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Luberon, Alpilles and Côtes-du-Rhône

This self-guided cycling trip will take you to the highlights of Provence 6
Provençal colorado in Roussillon, orcher scenery The famous Palace of the Popes of Avignon, starting point of most of our Provence bike tours This self-guided cycling trip will take you to the highlights of Provence Luberon, Alpilles, and Côtes du Rhône, our most comprehensive self-guided bike tour of Provence Stunning village of Gordes, perched on its hill Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence
This self-guided cycling trip will take you to the highlights of Provence

Luberon, Alpilles and Côtes-du-Rhône

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  • PriceFrom 960 euros
  • DAY7 nights / 8 days

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Description

Our most comprehensive, moderate-level Provence cycling tour showcases the best of this unforgettable region, making it a perfect fit for those who’ve never been to Provence before — and even those who have! Unlike other tourists who rush to take it all in from a bus seat, you'll discover them at your own pace, on a bicycle, away from traffic and on quiet roads. 

This self-guided bicycle itinerary you to some of the best-known places in Provence, such as Châteauneuf-du-PapeSaint-RemyLes BauxTarasconArlesGordes, and Roussillon. Since they’re scattered in different corners — the Luberon, the Alpilles, and the Côtes-du-Rhône, to be precise — we worked hard to connect them all on quiet roads through the quintessentially Provençal scenery. You’ll ride over rolling hills up to fortresses offering panoramic views, through lush vineyards surrounding world-famous châteaux, and even back in time — the fascinating history of Provence is ever-present in the exceptional monuments of the past.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Provence, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Avignon

 

Arrive in Avignon, check in at your hotel, and set out to explore the city at leisure. The old walled city is home to plentiful gems like the Palais des Papes, making it a great introduction to the history of Provence.
This afternoon, you’ll meet our local representative for a briefing so you can prepare for the journey ahead.

D2Avignon loop through the Côtes-du-Rhône Short Option: 46 km/29 miles, 245 meters/805 ft of climbing; Long Option: 67 km/42 miles, 395 meters/1,300 ft of climbing

 

Today's itinerary will take you through villages that bear the names of familiar wine labels: TavelLirac, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We offer two options today, so you might arrange your own vineyard visit. Stop for a sip of acclaimed rosé or a swig of the region’s most well known red — or try something you’ve never heard of before!
Grab a bottle for a roadside picnic or stick it in your luggage back in Avignon; we’ll transport it carefully!

D3Avignon — Les Baux-de-Provence 60 km/38 miles; 520 meters/1,710 ft of climbing

 

Head south towards the Alpilles mountain range, whose beauty inspired van Gogh to complete 150 paintings. You’ll find yourself in another place he immortalized: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, worth a stop for its Roman remains and medieval buildings. On your way to Saint-Rémy, Tarascon offers an interesting side trip. The magnificent castle by the Rhône River is one of France's best-kept medieval fortresses.

Also of interest is the Souleiado Museum, where the colorful Provençal fabric maker has been busy since 1806. Today's mileage varies depending on your route of choice, but note that all involve hills.

D4Les Baux-de-Provence — Arles — Les Baux 48 km/30 miles; 370 meters/1,210 ft of climbing

 

Depending on your mood, you may choose to relax, visit Les Baux, or ride the 48 km (30 miles) loop to Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Roman ruins. If you’re there on a Saturday, do not miss the open-air market! Regardless of the day, you can pay a visit to the Roman amphitheater. Whether you choose to ride or not, set aside some time to visit Les Baux and its medieval fortress.
The unobstructed views over the Alpilles make this town worth the climb!

D5Les Baux-de-Provence — Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 49 km/31 miles; 400 meters/1,310 ft of climbing

 

Today's ride will take you through the awe-inspiring Alpilles (don’t worry, it’s a low mountain range reaching 390 meters or 1,170 ft). Pretty villages such as Eygalières offer inviting terraces for lunch. A few pedal strokes further and you will enter the Luberon Regional Park.

Overnight in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (based on hotel availability), both quiet little spots in proximity to the lavender country.

D6Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue — Gordes — Roussillon — Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 72 km/45 miles; 860 meters/2,810 ft of climbing

 

Regardless of your starting point, make sure you spend some time walking through Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, famous for its powerful spring gushing out of the ground. Climbing Luberon's hills rewards you with two of France's prettiest villages: Gordes and Roussillon will be yours to discover.

You will return to your hotel in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

D7Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue — Venasque — Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 45 km/28 miles; 645 meters/2,110 ft of climbing

 

If today is a Sunday, take a stroll through Isle-sur-la-Sorgue's market that fills the village with colorful displays of Provençal fabrics, sounds of laughter, and the sweet scents of lavenderherbs, and spices. Your bicycle ride will take you through Venasque northwards towards Mont-Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence”.

You will return to your hotel in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

D8Departure from Avignon

 

After breakfast, we will transfer you to Avignon (between 9:00 am and 6:30 pm).
Depart Avignon at the time of your choice.

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 3 nights in 4-star tourist residences, 2 nights in 3-star hotels, 2 nights in 2-star hotels (3 nights with a swimming pool)

  • 960 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 360 euros
  • 1,050 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 370 euros
  • 1,105 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 390 euros
  • Option A+
  • 2 nights in a 4-star hotel, 5 nights in 3-star hotels (all have a swimming pool)

  • 1,180 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 495 euros
  • 1,210 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 530 euros
  • 1,385 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 590 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • For option A only: 5 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Avignon on Day 8 (between 8:00 am and
    7:00 pm)
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 215 euros per bike. Road bikes are available upon request.

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