The Grand Tour of the Luberon

Discover Provencal charm

Highlights

The scents of Provence
The Luberon Regional Natural Park
The perched villages of the Luberon: Roussillon, Lourmarin, Ansouis, Ménerbes ...
The Provencal Colorado and its ochre
The rich Provencal gastronomy

The perched villages of the Luberon by bike

From the town of Cavaillon, welcome to the gates of the Luberon! Take a tour of the Luberon Regional Natural Park, on an itinerary with exceptional varied landscapes.

Hop on your bike and set off to explore this magnificent region and its friendly people. Cradled by the song of the cicadas, intoxicated by the sweet scent of lavender, garrigues and cedars, and overcome by the beauty of the Provencal landscapes, your cycling tour to discover Luberon is exceptional.

All along the route, you cross pretty perched villages with Provencal charm. Lourmarin, Ansouis, Ménerbes and Beaumont de Pertuis are among the most picturesque. On your way, you also have the leisure to admire medieval castles, bories (dry stone huts typical of the South East of France) as well as many chapels. Indication of the importance of water in this arid and hot region, you will also find on your way, many fountains and washhouses.

The Luberon offers a range of landscapes. Abrupt cliffs, winding gorges, cedar forests, olive and lavender fields, expanse of scrubland and of course ocher cliffs especially in The Provencal Colorado. So many different environments and atmospheres gathered in a small territory.

Witnesses to the Provencal way of life, wines (AOC Côtes du Luberon and Côtes du Ventoux, Coteaux de Pierrevert) as well as gastronomy (candied fruit from Apt, goat cheese, honey, olive oil, fruits and vegetables …) are a must! Thus, you will combine the pleasure of athletic effort with that of the table to make your cycling trip in the Luberon, a tour full of flavors!

Carte Le Grand Tour du Luberon
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

CAVAILLON

Arrival in Cavaillon on your own. If you arrive early, take the opportunity to explore the historic center of the city. Known to be the melon capital, Cavaillon also has a well preserved rich heritage with its Roman arch, its synagogue or its cathedral.

Day 2

From CAVAILLON to CUCURON 43km 300m Niveau Loisir

From Cavaillon, you go east. This stage allows you to ride in the Durance valley with a view to the southern slope of the Luberon mountains. Here, nature is bountiful. Admire the cedars, pines and olive trees that line the road.
Along the way, you cross, among others, the localities of Mérindol and Puget. The arrival on Lourmarin is more demanding with a small hill to reach the village. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, Lourmarin deserves a stopover. Finally, via a small road through the vineyards and the garrigue, you reach the village of Cucuron where you spend the night.

Day 3

From CUCURON to GRAMBOIS 32km 400m Niveau Loisir

You continue your tour towards the East by traversing the South of the Regional Natural reserve of Luberon.
At the start of the day, you pass Ansouis, a hilltop village, classified among the most beautiful villages in France. Capped by its medieval castle, it overlooks the surrounding vineyards. Before reaching Grambois, a cooling break at the Etang de la Bonde pond is in order.
Finally, you reach Grambois. Clinging to a steep hillside, the village overlooks the Eze valley.

Day 4

From GRAMBOIS to MANOSQUE 35km 300m Niveau Loisir

This hilly stage between Grambois and Manosque takes you from Vaucluse to the Alpes de Haute Provence. Over the kilometers, the Luberon continues to reveal its secrets. Halfway through, stroll through the maze of alleys of Beaumont le Pertuis. The houses nestle against each other, in a tangle of roofs.

  • For a few more km 45km 600m Niveau Forme
Day 5

From MANOSQUE to SAINT-MICHEL L’OBSERVATOIRE 50km 670m Niveau Loisir

The first kilometers, on the banks of the Durance are flat. It’s perfect for warming up. After the village of Villeneuve, you leave the valley in the direction of Forcalquier. The route is more steep and challenging. Your efforts are rewarded by the beauty of the Luberon landscapes. Further along, you can also see the Lure mountain which dominates the landscape from the top of its 1,826 meters. End of stage at Saint-Michel l’Observatoire.

Day 6

From SAINT-MICHEL L’OBSERVATOIRE to APT 45km 370m Niveau Loisir

This course is simply magnificent between the Vaucluse mountains in the North and those in the South. At the start of the stage, the small hilltop village of Reillanne is sumptuous. Then, you take the Calavon greenway. Until Apt, you ride on a descending profile. What a delight to let yourself be carried without too much effort, the joys of freewheeling!

  • For a few more km 58km 880m Niveau Forme
Day 7

From APT to CAVAILLON 45km 250m Niveau Loisir

From Apt, you ride towards Cavaillon. You follow the large cedar forest that lines the Luberon mountains. Before Cavaillon, you set off to explore the villages of the Luberon mountains: Bonnieux, Lacoste, Oppède le Vieux. Do not miss Ménerbes which holds the label most beautiful villages in France. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the village is surrounded by vineyards and offers a sumptuous panorama over the valley. For foodies, a visit is essential to the truffle and wine museum …

  • For a few more km 55km 700m Niveau Forme
Day 8

CAVAILLON

End of your stay in the Luberon after breakfast. If you did not have the opportunity to do so on the first day, save some time to stroll around Cavaillon and learn more about its rich history.
Have a safe journey home!

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Hotel Toppin Cavaillon Hotel de l'étang à Cucuron Auberge des Tilleuls à Grambois Hotel du Terreau Manosque Hotel Galilée Saint-Michel l'Observatoire Hotel Aptois Apt

Starting from 840€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Hotel du Parc à Cavaillon Auberge des Tilleuls à Grambois La Bastide Adrech à Manosque Hotel Galilée Saint-Michel l'Observatoire Hotel Sainte Anne Apt

Starting from 975€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Quote on request | Contact us

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Cavaillon, Luberon

Cavaillon by car

From Paris on the A6 and A7 :  710km 6H30

From Lyon on the A7 : 250km 2h30

From Bordeaux on the A62 : 630km 6h00

From Rennes on the A7 : 980km 8h55

 

Cavaillon by train*

TER station in Cavaillon (from Lyon : 2H20)

Cavaillon by plane*

Airport in Avignon

Airport in Marseille

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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