Region Overviews: France Travel Guide: Overview
Long considered a global center of art, science, philosophy and sophistication, France boasts incredible diversity in its offerings to travelers.
It's a slower pace of life here in southern France. Amid the limestone Alpilles, where olive trees glisten in the breeze. And in the sunny Luberon, whose villages tempt you to relax over a pastis or a local rosé. With Mont Ventoux standing tall above it all. Pedal leisurely to medieval towns. Soak up views of vineyards and windswept countryside. Slow down and find bliss on your bike in Provence.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Visit the ancient Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct, a World Heritage site | Bike across the Rhone River into Provence | Explore St-Rémy, a vibrant artist enclave filled with fountains, gardens, atmospheric cafés and tree-lined boulevards | Pedal a peaceful route into the Alpilles, a world of wild crags and cypress trees | Ride to Eygalières, a small terraced town | A multimedia exhibit celebrating some of the world's great artists awaits at Carrières de Lumières in the pretty village of Les Baux de Provence.
This cheery hotel set in the heart of town has hosted artists such as van Gogh, Frédéric Mistral and Charles Gounod, who composed the opera Mireille during his stay. (pool)
Bienvenue to the Luberon! Ride through a lush green landscape to picturesque perched villages among dramatic limestone peaks | Admire the unique colors and character of Gordes and Roussillon | Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes and Lacoste will seem delightfully familiar if you've read Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence.
Looking out over the Mont de Luberon, its valley and the ocher-hued village of Roussillon, this hotel is the quintessential Provençal escape. (pool)
Marvel at the grace of Gordes, a striking village perché | Pause at a café in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a postcard-perfect hamlet | Savor the sunlight over the hills in Venasque, listed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France | Quiet bike roads lead through rolling fields of lavender and wheat into the foothills of Mont Ventoux, known as the Giant of Provence | Ride the stunning Gorges de la Nesque below spectacular Mont Ventoux on your way to Sault or test your cycling prowess on a climb up Ventoux | Meander through winding cobblestone streets for a taste of medieval Provence | Enjoy a final spin through the idyllic hamlets of the Vaucluse.
This elegant 18th-century château, former residence of the Marquis de Sade, rests at the foot of towering Mont Ventoux. (pool)
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