Fontaine de Vaucluse, region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southeastern France. Flickr:Allan Harris

Biking through Fontaine de Vaucluse, France. Flickr:Allessandro Prada
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Famous Villages of Provence Bike Tour

France Bike Tours

Cycle Provence and enjoy fine food and great wine!

  • This bike tour in France takes you through the premier attractions of the beautiful Luberon region as well as the magnificent Alpilles Mountains, and the great Côtes du Rhône vineyards. The small villages, age-old architecture and exquisite scenery have made this region one of the best cycling and sightseeing places in France.

    From the comfortable saddle of your bicycle, you will come to personally experience the intricate culture of this rich region at your own pace. You’ll cycle off the beaten path - far from the main roads, from Gordes to Les Baux de Provence, from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Châteauneuf du Pape, from Venasque to Roussillon - all the while enjoying the intoxicatingly fresh air and mesmerizing rolling hills so filled with history and tradition and ripe with color - of which artists including Vincent van Gogh and Picasso have taken full advantage. (See also Provence-Luberon and Provence-van Gogh tours).

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  • 2020

    Option A:

    April, May June, Aug, September, and October:  $ 2158 £ 1070 $ 1,872 1173 $ 2202 kr 13232 $ 1,332 Single room supplement: $ 730 £ 362 $ 634 397 $ 745 kr 4478 $ 451 Single room supplement (traveling alone): $ 898 £ 445 $ 779 488 $ 916 kr 5505 $ 554

    July:  $ 2231 £ 1107 $ 1,936 1213 $ 2277 kr 13683 $ 1,378 Single room supplement: $ 804 £ 399 $ 697 437 $ 820 kr 4930 $ 496 Single room supplement (traveling alone): $ 971 £ 482 $ 843 528 $ 991 kr 5956 $ 600

    Option B:

    April and October:  $ 2198 £ 1090 $ 1,907 1195 $ 2244 kr 13480 $ 1,357 Single room supplement: $ 784 £ 389 $ 680 426 $ 800 kr 4805 $ 484 Single room supplement (traveling alone): $ 960 £ 476 $ 833 522 $ 980 kr 5888 $ 593

    May, June, August, September: $ 2233 £ 1108 $ 1,937 1214 $ 2279 kr 13694 $ 1,379 Single room supplement: $ 819 £ 406 $ 710 445 $ 835 kr 5020 $ 505 Single room supplement (traveling alone): $ 997 £ 494 $ 865 542 $ 1018 kr 6114 $ 616

    From July 20 to July 31, inclusive: $ 2233 £ 1108 $ 1,937 1214 $ 2279 kr 13694 $ 1,379 Single room supplement: $ 819 £ 406 $ 710 445 $ 835 kr 5020 $ 505 Single room supplement (traveling alone): $ 997 £ 494 $ 865 542 $ 1018 kr 6114 $ 616 From July 1 to July 19, inclusive (Festival d' Avignon): $ 2846 £ 1411 $ 2,469 1547 $ 2904 kr 17451 $ 1,757 Single room supplement: $ 1405 £ 697 $ 1,219 764 $ 1434 kr 8618 $ 868 Single room supplement (traveling alone): $ 1584 £ 786 $ 1,374 861 $ 1616 kr 9712 $ 978  

    *Please note: All pricing listed above only applies if the start and end of the tour take place during the months listed. 

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: $ 184 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 188 kr 1128 $ 114

    Tandem bike rental, discount: $ 53 £ 26 $ 46 29 $ 54 kr 327 $ 33

    Upgrade to road trekking bike with rack and mud guard: on request

    Sport aluminum road bike (no rack): $ 33 £ 16 $ 29 18 $ 34 kr 203 $ 20

    Sport carbon road bike (no rack): $ 97 £ 48 $ 85 53 $ 100 kr 598 $ 60

    Recumbent bike: On request

    please note

    Tandem and recumbent bikes also available

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Paris.

    Local Travel

    From Paris, train transfer from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport via Paris-Lyon station to Avignon (TGV), 3-4½ hrs. depending on connections. Taxi or Navette (shuttle bus) to the first hotel.


    Average high temp in °F for Avignon is 59 for Mar, 67 Apr, 74 May, 82 Jun, 87 Jul, 87 Aug, 78 Sep, 68 Oct & 56 Nov.


