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6 Days Cycling the Wonders of the Luberon

Ride through the heart of Provence's most spectacular scenery

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €555

Discover the charms of the Grand and Petit Luberon as you take in the best of Provence. This 6-day ride starts in Cavaillon, and tours along the long limestone spine of the Luberon. To the west, you'll see the 'Gardens of the Pope', some of the best orchards in the area. To the north, there are Romanesque abbeys and churches scattered throughout the area, still symbolising the historic importance of religion in the area. To the south, there's the Durance River, with its villages dotted with chateaux and still carrying the opulent aura of France before the Revolution. All the most beautiful villages in the Luberon are on the itinerary: Sénanque, Gordes, Bonnieux, Buoux and Lourmarin. Ride through pine forests, fields of lavender, vines and orchards as you discover them all. Price includes half-board accommodation, baggage transfers, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. 

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A 4-day cycling trip through the heart of Provence

Potter through lavender fields, ancient villages and vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Price:
From €389

This 4-night break is the perfect way to explore Provence, hopping from lavender fields through olive groves and on to hilltop villages. The trip starts in Avignon – the majestic 'city of Popes' with its history of art and architecture. You'll then ride through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (leave pannier space for a sample of Provence's finest wine!), and visit Orange and its historic theatre. From here it's on to one of France's most beautiful villages, Séguret, before reaching Mazan and the foot of Mont Ventoux (it's up to you if your legs can carry you to the top). The last stage takes you to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village that's now renowned today for its antique shops. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire and accommodation included. Daily distance 25-42km a day.

4-day bike trip in the heart of Provence

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A cycling jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

Ride Provence's villages, vineyards and flower fields (and tackle Ventoux)

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
3 nights/ 4 days

Price:
From €655

If you have only a short time in Provence, Cyclemundo offer this tour which is an adapted version of one of their best-loved tours for a taste of the best Provence has to offer. Cyclomundo indulges avid cyclists’ need for a brief escape from reality with a complex route that is exhilarating and beautiful. You will ride from the sharp peaks of the Dentelles-de-Montmirail to the heights of Mont Ventoux and finish in the rolling heights of the Luberon. All over Upper Provence you will see pristine villages cling to hillsides, while vineyards and flower fields cover terrain of all types. Price includes 3 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

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A Provence & Mont Ventoux Weekend

A weekend exploring the Luberon and tackling Ventoux

Offered by:
Bike Weekender

Phone number:
+44 (0)845 557 5983

Tour length:
4 days, 4 nights

Price:
From £645 per person

Spend a fabulous weekend cruising past olive groves and through vineyards in Provence. Clear sunny days, quiet smooth roads, stunning views and scenery with just the right amount of climbing and descending. It doesn’t get much better than this! This weekend can be whatever you want it to be: ride through rolling hills in the morning before realxing by the swimming pool in the afternoon, or spend the whole day out on the bike. Then, of course, there's the opportunity to conquer Mont Ventoux and ride the Luberon wine region. This short break offers a convenient, hassle-free road cycling holiday – 4 days of relaxation and fun. Offered guided or self-guided – it's up to you.

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Avignon & Cotes du Rhone - Classic

If you love wine and cycling, this self-guided tour is perfect for you

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 5216

Tour length:
3 to 6 nights

Price:
From £1120

Explore the Cotes du Rhone by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most delectable wines. The highlights of this tour include the spectacular scenery of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, where you are never more than a short walk from an opportunity to indulge in the world-famous local produce, and the city of Avignon, with its rich history as a seat of power for the catholic church. This is the perfect tour for oenophiles and history buffs alike. The price of this tour includes delightful 3 and 4-star hotels on a B&B basis with 2 evening meals, fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels, and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Avignon to Nice: Visually Stunning

Villages, vineyards and Ventoux on this holiday for road cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Price:
From €1325

Ride through low-lying vineyards and across mountain passes to the Mediterranean on this self-guided tour aimed at fit riders accustomed to long distances on road bikes. Average distances are around 100km a day, with 1,500m of climbing. Follow the Rhone River as you head from Avignon into Languedoc to see the famous Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct before cycling on to the wine regions of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and to the foot of Ventoux. From here, it's up to hilltop villages and through lavender fields to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, near Nice and the Mediterranean coast. Top-quality full carbon road bikes available on request. Price includes 7 nights of hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, 3 dinners, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed maps and route notes, GPS device (subject to availability). Tour offered May 25- September 3 but can be tailored for private groups of 6 or more outside these dates.

