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Provence Bike Tour

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  • Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards and orchards
  • Private wine tastings of the best local vintages
  • Soak up Provençal life in renowned Gordes and ochre-hued Roussillon
  • Exquisite hotels including one of our favorites: Crillon le Brave
  • Take aim during a round of pétanque

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Côtes du Rhône Vineyards & the Luberon

Lavender fields that come to life in the breeze. Cherry orchards around the bend. The Mistral that swirls in the paintings of van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin. The hills and villages that inspired them. The wines. The cool evenings. The breathtaking village of Gordes that stands perched on the edge of a cliff. And Roussillon, with its brilliant red colors. Indulging in local specialties at lively outdoor markets. Playing a round of pétanque and sipping a café au lait. After your journey through Provence, this will be your new list of favorite things.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Incredible biking through the unspoiled terrain of the Drôme region, the gateway to Provence  Visit historic Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a tasting of its famous full-bodied reds Ride past picturesque towns awarded Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages AOC status for producing a superior quality wine under strict criteria  On the way to the viticulture town of Gigondas, pedal a wooded road along the Dentelles de Montmirail, limestone mountains with dramatic serrated ridges  Meander through winding cobblestone streets for a taste of medieval Provence.

Day 3 Exquisite hotels including one of our favorites: Crillon le Brave  Ride the gradual ascent through stunning Gorges de la Nesque, a deep canyon below spectacular Mont Ventoux, on your way to the lavender plateau of Sault.

Day 4 Private tastings of the best local vintages  The oh-so-Provençal fragrance of lavender welcomes you at the peaceful 12th-century Abbaye de Sénanque Explore Gordes, a glorious village perché clinging to the Vaucluse Plateau.

Days 5-6 Rub shoulders with locals in quintessential Provençal villages such as Lacoste (former haunt of the infamous Marquis de Sade) and Ménerbes, immortalized by Peter Mayle's best-selling A Year in Provence  Bucolic plains and foothills line your route to our wine tasting at Domaine de la Citadelle winery, whose popular museum adds a unique twist  Spin to the colorful village of Roussillon, resting on one of the world's biggest ochre deposits.

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Château de Massillan
Château de Massillan

Uchaux (1 night) With elegant contemporary interiors, this castle nestled in Côtes du Rhône vineyards was built in 1555 for a mistress of Henry II. (pool)

Hotel Crillon le Brave
Hotel Crillon le Brave

Crillon le Brave (2 nights) Flawlessly combining rustic charm and luxury, an "evocative country house hotel crowning an ancient hamlet, backdropped by Mont Ventoux," according to the Hideaway Report. A Relais & Châteaux member. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool)

La Coquillade
La Coquillade

Gargas (2 nights) This refined hotel in the heart of the Luberon is set in the middle of a vineyard and features a Michelin-starred restaurant. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Thanks for putting together these amazing experiences...maybe Congress needs one of these trips to Provence to see how peaceful life can be, how whether Democrat or Republican, we all want basically the same things in life, to be together with friends and family, to challenge ourselves physically, mentally and socially, to leave the world a better place, to take time to breathe and...most importantly, to enjoy the ride!
Robyn Watson- San Anselmo, CA
This was our best trip ever and we have taken four with B & R and one other with Backroads. The leaders made a world of difference.
John Beinecke- New York, NY
Our biking trip in Provence was one of the best vacations I have had. It was well organized, the local inns were charming, and the guides were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I am already starting to think about where to go on our next Backroads trip.
Marie Beyette- Pickering, ON

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 24 300
2 21* 500 44 2500 63 3000
3 27* 2300 50 2600 81 7900
4 21* 400 30 1500 41 2300
5 26* 1500 32 1800 45 2500
53 3000
6 13 1000
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Provence tour experts. See our award-winning Europe France biking tours, Europe France walking and hiking tours and Europe France multisport tours.

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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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