    Please note that you must be able to change your own tire. There is no immediate technical assistance for this tour. If needed, a repair or replacement bike will be available the following day. Also available as a ROAD BIKE TOUR.

Skill Level

This self-guided hotel tour is being given an easy to moderate rating by Tripsite’s own resident cyclist, Hennie. She does concede that while there are some difficult climbs, it should not discourage anyone from taking this tour as she states it is a very beautiful tour and a favorite amongst her cycling group. Her daily rating is included in the day to day details. Daily distances range from 22 to 36 miles but are variable. Unfortunately, there are days when traffic cannot be avoided due to the lack of designated bike paths. Day 4 may be used as a rest day. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need further details. Remember, electric bikes are always an option!

Where You’ll Stay

Option A Comfort: (swimming pools for 5 nights)

  • 4 nights in 3 star hotels
  • 3 nights in 4 star Hotel Residence

Option B: (swimming pools for all nights)

  • 2 nights in 4 star hotel in Avignon
  • 5 nights in 3 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodation for 7 nights in selected category
  • 7 continental or breakfast buffets (depending on hotel)
  • 24 gear lightweight upgraded VTC hybrid bicycle equipped with luggage rack, rear pannier bag, water bottle, and lock
  • Accessories including odometer, repair kit, road book, preloaded GPS, handlebar bag (one set per 4 people or one set per two)
  • Helmet rental (must be reserved in advance)
  • *Luggage transfer between 9:30 am and 5 pm.
  • Transfer Day 8 Isle sur la Sorgue to Avignon train station from 9 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Local taxes
  • Option A only: 5 x three course dinners
  • **The clients who wish to receive their luggage at a specific time, during the tour or in Avignon at the end of the tour, will have to specify when booking. A supplement will be invoiced.

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Avignon possible upon request.

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From1173 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020 Dates
Daily arrivals possible from April 1 to October 25, 2020
Please note: Arrivals after 6 pm on Saturdays are not possible. If you arrive on Sunday, the bike distribution and welcome meeting will take place on Monday. 

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Famous Villages of Provence Map

Note:  This tour is also available as a road bike tour.

Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
Day 2: Avignon - Sorgues - Avignon, 30, 32, 38, or 41 mi. (48, 51, 62, or 67 km.) - depending on option chosen
Day 3: Avignon - Les Baux de Provence, 30 or 35 mi. (48 or 55 km)
Day 4: Les Baux - Arles - Les Baux, 32 mi. (51 km)
Day 5: Les Baux - Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue, roundtrip to Gordes & Roussillon, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 7: Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue, roundtrip to Venasque, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 8: Transfer Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue - Avignon and departure

DAY 1: Avignon
Arrival in Avignon. Free afternoon to explore this great city - followed by a welcome meeting in the evening at the Provence Bike Shop for presentation of the tour, distribution of documents and bikes.

Category A: 3* hotel in BB
Category B: 4* hotel, with pool, in BB

DAY 2: Avignon - Sorgues - Avignon, 30, 32, 38, or 41 mi. (48, 51, 61, or 67 km.) - depending on option chosen
This day is dedicated to wine discovery: the “Tavel”, first rosé in France, and the “Lirac”, with its rare elegant quality (optional). The “Châteauneuf du Pape”, a vintage wine, is specifically grown on a ground covered with pebbles. These pebbles accumulate heat during the day and give it back during the night. This wine is also unique because it is made from 13 different varieties of vine. 

From the small village of Tavel, which is comfortably surrounded by lush vineyards, you will travel on to Châteauneuf du Pape. Here you will find the ruins of the Castle that served as a comfortable summer residence for the Popes. Via quiet country roads, you will next make your way back to Avignon.

*Easy to moderate cycling day. +/- 242 meters of climbing or 318/402/481 corresponding to the longer distance options.

Category A: 3* hotel, in half board
Category B: 4* hotel, with pool, in BB

DAY 3: Avignon - Les Baux de Provence, 35 mi. (55 km)
Heading south towards the very heart of Provence, you will ride into the foothills of the Apilles Mountain range (with low altitude fluctuation). The landscape is made up of small hills with chalky ridges that love to soak under the sun, and where you can easily see why painters such as Vincent van Gogh found their inspiration. In St. Rémy de Provence, where Nostradamus (the doctor and astrologist famous for his predictions) was born, you will come across 2 well-preserved Roman monuments: the Mausoleum and Municipal Arch. St. Rémy de Provence was once a rich Glanum city, abandoned at the end of the 3rd century and now only ruins remain.
As you bike on to Les Baux de Provence, stop to enjoy “l’elixir (liquor) du Révérand Pére Gaucher” in the Abbey of St Michel de Frigolet. It is situated on the “Montagnette”, a small mountain (highest point 170 m). Overnight in Les Baux de Provence.