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Bespoke Provence Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Provence cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Price:
You set your own budget

Provence is one of the most popular regions for cycling in France, but decided where exactly where to ride can be hard (there's so much to see and do). So I've set up this special reader service to help you find the right guided or self-guided ride for your ability and budget. If you can't find the right tour for you on these pages, I can hook yo up with experts on the ground to help you arrange luggage transfers, bike hire and accommodation, or to recommend routes and provide maps. It may help take the stress and worry out of your trip, as well as save you some pennies on booking eash element separately. (I have a similar service for Corsica and one for Ventoux – for other French cycling destinations, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com).  

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Between Sea and Sky – Discover of the Camargue

A self-guided trip through the Camargue and its unique landscapes

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
6 days is the standard itinerary, but 3 or 4-day options are also available

Price:
From €695

Pink flamingos, wild horses and black bulls. Lagoons, salt marshes, rice paddies, vast swamps and miles of sandy beaches. The vast wetlands of the Camargue offer the cyclist all this, between the sky and the sea. The Rhône estuary, which extends over 150,000 hectares in the south-west of Provence, is a unique natural landscape with rich fauna and flora and a strong character. On this 6-day self-guided cycling holiday, discover the Camargue with all its facets in a gentle and quiet way. See the shimmering pink flamingos are the most emblematic representatives of the rich natural world – between April and September, 15,000 pairs gather here. From the old Roman city of Arles, explore the eastern part of the Camargue and then close the circle via Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Aigues Mortes. Regional culture is also on the agenda: horse breeding, the extraction of the fleur de sel or the Camargue bullfight. And of course, the culinary delights of a mix of land and seafood. E-bike upgrade available. Hotel and guesthouse accommodation, luggage transfers. 35 to 50km per day.

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Bike & Boat - Burgundy and the Cotes du Rhone

Cycle and float your way down the river Rhone

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44(0)20 3944 8854

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1625 per person

What better way to explore the banks of the mighty Rhone river than on a bike and boat holiday? As one of Europe’s major waterways, the river is lined with vibrant cities and towns, including Lyon and Avignon, two of France’s finest. Enjoy the perfect mix of cruising onboard and exploring by bike, making use of the excellent Via Rhona cycle route. The price of this tour includes 7 nights' accommodation on board the MS Provence7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 6 dinners on board, plus coffee and tea between 7am and dinner, house wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, welcome cocktail on arrival, daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen, city walking tours in Lyon and Avignon, all port and lock fees. Free Wi-Fi and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL

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Bike & Boat - Provence & the Camargue

Combine boating and cycling in one relaxing trip

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1140

Cruise through lagoons, olive groves and limestone cliffs and visit a variety of rich landscapes, full of hidden treasure and glorious Provençal food and wine. Along the way you will see flamingoes and other wildlife of the Camargue regional nature park, the picture-perfect villages of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Vallabrègues and the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct. The price for this tour includes barge accommodation and full board (all meals), flights from the UK (ask about discounts if you're arriving under your own steam), airport transfers, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, detailed route maps and instructions and local support available whenever needed. Electric bikes on request.

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Biking Tour through Provence Gems

From Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Orange and Ventoux

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

Starting Avignon, bike through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Orange and its ancient theatre. Ride on further to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France – your base for a day-trip to the old city of Vaison-la-Romaine. From here, it's on to the foot of the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux, to ride around Bédoin and Mazan. This is an area of quiet country roads lined with olive trees and cypresses, and beautiful stone villages. From the shadow of Ventoux it's on to the former capital of the region, Pernes-les-Fontaines, before arriving in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to explore its canals and waterways. This is a slow-paced trip that gives you plenty of time to discover the authenticity of Provence and enjoy its food and wine. Maximum daily distance: 40km. Price includes bike hire, accommodation, and full route notes and maps.

