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Our Provence bike tour is a lifetime cycling adventure through Southern France. You ride from the Luberon Regional Nature Park to the Alpilles Natural Regional Park. You cycle at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in the region. You pedal through lavender fields and amongst endless acres of vineyards. You discover Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux. Finally, you ride to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and stroll through its market. With DIGnGO, a Provence bike trip is simply a cycling adventure of a lifetime.
6 Days / 5 Nights
Avignon TGV Train Station
Avignon TGV Train Station
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Your bike tour in Provence starts in the town of Avignon. Meet your trip leaders at the Avignon train station and transfer to Sault, a village on the plateau d’Albion with lavender all around. For your first bike ride in Southern France, embark on a 11-mile downhill through the Gorges de la Nesque, a canyon in the Vaucluse mountains. On the way, travel through winding majestic mountainside tunnels. Later on, arrive at your hotel and enjoy the views on the “Giant of Provence”, a mythical climb in the Tour de France. You may also relax by the swimming pool before you dine at the hotel gourmet restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 27 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
On day 2, make your way toward the Luberon, an area with many hilltop villages. On the way, stop in Saint-Didier, a town where you experience an authentically colourful Provençal market first hand. Around midday, arrive in Venasque, a medieval village at the summit of a rocky outcrop. In the afternoon, get back on your bicycle and discover Gordes, one of the 126 most beautiful villages in France. Before dinner, feel free to go for a visit of the Sénanque Abbey. Spend the night at the Bastide de Gordes, a 5-star hotel.
Today’s Ride: 33 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Long Option: 41 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing
On your third day, your cycling tour in Provence continues through the Luberon. Explore the village of Roussillon, famous for its red cliffs and ochre queries. Continue on to Bonnieux and arrive just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, go through the village of Lacoste, the retreat of former world-famous designer Pierre Cardin. Then, stroll through the village of Ménerbes, famous fo the book, A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle. Ride across Pont Julien, a roman bridge from 300 BC. In the evening, wind your way through Gordes for dinner on your own.
Today’s Ride: 34 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 50 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing
Today, depart for the Frigolet Abbey (1h00), a Premonstratensian monastery. Then, ride to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, famous for its tree-lined Boulevards and bistros. Before lunch, walk through the market and discover the setting for many famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. In the afternoon, enjoy a nice bicycle ride to your next destination. Before dinner, cool off at your hotel in Les Baux-de-Provence.
Today’s Ride: 30 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
Short Option: 16 miles with 300 feet of climbing
Biking in Provence isn’t over yet! For your finally day, ride to the Mas de Gourgonnier, a family estate with 47 hectares of vineyards and 20 hectares of olive trees. There, taste different olive oil and sample some of the region’s best vintages. Then, ride to Eygalières, a village in the Alpilles for lunch. Ride your bike on country roads with majestic pines trees and fragrant olive groves. In the afternoon, explore Les Baux-de-Provence, a typical Provençal village with small squares, narrow streets and small shops. For your last night in Provence, share priceless memories over a delicious Provençal style dinner.
Today’s Ride: 33 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
Long Option: 43 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing
This morning, your cycling tour in Provence ends at the Avignon TGV train station.
Our bicycle tour through Provence was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and all the scheduled activities. You did a great job! We had amazing trip leaders. We stayed at gorgeous properties! All in all, we had an absolutely fantastic time! Thank you!
We had incredible tour guides, always helpful and at-the-ready, but totally unobtrusive. We comfortably enjoyed our trip. We could not have asked for more accommodating trip leaders whose company we would more enjoy.
We just finished a 5 day bike tour of Provence. We enjoyed our two knowledgeable and engaging tour guides… very experienced in cycling and great to be with. We ended up with just the 6 of us on this trip, so we got some sort of a private experience. We loved the outstanding and well researched bike routes, and the great variety in physical challenge and mostly low traffic. We also loved the extraordinary accommodations and restaurants. We’re looking forward to doing it again. Picnic, wine tastings, olive oil tastings…all extraordinary!
We had very attentive and fun trip leaders. I loved the trip. I would have liked hybrid bikes with bar ends or horns on the ends of the handlebars to allow another option and to avoid wrist fatigue. Normally, I ride a road bike at home. We also loved the fantastic food. Thank you for a great bike trip.
We had fantastic trip leaders. We learned a lot about the region and I even learned a little bit of French. This bike tour was a great success because of them. We became good friends with them. On our next trip, if possible, we would like to have them as guides again. Thank you for a great cycling trip!