France
Provence Provence Biking

A New Twist on an old Classic

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. You’ll see authentic Provence as you experience life in perched villages like Forcalquier and Pierrerue. We’ll stay in a 17th century convent, taking you inside the labs at Occitane and, from a local observatory, learn about the red-hued houses of Roussillon on a private tour through the ochre mines. It’s a classic experience—with a twist.

Trip Details

Moderate
Aix en Provence to Avignon
6 Days / 5 Nights


Price per person from: $4,995
Single supplement: $1,100
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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 fantastic dinner at the 17th Century Couvent des Minimes with Chef Jérôme Roy.

Bike into the Lubéron valley and shop among the market stalls. Head to the Occitane headquarters to experience their amazing spa and learn how to play the local game of Pétanque accompanied by a picnic dinner "Provencale style."

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.

Ride through the beautiful Vaucluse Mountains enjoying stunning views and a royal picnic in an authentic olive oil mill before a wine tasting led by former Alain Ducasse Sommelier, Kelly Mc Auliffe.

Experience Peter Mayle's Provence on bike, passing picturesque villages of Gordes, Roussillon and Lacoste. Our final night dinner is specially prepared for us by Chef Laurent Houdart.

Enjoy a farewell breakfast in Ménerbes at the hotel, then au revoir in Avignon.

Hotels

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 »

Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is rated Moderate. We'll ride along quiet, fairly flat roads, with a few large hills around the Vaucluse area and our final hotel. If the inclines are too steep—up to Massif des Cèdres, for example—the B&R van is there to help riders out. Daily distances average 50 km (31 mi.), with the option for a 102 km (63 mi.) Century Ride on one day.

Gear

The Bikes

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. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.

What's Included

  • 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

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Learn more about our guides »

Accolades

“We loved visiting the amazing countryside and smaller villages and felt like we were completely immersed in the French culture. The hotels and food (in true B&R form) were top-notch and far exceeded our expectations!”

— Thomas Bullock,
Provence Biking 2011

Provence Biking

Notes from the Road

  • Rave Reviews: ProvenceWhether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). And thanks to our amazing travellers, we frequently find ourselves feeling very encouraged indeed. Check out what some o …
  • Provence: A Light That Inspires“(Provence) has a certain elegance in the presentation of itself,” says B&R guide and Provence specialist Thilo Erhardt. “You can finish early enough in the afternoon to enjoy a glass of pastis and look at how the last sun beams repaint the landscape …
  • Provence Olive OilThe Greeks believed that the cultivation of the olive tree was the hallmark of a civilized society, and they may have been on to something. Twenty-five centuries after they brought olive trees to Provence, to call the region “civilized” barely scratc …

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