Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Provence Self-Guided Bike Tour
Provence by Bike
Combining three hallmarks of any B&R itinerary—excellent hotels, beautiful riding routes and superb custom-fitted bicycles—we provide the freedom of pacing each day just the way you like. We arrange some can’t-miss meals and events, transfer your bags and equip you with all the information you’ll need to craft the trip you desire. A quiet picnic or a gourmet lunch, a bike ride up the Ventoux or a dip in the pool—the choices are yours.
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 how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
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.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Take a warm-up ride to explore St Rémy and the villages of the Pays de Crau, followed by some of the Camargues, the plain formed by the mouth of the Rhone River.
Bike through olive groves and lush orchards towards the mountain-top village of Les Baux. Meet a local guide for a walking tour through a fascinating part of Van Gogh’s life.
Cross the Durance River and bike into the area called the Vaucluse passing through the famous villages of Isle-sur-La-Sorgues and Pernes-Les-Fontaines.
Make your way towards the Lubéron Valley, climbing along the stunning Gorges de La Nesque or ascending the fearsome Gorges de la Nesque, both options ending in Gordes.
Ride to the incredible perched villages of the Lubéron and visit enclaves such as Roussillon, cross a two-thousand year-old Roman bridge and stop for a delicious tasting.
Enjoy breakfast in Gordes at the hotel, then au revoir in Avignon.
Hotel de l’Image, St Remy de Provence
One of Provence’s most innovative properties, and recently placed on Condé Nast Traveler’s exclusive hot list, this hotel was created around a photography theme and boasts its own projection hall and gallery. Sit by the pool or stroll the labyrinthine gardens and contemplate the refreshing contrast of the hotel’s hip urban décor with its tranquil countryside surroundings. View hotel website »
Château de Mazan, Mazan
Nestled at the foot of the legendary and scenic Mont Ventoux, this chateau is located in the charming village of Mazan. In this elegant 18th century building, the former residence of the famous Marquis de Sade, guests enter a sumptuous setting blending charm, gourmet dining and comfort. View hotel website »
Hotel Les Bories, Gordes
This five-star retreat is one of the best hotels in Provence. Positioned in a wondrous location overlooking the Luberon Valley, Les Bories also boasts a poolside casual restaurant, full-service spa, and Michelin-starred restaurant. View hotel website »
The trip alternates relatively flat routes with some hilly rides. Distances average 45 km (28 mi.) with longer options every day, including a spectacular ride of 80 km (50 mi.) and the climb up the Gorges de la Nesque. In general, we follow small, quiet roads, though it can be busier in and around towns and at river crossings. Routes go through vineyards, olive groves, forests and charming towns.
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.
- All hotel accommodation
- All baggage transportation
- All breakfasts and two dinners, including wine
- 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
- A private walking tour of the Saint Paul Asylum
- Transportation to drop-off
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.
“This was our fourth B&R trip and it was magnificent. Provence was the most beautiful landscape yet! We are busy planning next year’s trip as we are always so pleased with the quality of the hotels, the food and wine, and of course the cycling. Thank you once again B&R!”
— Carolyn Zaslaw,
Provence Biking 2010
Provence Self-Guided Biking
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