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Your cycling holiday in France

Perfumes of Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

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

  • Saint-Remy-de-Provence, home to some of Van Gogh's finest work
  • Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: Amazing for food with a view to die for

What's included

  • 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation 
  • Flights and transfers available on request
  • Use of modern lightweight bicycles
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels
  • All airport and local tourist taxes
  • Bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Assistance from our rep whenever needed
  • Tandems and electric bikes on request
  • This is a BSpoke Original Tour
Your cycling holiday in France

Perfumes of Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Day 1

Arrive at Avignon, Nîmes or Marseilles.

Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Day 2

Round Tour Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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. Another hidden gem located a few miles from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is Eygalières, a small village of lovely stone houses dripping in flowers. The chapel ruins here are worth a look, as well as the local history museum.

Day 3 

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.

Day 4

Round Tour Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

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.

We will then transfer you back to your departure airport.

Your cycling holiday in France

Perfumes of Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Your cycling holiday in France

Perfumes of Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

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

3-star

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 Les Sables D’Ocre

3-star

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.    

Hotel Poete

3-star

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. 

Your cycling holiday in France

Perfumes of Provence | Self Guided | Short Break

Dates & Prices 2019 (Flights & Transfers included)

2019 Departure Dates Adult Price
April - October 995

Tour Only 2019

2019 Departure Dates Adult Price
April - October 675

Start your holiday on any day of the week. 

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.

Supplements

  • Single Supplement: £50 per night
  • E-Bike Supplement: £20 per day

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, please call our experts for help and advice.

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