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Camargue & Provence by Bike & Boat

Explore the rivers and vineyards of Provence by boat and bike

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3944 8857

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1125

Enjoy a week's bike-boat cruise to explore the beautiful rivers and vineyards of Provence and Camargue. Cruise through lagoons, olive groves and limestone cliffs, and enjoy cities full of hidden treasures and glorious Provençal wine. This is France as it should be discovered. The MS Caprice and MS L'Estillo are 2-star to 3-star vessels. See the famous flamingos of the Camargue regional nature park, the picture-perfect villages of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Vallabrègues, and, finally, the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct. The price of this tour includes flights and transfers from the UK (price can be amended if you are coming from elsewhere), en suite accommodation on the 2-star to 3-star boats, full board dining arrangements, daily semi-guided cycling tours and excursions, welcome cocktail, touring bikes with panniers, route maps and instructions and local support and friendly crew.

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Classic - Côtes du Rhône

A must for lovers of the best wines France has to offer

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £945

After arriving in France you will spend the first day of your tour in Mazan, a pretty village of narrow streets and stone houses perfect for exploring and a great way to acclimatise. From Mazan you will then ride to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, cycling past riverside towns and vineyards with the sun on your back before hitting the town itself and its famous wine, available for you to try. The route also takes in Gigondas, one of the loveliest villages in the Côtes du Rhône and again famous for its wines. The itinerary designed by BSpoke includes many other highlights in this rich region and the price includes 3- and 4-star hotel accommodation, bed and breakfast, flights and transfers from the UK (ask about price reductions if you're not coming from the UK), luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, GPS trackers, assistance whenever needed, and tandems and electric bikes are available on request.

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Classic - Starry Nights in Provence

Cycle through the landscapes of Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
5-7 nights

Price:
From £1095

The beauty of this part of Provence inspired Vincent Van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with both the natural and the cultural captured in more than 200 of his works. This route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence. Soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Soak up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, explore the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, and go flamingo-spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, 3 evening meals, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, plus local support whenever needed. Electric bikes are available on request.

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Classic Picture Postcard Provence

Cycle through the vibrant palette of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £1005

There is something special about Provence, with the azure blue skies, bustling stone towns and wonderful light. This tour starts in the art-filled town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before taking you through vineyards, lavender fields and orchards into the heart of the Luberon, with its long history and striking natural colours. Along the way you can choose to canoe from Fontaine-de-Vacluse to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and, of course, sample some fine rosé wine in Côtes de Provence. The price of your tour includes delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes. E-bikes can be supplied if you prefer.

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Cycle Through Lavender

Take in the sights and smells of France's famous lavender fields

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €845

Cyclomundo Cycling Through Lavender mapCelebrate lavender in all its forms on this self-guided cycling holiday through France's famous lavender fields. Experience the colours and the aromas as you cycle through both natural fields and lovingly cultivated farmers' fields. Combine calming perfumes and fresh alpine air as you pass the spectacular Gorges of Verdon (France’s own 'Grand Canyon'), climb to the hilltop village of Valensole to see its stunning lavender-covered plateau, and meander through hills and valleys bordering the Luberon. Daily distance between 38-57km. Price includes transfers to and from Manosque on the first and last days, 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Price:
From €875

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling in the Drome River Valley

Ride the quiet backroads of the undiscovered Diois

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €540

Ride the backroads of the beautiful Diois area of the Drôme Provençale. The area is a superb mix of the Alps and Provence, full of orchards, vineyards and sunflower fields, plus rolling hills of boxwood, pine and lavender. You'll ride alongside clear rivers and streams, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnics and swims, or stop in a sleepy hamlet or village for a coffee in a shaded café terrace. The Diois is also a major wine producing area, famous for the sparkling Clairette de Die. (Don't worry – you'll have plenty of opportunities for wine tasting). Price includes B&B accommodation, most evening meals, baggage transfer, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Cycling Provence and Camargue from Avignon to Nimes

