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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 is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
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.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Day by Day
The first day’s afternoon warm-up ride explores the valley in the shadow of the Lubéron hills, with a stop at the delightful village of Roussillon, known for its tiny cobble-stoned streets lined with a colourful array of village houses, cafes, and inviting little shops.
Today you’ll explore the incredible perched villages of the Lubéron, spotting a 12th century necropolis and crossing a two-thousand-year-old Roman Bridge as you ride. Dinner tonight is at your hotel, where the Michelin starred Chef Gregory Mirer will surprise you with his creative cuisine.
Today poses two route options to the base of Mont Ventoux, depending on how much of a challenge you would like. The first option is a short but hilly stretch across the stunning Gorges de La Venasque and the second is an ascent through the wild wooded valleys of Murs to Sault. As part of your trip you’ll enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel’s newly renovated restaurant, Jérôme Blanchet.
A morning ride will take you to the famous village of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a well-known centre of antique merchants, where you'll stop for lunch. Later you'll cross the gorgeous Durance River into the region known as Les Alpilles.
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.
We will transfer you to the Avignon TGV station at the time of your choice. If you have a little extra time, why not explore the gorgeous streets of St Rémy one last time or even have a final dip in the hotel’s roof top pool?
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 »
Hostellerie de Crillon le Brave, Crillon le Brave
Hotel Crillon le Brave is a relaxed and informal accommodation located about 25 miles northeast of Avignon. The 32-bedroom hotel is perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, providing stunning views from guestrooms, terraces and gardens. Each of the houses has its own charm and character that reflect the rich history of the village. View hotel website »
Hotel de Tourrel
This gorgeous hotel is in the heart of the picturesque streets of St Remy. With a chic modern restaurant and a roof top pool, this gem of a hotel is a perfect base for exploration.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 Self-Guided Biking
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