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Provence Bike Tour
Provence Bike Tour

Silvery green olive groves. Red-tile roofs pressed against a deep blue sky. Sunflowers, irises and fiery red poppies. Dramatically starry nights. And copious gastronomic delights. If there is a heaven on earth, the angels are surely sipping pastis and playing pétanque - because the earthy seduction of Provence is simply irresistible. You too may find yourself falling hopelessly in love with the region's uniquely luminous landscapes, its intoxicating scents and its delectable flavors. So clip in, find your rhythm and embrace the Provençal art de vivre

Day 1 Les Alpilles, a world of windswept crags carpeted with oak, pine and cypress trees  Explore the ancient village of Les Baux, perched above the Val d'Enfer (Valley of Hell), an eerie limestone landscape dotted with caves and said to be frequented by witches and goblins Quintessential Provence is yours to soak up in St-Rémy, a tranquil artists' haven brimming with cheery cafés and tree-lined boulevards.

Day 2 The romantic Luberon, a region long beloved by writers and artists  Two-wheel it to Eygalières, a terraced town guarded by an ancient castle Spin to the walled village of Ménerbes, nestled in the Luberon mountains In Bonnieux, it's just 86 steps to the top of the town's church tower, where spectacular views stretch forever  Vincent van Gogh painted the starry nights of Provence - you'll enjoy stars of the Michelin-variety at our hotel's acclaimed restaurant.

Days 3-4 Rub shoulders with the locals among the cobblestone streets of classic villages perchés (perched villages) Feel free to linger in Gordes, where labyrinthine lanes lead to shady squares and cafés, and a massive 12th-century castle keeps watch over the neighboring hilltop towns Bike onward - and well off the beaten path - to the rugged reaches of eastern Provence.

Days 5-6 Lose yourself amid lavender fields, vineyards and orchards while pedaling to your heart's content in the serene countryside Ever tried goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves? Today's your chance in the town of Banon Explore the hilltop town of Simiane la Rotonde and the remains of a 12th-century fortified rotunda Indulging in a treatment at our hotel's heavenly l'Occitane spa is the ultimate way to add a flourish to the day Head out on a final spin through the sun-drenched countryside.


Trip Highlights
  • Ride the most scenic biking routes through limestone hills, vineyards and perched villages
  • Partake in private tastings of the best local wine, including delicate Côtes du Luberon
  • Get to know the locals in quintessential Provençal towns
  • Enjoy the exquisite flavors of a starry night - Michelin stars, that is
  • Classic Provençal specialties: goat cheese, olives, lavender sachets and herbes de Provence
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Premiere Inns

Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa (1 night): With the Alpilles providing a breathtaking backdrop, relax in luxury at this sophisticated country hotel offering a superb restaurant. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

La Bastide de Capelongue (2 nights): Enjoy splendid hilltop views of the Luberon and a restaurant with two Michelin stars at this beautifully renovated Provençal farmhouse. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

Le Couvent des Minimes (2 nights): Surrounded by fragrant gardens, this early 17th-century convent was transformed by the legendary cosmetic and fragrance brand l'Occitane into a superb hotel. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)


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 18 300
2 24* 1300 38* 2400 46 3500
3 20* 2100 32* 2900 47 3700
4 24* 2000 38 2800 47 3700
5 24 1700 41* 2200 48 2700 70 6100
6 11 1000
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 8/10-15 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/9-14 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/16-21 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/7-12 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/3-8 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/10-15 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1240 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

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

2014

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.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,898 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

Paul Cézanne called the breeze here in Provence "deliciously sweet." And indeed, you'll be greeted by the fragrances of honey, thyme and lavender, along with vistas of chalky limestone cliffs that contrast brilliantly with azure skies. This trip takes in renowned vineyards, landscapes that inspired the great Impressionist painters, and intriguing villages called home by modern-day artists. Evenings are spent in Relais & Chateaux elegance with Michelin-starred dining at hotels such as La Cabro d'Or, one of our longtime favorites.
Annie Rosenberg - Trip Development Coordinator, Europe