A ride for nature lovers through Provence and the wetlands of the Camargue

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €899

Starting your Provençal adventure in the beautiful city of Avignon famed for its bridge, the Palais des Papes and its festival you will cycle at your own pace through a rich mix of flora and fauna to discover some prettye villages such as St-Remy-de-Provence or Les-Baux. Continue towards Arles, a Roman city famous for its arena before reaching the Camargue region, famous for its diversity of animals: bulls, pink flamingos and white horses all living alongside each other. Discover Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a beautiful seaside village but also Aigues-Mortes, a fortified town famous for its violet salt marshes. Finish your cycling tour in Nîmes, an unmissable city full of Roman monuments and traditions. You can enjoy a walk in its colourful streets and visit the ancient theatre. The price of this self-guided tour includes bikes, GPS routes, maps and tourist leaflets, accommodation and panniers. Ebikes and luggage transfers can also be added as extras.

Cycling Provence and Camargue from Avignon to Nimes

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Cycling week along the ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

Relaxing bike trip for all abilities (including kids) along the Rhône

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Price:
From €948

The ViaRhôna is a 815km long cycling route connecting Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. This 8-day stretch between Vienne and Avignon follows the marked and secure path from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the Provence lavander fields. From the antique theatre in Vienne to the Palais des Papes in Avignon, including the château de Rochemaure and the Thriumph Arch in Orange, experience a trip through the ages. The lanscapes are always changing from the abrupt Ardèche to the lavander fields, from the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards to the ones in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You will be impressed by the many bridges crossing the Rhône river, exceptional pieces of art. The itinerary is either on green paths or shared lines and crosses 5 very different departments. Daily distances 36km-74km. Price includes all accommodation, bike hire, full route notes and maps, plus luggage transfers.

ViaRhôna from Vienne to Avignon

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Discover Provence and Camargue

Cycle though the land of light, vineyards and historical towns

Offered by:
France Bike

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 67 50 79 11

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Price:
From €760

Experience Provence and the Camargue – a region of light, colours and scents. There's a good reason so many well-known painters were drawn to live and work here, among them Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne and Chagall. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year and life is lived outside, even during the short, crisp and windy winter. Play pétanque, drink Pastis and enjoy the local culture. This is, afterall, the place that inspired the writing of Peter Mayle. Provence not only has an easy way of life, but it’s also one of the richest cultural regions in Europe – and remarkably easy to enjoy by bike. Ancient monuments stand as a reminder of the long history here, with antiquities rich from the Greek and Roman periods, through to the Middle Ages and into the modern era. Then, of course, ther is the wine and food to enjoy. Discover the delicious Provencal dishes and their Mediterranean flavours on this 7-night self-guided ride. The price includes carefully chosen hotels (some with swimming pools), all breakfasts, a welcome briefing, luggage transport, carefully planned roads and paths with detailed maps, brochures and route notes, France Bike signs along the route, GPS tracks on request, and a telephone hotline.

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E-bike - Provencal Discovery

Really get to the heart of Provence on an e-bike

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 8857

Tour length:
4 to 7 nights

Price:
From £1215

Provence is famed as one of Europe’s most iconic destinations thanks to its mix of spectacular scenery, rich history, vibrant cultural identity and exquisite food and drink. Cycling for Softies have offered cycling holidays in this part of the world for over 30 years – now they have broadened the experience with the help of e-bikes. Glide up to the stunning hilltop towns, such as Gordes and Roussillon, and traverse the Luberon valley and Cotes du Ventoux, all with a little extra help to let you focus on soaking up the sights, sounds and sensations. The price of this tour includes delightful 3-star and 4-star hotels on a B&B basis, 4 evening meals (7-night itinerary), fully serviced e-bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Grand Tour of Provence by E-bike

