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.
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.
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.
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.
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.