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Provence Lavender 4-Day Bike Tour

Celebrate Lavender Season in Sault

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

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
  • Taste locally made olive oil and cheese at our friends’ farms
  • 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)

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  • Day 1

    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 2

    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 Provençal 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 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 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: 1,216 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: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 681 meters

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

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 11:30am at the Avignon TGV Station or Avignon city center hotel

Depart

Airport City: Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Avignon TGV Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement: $650

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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 wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and 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

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

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