Ride in the shadow of Van Gogh to enjoy Provence's varied scenery

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3733 3617

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £965 per person

Provence is famed as one of Europe’s most iconic destinations thanks to its mix of spectacular scenery, rich history, vibrant cultural identity and exquisite food and drink. E-bikes are the latest additions to BSpoke Tours that have been run in this part of France for over 30 years. Glide up to stunning hilltop towns such as Gordes and Roussillon and traverse the Luberon Valley and te Cotes du Ventoux – all with a little electric energy to help you focus on soaking up the sights, sounds and sensations. Do not miss the twisting climb up the Val d’Enfer and the views from Baux-de-Provence at the top, the lavender fields at the Abbey of Senanque, and the vibrant ochre cliffs around Roussillon and Apt. The price of this tour includes fully serviced electric bikes, a water bottle and accessories, 3- and 4-star B&B and hotel accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material with GPS maps, local support whenever needed. Flights and transfers are available on request. The trip is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Hilltop to Harbours

Ride from one side of Provence to the other on this 14-night adventure

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
14 nights

Price:
From £1735 (self guided) or £1975 (fully guided)

This 14-night tour which crosses the length and breadth of Provence, giving you a real opportunity to get to know the region and its people. Gaze over Azure blue seas and dramatic wild gorges while pedalling at a steady pace, and ending the day by diving into the refreshing waters – choose from rivers, lakes, the sea or your hotel pool. This tour featured short riding days and a really varied and interesting itinerary to give you plenty of time to explore the landscapes, small towns and villages, and to take time out from your cycling to enjoy other activities such as boat trips or visits to historic chateaux. The itinerary put together by Andy and Jane is mainly along easy, quiet lanes, including an old coastal railway line, but there are a couple of more adventurous days on offer too (although these can tailored to your energy levels). Offered guided or self-guided, the prices include a welcome briefing, 14 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support.

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Indulgence - Around the Alpilles

A tour designed to let you see Provence's highlights in comfort

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3944 8854

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £1625

Take a tour of the garrigue, olive groves and vineyards in this gorgeous corner of Provence while staying in the area's finest 4 and 5 star hotels. This tour has been designed to offer a true leisure cycling experience in Provence, with shorter distances and easier routes, giving you more time and energy to explore the local sites and taste the local produce. The tour takes in the charming buzz of St-Remy-de-Provence, rich in culture and history, as well as the stunning fortified village of Baux-de-Provence and the gorgeous village of Eygalières with its slow, relaxing pace of life. This is the perfect Provence tour for those looking for an easy ride. The price of this tour includes delightful 4-star and 5-star hotels, breakfasts, some evening meals, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels. E-bikes are available upon request and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Indulgence - Cotes du Rhone Vineyards

Explore famous vineyards from quality local accommodation

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 8857

Tour length:
3 to 6 nights

Price:
From £1035

Explore the Côtes du Rhône by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most highly rated hotels. Cycle between two chateau hotels before a final stop in one of the region's finest accommodations, Crillon le Brave. The price of this tour includes delightful 4 and 5-star hotels, accommodation on a half board basis – delicious dinners each night, fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Indulgence - Starry Nights in Provence

A 5-star treat to explore the part of Provence that inspired Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3944 4822

Tour length:
5 to 7 nights

Price:
From £1735

This pocket of Provencal perfection inspired Vincent van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with the beauty of the region, both natural and cultural, captured in more than two hundred of his works. The route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence, soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside, with 5-star hotels to look forward to at the end of each ride. The price of this tour includes delightful 5-star accommodation with 3 evening meals, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between your hotels. E-Bikes available upon request. 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Mont Ventoux Challenge

A challenging weekend of road riding in Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7846

Tour length:
4 nights

Price:
From £1075

Climb one of France's showpiece peaks, the iconic Mont Ventoux, on the classic Tour de France Bedoin route. This self-guided holiday is based in Mazan, a short ride from Bedoin, helping to make a hassle-free ascent. The route starts with 10 mostly flat kilometres into Bedoin, which serves as the perfect warmup. As well as tackling the giant of Provence, enjoy additional handcrafted routes taking in the Gorges de la Nesque and the charming towns of this stunning part of France. The price of this tour includes meals, transport and accommodation in Mazan. Flights from the UK and airport transfers can also be included. 

