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The Luberon Regional Park
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 22 km (13 miles) to 64 km (40 miles, long option) on hilly terrain
Trip starts from and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in 3- and 4-star properties
Level: 3 (Moderate)
From 1,065 euros per person sharing a double room

The Luberon Regional Park — 7 nights/8 days

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This self-guided cycling tour will allow you to explore some of Luberon's jewels including ochre-colored Roussillon
 
Self-guided Provence: This cyling tour through Luberon will take you to Bonnieux.
  When you think “Provence” you probably envision sun-soaked hilltop villages and endless fields of flowers — scenes immortalized by artists and writers, among them Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence. His adopted home is in the Luberon, and he’s not the first person to recognize the importance of this region! The Luberon has been designated a regional nature park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in order to protect the immense treasures found here, from the breathtaking landscapes to the diverse flora and fauna.

The places on our incredible cycling itinerary are ready for you to create your own unforgettable adventure, whether or not you’ve read Mayle’s books. Gordes, Ménerbes, Lourmarin, Roussillon — they’re officially some of France’s “Most Beautiful Villages” and they deserve their titles! We’ll lead you off the tourist trail as well, on quiet roads through quaint villages and wide-open spaces, where you can fully absorb the sights and scents of Provence.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

Arrive in Avignon at the time of your choice. An early arrival will allow you time to visit Avignon and its highlights, like the Palace of the Popes, located a few minutes’ walk from your hotel.
Day 2: Avignon — Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (49 km/31 miles, 265 meters/865 ft of climbing)

After breakfast, you’ll head east for a ride through fields of fruit trees to the Plateau des Monts de Vaucluse, where the scenery changes dramatically. Charming places such as Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue will make perfect lunch stops, unless of course you choose to picnic roadside and enjoy the scenery.
Day 3: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue — Roussillon (41 km/25 miles, 670 meters/2,195 ft of climbing)

Prepare to ride below your average speed today as you cycle through some of Luberon’s most picturesque hilltop villages — you may find it hard to resist stopping at each and everyone one of them! Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes, Lacoste, and Bonnieux ooze that charming Provence “façon de vivre” so well captured by Peter Mayle. Make sure you stop and lunch at one of the cozy restaurant terraces and take in the local atmosphere.
Day 4: Roussillon — Roussillon (Short Option via Gordes: 22 km/13 miles, 315 meters/1,030 ft of climbing; Long Option: 64 km/40 miles, 920 meters/3,025 ft of climbing)

Today being a loop day, you may choose to give your legs a rest and relax by the pool or wander among Roussillon’s magnificent ochre-colored houses. However, we recommend you hop on your bike and ride one of our two suggested loops. One option will lead to Gordes, another one of France’s most beautiful villages (like Roussillon). If your legs can cover more ground, you may even choose to do the big loop all the way to “Colorado Provençal," an area so different that you may wonder if you’re still in Provence.
Day 5: Roussillon — Vaugines (47 km/29 miles, 740 meters/2,440 ft of climbing)

Following our detailed directions, you will leave the Petit Luberon behind and ride to the heart of the wilder Grand Luberon. Your colorful and scenic route offers many perfect picnic spots along the way. Although nature is the highlight of today’s ride, sites and villages will take a close second. Among others, we highly recommend a stop in Lourmarin. Of course, as a self-guided rider, you can choose to spend as much or as little time exploring our suggested sites.
Day 6: Vaugines — Vaugines (49 km/30 miles, 540 meters/1,765 ft of climbing)

Another loop, another ride that has everything a vacationing cyclist could ask for! Enjoy quiet and scenic roads, breathtaking views, and wonderful off-the-beaten-track sites like the Chateau d’Ansouis, among others.
Day 7: Vaugines — Avignon (44 km/28 miles, 345 meters/1,140 ft of climbing)

You won’t ride back all the way to Avignon. Instead, our directions will take you along the River Durance to Cavaillon, the World’s Capital of Melons where you'll hop on a train to reach “Avignon Centre,” the centrally located train station in Avignon. An early arrival will allow for an easypaced afternoon of souvenir shopping, museum visiting, or writing envy-inducing postcards to family and friends.
Day 8: Departure from Avignon

After breakfast, depart Avignon at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 1,065 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:


Option A: 1 night in a 4-star hotel, 6 nights in 3-star hotels, all with a swimming pool (except in Avignon)

  • 1,065 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 425 euros
  • 1,125 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 450 euros
  • 1,170 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 465 euros

Option A+: 3 nights in 4-star hotels, 4 nights in 3-star hotels, all with a swimming pool

  • 1,160 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 475 euros
  • 1,320 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 525 euros
  • 1,390 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 560 euros

These prices include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative in Avignon
  • Luggage transfers
  • Train ticket between Cavaillon and Avignon on Day 7
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Adult hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike. E-bikes are available upon request.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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