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Provence Bike tours – Cycling in Provence

Our Provence bike tours take cyclists riding their bicycle across a wide variety of different landscapes. A scenic ride at the foot of Mont Ventoux provides the perfect start to your cycling adventure. Then, you enjoy a nice bike ride through lavender fields as you head toward Gordes. You discover St Remy and its Provencal market. And finally, you explore Les Baux, a medieval village overlooking Arles and the Alpilles region. Join us and you’ll discover Avignon, Les Baux de Provence, the Luberon and the Alpilles. Bike riding in Provence with DIGnGO is a wonderful biking adventure.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Avignon
Finishing Location Avignon
Activity Level Intermediate
Price $4,698
Sgl. Suppl. $1,100

Details of our Provence bike tours

Itinerary

Day 1: You explore the Mont-Ventoux region

From Sault to Crillon le Brave (27 miles)
Your trip leaders give you a ride through the Monts de Vaucluse and the Ventoux region. In Sault, you enjoy a light lunch and an introduction to the week. Then, you ride the Gorges de la Nesque. You appreciate this 11-mile downhill ride from which you can admire the Mt Ventoux in the distance. The Mont-Ventoux was used on stage 15 of the 100th Tour de France in 2013. It is often referred as the Giant of Provence or the Bald Mountain because of its bare limestone at the summit.

Day 2: You explore the Luberon

From Crillon le Brave to Gordes (33 miles)
Today’s ride is a great combination of recreational cycling and physical exercise. After checking out of your hotel Crillon le Brave, you enjoy a ride through the Luberon regional nature park. The Luberon is dotted with some of the most beautiful hill towns in Provence. You notice a high concentration of lavender fields. You take a lunch break in Venasque, a beautiful 12th century village sitting on a hill and surrounded by vineyards and cherry trees. In the afternoon, you reach the town of Gordes.

Day 3: You take another bike ride through the Luberon

From Gordes to Gordes (34 miles)
Today’s ride is designed for bicycle riders to explore the most charming hilltop villages of the Luberon. You head to Roussillon famous for its ochre deposits. Then, you continue biking toward the small villages of Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Lacoste. On the way, you stop for a wine tasting with our lovely wine host. Before leaving, you should take a self-guided visit of the cork screw museum. In the evening, diner is on your own.

Day 4: You discover St Remy de Provence

From L’abbaye de Frigolet to Les Baux-de-Provence (30 miles)
This morning, you leave the Luberon. You take a nice ride to Saint Remy, France. Today is market day and St Remy-de-Provence is famous for its market. The town is known for the famous painter Van Gogh, who lived in St. Remy-de-Provence.

Day 5: You take a ride through the Alpilles on your way to Les Baux de Provence

From Les Baux-de-Provence to Baux-de-Provence (33 miles)
You enjoy a beautiful ride where you are surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and pine trees on your way to the medieval village of Eygalieres. On the way, you take a break at the Mas de Gourgonnier, a wine domaine that produces olive oil and organic wine. During the tasting, you learn about the health benefits of olive oil as well as wine. Lunch is served in Eygalieres. In the afternoon, you take a ride to Les Baux-de-Provence where you enjoy a walk through the fortified village and its ruined castle.

Day 6: Your trip comes to an end in Avignon

End of the trip
Your cycling vacation in Provence comes to an end in the capital city of Vaucluse. It’s time to drive you to the Avignon TGV train station located a few minutes from Avignon. However, if you wish to stay a few more days in southern France, here is what we recommend. Avignon is famous for the Palais des Papes, the Pont d’Avignon, the Festival d’Avignon and is well worth a visit. You may also visit Arles and its amphitheatre. The Arles amphitheatre is used for bullfighting during the feria d’Arles.

*The mileage refers to the basic cycling route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily bicycling routes. You may read more about those biking routes in the activity level section below or by clicking the detailed itinerary button above.