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Pearls of Provence

From Avignon to Arles under the gaze of the mighty Mont Ventoux

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
6 days

Price:
From €645

What better way to explore the heart of this charming corner of Provence than on a bike? From bustling Avignon and the Palais des Papes, cross lush orchards and wine estates – including the famous Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise. The route offers breathtaking views of the Dentelles de Montmirail and the majestic Mont Ventoux. A network of quiet roads with little traffic will take you from village to village as you discover the local architecture and cultural heritage. Further south, reach the white rocks of the Parc des Alpilles before heading towards the medieval perched city of Les Baux de Provence, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. To finish the week, gently descend to the ancient city of Arles, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The price of this tour includes 5 nights in guesthouses and 2* or 3* hotels in double rooms with en-suite facilities, 5 breakfasts, daily baggage transfers, carefully designed itineraries with different levels of difficulty, navigation app for smartphones, a detailed roadbook including maps (digital format) and GPS tracks.

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Perfumes of Provence

Stunning light and colours of the Luberon hills, valleys and villages

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3733 3617

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Price:
From £765 for 4 nights or £1255 for 7 nights

Explore Van Gogh’s playground – Provence is bursting with colour, from dazzling sunflowers and lavender to emerald rivers and red cliffs – best enjoyed with local food and a glass of rosé. it's a colourful landscape strewn with lavender fields, sunflowers and grapevines. Provence enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate – and this self-guided tour helps you make the most of it. Take in 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. The tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, B&B/hotel 3 and 4-star accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed maps (often including GPS maps), local support whenever needed and full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL. E-bikes available on request. Flights and transfers from the UK available on request 

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Provençal Experience

See the beautiful sights of Provence as part of a fully guided tour

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3925 6021

Tour length:
7 nights

Price:
From £2445

Limited to small groups of up to 8 cyclists per trip, experience the wonders of Provence fully guided. You'll have support from a local cycling expert, allowing you to relax and enjoy the trip to its fullest. The route takes in the charming streets of St Remy de Provence, the Luberon Valley and its famous hilltop towns, the foot of Mont Ventoux and the heart of the Cotes du Rhone wine country. Expect lavender fields and rolling vineyards and ancient towns. Take in the spectacular views as you ride between the hilltop towns of the Luberon Valley, culminating with the stunning Ochre cliffs of Roussillon. The price includes 3 and 4-star hotels on a B&B basis, 5 evening meals, fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, guided cycling with a support vehicle, riding snacks and drinks each day, entry fees/inclusions as per itinerary and luggage transferred between your hotels. An E-bike upgrade is available on request. All bookings provide 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL.

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Provencal Perfection

A diverse tour of Provence taking in the highlights of stunning

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0) 20 3918 6923

Tour length:
9 nights

Price:
From £2605

Few places lend themselves to being explored by bicycle quite as perfectly as Provence in the south-eastern corner of France. This self-guided cycling tour takes you between some of the region’s most stunning spots, from Van Gogh country in St-Remy-de-Provence to the lavender fields of the Luberon and into the wine country of the Côtes du Rhône. Make your way through this diverse region, stopping in boutique hotels, all under your own pedal power. The cycling on this tour is easy going, with average distances of 35km per day, meaning you will have plenty of time to dismount and explore to your heart’s content and to ride at your own pace. The price of this tour includes delightful 3 and 4-star hotels on a B&B, 6 evening meals, fully serviced bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit, detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app, expert on-the-spot support, luggage transferred between hotels and 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL. E-bike upgrades available on request.

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Provence and its Most Beautiful Villages

Cycle among charming landscapes and villages of Provence

Offered by:
Abicyclette

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 30 964 954

Tour length:
9 days / 8 nights

Price:
From €885

Often perched, with their houses regrouped around the castle, Provencal villages dominate the surrounding vineyards, and plains. They offer unique landscapes perfect for cycling, with vineyards and plane trees lining your route. This self-guided itinerary includes all six of the villages in Provence classified as 'Most beautiful villages of France': Séguret in the Haut-Vaucluse, Venasque in the Comtat Venaissin, Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes in the Luberon and, finally, Les Baux de Provence in the heart from the Alpilles massif. Your efforts to reach these pretty villages will be rewarded every time with spectacular views (and, often, good coffee!) The price includes 24/7 phone assistance, GPS guided itinerary, luggage transfers, bike rental, and accommodation with a number of different options to cater for all budgets.

