay tribute to this famous flower. Shop for enticing goodies at the morning market in Saint Saturnin les Apt, indulge in sumptuous wine tastings, and savor unforgettable meals that include Provençal specialties prepared by some of the region’s most prominent chefs.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to the Lavender Capital
The journey 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. After some downtime at our hotel, visit a lavender farm near Sault to get acquainted with the different varieties and uses of this soothing plant. Tonight we toast to a beautiful biking adventure over a Provençal meal.

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Villes-sur-Auzon, Monieux, Sault
Accomplished: 22 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 786 meters
Accommodations: Hostellerie du Val de Sault

Day Two: Shades of Red and Purple
After breakfast with a view of Mont Ventoux, head out for a much-anticipated ride through the lavender fields, forests, and mountain passes that border the regions of Vaucluse and Luberon. Pause for a visit to a goat cheese farm to see how this type of fromage is made, then dine alongside locals in Saint Saturnin lès Apt, a peaceful town where the weekly market is in full swing. 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 Provencal restaurant near Gordes.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Saint Christol d’Albion, Saint Saturnin lès Apt, Roussillon, Joucas
Accomplished: 22 miles / 36 km, elevation gain: 436 meters (Longer option: 30 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 795 meters)
Accommodations: Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

Day Three: 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 we will see the castle owned by French fashion designer Pierre Cardin; and Menerbe, made famous by Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence. Pique your appetite with an olive oil tasting hosted by our friend Andre, followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the 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, Menerbe, Gordes
Accomplished: 22 miles / 36 km, elevation gain: 570 meters (Longer option: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 1216 meters)
Accommodations: Le Mas des Herbes Blanches

Day Four: 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: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 681 meters

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