Provence is famed as one of Europes most iconic destinations thanks to its mix of spectacular scenery, rich history, vibrant cultural identity and exquisite food and drink. We have offered cycling holidays in this part of the world for over 30 years and can now offer a broader experience with the help of an e-bike. 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.
Day 1 | Arrive at Marseille or Avignon
Transfer to your hotel in St-Rmy-de-Provence. Explore the streets of this classy town and perhaps take a stroll to the nearby mausoleum where Vincent Van Gogh spent his later years, producing some of his most revered work.
Day 2 | Optional Round Trip to Baux-de-Provence & Eygalieres
Your first day on the bike starts with a stunning ride up to Baux de Provence, a picturesque hilltop fort and a great vantage point over the Rhone valley. You descend the other side and head out on a loop around some typical Provencal countryside, covered with olive groves and garrigue to the gorgeous village of Eygalieres. From here you return to St-Rmy via the Roman ruins at Glanum. There are lots of options to shorten the route too.
Day 3 | St-Rmy-de-Provence to Roussillon
Todays ride starts out with an easy jaunt as you head east and pass through the market town of Cavaillon, famous for delicious melons. From here you skirt the southern edge of the Luberon valley, taking in the picturesque hilltop villages of Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux. After Bonnieux, you drop back into the valley, across the roman bridge of Pont Julien and up, through ochre and lavender, to Roussillon.
Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Route dOcres
Many people choose to spend a day off the bike in Roussillon, to explore the ochre cliffs and lavender fields on foot. For those looking to cycle, we propose a ride out east taking you past ochre mines and through quaint villages. The route skirts the town of Apt, one of the Luberons main settlements, where you can easily take a short detour to explore all it has to offer as a town of wonderful tastes.
Day 5 | Roussillon to Mazan
Today you travel towards the Cotes du Rhone wine region, and the town of Mazan. The route starts with a visit to Gordes, one of the regions most spectacular hilltop villages and favoured holiday spot for many A-listers. From here you pass the famous lavender fields of the Abbey of Senanque, before your e-bike will help you glide up a small col and onwards to Venasque and ultimately Mazan.
Day 6 | Optional Round Trip: Bedoin and Malaucne
If the hotels enticing garden and swimming pool, not to mention the wine cellar, dont tempt you into a rest day, then a round trip ride to two gorgeous towns is recommended. Bedoin and Malaucne are both famed in cycling lore as the start of 2 routes up the famed and feared Mont Ventoux climb, often tackled in the Tour de France. They both are full of cafes and boutiques and have a buzz throughout the summer as cyclists pass through in droves.
Day 7 | Mazan to St-Rmy-de-Provence
The route turns back south today and winds through the towns of Pernes-les-Fontaines, lIsle-sur-la-Sorgue and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in the first half of the day. All three of these places are worth a visit due to their connection to water. Pernes-les-Fontaines is home to over 40 ornate water fountains, lIsle-sur-la-Sorgue is criss-crossed by waterways like a miniature Venice and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse hosts one of Europes biggest freshwater springs. We recommend stopping for lunch next to the emerald green water at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, before continuing to Cavaillon and back to St-Rmy for the last night of your tour.
Day 8 | We say au revoir
Trip extensions are available upon request.
- Fully serviced electric bikes water bottle and accessories
- Bed & breakfast basis as standard
- 3 & 4 star accommodation (unless otherwise stated)
- Tour information pack upon arrival
- Detailed navigational material often including GPS maps
- Local support whenever needed
- Flights and transfers not included as standard but available on request
- Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL