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Cycling from Van Gogh's Provence to the Luberon

Cycling from Van Gogh's Provence to the Luberon

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A biking adventure through the beautifully diverse landscapes of Provence, from the cypress and farmhouse dotted plains of Saint Rémy, to the Luberon that inspired Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.
An endless discovery of medieval villages set atop their rocky perches, filled with quaint cafés and a labyrinth of winding and cobbled streets. Including Avignon and its Papal city, Van Gogh’s Alpilles landscapes, and the famed villages of the Luberon mountains, never-ending scenes of majestic beauty and a postcard with each turn.

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  • Some of the most spectacular vistas in Provence
  • The artists' town of Saint Rémy de Provence, at the foot of the Alpilles mountains
  • The perched villages of Les baux, Ménerbes, and Gordes 
  • Roussillon and its world’s largest ochre deposit
  • Shaded cafés in quiet village squares of the famous Luberon
  • The antiques capital of Isle sur la Sorgue, and its famous market

Day 1

Avignon

pont Avignon pope palace provence

  • Avignon 
  • Your trip begins in the heart of Avignon.
    A medieval town on the banks of the mighty Rhône River, Avignon hides many treasures: the Pope’s palace, the 12th century bridge, the 14th century ramparts, still intact, and many museums and churches. Meander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets and discover cafés in open squares, shaded by plane trees. Dinner on your own, and night in Avignon

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 35 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 200m

A Monastery hidden in the thyme-laden hills

Van gogh olives groves monastery frigolet

  • Avignon > Barbentane > Saint Rémy (21.8 miles)
  • You start your biking itinerary through a mosaic of orchards and cypress trees, and cycle into the quaint village of Barbentane before climbing up on the “Montagnette” – literally “little mountain” – with wide-sweeping views of the plains, and scent of roasting pine needles and aromatic herbs.  At the back of the Montagnette lies the monastery of St. Michel de Frigolet. You continue through the charming villages of Graveson and Maillane before reaching Saint Rémy de Provence, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. Dinner in town included and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.
  • Small market on Friday morning in Barbentane

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 42 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 400m
      - 400m

The heart of the Alpilles : Baux de Provence

cycling van Gogh Baux de provence perched medieval village olive groves

  • St Rémy > Les Baux de Provence > St Rémy  (27 miles)
  • Leaving St. Rémy, you can visit Saint Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. Biking along the winding streets of the the Alpilles mountains, in landscapes of pine trees and wildflowers, you reach Les Baux de Provence, a town perched vertiginously atop a rocky crag, crowned by the ruins of its feudal castle - listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Dinner on your own and night in St. Rémy.
  • Big market on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in St Remy de Provence

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 44 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300m
      - 200m

The mistral swept plains of the Durance Valley

vineyards rose of provence grapes luberon

  • St Rémy > Eygalières > Cavaillon > Maubec > Cabrieres   (27.3 miles)
  • Your cycling trip continues as you head into the plains to the east, towards the lost village of Eygalières, surrounded by vast olive groves. Through farmlands and endless orchards, you cross the Durance river. On the opposite bank, you are met by Cavaillon, bursting with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Settle into your accommodation for 2 nights, in the heart of the Luberon. Dinner included and night in Cabrieres d'Avignon. 
  • On SIMPLE & COMFORT accommodation, you will stay 2 nights in the charming village of Oppede
  • Market on Friday morning in Eygalières
  • Market on Monday in Cavaillon

    Day 5

      • Distance :
      • 48 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 700m
        - 700m

    Peter Mayle’s Luberon

    roussillon ochre quarries luberon

    • Cabrieres > Oppede-le-vieux > Ménerbes > Bonnieux > Lacoste > Cabrieres (29.8 miles)
    • Today’s biking journey takes you through the landscapes of Peter Mayle, where perched villages are joined by small country roads, old shepherd’s huts, cherry orchards, and truffle oak plantations. Reach the tiny perched hamlet of Oppede le vieux, then the village of Ménerbes, with its massive stone homes sitting vertiginously above a ledge and its "wine and truffle museum". Then is the village of Bonnieux with its tiny squares and its cobbled steps to the 12th century church. Finally, on the way back to Cabrieres, stop by Lacoste, passing by the imposing ruins of the castle of the famous Marquis de Sade. Dinner on your own and second night in Cabrières.
    • On SIMPLE & COMFORT accommodation, you will stay 2 nights in the charming village of Oppede
    • Market of local poducers on Sunday morning in Maubec-Coustelet
    • Market on Thursday morning in Ménerbes
    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux

