Provence cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 30 October 2014

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

You can refine your criteria by using the brown search box to the right.

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

Level of difficulty:
Easy and moderate options

Price:
From €495

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. 

Full details

A Bed by the Med Cycling Holiday

Take a gentle two-wheeled cruise along the Côte d’Azur

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

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

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £885 (self-guided) or £1025 (guided)

Available as either guided or self-guided, this relaxed tour explores a beautiful stretch of the Provencal coast allowing you partake in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with the option of escaping it all via quiet, secluded roads. With rides limited to between 20 and 30 kilometres each day (plus a couple of rest days), the pace of this French cycling itinerary really allows you to enjoy the region's varied landscape, its flora and fauna. The route starts and ends in Saint-Raphaël, a delightful Riviera town near Frejus with its Roman architectural heritage. But it also takes in lovely Mediterranean towns and lesser known beaches along the way, even allowing for a dip at the end of each ride before dining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. There's also the option of using the two rest days for additional self-guided rides. The price includes a welcome briefing, 7 nights' B&B, lunches on ride days, transfers, high-quality bikes and plenty of local support.

Full details

A cycling jaunt through Upper Provence and Luberon

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

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
3 nights/ 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to difficult

Price:
From €755

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 Garmin GPS (subject to availability), and transfers to and from Avignon. Bike rental can be arranged on request.

Full details

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

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £395 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.

Full details

A short break around Mont Ventoux

Discover iconic Ventoux with this weekend of biking fun

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
Choose from 3 or 4 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €390 per person

This self-guided tour run by a local Provence company gives you the chance to climb Mont Ventoux, one of France's most iconic climbs over an extra special weekend. You can choose between a 3- or 4-day package, with the extra day allowing a full circumnavigation of the Mont around its base, via the pretty village of Sault. On arrival you will be collected in Avignon for a transfer to Bedoin and after a day of acclimatisation you can tackle the climb from the toughest side of the mountainPrice includes 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation with a choice of room standards, breakfasts, two dinners, luggage transfer, bike rental and road book with maps and route notes.

Full details

Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

Tackle two of the most iconic climbs in France in one trip

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From £1100

This is a superb five-day trip that combines two of the most iconic climbs in cycling history in three days of stunning riding. Starting in the high Alps on the rugged slopes of the Romanche Valley, follow in the pedal strokes of the Tour’s greatest legends and conquer all 21 infamous switchbacks. From here, make your way over the Col d’Ornon and into the lesser known but equally breathtaking cycling terrain of the Vercors on the way to the lavender fields of Provence. This is a challenging and exhilarating ride that ends with a final, epic ascent of Mont Ventoux, a monster of a climb. Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, minibus-supported riding, lead rider, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

Full details

Alpine Cycling Intro Tour

Riding the breathtaking Alps at your own pace

Offered by:
45 Degrees North

Phone number:
+44 (0)79 3330 9238

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
From £495

This week-long trip based in Morzine is as much about taking the time to enjoy the serenity as it is about the riding. Whether you're relatively new to cycling or an old hand who just prefers a more leisurely pace that doesn’t involve conquering a col every day, this week may be for you. You decide on the level of challenge you're willing to try and the 45 Degrees North team will be there to provide as much help as you want and need. Price includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for 6 nights, plus the comforts of a luxury chalet to unwind and relax in at the end of each day. This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Haute Savoie. Available guided and self-guided.

Full details

Alpine Experience

Camp and ride the Tour de France's most famous cols

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

This is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous cols in the French Alps, such as Alpe d’Huez, Glandon, Iseran and Galibier, and dipping down into the Provence region for Puy Saint Vincent and the Izoard. Throughout the rides you'll be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day (can be adjusted for riders of differing abilities). The tour is based around small campsites in stunning areas with views over the mountains and lakes. This is a small, personalised tour run by Dutcho-born cyclist Matthijs, a professional chef who works and cycles in the Alps. He's branching out to share the best bits with the rest of us. The tour price includes includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break. A contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

Full details

Alps and Pyrenees Icons Tour

They're all here: Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
8 days, 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£1695

The ultimate French cols experience: demolish cycling's hit list in just 6 days of cycling. Conquer 10 of France's most iconic climbs at your own pace. They're all here: Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, Bonette, Madeleine, Glandon, Colombiere and Joux Plane. That's 400km of riding with 13,500m of climbing (including the podium on Alpe d'Huez). Scale European highest paved road across the Bonette before spending your final day on top of Ventoux. It doesn't get much better than that. Price includes half-board accommodation, transfers, and full support team. Bike hire optional extra. This is a popular tour – book early.
2018 dates:
 Jul 29- Aug 5, Aug 20-27 sold out, Aug 26 - Sep 2

Full details

Alps Hannibal Tour

Camp and cycle high among the French and Italian alps

Offered by:
Cyclochef

Phone number:
+31 (0)6 44 19 20 78

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging / Very challenging

Price:
From €395

Starting in Puy Saint Vincent, this is a six-stage tour over some of the most famous and lesser known cols in the French and Italian Alps such as Agnel (remember the crash of Stefan Kruijswijk descending this side of the Agnel and losing the Giro d’Italia?), Sampeyre, Fauniera, Lombarde, Bonette, Cayolle and Izoard, over the border into the Alps of Provence. You will also ride over part of the Granfondo Fausto Coppi track to the Passo Fauniera – a very remote place with very little traffic and a lot of marmots, and you may encounter some snow as the top approaches. Throughout the rides you will be fully supported as you cover about 60 miles (100km) a day, with adjustments being able for riders of differing abilities. After your rewarding rides, you'll stay at small campsites with stunning views over the mountains and lakes and can reflect on the day over dinner as you prepare for the next day's challenges. The price of this tour includes campsite fees, support, GPX files, luggage transport, bars, powder and a lunch break, whilst a contribution of €25 per day ensures you get fuelled up with a good breakfast and dinner.

