|Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 47 km (29 miles) to 72 km (45 miles) on hilly terrain.
Trip starts from and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in 2-, 3- and 4-star properties (Option A) or in 3- and 4-star properties (Option A+)
From per person sharing a double room
Luberon, Alpilles and Côtes-du-Rhône — 7 nights/8 days
|Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
Arrive in Avignon, check in at your hotel, and set out to explore the city at leisure. The old walled city is home to plentiful gems like the Palais des Papes, making it a great introduction to the history of Provence. This afternoon, you’ll meet our local representative for a briefing so you can prepare for the journey ahead.
|Day 2: Avignon loop through the Côtes-du-Rhône (Short Option: 46 km/29 miles, 245 meters/805 ft of climbing; Long Option: 67 km/42 miles, 395 meters/1,300 ft of climbing)
Today's itinerary will take you through villages that bear the names of familiar wine labels: Tavel, Lirac, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We offer two options today, so you might arrange your own vineyard visit. Stop for a sip of acclaimed rosé or a swig of the region’s most well known red — or try something you’ve never heard of before! Grab a bottle for a roadside picnic or stick it in your luggage back in Avignon; we’ll transport it carefully!
|Day 3: Avignon — Les Baux-de-Provence (60 km/38 miles, 520 meters/1,710 ft of climbing)
Head south towards the Alpilles mountain range, whose beauty inspired van Gogh to complete 150 paintings. You’ll find yourself in another place he immortalized: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, worth a stop for its Roman remains and medieval buildings. On your way to Saint-Rémy, Tarascon offers an interesting side trip. The magnificent castle by the Rhône River is one of France's best-kept medieval fortresses. Also of interest is the Souleiado Museum, where the colorful Provençal fabric maker has been busy since 1806. Today's mileage varies depending on your route of choice, but note that all involve hills.
|Day 4: Les Baux-de-Provence — Arles — Les Baux (48 km/30 miles, 370 meters/1,210 ft of climbing)
Depending on your mood, you may choose to relax, visit Les Baux, or ride the 48 km (30 mile) loop to Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Roman ruins. If you’re there on a Saturday, do not miss the open-air market! Regardless of the day, you can pay a visit to the Roman amphitheatre. Whether you choose to ride or not, set aside some time to visit Les Baux and its medieval fortress. The unobstructed views over the Alpilles make this town worth the climb!
|Day 5: Les Baux-de-Provence — Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (49 km/31 miles, 400 meters/1,310 ft of climbing)
Today's ride will take you through the awe-inspiring Alpilles (don’t worry, it’s a low mountain range reaching 390 meters or 1,170 ft). Pretty villages such as Eygalières offer inviting terraces for lunch. A few pedal strokes further and you will enter the Luberon Regional Park. Overnight in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (based on hotel availability), both quiet little spots in proximity to lavender country.
|Day 6: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue — Gordes —
Roussillon — Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (72 km/45 miles, 860 meters/2,810 ft of climbing)
Regardless of your starting point, make sure you spend some time walking through Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, famous for its powerful spring gushing out of the ground. Climbing Luberon's hills rewards you with two of France's prettiest villages: Gordes and Roussillon will be yours to discover. You will return to your hotel in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
|Day 7: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue — Venasque —
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (45 km/28 miles, 645 meters/2,110 ft of climbing)
If today is a Sunday, take a stroll through Isle-sur-la-Sorgue's market that fills the village with colorful displays of Provençal fabrics, sounds of laughter, and the sweet scents of lavender, herbs, and spices. Your bicycle ride will take you through Venasque northwards towards Mont-Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence”. You will return to your hotel in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
|Day 8: Departure from Avignon
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Avignon (between 9:00 am and 6:30 pm). Depart Avignon at the time of your choice.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 890 euros per person sharing a double room
Two options are available for this trip:
Option A: 3 nights in 4-star hotels, 2 nights in 3-star hotels, 2 nights in 2-star hotels (3 nights with a swimming pool)
Option A+: 2 nights in a 4-star hotel, 5 nights in 3-star hotels (all have a swimming pool)
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