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New! Provence Bike Tour

From the Luberon to Secret Provence

  • Journey through some of the designated Les Plus Beaux (the Most Beautiful) villages in all of France
  • Relais & Châteaux splendor each night
  • Pedal amid a sea of lavender fields and delight your senses on a distillery tour
  • Enjoy the exquisite flavors of a starry night—Michelin stars, that is
  • Classic Provençal specialties await: goat cheese, olives, lavender sachets and herbes de Provence

Each of your senses will take you on a journey through this remarkable landscape. Gaze across undulating meadows. Run your hands over centuries-old stones. Hear a trickling fountain in the town square as you savor a slice of fresh melon. Open the windows and let the scent of endless lavender fields waft through your dreams. 

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 From storybook Saignon, pedal easygoing bike paths through fields of lavender and under the shade of oak trees, where you may see locals hunting for precious black truffles Explore Bonnieux, the town Peter Mayle called home while writing A Year in Provence Vincent van Gogh painted the starry nights of Provence—you'll enjoy stars of the Michelin variety at our hotel's acclaimed restaurant, run by master chef Édouard Loubet Pedal past the walled village of Ménerbes and the hamlet of Lacoste Cross the Pont Julien, an ancient Roman stone arch bridge Rejuvenate with a luxurious spa treatment at each of our hotels' top-notch spas.

Days 3-4 Fall in love with the Luberon in heavenly Provençal villages like ocher-colored Roussillon  Linger in Gordes, where labyrinthine lanes lead to shaded squares and cafés, and a massive 12th-century castle keeps watch over the neighboring hilltop towns  Stop to admire lovely medieval Sénanque Abbey, a quintessential image of Provence  Cycle to your heart's content in the lavender-scented countryside  Journey into a new landscape that offers a different perspective with the Alps' snowy peaks in the distance  You'll feel like this peaceful pocket of Provence is your secret discovery!  Engage in a friendly game of pétanque, a traditional game that originated in this sunny region.

Days 5-6 Discover the 12th-century castle of Simiane-la-Rotonde, a charming hilltop town   Ever tried goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves? Today's your chance in the town of Banon Tour a lavender distillery and learn about the myriad uses of this fragrant flower  Head out on a final spin through the serene sun-drenched countryside  A Michelin-starred dinner provides the perfect farewell to Provence.

This biking trip offers an easygoing and unforgettable immersion in quintessential Provence. You'll pedal against a backdrop of chalky limestone cliffs, endless olive groves, vineyards and brilliant azure skies. Breathe in the fresh air scented with thyme, lavender and pine. Visit historic Bonnieux, beloved for the spectacular vistas from its hilltop church. Evenings are spent in a superb trio of hotels offering a range of experiences, from country sophistication to Relais & Châteaux elegance and Michelin-starred decadence. We hope to welcome you in Provence!
Alexandre Visage- Regional Manager - Paris, France
$4,498 - $4,898
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,120 to $1,170 for sgl. occ.)

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Bastide de Capelongue

La Bastide de Capelongue

Bonnieux (1 night)

Enjoy splendid hilltop views of the Luberon and a restaurant with two Michelin stars at this beautifully renovated Provençal farmhouse. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

La Coquillade Provence hotel

La Coquillade

Gargas (2 nights)

Set in the heart of the Luberon and surrounded by vineyards, this hotel features exceptional views and refined elegance. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Le Couvent des Minimes

Le Couvent des Minimes

Mane-de-Provence (2 nights)

Surrounded by fragrant gardens, this early 17th-century convent was transformed by the legendary cosmetic and fragrance brand L'Occitane into a superb hotel with Michelin-starred dining. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

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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 1-3

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 14 800 16 1300
2 20* 800 25 1200 36 1900
3 15* 800 28 2200 36 3300
4 18* 1000 27* 2200 38 2900
5 16* 1000 32 1800 37 2300
6 15 1400
 

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Provence live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

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.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Provence trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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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 $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ

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