    Day 6

      • Distance :
      • 50 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 800m
        - 900m

    Gordes and Roussillon: two of the most beautiful villages in France

    cycling gordes roussillon amazing perched village of provence

    • Cabrieres > Goult > Roussillon > Gordes > Isle sur Sorgue (31.07miles)
    • You cycle up to Goult, a timeless village untouched by modern tourism. Then Roussillon, sitting atop the world’s largest ochre deposit. The village homes are painted with ochre pigment: take the time to explore the abandoned ochre quarry, with sands and dunes in every colour. Six km farther is the village of Gordes, its noble grey stone homes winding up in dizzying circles to the renaissance castle that crowns the village. Cycling above the valley, through landscapes of pine and cedar forests, you slowly make your way down to l’Isle sur la Sorgue, veritable island of a village, completely encircled by the clear green waters of the Sorgue river. Dinner on your own  and night in l’Isle sur la Sorgue.
    • Market on Thursday morning in Roussillon 
    • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes

    Day 7

    A village framed by the river

    great famous market of isle in provence

    • After breakfast, take advantage, one last time, of the morning ambiance in Isle sur Sorgue. Don't miss the famous market & the antiques! End of your trip in Isle sur la Sorgue.
    • Market on Thursday & Sunday morning in Isle sur la Sorgue
    • SELF GUIDED TOUR : The rates and supplements are per person 
    • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
       The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
    • BOTH are subject to availability
    • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
      - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
      - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
      - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

    Sup per period
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      • High + 60€

    Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

    > For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
    > See in our TRIP INFO section
    > Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

    • Hotel Saint Roch - Avignon

      Just 5 minutes from the historic centre, the hotel Saint Roch is a 2* family-run hotel with an old-world charm. 

      You will also enjoy the shaded terrace at breakfast, the lush garden and the fountain, all in a quiet and timeless setting

    • Hotel Canto Cigalo - St Remy

      A family-run hotel, just 15mn walking from the historic centre, with a large garden and a swimming pool. Comfortable rooms with air-cond. You will appreciate the quietness and the great welcome.

    • Belle de nuit - Oppede

      Belle de Nuit is a traditional Bed and Breakfast located in one of the most fascinating villages in Provence, Oppède le vieux. Blessed with spectacular landscape and architecture, this unusual village attracts sightseers coming from all around the world.

      A few steps from the town square and its lively cafés, this historic home has kept an obvious charm with the friendly welcome of Laurie & Roger

    • Hotel Les Nevons - Isle

      Modern hotel, entirely air-conditionned, 42 simple yet comfortable rooms.

      Situated along the Sorgue River, just a few steps from the old centre of Isle sur la Sorgue, and the antique shops. Pool on the roof and a garage for our cyclists.

    • Hotel Le Central - Avignon

      Located in the heart of Avignon, the newly refurbished Central Hotel offers 27 very comfortable - air-conditioned guest rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access.

      You will enjoy the lovely & quiet patio for your breakfast.

    • Hotel du Soleil - St Remy

      Set in Saint Rémy de Provence - only a stone’s throw from the monuments and quiet landscapes immortalized by Van Gogh- this fully 3* hotel has been recently fully refurbished.
      The old building is hidden in a quiet courtyard, surrounded by a swimming pool, and also offers a spa.
      For the cyclists, there is a garage for the bikes.

    • BB Jardin d Ivana - Oppede

      At the foot of the charming village of Oppède le Vieux - among the vineyards and olive groves - the BB Le Jardin d' Ivana is nestled in the countryside - along a small seldom-used road - with a swimming pool and views on the Luberon.

      Nadine and Yvan love to receive new guests and are happy to prepare a "table d'hote" dinner.

      A family-atmosphere & friendly BB, ideally located between the Luberon mountains and facing the magnificent peak of Mont Ventoux.

    • BB La Prevote - Isle

      In the heart of the antiques capital, Severine hosts you in a 17th century convent restored with taste, set atop the flow of the Sorgue river, with 5 warm & refined rooms.

      Jean-Marie proposes his gastronomic cuisine in the former church and its charming courtyard, combining local and Mediterranean products in the purest Provençal tradition.

    • BB Jardins de Baracane - Avignon

      Le Jardin de Baracane is a 17th century private mansion, with a swimming-pool and a lush garden, set in the historical center of Avignon. Olivier welcome you in this heaven of peace and calm bathed in sunlight.

