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Backroads Provence Bike Tour
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Backroads Provence Bike Tour
Backroads Provence Bike Tour
Backroads Provence Bike Tour
Backroads Provence Bike Tour
Backroads Provence Bike Tour
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Provence’s Luberon to Côtes du Rhône Easygoing E-bike Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey amid Southern France's Iconic Wine Regions

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,999 - $6,099 pp dbl occ

($1,800 for sgl occ)

E-bike at your leisure through Provence. Home to luxury hotels, rippling meadows, iconic fountains and cobblestone squares. Taste local wine, figs and apricots. Breathe in lavender-scented air. These iconic regions of France were meant for this.

France Provence Luberon to Cotes du Rhone Easygoing E-bike Tour
France Provence Luberon to Cotes du Rhone Easygoing E-bike Tour

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Start / End Avignon

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
Journey by e-bike to some of the most beautiful villages in France, rolling through oak groves, vineyards, fragrant lavender fields and amid the ochre-hued hamlets of Roussillon and Gordes.

Immersive Travel
Visit local French markets, get to know Côtes du Rhône winemakers and learn about the Luberon’s fascinating Roman history. Our roots here run deep—join us in a Provence less traveled.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Unwind at some of the finest spas in France, with Relais & Châteaux splendor awaiting in Gargas. Cap off each day with sensational farm-to-fork cuisine, both modern and traditional, and world-class wines.

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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

Travel to Buoux from a famous lavender area in the Luberon | Learn about the process of aromatic plant distillation and sniff delicately scented oils, candles and delicacies | E-bike through rolling hills where oak groves and purple lavender abound | Unwind post-ride with a cocktail on the terrace of our fabulous hotel and enjoy a postcard-worthy view | Relish a gastronomic menu focused on fresh local ingredients.

Accommodations
Exterior view of Le Mas des Herbes Blanches
Le Mas des Herbes Blanches
Joucas
| Premiere Hotel
Offering serene lodgings in the beautiful countryside of Luberon, this hotel combines Provencal French décor with tasteful, modern design to create a look and feel that is timeless and elegant. (pool, spa)
Days 2-3
Description

Explore the Luberon’s villages-perchés (perched villages) including the historic hamlet of Bonnieux | Ride through Menerbes, the town Peter Mayle called home while writing A Year in Provence | Visit a local French market overflowing with gourmet delights | E-bike across the Pont Julien, an ancient Roman stone arch bridge | Fall in love with the many shades of ocher-colored Roussillon | Linger in Gordes, where an imposing château keeps watch over neighboring towns | Pause en route to admire lovely medieval Sénanque Abbey | Sample local wine at an exceptional vineyard.

Accommodations
La Coquillade Provence hotel
La Coquillade
Gargas
| Premiere Hotel

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)
 

Days 4-6
Description

Travel to the Vaucluse plateau, toward the regions by Mont Ventoux and Drome Provençale | E-bike through vast vineyards and orchards as Mont Ventoux rises in the background | Explore local villages in the wine region of Gigondas | Sample local vintages, including the full-bodied reds, whites and rosés of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, at a private tasting | Set off on peaceful roads past picturesque hamlets and vineyards to our splendid 16th-century castle-hotel | Linger on the terrace with an apéritif and outstanding views | Celebrate your last night with an indulgent French meal paired with local wine.

Accommodations
Pool and Château de Massillan
Château de Massillan
Uchaux
| Premiere Hotel

With elegant contemporary interiors and outstanding organic cuisine, this castle nestled in Côtes du Rhône vineyards was built in 1555 for a mistress of Henry II. (pool, spa)
 

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. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our e-bike tours make adventuring by bike a breeze—perfect for beginners, occasional bikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world by bike. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles. Our custom electric-assist bikes* allow you to pedal effortlessly.

 

Route notes

Our e-bikes offer the perfect boost for Provence's iconic hills. The routes on this trip follow rolling terrain with some longer ascents to hilltop towns. Many of the roads we ride on do not have shoulders, but drivers are usually very respectful of cyclists.

*Prefer to pedal without power? Regular road bikes are available by request, ask your Trip Consultant.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below. (click the arrow to see all available options)

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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