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Provence Bike Tour

Provence from the Alpilles to Luberon Villages

From $3,298 - $3,598 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$970 for sgl. occ.)

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. Pedal leisurely to medieval towns. Soak up views of vineyards and windswept countryside. Slow down and find bliss on your bike in Provence.

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Highlights

  • Pedal through a beautiful landscape of hilltop villages, vineyards and orchards
  • Savor classic Provençal specialties: goat cheese, olives, lavender sachets and herbes de Provence
  • Discover the vibrant artist community of St-Rémy and admire the landscape that inspired van Gogh
  • Experience Provençal life in renowned Gordes, ocher-hued Roussillon and beautiful Venasque
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Itinerary

Day 1 Get ready for incredible biking through 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 | Visit the ancient Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct, a World Heritage site stretching over the Gardon River | Discover the vibrant artist community of St-Rémy, filled with fountains, gardens, cheery cafés and treelined boulevards.

Day 2 Bike to Eygalières, a small terraced town that was once the hiding place of French Resistance hero Jean Moulin | Explore Les Baux, perched high above a limestone landscape dotted with caves and said to be frequented by witches and goblins | Discover a multimedia exhibit celebrating some of the world's great artists at Carrières de Lumières | Enjoy an evening at a charming café in a classic Provençal atmosphere.

Day 3 Bienvenue to the Luberon! Ride to the picturesque perched villages among the dramatic limestone peaks of the Luberon mountains | Admire the unique colors and character of Gordes and Roussillon | Oppède-le-Vieux and Ménerbes will seem delightfully familiar if you've read Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence.

Day 4 Marvel at the beauty of Gordes, a striking village perché, clinging to the craggy southern face of the high Vaucluse Plateau | Savor the sunlight over the hills in Venasque, listed among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France) | Quiet roads lead through rolling fields of lavender and wheat into the foothills of Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence.”

Days 5-6 Savor farm-fresh cuisine and noteworthy regional wines | Ride the stunning Gorges de la Nesque below spectacular Mont Ventoux on your way to Sault or test your cycling prowess and tackle the climb up Mont Ventoux | Meander through winding cobblestone streets for a taste of medieval Provence | Surrounded by venerable Côtes du Ventoux vineyards, relish a final spin through the idyllic hamlets of the Vaucluse.

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. View cancellation policy.

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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,298 - $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$970 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Hotel Gounod
Hôtel Gounod

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)

Le Petit Palais d'Aglae
Le Petit Palais d'Aglaé

Gordes (1 night)

Chateau de Mazan
Château de Mazan

Mazan (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Hotel Gounod

Hôtel Gounod

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)

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)

Le Petit Palais d'Aglae

Le Petit Palais d'Aglaé

Gordes (1 night)

Looking out over the Mont de Luberon and the ocher-hued village of Roussillon, this hotel is the quintessential Provençal escape. (pool)

Chateau de Mazan

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)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 17 500 30 900
2 22* 1000 30 1700 40 2000 45 2200
3 17* 1600 31* 3100 45 4300 50 4800
4 18* 1400 39 3200 42 3700 49 4400
28* 1800
5 12* 2100 25* 3400 35 6200 52 4000
6 17 1200
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Provence

Welcome to Our Second Home

We've made Provence our European hub for more than 20 years, which means we spend a lot of our downtime exploring new routes among the olive groves and discovering villages that the guidebooks have overlooked. Our goal, as always, is to share memorable experiences you won't find with any other active travel company.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—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 more about our bike fleet.

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.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Provence trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Provence—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

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.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Provence that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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