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Provence Bike Tour

Côtes du Rhône Vineyards & the Luberon

  • Experience incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards and orchards
  • Partake in private wine tastings of the best local vintages, including the full-bodied reds of Châteauneuf‐du‐Pape
  • Soak up Provençal life in ocher-hued Roussillon
  • Exquisite hotels await, including Crillon le Brave, one of our favorites
  • Take aim during a round of pétanque

Cherry orchards that come to life in the breeze. The flavor of the wines and the scent of lavender. The breathtaking clifftop villages of Murs, Lacoste and Bonnieux. And Roussillon with its brilliant red colors. Indulging in local specialties at outdoor markets. After your journey through Provence, this will be your new list of favorite things.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Get ready for incredible biking through the Comtat Venaissin, gateway to Provence  Set off from the famous wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape past picturesque towns awarded Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages AOC status for producing a superior quality wine under strict criteria Step back in time at Vaison la Romaine and learn about life here during the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages En route to the viticulture towns of Gigondas and Beaumes de Venice, a wooded road winds along the Dentelles de Montmirail, limestone mountains with dramatic serrated ridges. 

Day 3 Bike through the scenic foothills of Mount Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence”  In the mood to test your cycling prowess? The Giant is yours to conquer, if you dare  A climb through the stunning Gorges de la Nesque canyon is made even sweeter by an artisanal honey tasting en route  Discover the spacious squares and friendly cafés in Sault, the lavender capital of France Relax, play pétanque and indulge in fresh Provençal fare at the exquisite Crillon le Brave.

Day 4 Journey into the heart of Provence as you bike past atmospheric hamlets to Venasque, listed among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France) The region's signature lavender perfume welcomes you at the peaceful 12th-century Abbaye de Sénanque  Ascend through a spectacular limestone canyon to the town of Murs, a glorious village perché.

Days 5-6 Rub shoulders with locals in the quintessential Provençal villages of Lacoste —former haunt of the Marquis de Sade—and Ménerbes, immortalized by Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence  The Luberon's bucolic plains and foothills line your route to our tasting at a local winery Spin to the colorful village of Roussillon, resting on one of the world's biggest ocher deposits  Savor views of the Luberon Valley and dine in elegance in Gargas.

Very well organized; nicely done! Aurelian, Marine and Lori took great care of us. Scenery and hotels were gorgeous. My only complaint is that it is possible to out-eat all that pedaling even given the rolling hills!
Kat - Vancouver BC
$4,498 - $4,798
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,050 to $1,220 for sgl. occ.)

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Château de Massillian

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)

Hôtel 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. (pool, spa)

La Coquillade Provence hotel

La Coquillade

Gargas (2 nights)

Set in the heart of the Luberon and surrounded by vineyards, this hotel features exceptional views and refined elegance. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

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5.0

Provence Biking trip was really great

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from Vancouver BC

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Very well organized; nicely done! Aurelian, Marine and Lori took great care of us. Scenery and hotels were gorgeous. My only complaint is that it is possible to out-eat all that pedaling even given the rolling hills!

 
5.0

First Trip of a Lifetime with more to come!

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from Charlotte North Carolina

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Comments about Provence Bike Tour:

This was by far the most difficult and yet most exhilarating vacation we have ever taken. The challenge of the Provence countryside was exciting and such a feeling of accomplishment. We really felt like we knew Provence! And you definitely get what you pay for! . We appreciate this travel method and look forward to experiencing another trip soon! Thanks to all who make this possible.

 
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The Trip of a lifetime - for the 5th time!

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from Boston, MA

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Comments about Provence Bike Tour:

We've now done 5 trips with Backroads; from the Northern Lights of Denmark, to the sunny climes of Italy to the beautiful coasts of France and Spain. None has ever disappointed. The Backroads guides have never failed to anticipate our needs, always ready to point out a fascinating side trip, or where to capture some beautiful additional riding, and the hotels are some of the best in Europe. From the trip consultant, to the bike fitters to the guides, everyone at Backroads has made all of these trips a vacation to remember!

 
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nice trip

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from Phoenix.AZ

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My wife had a problem with her bike and the leader was not very help full.

 
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Once again, Backroads exceeds our expectations

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We took this trip to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Another couple in our group had taken the exact same trip the year before. While we initially thought it was strange for them to take the same trip 2 years in a row, we quickly learned why. It was phenomenal and our tour leaders, accommodations, and food could not have been better. There was only one included dinner that was a bit disappointing since it was buffet style and got cold quickly. We recommended the same trip to our friends and they absolutely loved it, too.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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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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 1000
2 21* 1200 44 2800 63 4500
3 27* 2900 50 4000 55 6600
4 21* 1300 30 2500 38 3100
46 4000
5 18* 1100 30 2200 39 3000
6 13 900
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

We Show You the Real Provence

We've been here for more than 20 years and regularly head out from the Backroads European office to deepen our local connections. That's how we can offer you exclusive access to gems like Crillon le Brave, described by Hideaway Report as an "evocative country house hotel crowning an ancient hamlet, back-dropped by Mont Ventoux."

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Provence trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Provence

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Provence. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Provence live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,398 pp dbl occ

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8 AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR 8 OR MORE GUESTS 16 AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR 16 OR MORE GUESTS RESERVED

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