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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.