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Road biking - Le Tour de La Provence

Explore the ups and downs of the beautifully varied Provence region

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3411 0632

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1215

Provence is one of France’s cycling heartlands. The landscape is a mix of wide valleys, small mountain ranges, such as the Alpilles, and dramatic gorges. The landscape’s majesty is matched by the charm and beauty of the towns and villages that sit within it, where French café culture is at its finest and the cuisine is built on the region’s excellent local produce, served alongside refreshing local wines. Whilst soaking all of this in, the silhouette of Mont Ventoux is never far from view. Will you go for the summit? Highlights include the twisting climb up the Val d’Enfer and the views from Baux-de-Provence at the top, the picturesque hilltop villages of Provence and the climb of Mont Ventoux (or at least a visit to Bedoin!) The price of this tour includes fully serviced aluminium road bikes (carbon fibre upgrade available), water bottle and accessories, 3 & 4 star B&B/hotel accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. Flights and transfers are available on request. Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL.

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Upper Provence, Ventoux, and Luberon

Get right to the heart of beautiful Provence on this self-guided holiday

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Price:
From €985

This six-day, self-guided bike tour allows you to explore the heart of Provence at a more challenging level than other tours of the region. Beginning in Bédoin and ending in Gargas, the itinerary features relatively short daily rides, allowing you to fully experience Provence rather than just see it as you pass by. With options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux, or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque, your efforts will be rewarded with numerous spectacular views. Highlights include visits to some of Provence’s most acclaimed wine-making towns (Vacqueyas, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise), stops in several of France’s “most beautiful” villages (Séguret, Gordes, and Roussillon), and options to climb legendary Mont Ventoux or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque. Each night, you’ll stay in comfortable, character-filled hotels set in utterly charming towns. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, 1 dinner, luggage transfer, detailed maps and route notes, a GPS device (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

 

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Van Gogh’s Provence

See the colour of Provence through Van Gogh's eyes

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 7583

Tour length:
5 or 7 nights

Price:
From £875

This pocket of Provençal perfection inspired Vincent van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with the beauty of the region, both natural and cultural, captured in more than 200 of his works. The route will let you in on your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence, soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Highlights include soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, flamingo spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, Bed & breakfast basis as standard, 3 & 4 star accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes, flights and transfers are available on request. The tour is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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Ventoux Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Mont Ventoux cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Price:
Tailored for you

It's the icon of Provence, a Tour de France legend. I get loads of enquiries each year about Ventoux cycling holidays and accommodation – to help give you the info you need, I've set up this bespoke service to help you find the right tour for your ability (and budget). Just send me your wishlist and I'll suggest some local options to help take the stress and worry out of your trip. I'll point you to guided or self-guided rides, plus accommodation and support services such as bike hire and transfer services. (I have a similar service for Corsica – for other French cycling holidays, just email me at lyn@freewheelingfrance.com). Photo thanks to Adam Bird.

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Ventoux to Avignon

A varied, interesting and exciting pedal through Provence

Offered by:
BSpoke Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3918 6543

Tour length:
4 to 6 nights

Price:
From £895

Explore the Côtes du Rhône by pedal power and sample some of the region’s finest landscapes, most charming towns and most delectable wines. The highlights of this tour include the spectacular scenery of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, where you are never more than a short walk from an opportunity to indulge in the world-famous local produce, and the city of Avignon, with its rich history as a seat of power for the Catholic church. This is the perfect tour for oenophiles and history buffs alike. Other highlights include sampling the produce of the Château des Fines Roches wine estate during your stay, soaking up the cycle-centric atmosphere of the charming village of Bedoin and exploring the contemporary culture and rich history of Avignon. The price of this tour includes fully serviced bikes, water bottle and accessories, accommodation, tour information pack upon arrival, detailed navigational material, often including GPS maps, local support whenever needed. E-bikes and flights and transfers are available on request. The trip is protected through ABTA and ATOL.

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