Provence cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 30 October 2018

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Provence, including Ventoux, the Luberon, Vaucluse, Nice and Marseille. 

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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 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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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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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 £720

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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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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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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Need planning help? Use our bespoke service

Let Freewheeling France help you plan your French cycling adventures

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

If you want to cycle in France but you're not sure where to go or how to sort it – maybe you're strugglng to find accommodation or the right self-guided or guided ride for you – then this service is for you. It's my own bespoke service that matches your holiday wishlist to the right tour operator or accommodation option for you. This is for riders who need a little support on the road – anything and everything from accommodation advice and route planning to hiring bikes and luggage transfers. I'm working with a network of cycling specialists across France to offer you the best cycling holidays possible – and tailored just for you, your dates and your cycling ability. Hit the brown button below or see this link for details.

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Provence Discovery

Walk and cycle among Provence's picturesque hilltop villages

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1145

Provence has long been renowned for its picturesque villages perchés – the pretty, hill-top settlements characterised by their medieval castles, timeless, twisting alleyways and lush surrounds of olive groves, vineyards and cherry orchards. One of the highlights of this 6-night walking and cycling holiday in Provence is the opportunity to explore so many of these iconic villages. Cycle self-guided between three high-quality hotels and be rewarded with wonderful views. Circular walking routes, meanwhile, provide an enjoyable contrast, as well as a closer, more detailed insight into the villages’ historic charms. Food is another hugely important aspect of the region, with fresh, seasonal produce such as olive oils, tomatoes and garlic on sale at many a local market and featuring in numerous local dishes. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample this delicious fare: perhaps as part of a leisurely lunchtime picnic or a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant – the perfect way to round off a full day of Provençal discovery. 

Provence discovery route

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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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Villages & Valleys of Provence

Cycle around the romantic landscapes of Luberon

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617003

Tour length:
6 nights

Price:
From £1145pp

There’s a reason A Year in Provence author Peter Mayle chose to settle in the Luberon: in a country of magnificent regions and picturesque villages perchés, Provence’s Luberon arguably takes top prize. Colourful hillsides of vines, cherry orchards, olive groves and truffle-oak plantations are dotted with a never-ending supply of proud and defiant medieval villages, each perched high above the plains. These historic villages are all connected by small country lanes, making the bicycle the perfect way to get around. Visit Gordes with its ancient homes perched dizzyingly high atop the valley; wonder at Roussillon and its colourful buildings in every hue from pale yellow to deep red; explore Lacoste and the ruins of a castle once owned by the notorious Marquis de Sade; and test out the mysterious and mystical powers of the spring at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Then, at the holiday’s end, make your way towards Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, home to one of France’s most renowned weekly markets, and the uncontested antiques capital of Provence. The price of tour includes 6 nights' accommodation, 5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, luggage transportation, route notes and maps, a high-quality bicycle (with ebikes available).

Provence villages and valleys cycling tour Inntravel

 

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