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Freewheeling & cycling through the Luberon

Freewheeling & cycling through the Luberon


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This cycling trip starts in the quaint city of Isle sur la Sorgue - the Venise of Provence - famous for its Sunday market. 
You explore the famous Luberon; the magnificent perched villages of Venasque, Gordes, Bonnieux, and Lacoste. Roussillon, and the world’s largest ochre deposit.
Above bonnieux, you discover an off-the-beaten track side of the Luberon, with its lavender fields and its hidden villages. 

You ride through a a paradise of rolling hills and small back roads, along diverse landscapes of vineyards, olive trees and cherry orchards. 

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  • The perched villages of the Luberon: Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste ..
  • The "Provencal Venice" Isle sur la Sorgue and its famous market
  • 2 dinners included
  • The lavender fields above Bonnieux
  • A paradise of rolling hills and small back roads along cherry orchards vineyards 
  • Roussillon and its world’s largest ochre deposit
  • Shaded cafés in quiet village squares 

Day 1

Isle sur la Sorgue, Venice of Provence

isle sur la sorgue venice of provence famous market heart of the luberon

  • Isle sur la Sorgue 
  • Your Provence cycling trip begins in the quaint town of Isle sur la Sorgue. This veritable island of a village is carved into a circle by the waters of the Sorgue, with quaint quayside antique shops and a labyrinth of narrow roads in the centre.
  • Dinner included and night in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Access: Regular train lines from Avignon and Marseille city-airport > Isle sur la Sorgue on the SNCF website

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 40 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 650m
      - 650m

Cherry orchards and Perched Medieval villages

venasque famous perched village pernes les fontaines beautiful cherry orchards in blossom

  • Isle-sur-la-Sorgue > Pernes-les-Fontaines > Venasque > Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (24.8 miles)
  • This first ride takes you through the Pays des Sorgues, its back roads lined with cypresses and old farmhouses. You reach Pernes-les-Fontaines, with its 40 fountains, its Romanesque church, its mansions. You then explore the peaceful landscapes and the perched villages of the Monts de Vaucluse, northern Luberon. Venasque, a medieval town, is labelled as one of “the most beautiful villages of France”. Continue on toward the lost hamlets of la Roque sur Pernes and Le Beaucet, on tiny country roads through cherry orchards and Muscat vineyards. You descend back to l’Isle through pine forests and quaint valleys.
  • Dinner on your own and second night in Isle sur la Sorgue.
  • Great market on Thursday & Sunday (big & famous one) morning in Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Market on Wednesday morning in Velleron
  • Market on Saturday morning in Pernes Les Fontaines

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 40 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 700m
      - 425m

Grey stones and coloured sands : magnificent perched villages of the Luberon

cycling in the luberon famous perched village of gordes roussilon

  • Isle sur la Sorgue > Cabrières > Gordes > Roussillon > Bonnieux   (24.8 miles)
  • Your biking journey takes you to two of the most beautiful villages in the region, ending in the picturesque village of Bonnieux. First is Gordes, its grey stone buildings rising in gravity-defying concentric circles, high above the Calavon valley below, crowned by its renaissance castle. In a stark contrast is Roussillon, set on the world’s largest ochre deposit. Its sands, in every hue of yellow, orange, and red, have been used to paint the façades of the village homes, a rainbow of colour highlighted by the ever-present Provençal sun. Stroll through the pigmented streets or the abandoned ochre quarry, a guaranteed postcard picture with every step, before hopping back on your bike.
  • Dinner included and night in Bonnieux, a village perched high above the Calavon valley.
  • Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes
  • Market on Thursday morning in Roussillon

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 49 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 630m
      - 630m

The majesty of the Luberon Mountains & lavander fields

lavender field above bonnieux in the luberon

  • Bonnieux > Auribeau > Castellet > Apt> Bonnieux (30.4 miles)
  • Heading eastward from Bonnieux, you ride through a countryside dotted with stone villas and bories, passing secluded and mysterious truffle oak plantations. You cross the hollow that divides the Luberon mountains in two, and ride atop the scenic Claparèdes plateau, carpeted with lavender. You continue eastward to the tiny and lost villages of Auribeau and Castellet, far off the tourist-radar. You wind down leasurely to the Calavon valley, where a cycle-only path leads you into the town of Apt. Filled with quaint restaurants and cafés - and the world capital of candied fruit- Apt provides the perfect setting for a lunch break, replenishing your energy for your climb back to Bonnieux, on a quiet road lined with vineyards.
  • Dinner on your own and second night in Bonnieux.
  • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux, and a small one on Wednesday morning
  • Market on Tuesday & Saturday morning ( famous & great one) in Apt

