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PRIVATE GUIDED CYCLING DAY TRIP - Moderate - The famed Luberon villages

PRIVATE GUIDED CYCLING DAY TRIP - Moderate - The famed Luberon villages


Our bike ride begins in the village of Bonnieux, which takes center-stage in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. The Luberon mountains are sprinkled with some of the most majestic hilltop villages in the country, and this is a ride which includes a few: Roussillon, and its ochre-colored homes. Gordes, and its majestic golden-stone homes set dizzyingly above the Calavon valley. Ménerbes, and its elegant centuries-old buildings. And Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade.

We take the time to visit each of the villages, while taking back country roads between each, lined with orchards and vines.

  • Departure: 9AM at the bike shop in Bonnieux
  • Return: Around 5PM in Bonnieux

  • Rate : the published rate is for 4 participants with one guide
    Please contact us if you are less than 4 persons
  • 4 participants: 180€ per person
    3 participants: 210€ per person
    2 participants: 270€ per person


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  • Some of the most beautiful perched villages in Provence: Roussillon, Gordes, Ménerbes, Lacoste
  • Scenic backroads 
  • Cycling where Peter Mayle wrote his Year in Provence.
  • Jaw-dropping vistas from each of the villages
  • The famous Friday morning market in Bonnieux
  • 1 olive oil tasting (on opening days ) 
  • 1 wine oil tasting (on opening days ) 
  • Optional : wine & truffle tasting in Ménerbes

Day 1

    • Distance :
    • 45 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 730 m
      - 730 m

The perched villages of the Luberon

luberon wine

  • LOOP ride: Bonnieux > Roussillon > Gordes > Ménerbes > Lacoste > Bonnieux (28miles)
  • 9am : meet your guide at the bike shop in Bonnieux (quaint Friday morning market). 
  • Friday morning is the morning market days in Bonnieux sur Sorgue! Make sure to enjoy its great ambiance before you meet your guide and start your day ! 

  • Our bike ride begins in the village of Bonnieux, which takes center-stage in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. Literally translated as “good view”, the panorama from the 12th century church that crowns the village is nothing short of extraordinary.

    Your guide will lead you across the Calavon valley to reach the hilltop village of Roussillon, set perilously above majestic ochre cliffs from its abandoned quarry.  Don't miss the ochre quarry visit ! All of the village homes are painted with the colorful pigments obtained from the sands.

    Next is Gordes, its homes winding in concentric circles up to the 16th century renaissance castle that marks the top of the village. We enjoy a visit and a leisurely lunch in Gordes (or farther along the route depending on our pace). Olive oil tasting in a small olive oil family-run estate on the way.

    Crossing back over to the northern slope of the Luberon we visit Ménerbes and Lacoste, two more (of a never-ending list) of beautiful hilltop villages in the Luberon. Wine tasting on the way in a family-run wine estate. Option: wine & truffle tasting in Ménerbes.  Lacoste is crowned by the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade, who spent three of his infamous years here.  We return to Bonnieux to complete our loop. 

  • 5pm : End of your guided day in Bonnieux
  • Included :
    - 1 guide for the day
    - 1 Hybrid bike rental
    - 1 restaurant lunch
    -  1 olive oil tasting (on opening days) 
    -  1 wine tasting (on opening days) 

    Option: wine & truffle tasting in Ménerbes
    - 1 E-bike with supplement 
    The total ride is 45km,  and is geared towards fit riders who are able to tackle multiple sutained climbs (there's very little flat in this itinerary). Though none of the climbs are terribly steep, all of the hilltop villages along the way require a 1 to 3km climb (they don't call them hilltop village for nothing!)
    To make the climbing more accessible to novice riders, we strongly recommend E-bikes (with a small supplement)



  • Comfortable gym clothes are sufficient or you can choose to wear bicycle-specific clothing (bib-shorts and a cycling jersey) 
  • Wind/Rain jacket in case of wind, bad weather that can be stored in your backpack (recommended)
  • a small collapsible backpack 
  • Running shoes for the flat pedals
  • Sun hat, sun protection (hat, sun cream)
  • Bottle of water
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • 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

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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

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
Treat yourself and go for the E-BIKE option !
  • 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 person /  per E-bike 


  • The rates are for a private guided day cycling tour 
  • You can book this guided day walk as from 4 guests 
  • We confirm your reservation within 2 working days


  • 9AM: Meeting in Bonnieux
  • 5PM: End of the day in Bonnieux
  • 1 English and French-speaking cycling guide 
  • 1 Hybrid bike rental - helmet included
  • 1 lunch picnic or restaurant
  • 1 Wine tasting ( on opening days)
  • 1 Olive oil tasting ( on opening days)


  • Optional : wine & truffle tasting in Ménerbes
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
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