At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
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.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
The Luberon to Aix en Provence
The relaxed pace of Provence does not befit the harried or hasty; its narrow vineyard paths, lush secluded groves and limestone ridges are proof of that. The wines are not to be rushed, either; once you’ve sampled a Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Lubéron in its natural habitat, you’ll understand why. A skilled chef will assist, preparing meals as you learn how to play Pétanque with a local character—such a fun atmosphere! If patience is indeed a virtue, this is the Holy Land.
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Day by Day
Walk through the lush Luberon Valley from the village of Murs to the exquisite village of Gordes. Gaze over hilltop views and wind through narrow alleyways where artists flourish.
Follow in the footsteps of the Italian poet, Francesco Petrarch to discover the medieval village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. With wine pairing in hand, enjoy a relaxed lunch beside the Sorgue River.
Explore the irresistible scents and crafts at the local market before a scenic walk to the romantic hilltop village of Bonnieaux. Join our friend Bernard at golden hour for a game of pétanque before an indulgent dinner.
Starting near a feudal château, pass almond groves and vineyards to arrive at the charming Lourmarin village. At an organic wine estate, the welcoming owners host us for a delightful tasting paired with lunch.
A wooded trail leads to a mountainous view that's inspired many, including a fascinating American artist who we'll soon meet at her home and atelier. Later, meander in Aix-en-Provence before a lavish final dinner.
After breakfast together, we drive to the Aix-en-Provence train station in time for TGV trains to Paris. Bon voyage!
Meander through vineyards
Chateau de Fonscolombe, Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade
This fairy-tale Château has over three centuries of history behind it. After careful restoration, you can now revel in the grand architecture and sumptuous beauty. Rooms are cozy with calm inducing décor and thoughtful details. In your free time, choose from the salon, swimming pool, wellness center, park gardens or estate vineyard. Dining here combines simplicity and fresh local ingredients for a sublime culinary experience.
Villa Saint Ange, Aix-en-Provence
Feel the serenity of the lush countryside with all of the convenience of being close to the city centre. This renovated 18thC villa and surrounding estate weaves luxury into every detail, from the empire conservatory to the French art adorning the walls in your tasteful room. In your free time, choose from the terrace, garden, swimming pool, or spa & gym. The Restaurants here will romance you with fresh local ingredients and incredible flavours.
La Bastide de Gordes, Gordes
An idyllic location in one of the Luberon Valley’s most treasured towns, this 16th century bastide captures the pure romance of southern France. From the lofty terrace views of the valley to stately rooms awash in light, gracious dining and a phyto-aromatic spa on site to soothe your senses, this is truly unforgettable experience.
Around every turn was another spectacular site! Our guides took all the worry away, and made the days incredibly fun. It was our first B&R experience, and we will definitely schedule another one!— Judy Samples
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Walking 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) per day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
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 (suite upgrade available, call for details)
- All breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Waist pack with water bottle and holder
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
Walking Poles & Backpack
Included with all walking trips are telescoping walking poles and custom-made 13L backpacks to comfortably conceal your essentials within lockable zippers. The walking poles get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller. The backpack, however, is yours to keep at trip’s end and folds up for easy packing. See Equipment Details
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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