      The 5 rooms & suites have been entirely refurbished, overlooking the beautiful garden. Relaxing moments beneath the arbour of wisteria, strolls in the shade of the trees and cooling off by the pool will all be part of your stay!

    • Hotel Sous les Figuiers - St Remy

      A small and charming hotel, in a quiet area, a few steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy de Provence.

      Entirely renovated, most of the 13 rooms have a terrace leading to a lovely garden shaded by centuries-old fig trees. Have a savoury breakfast on the terrace and relax next to the swimming pool.

      You will remember by the great welcome of Giselle, Catherine & Kups.

    • BB Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      In this 18th century farmhouse, discover the timelessness of the Luberon under the shade of the plane trees.
      Enjoy a warm welcome and the Provençal Art de Vivre in a 12-acre park, roses creeping in the patio and lavender blooming next to the fountain.
      13 spacious rooms and a pool to relax.
      Enjoy a table d'hôte dinner, prepared by your host with fresh products from local markets.
    • BB Le Clos Violette - Isle

      A truly unique place right in the center of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
      Le Clos Violette is a prestige guesthouse, featuring 5 spacious Suites and a heated indoor pool, set in a 17th century mansion, entirely renovated and beautifully decorated with refined antique furniture.

      You will feel at home hosted by the truly friendly Réjane & Richard, with a welcome drink upon arrival in the library or in the shade of the garden’s 100-year old lime tree

    • Cloitre Saint Louis - Avignon

      Built around a 16th century cloister in the heart of medieval Avignon, within the old ramparts, and steps from the town's historic monuments. The hotel combines the prestige and elegance of the old with every modern amenity.

      Swimming pool on the roof and fine Provençal cuisine.

    • Hotel de l'Image - St Remy

      An old music hall cinema dating from the 70's converted into a prestige 4 star hotel - right in the heart of St Remy - featuring 32 rooms, surrounded by a magnificent park, a swimming pool and a gourmet restaurant. You will still find remains from this period in the main building, such as a projector exhibited between the reception hall and the restaurant and many photographs.
      Guest rooms feature a unique décor and modern amenities. Superior rooms offer a terrace overlooking the garden and the Alpilles.

    • BB Bastide de Voulonne - Cabrières

      In this 18th century farmhouse, discover the timelessness of the Luberon under the shade of the plane trees.
      Enjoy a warm welcome and the Provençal Art de Vivre in a 12-acre park, roses creeping in the patio and lavender blooming next to the fountain.
      13 spacious rooms and a pool to relax.
      Enjoy a table d'hôte dinner, prepared by your host with fresh products from local markets.
    • BB La Maison sur la Sorgue

      This 17th century mansion house - located in the heart of the city -  is a perfect blend of history, art and design. 

      You will enjoy the  lush garden and the swimming pool - by the Sorgue river -, under a majestic plane tree.

      Breakfast is served in the dining room or in the garden by the swimming pool.

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

    • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
    • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
    • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
    • Provence is hilly, and most of the prettiest villages are “hilltop”, meaning you have to climb to get there...
    • Our E-bike becomes a WONDERFUL COMPROMISE: while still pedaling, you can access to a perched village without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend
    • Have a look at our E-bike section 
    • Rates : per E-bike 
    • You bring your own GPS DEVICE (Garmin) with you ?
      You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
    • Total sup of 25 €uros
    • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
    • 9h: Morning transfer Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Morning : choice of 2 self-guided loop walks in the vineyards of Chateauneuf - with a road-book -  passing along the way the wine estates of: Vaudieu, Nalys, Solitude, Chateau Mont Redon
    • 1pm: gourmet lunch at the famous restaurant "La Mère Germaine"
    • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
      * Walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grapes
      * Private visit to a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
      * Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellars in the area) + wine tasting
      * if time permits,  chocolate and wine tasting
    • Transfer to Avignon at the end of the day and night in Avignon
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday
      • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
      • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
        Supplement for a trip above 7 days
      • See the insurance contract here 

      TRIP rates 

      The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability

      INCLUDED

      • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 6 breakfasts
      • 2 dinners
      • Luggage transfers days 2 to 7
      • 5 days hybrid bike rental 
      • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region

      NOT INCLUDED

      • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature

      PLEASE NOTE : ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION & itinerary

      If you choose the SIMPLE  + COMFORT level accommodation: you will stay 2 nights in the charming village of Oppede - instead of Cabrieres d'Avignon ( Day 4 & 5)
      The itinerary will be slightly arranged. But don't worry : you will just cycle in a different way on the same seldom-used roads.

      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 270 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 370 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 560 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 990 €uros
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