Provence Family Bike Tour—Older Teens & 20s

St-Rémy & the Alpilles to Luberon Villages

From $3,499 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,100 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 with your family on your bike in Provence.

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  • Pedal through a beautiful landscape of perched villages, lush vineyards and fragrant 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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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 tree-lined 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 with a classic Provençal atmosphere.

Day 3 Bienvenue to the Luberon! Ride to picturesque villages perched among dramatic limestone peaks | 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, known as the Giant of Provence.

Days 5-6 Savor farm-fresh cuisine and noteworthy regional wines | Ride the stunning Gorges de la Nesque 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.

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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,499 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,099 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,699 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,199 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,499 pp dbl occ

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6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,100 for sgl. occ.)

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Casual Hotels

Hotel Gounod, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Hôtel Gounod

St-Rémy-de-Provence (2 nights)

Le Petit Palais d'Aglae, Provence, France
Le Petit Palais d'Aglaé

Gordes (1 night)

Chateau de Mazan, Provence, France
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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Hotel Gounod, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

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, Provence, France

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, Provence, France

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
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


* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.


All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

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.

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)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

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)

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

Great Bikes Included

Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

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.

Navigate Your Way in Provence

Your ride comes equipped with a GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. 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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Provence designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Provence you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.