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Van Gogh’s playground, Provence is bursting with colour, from dazzling sunflowers and lavender to emerald rivers and red cliffs... best enjoyed with wondrous local food and a glass of dry rosé.
A colourful landscape strewn with lavender fields, sunflowers and grapevines, Provence enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate - perfect for crafting its speciality dry rosé wine. This route takes you into the Luberon hills through lush green valleys and ancient villages. The light here is dazzling - no wonder so many artists have painted the region’s varying vistas. And the food is wonderful too...
What not to miss
8 Day Tour
Arrive at Avignon or Marseille
Transfer by taxi to our base hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where you'll be equipped with your bicycle. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a small town with a rich history and cultural heritage, bursting at the seams with delightful bars, restaurants and boutiques to sample on your first night.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Baux-de-Provence | Distance 21 Miles (35 km)
After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The day is then yours to explore Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a beautiful town of narrow streets, attractive old houses and historical buildings. Its enviable setting amongst lush green valleys full of wild flowers is part of what drew many writers and artists to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – most notably, Van Gogh who painted some of his best work here. If you’d like to get on your bike today, we suggest venturing into the exquisite surrounding landscape to the village of Baux-de-Provence. From its wondrous stone fortress perched high on a rocky plateau, the views of the Alpilles are superb.
From Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse | Distance 25 miles (40km)
Today you’ll enjoy a beautiful scenic ride along quiet lanes, winding through sleepy villages. The route crosses the river Vaucluse at Cavaillon, an attractive town renowned for its delicious melons. We suggest visiting the fruit market, picking out a perfectly ripe sample, and eating it there and then, before continuing on your way, through rich and fertile fields of fruit, towards Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, home to the most powerful water spring in France.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue | Distance 11 miles (17 km)
Start your day with a potter around this lovely village, heading to the source of its fame, a powerful spring situated at the foot of a steep cliff towering 230 metres high. With an annual flow of 630 cubic metres, the spring is the fifth largest in the world, feeding the crystal-clear Sorgue river, which soon turns a startling emerald. Once you’ve seen this mysterious wonder that draws so many tourists to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, we suggest hopping on your bike and cycling to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Hugged by the river Sorgue on all sides, it’s known as the ‘island city’, carved up by canals running through ancient streets. Alternatively, if the emerald-green of the River Sorgue is making you want to paddle rather than pedal, you could opt to book a canoe trip to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Roussillon | Distance 23 miles (37km)
Today you’ll journey into the heart of the Luberon, stopping off at Gordes, one of the region’s most beautiful villages, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse. Tall, white and grey stone houses (some home to film stars) rise up out of the rock on which the village is set. At its summit lies an ancient castle overlooking the hills of the Luberon. The Abbey of Senanque is a must-see here. Hidden in the green valley, it’s still home to Cistercian monks who make honey, lavender essence, and liqueurs. From Gordes the route continues through the lavender fields to Roussillon.
Roussillon and Gargas | Distance 20 miles (33 km)
Time to explore Roussillon, a charming village situated at the foot of the Monts de
Vaucluse. One of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries, rich reds and yellows contrasting with lush green pine trees and the vivid blue Provençal sky. A round trip route is suggested that takes you through the countryside to the villages of Gargas and Villars. The route can easily be extended to add a visit to the market town of Apt. If you fancy something different, we recommend the Sentier des Ochres hiking trail in Roussillon for a chance to get up close and personal with the striking ochre landscape.
Roussillon to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence | Distance 33 miles (53km)
Your final day in the saddle will take you back to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, following a cycle path on an old railway line along the Luberon valley floor. Winding your way alongside the river Cavalon, you’ll find yourself passing through sleepy towns and villages, such as Les Beaumettes and Coustellet. After a second pass through Cavaillon, to cross the river, you'll approach yoru destination through orchards and farmland around Mollèges. Finally, relax back in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to enjoy a glass or two of rosé on your last night.
We say “Au Revoir” before transferring you direct from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Avignon or Marseille airport by private taxi.
Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.
Hotel Gounod in St Remy de Provence is a charming place full of history and tradition. The recently renovated hotel features rustic architecture and tranquil amenities producing a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the mythical setting from the chic rooms, each of which is uniquely decorated. The hotel also features a spa, Jacuzzi and pool area.
Hotel Poete is an old mill that has been renovated into a luxurious hotel, in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Featuring a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, spectacular gardens, Jacuzzi and terrace make the most of this beautiful region in this charming retreat. The uniquely decorated rooms are designed with Provençal inspiration making for an intimate atmosphere and sophisticated ambiance.
Hotel Les Sables D’Ocre near the centre of Roussillon is set in a beautiful park. With distinctive Provençal decor and modern amenities that include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and air-conditioning this is a spectacular place to stay. The hotel restaurant serves traditional regional dishes with fresh local produce ensuring an authentic culinary experience.
Dates & Prices 2019 & 2020 (Flights & Transfers included)
|2019 & 2020 Departure Dates||Adult Price|
|April - October||£1425|
Tour Only 2019
|2019 & 2020 Departure Dates||Adult Price|
|April - October||£1055|
Start your holiday on any day of the week.
Book your 2020 cycling holiday before 30 September to secure 2019 prices.
Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.
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