*Easy to moderate with difficult climb to Les Beaux. +/- 523 meters of climbing.

Night at Les Baux de Provence. Category A & B: night in the same 3* hotel “De charme”, with pool.
Category A: room of “standard” category, in half board
Category B: room of “superior” category, in BB


DAY 4: Les Baux de Provence - Arles - Les Baux, 32 mi. (51 km)
Three options are given today: resting time at the hotel, visiting the village of Les Baux de Provence, or biking for about 32 miles on flat ground that includes a visit to the wonderful town of Arles.
The village of Les Baux de Provence, with its charming houses all strung together, sits cozily on a rock where the view is magnificent: groves of olive trees flow across the plains, cypress trees stretch toward the sky, fields overflow with beautiful flowers, small villages pepper the landscape, and of course, there's the endlessly blue waters of the sea to deal with.
Arles, an ancient Roman capital and large religious center during the Middle Ages, has brilliant houses surrounding its arenas, which are perhaps the city's most captivating feature. Every Saturday morning, the city streets transform into a bustling open market. In the heart of the old city, you may relax at numerous refreshing outdoor cafés. Overnight in the same hotel.

*Easy. +/- 402 meters of climbing

Night at Les Baux de Provence. Category A & B: night in the same 3* hotel “De charme”, with pool.
Category A: room of “standard” category, in half board.
Category B: room of “superior” category, in BB

DAY 5: Les Baux - Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue,  31 mi. (50 km)
Today, you'll start by crossing the small hills of Les Alpilles (highest point: 390 meters). En route, delightful villages will await your acquaintance. In Eygaliéres alongside a hill of donjon vestiges, you will be able to take a break at the foot of a 12th century Chapel, where it used to be a heathen temple dedicated to water. Next, you'll head east along quiet roads to the Monts de Vaucluse, reaching the heart of the regional park of the Luberon. Overnight either in Fontaine de Vaucluse or in Isle sur la Sorgue, on the riverside.

*Easy to moderate. +/- 391 meters of climbing

Night in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse on the riverside or in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, on the riverside
Category A: “Residence-Hotel” 4*, with pool, in half board
Category B: 3* hotel “De Charme”, with pool, in BB

DAY 6: Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue - Gordes - Roussillon - Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue, 42 mi. (68 km)
At the foot of a golden cliff flows one of the most important springs in Europe: the Fontaine de Vaucluse. This site is famous for its breathtaking natural atmosphere and is also known thanks to the Italian humanist and poet Pétrarque from the 14th century.
Further on, two villages are worth a visit: Gordes and Roussillon. Gordes has attractive stone houses and nicely paved, arched streets. It is hung up on a cliff at the start of the Luberon chain. Around the villages are numerous “Bories” (huts made out of dry stone) that will amaze you with their various shapes. Roussillon, a totally different village, sits on a small hill colored with red ocher. The house walls are stained with ocher, from red to yellow, contrasting nicely with the dark green of the pine trees. At the top of the village, a viewpoint offers a spectacular view over the plains, Gordes, and the small villages around. Overnight in the same hotel.

*Easy to moderate with a difficult climb to Gordes. +/- 800 meters of climbing.

Night in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse on the riverside, or in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, on the riverside
Category A: “Residence-Hotel” 4*, with pool, in half board
Category B: 3* hotel “De Charme”, with pool, in BB

DAY 7: Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue - Venasque - Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue, 30 mi. (49 km)
The big village of Isle sur la Sorgue is surrounded by the arms of the river and becomes animated every Sunday morning when a famous antique market, as well as a large Provencal market take place.
In every street of the village, there are booths with shimmering colors, stimulating odors, Provencal cloths, handicraft, clothes, pottery…. Vegetables, sweets, delicatessen, goat cheese, honey, and jam… lavender, spices, Provencal herbs… exuberance, laughing, hustling… All meridian culture is here!
Escaping north, you'll next bike on quiet country roads to reach a pleasant village located on top of a hill that overlooks the plains of Carpentras; namely Venasque. The village presents magnificent views also over Mont Ventoux, the highest point in Provence (1910 m high). Night in the same hotel.

