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Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Luberon's hilltop villages and valley vineyards
We’ve been enjoying every well-trod trail and much-visited town in Provence for decades. On this trip, however, we stray outside the region’s hotspots to show you our favourite hidden gems. Experience Provence’s legendary hospitality in a local chef’s private dining room and be a rare guest at Domain Ruffinatto with one of world’s best sommeliers as your guide. Delight in everything from sumptuous dining experiences to a stay in the 17thC Bastide de Marie, once a fortified farmhouse — with plenty of picturesque pedalling along the way, of course!
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Day by Day
Pedal along the Lure Mountain to the village of Pierrerue for lunch and continue down to the village of Mane to enjoy a great bistro-style dinner at the 17th Century Couvent des Minimes with Chef Jérôme Roy. Learn how to play the local game of Pétanque, accompanied by a picnic dinner Provençal Style.
Bike into the Lubéron valley and shop among the market stalls. Head to the Occitane headquarters to experience their amazing spa. In the evening we’ll learn how to make the proper tapenade by local character Marie Lecanoet and we’ll dine in her private home.
Build up your appetite for dinner on a Century Ride via Apt and the Calavon River. Our home for the next 3 nights is the incredible centuries-old farmhouse, La Bastide de Marie. Dinner is at the famous local restaurant Café Véranda.
Ride through the beautiful Vaucluse Mountains enjoying stunning views and a royal picnic in an exclusive wine domain where we will enjoy a wine tasting led by former Alain Ducasse Sommelier, Kelly McAuliffe.
Experience Peter Mayle's Provence on bike, passing picturesque villages of Gordes, Roussillon and Lacoste. Our final night dinner is in a private room of the Bastide but not before sharing our last glass of rosé wine accompanied by local jazz musicians.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast in Ménerbes at the hotel, then au revoir in Avignon.
Le Couvent des Minimes, Mane en Provence
This early 17th century convent underwent many transformations before becoming the place of relaxation and well being that it is today. This luxurious hotel and a spa is surrounded by unique provencal character and is centuries of history. Opening out onto the interior courtyard, the gardens or the swimming pool, every room offers the same high standard of comfort. View hotel website »
La Bastide de Marie, Menerbes
This beautifully restored, centuries-old “farmhouse” is set among 37 acres of the inn’s own vineyards in the heart of the Lubéron Valley. With two pools and terraces that run the length of the house, you will be hard pressed to get up from your lounge chair. Fortunately, the chef, Laurent Houdart , is on hand to lure you to dinner with his acclaimed Provençal cooking. View hotel website »
It was exhilarating to cycle down local farm roads, surrounded by fields of luscious lavender, olive groves and five or six-foot high sunflowers.Vancouver Sun
It was great that there were plenty of riding options for the different riding levels. We had the most fantastic trip and I loved the biking! The weather was perfect and there were practically no cars! Just our bikes and the mountains.— Esther Burke
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— George Butterfield
Most of the riding on this trip is quite manageable, becoming slightly more challenging on Day 3 when we head westward. However, where the hills are challenging, the B&R van is there to help out weary riders. All the riding is on quiet roads and even some bike paths. Daily distances average 50 km (31 mi.), with the option for a 100 km (62 mi.) on Day 3.
“I bike about once a week at home.”
Gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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Notes from the road, on the B&R blog.
Insider’s Guide: My Favourite Places to See, Eat & Stay in St-Rémy-de-Provence
In Deep: The Charming Towns of France’s Luberon Region
Playing Petanque, the Game that is Uniquely French
Cycling in the south of France: Pedalling through Provence
Summer Love Triangle
Boules: A Provençal Tradition
What to Know About Provençal Cuisine
Vines 101: Examining the Wine of the Côtes du Rhône and Provençal Appellations
11 Things to See & Do in Provence
Explorer’s Index: 6 Reasons To Visit Provence
Rave Reviews: Provence
Provence: A Light That Inspires
Provence Olive Oil: As Civilized as it is Slick
Reading for the Road: Books About Provence
A Chat With Chef Christophe Renaud
Pedaling Through Provence
Why We Love The Loire: 6 Unforgettable Family Activities
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