    Day 5

      • Distance :
      • 35 km
      • Elevation :
      • + 300m
        - 600m

    Peter Mayle’s Luberon

    peter mayle luberon and isle sur la sorgue great sunday market

    • Bonnieux > Lacoste > Ménerbes > Oppède le Vieux >  Robion > Isle sur la Sorgue  (21.8miles)
    • There’s a reason Peter Mayle chose the Luberon to settle down and write his tales, and today you will see why !
      Whether Lacoste, Oppède, and Ménerbes, set on their rocky perches overlooking the valley, with their cafés, tiny shops, windy streets, and picturesque lookouts, is an invitation to explore at length. In between each of those villages, along tiny roads, you will cycle past old farmhouses and centuries-old dry stone huts, and among truffle oak plantations and almond trees. Your Provence cycling holiday ends in l’Isle sur la Sorgue.
    • Market on Friday morning in Bonnieux, and a small one on Wednesday morning
    • Market on Thursday morning in Ménerbes
    • Return: Regular train lines from Isle sur la Sorgue > Avignon and Marseille city-airport on the SNCF website
      - 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

    Sup per period
      • Unavailable
      • High + 20€
      • Low

    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 Les Nevons - Isle

      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 Cesar - Bonnieux

      Hotel Le Cesar - Bonnieux

      This small family run hotel-retaurant is set right in the heart of Bonnieux. A few of the 14 rooms offer a great of view over the valley and some have a terrace. The restaurant offers homemade regional specialities using fresh, local products.

    • BB Terrasses du Luberon -  Bonnieux

      BB Terrasses du Luberon - Bonnieux

      Sabine & Michael make you feel like at home in their charming guesthouse a few steps from the heart of Bonnieux.

      All 5 rooms have their own terrasse and overlook the Calavon valley and Provence's giant mountain Mont Ventoux.
      Heated pool and plenty of shady corners in the garden.

    • BB La Prevote - Isle

      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 Le Clos Violette - Isle

      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

    • BB Maison Valvert - Bonnieux

      BB Maison Valvert - Bonnieux

      Hidden in the countryside and just a short (10 minutes) walk from Bonnieux, La Maison Valvert is a prestige guest room, boasting elegant and refined rooms in the most serene of environments. This XVIIIth century restaured mansion house - with its views on the Luberon hills - offers 4 rooms & a treehouse.

      Surrounded by a large park and a swimming-pool, Cathy is a truly warm host. 
      A divine place to relax after a day's walk in the hills !

      • 2 nights minimum

    • BB La Maison sur la Sorgue

      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.

    • B. de Capelongue - Bonnieux

      B. de Capelongue - Bonnieux

      Set above the village of Bonnieux and overlooking Europe's largest cedar forest, the prestigious 4 star Bastide de Capelongue - Relais Chateau - welcomes you in one of their 27 elegant air conditioned rooms.

      Enjoy a gourmet meal in their gastronomic restaurant, reserve a cooking class with the famous chef Edouard Loubet or simply relax by the pool and enjoy the stunning views!

    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 E-bike 
    Order your trip's GPS FILES !
    • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
    • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
    • Sup of 25 €uros
    • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
    Join a Food & Wine gourmet tour in Avignon !

    This Food & Wine day Tour offers the perfect combination of food, wine and sightseeing. It will please every food and wine lover ! You meet local artisans and taste regional products (small groups of max 8).
    - From 9am, the 3h30h tour stimulates your taste buds as you walk through picturesque parts of the town and learn about culinary traditions and local history, from the oldest bakery in town to the best artisan chocolate maker. At the end of the tour, we wash everything down with a tasting of a Châteauneuf du Pape wine, the region’s most prestigious wine. 
    - The tour includes 10 tastings, olive oil and a wine tasting.
    - Subject to availability
    - Différent program in July & August : contact us 

    Enjoy the Chateauneuf du Pape wine experience
    • 9am : 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
    • Lunch on our own in the village of Chateauneuf du pape
    • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
      * Visit of a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
      * 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 & bank holidays
      Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
      • 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


      • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 4 breakfasts
      • 2 dinners
      • Luggage transfers days 3 to 5
      • 4 days hybrid bike rental 
      • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region


      • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature
      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 195 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 315 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 470 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 950 €uros
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