*Easy to moderate. +/- 634 meters of climbing.

Night in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse on the riverside, or in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, on the riverside
Category A: “Residence-Hotel” 4*, with pool, in BB
Category B: 3* hotel “De Charme”, with pool, in BB

DAY 8: Transfer Fontaine de Vaucluse/Isle sur la Sorgue to Avignon. Departure.
A short transfer to Avignon is included in the tour price (9 AM to 6:30  PM). A supplement will be required for departures before 8 AM or after 7 PM or for transport of your own bicycle.

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Tour Reviews

  • David and Anne S. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was the best bike trip of our lives. We took it in early June, 2019 with e-bikes and upgraded accommodations. Unless you're a strong cyclist, e-bikes are the way to go for this trip. First, the hotels were amazing and in each one after the first the specific rooms reserved were wonderful. The first hotel in Avignon was simply awful. Not only because the air conditioning was out, but the room was tacky, in bad repair, and was musty. The tour needs to have this changed. The common areas were just fine, it was only our room. Another thing to change would be the route on the first day through Avignon - heavy traffic, a lot of road construction, and then cycling on a road with a narrow shoulder, semi trucks, and 30 mph winds. This was still a five-star trip. I hadn't done much research ahead of time, and so Les Baux de Provence and Fontaine de Vaucluse each came as a complete and wonderful surprise - I had not even imagined places of such beauty and charm. There Read more… were some minor problems with the GPS, particularly the road barred off in one place. Fortunately we had a hotspot which we took with us each day, and were able to figure out how to reroute ourselves using Apple maps, but we would have been in trouble otherwise. We went to the market at Isle sur la Sorgue, but it was impossible to visit with bikes due to the crowds of people. We didn't dare leave the e-bikes, even locked, so we had to take turns going in - but still fun!

  • Marion L. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    What a fabulous way to see Provence. The route selected took us through many memorable villages. Provence Bike did a great job with high quality bikes, good maps and well set up GPS systems. We particularly enjoyed seeing Roussilon; Gordes; Baix Aux Provence as well as the source of River Sourge. Our group of 4 decided on e-bikes which we did not regret because of the steep hills getting in and out of the villages. We particularly liked the idea of staying multiple nights in one location. A great trip!! A suggestion -- include a list of things "not to miss" that are less than a kilometer from the route or, in the villages we are going through. It is convenient to have a guide book but a few notes would be really helpful.

  • Colleen J. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The e-bikes are essential for enjoying the beautiful, hilly terrain!

  • Gloria C. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    My trip was the Villages of Provence. A wonderful area to bike through. I would suggest that the orientation be set for a determined amount of time to allow for complete question and answer time. Also it would be helpful to go through the use of the GPS thoroughly. The bike maintenance was not done prior to our week long trip. The tail light and the computer on my bike did not function properly. All in all the hotels, service, food, and ambience were wonderful. I’d highly recommend this trip to intermediate to advanced cyclists.

  • Abbie M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We absolutely loved the two villages we stayed in and many we rode through along the way (our trip was shortened). The French have a way of sharing their “Joie de vivre.” We'd never been to Provence, and the olive groves and apple orchards, the adorable small towns, the food and wine, eating our picnic lunch in an ancient, empty church foyer— all made for an unforgettable adventure. My only suggestion is to make sure people know how to use the GPS if they are their own guides. It was confusing for us but we eventually figured it out. Lucky are those that can take this trip!

  • Ann S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable part: Les Baux de Provence: location, view from hotel patio, view from restaurant, atmosphere

  • Bill & Kristy C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a wonderful trip! My wife and I did the trip in late September 2017 and we had a great time. It was the first time that we have used e bikes and we loved them! The maps were good but using the GPS made the trip, taking us on quaint back roads and side alleys so we didn't even have to stop and look at the maps! Hotels and scenery were fabulous, and of course the wine and food as well. We give this trip a 5/5 and look forward to our next Tripsite adventure

  • Liz G. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Accommodations faultless. Bike company efficient and I loved my bike. Maps very inadequate, we should not have been on "on ramps" to or navigating 4 lane highways, check out the maps through Cavaillon for example. More moderate than recreational cycling especially the hills. Great on an E bike if you had one. Scenery exquisite. Weather too! Thank you to Mary for organizing or extra nights in Avignon, another great hotel.

