Olive groves, small villages, vineyards, and spectacular scenery - this is a perfect short taste of Provence by bike!
2019 per person price
|Classic Tour||960 €|
|Classic+ Tour||1160 €|
|Deluxe Tour||1790 €|
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
|2 Nights Hotel du Siècle in Mazan||www.le-siecle.com|
|2 Nights Mas des Romarins in Gordes||www.masromarins.com|
|CLASSIC + PACKAGE|
|2 Nights Hotel Des Pins in Bédoin||www.hotel-des-pins.fr|
|2 Nights Jas de Gordes in Gordes||www.jasdegordes.com|
|2 Nights Château de Mazan in Mazan||www.chateaudemazan.com|
|2 Nights Hostellerie Phebus in Joucas||www.lephebus.com/en|
Upon your arrival in Avignon, we will transfer you to your first hotel, in Mazan, in the heart of the Vaucluse region of Provence (please note, the CLASSIC+ itinerary is based in nearby Bedoin). The countryside is spectacular, with the impressive Mont Ventoux as a backdrop, and small Provencal villages dotting the plains and vineyards that spread out around you. This typical small Provencal town will enchant you, with its rich 2000 year old history. Before dinner, our Trip Manager will meet up with you to go over your trip package and make sure your bikes are fitted properly. A delicious first dinner is included tonight.
Your ride today is beautiful, taking you through several picturesque villages, such as Bedoin, Flassan, and Ville sur Auzon, each worth some meandering, and always with the impressive Mont Ventoux as your imposing backdrop. You will pedal along lovely quiet roads, and through some of the oldest vineyards in all of France. We recommend the detour into the town of Beaumes de Venise; not only is the town quite charming, but if you feel like it, after finding some lunch, you can stop for a tasting of their wonderful sweet white wines, or some of the Cotes de Rhone reds. If you prefer, take some time to explore at the shop of the local olive mill to taste the fruity artisanal olive oils. The ride finishes back on the flats to return you to Mazan for your second evening.
After a leisurely breakfast, you ride southwards towards the Rhone plains. You'll ride through the small village of Venasque (considered by many as the most authentic village of the Venaissain region, and on towards 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. From there it is not far to your destination, you may decide to add on a few kilometres to visit the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, with its beautiful spring; save a little energy for the very end, as Gordes is perched, spectacularly, on the top of a hill. (Please note the Deluxe itinerary stay in the neighbouring village of Joucas for the final two nights).
Your final ride is a great one: a loop ride including many of the classic Luberon villages (originally made famous in Peter Mayle’s 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 squares and twisting streets and panoramic view, and Lacoste, with the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. There is an option to ride to the town of Apt, accorded a special appellation for gourmets. At the end of your ride, you can 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. You'll also want to take a little time explore the unique borievillage (traditional stone huts), on the outskirts of Gordes. Your final evening's dinner is included.
After a final breakfast, we transfer from your hotel back to Avignon for your further travels. Bon Voyage!