Famous Villages of Provence
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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April and October: £ 873 $ 1,760 € 1019 $ 1549 NOK 9681 kr 8936 $ 1,162 Single room supplement: £ 200 $ 402 € 233 $ 354 NOK 2214 kr 2043 $ 266 Single room supplement (traveling alone): £ 273 $ 549 € 318 $ 483 NOK 3021 kr 2789 $ 363
May, June, August, and September: £ 930 $ 1,874 € 1085 $ 1649 NOK 10308 kr 9515 $ 1,237 Single room supplement: £ 231 $ 466 € 270 $ 410 NOK 2565 kr 2368 $ 308 Single room supplement (traveling alone): £ 304 $ 613 € 355 $ 540 NOK 3373 kr 3113 $ 405
July: £ 959 $ 1,933 € 1119 $ 1701 NOK 10631 kr 9813 $ 1,276 Single room supplement: £ 261 $ 525 € 304 $ 462 NOK 2888 kr 2666 $ 347 Single room supplement (traveling alone): £ 333 $ 672 € 389 $ 591 NOK 3696 kr 3411 $ 443
April and October: £ 1009 $ 2,033 € 1177 $ 1789 NOK 11182 kr 10321 $ 1,342 Single room supplement: £ 356 $ 717 € 415 $ 631 NOK 3943 kr 3639 $ 473 Single room supplement (traveling alone): £ 434 $ 874 € 506 $ 769 NOK 4807 kr 4437 $ 577
May, June, August, September: £ 1035 $ 2,085 € 1207 $ 1835 NOK 11467 kr 10584 $ 1,376 Single room supplement: £ 363 $ 731 € 423 $ 643 NOK 4019 kr 3709 $ 482 Single room supplement (traveling alone): £ 435 $ 877 € 508 $ 772 NOK 4826 kr 4455 $ 579
From July 22 to July 31, inclusive: £ 1035 $ 2,085 € 1207 $ 1835 NOK 11467 kr 10584 $ 1,376 Single room supplement: £ 363 $ 731 € 423 $ 643 NOK 4019 kr 3709 $ 482 Single room supplement (traveling alone): £ 435 $ 877 € 508 $ 772 NOK 4826 kr 4455 $ 579 From July 1 to July 22, inclusive: £ 1311 $ 2,641 € 1529 $ 2324 NOK 14526 kr 13408 $ 1,743 Single room supplement: £ 645 $ 1,301 € 753 $ 1145 NOK 7154 kr 6603 $ 858 Single room supplment (traveling alone): £ 718 $ 1,447 € 838 $ 1274 NOK 7961 kr 7349 $ 955
*Please note: All pricing listed above only applies if the start and end of the tour take place during the months listed.
Electric bike rental: £ 45 $ 92 € 53 $ 81 NOK 504 kr 465 $ 60
Tandem bike rental, discount: £ 25 $ 50 € 29 $ 44 NOK 276 kr 254 $ 33
Upgrade to road trekking bike with rack and mud guard: on request
Sport aluminum road bike (no rack): £ 16 $ 33 € 19 $ 29 NOK 181 kr 167 $ 22
Sport carbon road bike (no rack): £ 45 $ 92 € 53 $ 81 NOK 504 kr 465 $ 60
Recumbent bike: On request
Tandem and recumbent bikes also available
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Paris.
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.
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 mi., but are variable. Unfortunately, there are days when traffic cannot be avoided due to 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: (swimming pools for 3 nights)
- 2 nights in 2 star hotels
- 2 nights in 3 star hotels
- 3 nights in 4 star hotel residence
Option B: (swimming pools for all nights)
- 2 nights in 4 star hotels
- 5 nights in 3 star hotels
- Hotel accommodation for 7 nights in selected category
- 7 breakfasts
- 24 gear light weight upgraded VTC hyrid 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
- Individual arrival
- Drinks with meals
- Option A: Dinners on Day 1, 7, and 8
- Option B: All dinners
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights in Avignon possible upon request.
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.
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.
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.
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, a 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
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
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 difficult climb to Gordes. +/- 800 meters of climbing.
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.
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.