  • Harvey A. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    "easy to moderate" was at the outset incorrect, it was "moderate to difficult" when one considers the length and incline of the hills. Also, our group of twelve experienced 3 flat tires, the first time in many years of biking in Europe, and each was on an e-bike. The hotels, on the other hand were exquisite!

  • Karen A Thompson 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This tour should be rated moderate/difficult. There are many steep climbs. I had an E bike so not bad for me. The non E bikers had a big job. If everyone had an e bike, a very enjoyable journey. The scenery was gorgeous. The hotels were beautiful and welcoming. The maps provided by the trip organizer and rather GPS could have been more detailed.

  • Michele D. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was beautiful scenery, especially the magical villages we rode through in Provence.

  • Y. Silverberg-Urian 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    At the start there was mix-up with our believing we were in Option A (written on receipt) but placed in Option B. Small issue but a surprise. Otherwise, maps worked fine once more used to the + or - aspect figured in to almost all mileage. We had a wonderful time!

  • Kevin Romanowski 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Overall a great experience. The E bike introduction and explanation of use was rescheduled, then rushed so our group was at a disadvantage throughout the hill climbs. Some road sections were highways and quite honestly dangerous for short segments. This was our second trip and directions at one point or another usually are unclear periodically throughout the trip.

  • Edward Nyland 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Somewhat inadequate initial bike instruction due to bike shop rescheduling at their convenience. Bike maintenance was only average causing the bikes to not operate as described.

  • Edward Nyland 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    First of all, let me be clear that we were very satisfied with the Tour. All in all, we would rate it a 9 out of 10. These are the reasons we couldn’t give it a perfect 10.
    1. Here is the quote from the tour operator after we asked for the directions in advance: “Tell to clients that they don’t worry, the welcome meeting will be on Saturday p.m. and they will have all the time to study the route before they leave, the day after in the morning.” We did have the welcome meeting but it was a bit rushed and we really didn’t have time to ask questions. We were warned not to be late and arrived on time. They indicated that there was not enough time that evening.
    2. We did not get our bikes at the welcome meeting. One Ebike had not yet returned on Saturday afternoon. We were told to return in the morning but not before 9:30 AM. When we arrived, we felt rushed and really didn’t have time to test the bikes. Mine (Ed) was a bit wobbly but I was Read more… told that there was nothing wrong. I did get used to it as we went along but my complaint was valid, further verified when I returned home to my own steady bike.
    3. All of the bikes had problems with how they shifted and how they meshed with the electric function. Maybe it was our lack of familiarity with the Ebike but we really didn’t have time Sunday morning to ask questions.
    4. We never got an explanation on how to engage all of the 27 gears, only could use nine. We were told that they shifted automatically and “don’t worry about it”. The automatic shift stopped working on two bikes after the second day.
    5. The directions were very confusing and hard to follow. Last year we had the “E’s” to follow but this year nothing but the somewhat confusing directions.

    • Jehiel 3 years ago     Staff

      Hello Edward,
      Thank you for sharing this feedback! We are very sorry you felt rushed in the welcoming meeting and bike fitting. We have spoken to our local operator to prevent this from happening again. I can assure you that the bikes have been tuned and are maintained to the highest quality!

  • Neil and Reute 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our first biking trip so I can't make comprisons. All I can say is "absolutely fantastic". The detail and accuracy of the maps and directions is impressive. The scenery magnificent. The hotels and restaurants well chosen. There were a few hills on the way but the itinerary allows plenty of time to get from place to place. Having a couple of nights in each hotel is a benifit. Definitely recommended.

  • Andy and Lynn 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our second trip with Tripsite. We did this trip to Provence in early September and it really was magnificent. The local tour organizer had a well prepared and thought out package with easy to follow directions for the most part. The cycling with the accompanying scenery was beautiful. The accommodations and food were well selected. We can't recommend a trip more highly than this (except possibly the trip to the Netherlands we did last year) or this group.

  • Panteha & Tom 9 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a beautiful trip, with lots of nice surprises (changing sceneries, nice food, etc.) The local tour organizer was a sweet lady who treated us like old friends. We really had fun and suggest this tour to whoever is looking for simple adventure in pretty France.

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