- Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards and orchards
- Discover the vibrant artist community of St-Rémy
- A tour and tasting at an olive oil mill
- Soak up Provençal life in renowned Gordes and ochre-hued Roussillon
From the Windswept Alpilles to Perched Lubéron Villages
It's a slower pace of life here in southern France. Amid the Alpilles, where olive trees glisten silver in the breeze. Where limestone hills press wavelike against the ultra-blue sky. And sun-drenched villages tempt you to linger, relax over a pastis or a local rosé. In the Lubéron, it's a celebration of color, be it poppies and wildflowers in spring, lavender in summer or changing grape leaves in fall. Pedal quiet roads to medieval hilltop towns. Soak up views of vineyards, orchards and windswept countryside. And rejoice in the Provençal cornucopia: fresh goat cheese, honey, olives, tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes and heavenly pastries. Find bliss in Provence, with Backroads, on a bicycle.
Day 1 Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards, olive groves and orchards Warm up your cycling muscles and get to know the Alpilles, a world of windswept crags dotted with oak, pine and cypress trees Explore Les Baux, perched high above a limestone landscape pockmarked with caves and said to be frequented by witches and goblins.
Day 2 Discover the vibrant artist community of St-Rémy, filled with fountains, gardens, cheery cafés and tree-lined boulevards Join a historian on a visit to the asylum where Vincent van Gogh spent his last days Drop in at a delightful olive oil mill, for a tour and tasting.
Day 3 Before bidding adieu to the dramatic scenery of the Alpilles, bike to Eygalières, a small terraced town guarded by an ancient castle Spin to the picturesque walled village of Ménerbes nestled in the Lubéron mountains Ride along the route de Jean Moulin, a scenic road bordered by pine trees, vineyards and quintessential Provençal scenery.
Day 4 Marvel at the beauty of Gordes, a striking village perché clinging to the craggy southern face of the high Vaucluse Plateau Quiet roads lead through rolling fields of lavender and wheat into the foothills of Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence" Rub shoulders with the locals in quintessential Provençal villages such as Venasque, listed among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (France's Most Beautiful Villages).
Days 5-6 Savor farm-fresh cuisine and noteworthy regional wines Views of Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence" are unsurpassed on your ride today Surrounded by venerable Côtes du Ventoux vineyards, relish a final spin through idyllic hamlets of the Vaucluse.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I just got home a few minutes ago and can honestly say that this was about the best trip I have ever taken!! The guides were just fantastic, the trip itinerary was amazing, the food and lodging were superb, and the other participants were just terrific. We ended up like a big extended family, although no one really knew anyone else when we started. We all had a blast and I for one can't wait to sign up for the next trip!!- Boston, MA
This was the quintessential Backroads trip- fantastic biking, culture, food, scenery and people. It keeps getting better!- Clayton, MO
This was a great overall experience. I liked the "casual inn" format. It fit our needs for a good balance of physical activity, accommodations and dining. We are already scanning the catalog for another trip.- Portland, OR
Auberge de la Benvengudo
Les Baux (2 nights) Situated at the base of Les Baux and surrounded by a tranquil garden, this hotel was once a typical Provence family home. (pool, tennis)
Le Roy Soleil
Ménerbes (1 night) You are sure to feel connected to nature at this lovely hotel nestled among the Lubéron mountain range. (pool, spa)
Château de Mazan
Mazan (2 nights) This elegant 18th-century château, former residence of the Marquis de Sade, rests at the foot of towering Mount Ventoux. (pool)
Alsace & the Black Forest Biking
France's Wine-Rich Valley & Germany's Fabled Woodland
Brittany & Normandy Biking
From D-Day Landmarks to the Emerald Coast
Historic Towns, Legendary Vineyards & L'Art de Vivre
Dordogne & Bordeaux Biking
Through Prehistory to the Great Wine Estates
Loire Valley Biking
Among the Grand Châteaux
Côtes du Rhône Vineyards, Crillon Le Brave & the Lubéron
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.
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* Includes a shuttle