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Provence Bike Tour

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Trip overview

Discover the Luberon and the Alpilles as our Provence bike tours take you off-the-beaten-track. From rolling vineyards and olive groves to pine forests and lavender fields, the Luberon and the Alpilles are known for their very diverse landscapes. Start at the foot of the Giant of Provence, the Mont Ventoux included many times on the Tour de France cycling race. Join us on a trip and you’ll discover many more spectacular sights. Picturesque villages considered to be some of the most beautiful in France. St Remy surrounded by century-old plane trees. And Les Baux perched on a rocky spur dominating the Alpilles. Cycling brings health benefits, however a cycling tour in Provence takes you on a once in a lifetime adventure. Olive oil, vineyards and lavender fields create the ideal environment for a cycling vacation of a lifetime.

At a glance
Country France
Region Provence
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Avignon
Finishing Location Avignon
Activity Level Intermediate
Price $4,798
Sgl. Suppl. $1,100

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1

From Sault to Crillon le Brave (27 miles)
Avignon dates back to the 14th century and is your meeting location. The city of Avignon is surrounded by fortified walls and is home to the Palais des Papes, the papal residence during the 14th century and the Pont d’Avignon, a famous medieval bridge spanning the Rhône. Transfer to Sault for a light lunch before your first ride takes you on an 11-mile downhill through a famous gorge, La Nesque located between the Luberon Massif and the Mont Ventoux.

Day 2

From Crillon le Brave to Gordes (33 miles)
Leave your hotel located at the foot of the Mont Ventoux. The Mont Ventoux is often included on the Tour de France and is considered as one of France most challenging climbs. A medieval village perched on a rocky peak and overlooking the valley, Venasque is on your list for today.

Day 3

From Gordes to Gordes (34 miles)
Take the time to walk through the town as the village of Gordes is listed among the 126 most beautiful villages in France. Cycle to Menerbes, where Peter Mayle penned his famous masterpiece about his unforgettable year in idyllic Provence.

Day 4

From L’abbaye de Frigolet to Les Baux-de-Provence (30 miles)
For over a century, Saint-Remy de Provence has attracted artists and Painters. In town a self-guided tour takes you along the boulevard with its century-old plane trees and into the medieval town narrow streets.

Day 5

From Les Baux-de-Provence to Baux-de-Provence (33 miles)
The biking route takes you to Eygalières, a small village surrounded by olive groves, green valleys and vine fields. On the way, a wine tasting is organised at a local winery. Les baux-de-Provence located on a rocky outcrop and overlooking the plains of the Alpilles is on your list this afternoon.

Day 6

End of the trip
The trip is coming to an end. Arles or the roman aqueduct of the Pont du gard, located less than an hour away from Avignon, are awaiting for you if you still have a few days left in Provence. Located on the edge of Camargue Delta and dating back to roman area, Arles features a Roman amphitheatre and has attracted painters like Van Gogh.

*Please note that the mileage indicated above refers to the basic route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily routes and you may read more about it 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 tours are for those of you who are seeking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. If you would like to make your trip private, you may choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates and make it exclusively for you and your friends or family or contact us to choose your own departure date. You may read more below for private tour pricing:

  • 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 Provence bike tours are lifetime experiences designed for cyclists of all levels of ability. Each day you have a choice of multiple ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to take it easy whereas on other days you may want to challenge yourself. Whatever biking route you choose, you cycle at your own pace.

 

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

Due to the limited space in our minivan, we ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage. 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:

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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