Dates

Starting date Ending date
2018-04-15 2018-04-20
2018-04-22 2018-04-27
2018-04-29 2018-05-04
Starting date Ending date
2018-05-06 2018-05-11
2018-05-13 2018-05-18
2018-05-20 2018-05-25
2018-05-27 2018-06-01
Starting date Ending date
2018-06-03 2018-06-08
2018-06-10 2018-06-15
2018-06-17 2018-06-22
2018-06-24 2018-06-29
Starting date Ending date
2018-07-01 2018-07-06
2018-07-08 2018-07-13
2018-07-15 2018-07-20
2018-07-22 2018-07-27
2018-07-29 2018-08-03
Starting date Ending date
2018-08-05 2018-08-10
2018-08-12 2018-08-17
2018-08-19 2018-08-24
2018-08-26 2018-08-31
Starting date Ending date
2018-09-02 2018-09-07
2018-09-09 2018-09-14
2018-09-16 2018-09-21
2018-09-23 2018-09-28
2018-09-30 2018-10-05
Starting date Ending date
2018-10-07 2018-10-12
2018-10-14 2018-10-19

Make a date private

Private bike tours are for those looking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. For a private biking trip choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates. You may make it exclusively for you and your friends and family or contact us to choose your own departure date. Our private bicycling tour prices are explained below:

  • An extra $500 per person for 6 – 9 guests
  • An extra $1,000 per person for 4 – 5 guests
  • An extra $2,000 per person for 2 – 3 guests

Lodging

Crillon le Brave ( 1 night)

Star rating: ****
Location: Crillon le Brave
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of: Relais & Châteaux

La Bastide de Gordes (2 nights)

Star rating: *****
Location: Gordes
Amenities: Pool, spa, gym
Member of: Leading Hotels of the World

Baumanière (2 nights)

Star rating: *****
Location: Les Baux-de-Provence
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of: Relais & Châteaux

Activity level

Our cycling tour in Provence provides bike riders of different ability levels an opportunity to ride together. Each day offers a choice of multiple bike ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to enjoy recreational cycling while on other days you may want to workout more. You cycle at your own pace, no matter the route you choose.

 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1  27  1400
2  19  1500  33  3000 41 4100
3  19  1400  34  2600  50  3900
4  16  300  30  1100
5  18  1100  33  2200  43  2800

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiples daily routes
  • The use of a fully equipped DIGnGO touring bike and gear
  • DIGnGO water bottle, helmet, Garmin GPS and saddle bag
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Types of bikes available

Touring Bike (Included)

Brand: Fuji
Model: Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
Weight: 10,35 kg

Road bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Scott
Model: Scott Addict Disc or similar
Weight: 8,5 kg

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Tour map

Sault

Crillon le Brave

Monieux

Flassan

Bedoin

Mazan

Venasque

Gordes

Roussillon

Bonnieux

Lacoste

Menerbes

Les Baux-de-Provence

Maussane les Alpilles

Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Eygalieres

Travel information

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Paris
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Paris to Avignon on www.raileurope.com
  • Make sure to check online for any timetable changes or railway company track maintenance
  • In case of a delay, please email or call your trip leaders

What to pack

We ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage, due to the limited space in our minivan. In order to deliver your bags to your room, we ask that each bag has a clear luggage identification tag.

What to pack for biking:

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling jacket
  • Bike shoes & pedals
  • Sneakers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Cycling pants
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Shoe covers & booties
  • Cycling headband or cap
  • Windbreaker
What to pack for dinner:

  • Dress pants
  •  Shirt
  •  Polo
  • Jacket but not required
  •  Dress
  •  Skirt
  • Dress pants
  • Nice top

Pre & post trip lodging options

Paris:

  • Hotel Le Meurice | Rates: €€€€€
  • Le Bristol Paris | Rates: €€€€€
  • Particulier Montmartre | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Sofitel Paris Faubourg | Rates: €€€€
  • Hotel Keppler | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Le Six | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Bel Ami | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Daniel Paris | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Villa Madame | Rates: €€
Avignon:

  • Hotel Le Mirande | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel D-Europe | Rates: €€€
  • Avignon Grand Hotel | Rates: €€

Room rate guide:

0 to 100€: €

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301€ to 400€: €€€€

401€ to 900€: €€€€€

Climate

 

January February March April May June
High F 51 55 62 66 75 82
Low F 35 36 42 46 54 60
Prec. (In) 2.0 1.2 1.3 2.5 2.3 1.6
July August September October November December
High F 87 87 77 68 57 51
Low F 64 64 57 51 42 36
Prec. (In) 1.1 1.5 4.4 3.3 3.2 2.0

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