Full details

Avignon to Nice: Visually Stunning

Villages, vineyards and Ventoux on this holiday for road cyclists

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
7 nights / 8 days

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €1290

Cyclomundo Avignon to NiceRide 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, Garmin GPS (subject to availability). Tour offered May 25- September 3 but can be tailored for private groups of 6 or more outside these dates.

Full details

Bespoke Cycling Tours in the Alps and Provence

Flexible cycling options for fixed base and point-to-point riding

Offered by:
Cycle the Alps of Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 78 11 91 85

Tour length:
Tailored for you

Level of difficulty:
Tailored for you

Price:
Tailored for you

Ray at Cycle the Alpes of Provence can tailor a trip just for you and your group. Why not take on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Alpes de Haute Provence or a RAID Pyrenees? Or try seven days in Corsica or a trip over the southern Cols from Nice. Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez trips (either individually or together) are also possible. Tick off the classics or explore lakes, rivers, gorges and cols from a fixed base. Prices and itineraries designed for you. British Cycling Level 3 coaching also available.

Full details

Bespoke Provence Cycling Holidays

My bespoke service to help you plan your Provence cycling holiday

Offered by:
Freewheeling France

Tour length:
You decide!

Level of difficulty:
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 [email protected]).  

Full details

Bike & Barge - Provence and Camargue

Combine boating and cycling in one relaxing trip

Offered by:
BSpoke Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7750

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1025

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 wn 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.

 

Full details

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

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €845

Provence cycling holidays 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.

Full details

Cote d'Azur and Nice guided rides

See the sunny south coast of France with a local guide

Offered by:
Lifesparkz Bike Tours

Phone number:
(+33) 6 40 52 94 39

Tour length:
Single or multiple day options to suit your needs

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to very challenging

Price:
Tailored for you

 The Côte d’Azur really is an area that comes into its own with some local knowledge. Discover the hidden treasures of the Côte d’Azur by bike with local guides. Tina at Lifesparkz Bike Tours can customise day tours for single riders or organise longer tours for larger groups or clubs. Routes can be tailored to all abilities, from moderate to very challenging rides that take you into Les Alpes-Maritimes, or leisure ride along coastal routes that can often be crowded with tourist traffic. Ride from Nice into the lower Alps or venture into the Var. Day or multi-day rides available. Guiding in English, French, Danish or Hungarian. Bike rental also possible, along with support cars and mechanics for larger groups.

Full details

Côtes du Rhône in Provence

Ride the rivers and wine routes of Provence

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 night options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £865

From gently rolling hills and ancient villages to historic cities and Roman ruins, there are plenty of interesting places to stop and soak up Provençal history on this tour of the Côtes du Rhône. In between stops you’ll enjoy wonderful laidback cycling through vineyards, along river trails and into the beautiful valleys of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. To fuel your adventure there are picnic spots galore, highly rated restaurants and a simply stunning array of wines. Relax in the vibrant St Rémy with a glass of Pastis, or try your hand at kayaking beneath the Pont du Gard. The price of your tour include delicious restaurant meals each night, bed and breakfast accommodation, expert support, luggage carried between your hotels, and fully serviced touring bikes.

Full details

Custom Cycling Holidays in France

Tailored support for your group cycling holiday in France

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Tailored

Price:
£480 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer.

La Vie en Velo can support your trip to anywhere in France. This year they already have custom trips planned in the Pyrenees, the Alps, as well as London-Paris. Their service is ideal for groups and can be tailored to your group size – prices include full van support, bike and baggage transfers and stacks of bikey knowledge. Angus can plan your accommodation for you and also arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own (he can bring your bike and luggage for you from the UK). Routes can be tailored for you. The La Vie en Velo team specialises in taking cyclists to ride wherever they want using a van and custom-fitted box trailer for your bikes. Ideal for family groups, charity rides, cycling clubs and corporate events.

Full details

Cycle Through Lavender

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

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Tour length:
5 nights / 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €695

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 Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

Full details

Cycling from Chateauneuf du Pape to the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

France at its best – a leisurely bike ride for all abilities

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1080

This well-planned itinerary makes for a gentle cycling holiday perfectly suited to beginners, wine-lovers and history buffs. The self-guided ride starts in medieval Avignon before pedalling out to the famous Côtes du Rhône wine-making appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape. From here it's on to Uzès to see its centuries-old stone buildings and labyrinth of cobbled streets. Afterwards, the Mistral wind will push you south to the Pont du Gard – the most imposing bridge built during the Roman Empire. But that's not all. Continue towards Boulbon, a charming village nestled against the thyme-laden Montagnette hills, and on to ride in Van Gogh's footsteps to St Remy de Provence and then Roman Arles. Price includes 6 nights' B&B double occupancy, luggage transfers, hybrid bike rental, full road book and maps, and two evening meals. The tour is locally run from Avignon.

Full details

 

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

On the blog

Reviews

More books

Cycling in France?

Search for tours & accommodation

Brittany's Greenways guidebook

Nantes Brest Canal guide

Avenue Verte London to PAris guidebook

© 2011-2017 Freewheeling France | Copyright, Cookies, Privacy and Advertiser T&Cs