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Provence Bike Tour

Provence from the Alpilles to Luberon Villages

  • 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

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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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.

My first time to spend real time in France, and Provence did not disappoint. The overall logistics of the trip went smoothly and every meal was very good. Our trip leaders were pleasurable and wonderful hosts. Loved the history we saw and having the opportunity to ride some areas I had only seen on televised coverage of the Tour de France. Climbing (and descending) Mont Ventoux was an epic experience!
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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 Dates & Prices tab.

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Hotel Gounod

Hotel 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'Aglae

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)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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from Lexington, Ky

Comments about Provence Bike Tour:

My first time to spend real time in France, and Provence did not disappoint. The overall logistics of the trip went smoothly and every meal was very good. Our trip leaders were pleasurable and wonderful hosts. Loved the history we saw and having the opportunity to ride some areas I had only seen on televised coverage of the Tour de France. Climbing (and descending) Mont Ventoux was an epic experience!

 
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Amazing Adventure!

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from Arlington, VA

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This was our first Backroads adventure and it was amazing! My husband and I took our two twenty-something daughters and all declared it the best "active vacation" ever. I'm not great with hills so used an e-bike which I would highly recommend to anyone not used to hills. The e-bike allowed me to keep up with the rest of my family. You still get a serious workout but you can walk at the end of the day. The scenery and food was wonderful and our trip leaders were the best. Our every need was taken care of from beginning to end.

 
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Awesome trip!

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from Pleasanton, CA

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The trip surpassed my expectations! The overall trip experience was truly wonderful!

 
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Bike riding + France = Amazing!

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from Lafayette, CO

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I am sad that I had not learned of Backroads earlier in life! This trip was a perfect combination of riding, eating, meeting new people and engaging in cultural experiences. I cannot imagine doing another active vacation any other way. I'm glad to know that Backroads adds new trips each year so my husband and I will not run out of vacation options! I cannot recommend Backroads enough and look forward to booking my next vacation with you!

 
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Best vacation yet

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from Houston, Tx.

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I am already planning my next Backroads trip; it was the best vacation I ever had! The guides who assisted us helped make it so perfect. You truly do a wonderful job.

 
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Trip of a lifetime!

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from Raleigh, NC

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This trip exceeded all my expectations, which were already very high. Pauline, Jerome and Michael did an amazing job and the trip could not have gone any better. I will highly recommend Backroads to all my friends and cannot wait to book another trip!

 
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This trip was great, the sun, the flowers, food...

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A lot of diversity in the activities made this trip really special and enjoyable.

 
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Great experience for first timer traveler converting from tourist

 
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Magical exploration of Provence

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from Dallas, TX

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To celebrate the advancing calendar of my life, I wanted to revisit an area I had spent a summer in decades ago. Provence was more magical than I had recalled: warm sunny days cycling in the countryside passing farmhouses set amongst the green fields, acres of vineyards, towns with central squares to park your bike and enjoy a leisure lunch with bread, cheese and fruit, and new friends to enjoy a glass or two of wine with and conversation. Our guides knew the countryside and people. We became part of a family out to explore the glorious terrain and culture of Provence. I could never imagine a more wonderful time than those days I spent there. Merci Backroads!

 
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Loved the routes, great combination of hills and country riding. Loved visiting the asylum where Van Gogh had been. It rained in October but that did not dampen our spirits. Great trip! And I did recommend to a friend who took same trip

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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 32 900
2 22* 1500 28 1800
3 17* 1100 32* 2600 51 4000
4 19* 1000 21* 1900 37 3000 44 3900 51 4700
5 12* 2100 26 1100 44 4400 52 4600
6 17 1200
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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

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—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.

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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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 $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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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