A PERFECT WAY to discover and enjoy the Provence ART DE VIVRE; relax in one beautiful spot, and explore!
2017 per person price
|Classic Tour||1050 €|
|Classic+ Tour||1165 €|
|Deluxe Tour||1995 €|
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
* Please note : high season supplement for this tour in Deluxe accommodation from June 16 to August 20
On your arrival in Avignon, we will transfer you to your first hotel in Gordes, in the heart of the Luberon. The setting is spectacular, with this famous village perched on a hillside, overlooking the plains of the Luberon regional park. This typical small Provencal town will enchant you, with its rich history – we provide a little map with the interesting sites to help in your explorations. Before dinner, our Trip Manager will meet up with you to go over your trip package and make sure your bikes are fitted properly. You'll also want to take a little time explore the unique borie village (traditional stone huts), on the outskirts of Gordes. A delicious first dinner is included tonight at one of our favourite local restaurants.
Your first ride is a great one: a loop ride including many of the classic Luberon villages (originally made famous in Peter Mayle’s very popular book, A Year in Provence), allowing lots of exploration. You’ll ride through Roussillon, with its ochre cliffs, mined for the rich pigments, Bonnieux, with its shady main square and snaking streets, and Lacoste, with the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. The long option takes you to the town of Apt, on the Calavon River, which has a wonderful Saturday morning market (the biking days on this tour are all interchangeable, to do the day you prefer). At the end of your ride, you may decide to pedal down (but don’t forget you have to come back up!) into the valley to visit the Cistercian Abbey of Senanque, perhaps in time to see the monks during vespers, and to admire the lavender fields.
After a leisurely breakfast, you ride northwards towards the small village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, with its beautiful spring (the largest in France!) and ancient water mill. From there it is not much further to Isle Sur la Sorgue. This compact town, built on the islands of five branches of the Sorgue River, is most well-known today for its huge weekend antique markets. During the week as well, it is worth taking the time to visit the many antique shops and boutiques, and to find lunch or at least a cool refreshment in one of the many cafés. Afterwards, loop back along the plains to Gordes for your second evening.
Descend a final time out of Gordes, and head out on to the easygoing terrain of the Luberon plains. You’ll have some rolls through the villages of Menerbes, with its truffle centre and odd corkscrew museum and winery, and the lovely tiny village of Oppede le Vieux, before arriving in the lively town of Cavaillon, famous for the Cavaillon melons, smaller and juicier than cantaloupe, and coveted by the locals. We provide a little walking tour and map for your explorations in town, and to help you find some lunch or a refreshment, if you haven’t already had some along the way. Afterwards, it is a relatively flat ride back towards Gordes – with, of course, that final climb up for your final evening there!
After your breakfast, we’ll transfer you back to the train station in Avignon in time for your connections, or to stay on in a hotel there if you wish to explore more; Bon Voyage!