Provence Deluxe cycling trip

The discovery of Provence in its most beautiful hotels

Highlights

Nights in the most beautiful hotels in the region
The ""Most Beautiful Villages of France""
Discovery of the Luberon Regional Natural Park
The great vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape and Beaumes de Venise

Luxury Hotels of Provence

Discover the charm of one of the most beautiful regions of France in this bike tour in 8 days

Departing from Villeneuve les Avignon, you ride through Provence to discover its most beautiful landscapes, while enjoying the comfort of the most luxurious hotels in the region.

We have decided to take you to discover the authentic Provence. During this stay, you will discover the vineyards of Provence as well as its most beautiful villages, all of it lulled by the song of the cicadas and the scents of lavender. You cycle through a hilly land of ​​great landscape diversity.

Often perched, the villages of Provence dominate the vineyards and the surrounding plains. They also offer majestic views.
During this route, you pass through 5 villages classified as “Most beautiful villages in France“: the medieval villages of Séguret and Venasque, the Provençal charm of the village of Gordes, Roussillon also called the ocher village of Luberon, and finally the famous village of Baux de Provence. Even if the ascent to these villages can be demanding, you will soon be rewarded!

Your hotels are all as extraordinary as each other. They reflect provencal charm and the French excellence. After a day of cycling, take the time to take advantage of the infrastructure of your hotels: swimming pool, spa, massage, wine course or wine tasting taht we can include according to your desires.

carte voyage à vélo Provence deluxe
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

VILLENEUVE LEZ AVIGNON

Welcome to the heart of Provence.
If you don’t arrive too late, take advantage of this day to discover the medieval city of Villeneuve les Avignon.
At the end of the day, you will meet our guide for a briefing before the start of your trip.

Briefing Orientation

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From VILLENEUVE LEZ AVIGNON to UCHAUX 55km 450m Niveau Loisir

From Villeneuve les Avigon, you pedal for a bit before you see the famous Pont d’Avignon. You then reach the Isle of Barthelasse, the largest river island in Europe, located between the two arms of the Rhône. Leaving Avignon, you enter the vineyards of the most famous appellation of Côtes du Rhône wines. Small wine roads take you to Chateauneuf du Pape, where you can stop in a cellar and visit its Wine Museum. You then arrive in Orange, a prime example of a Roman city: its Arc de Triomphe and its Ancient Theater, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, bear witness to its past. To end this first day of cycling, you cross the Uchaux forest. Once in the hotel, you can take full advantage of the swimming pool or even the Spa.

Day 3

From UCHAUX to CRILLON 48km 480m Niveau Loisir

You leave Uchaux by small roads which lead you to the Plan de Dieu vineyard. Plan de Dieu is one of seventeen geographical names within the appellation of controlled origin of the Côtes-du-Rhône villages. You continue your way to Vacqueyras. In this charming village, you walk through narrow alleys that lead you to the surrounding walls of the castle and the church. Mainly agricultural, Vacqueyras produces one of the three great Côtes du Rhône grand crus and its vineyard stretches to the bottom of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain chain. A few more pedal strokes and you arrive at Beaumes de Venise, a small town in which to revitalize. At the end of the day, you reach Crillon le Brave to spend the night in one of the most beautiful hotels in the region offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont-Ventoux.

Day 4

From CRILLON to GORDES 42km 800m Niveau Forme

Your day starts between the vines. You cross Saint-Didier, a small peaceful village in the middle of the Monts de Vaucluse before joining Venasque, one of the 126 most beautiful villages in France. In this medieval village at the foot of Mont Ventoux, you will discover small steep alleys, golden stone houses, but also the Notre-Dame cathedral church and a magnificent baptistery from the 11th century. It is in the heart of the lavender fields that you discover the Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey. It has been encircled since the 12th century in the hollow of its Provencal valley. Take advantage of this postcard landscape to rest and take some souvenir photos. To end the day, after a small effort to climb to the village of Gordes, you once again reach a high quality hotel where you can fully rest.

Day 5

GORDES, "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF FRANCE" LOOP 45km 600m Niveau Loisir

Two villages classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France are placed along your loop today. The day begins calmly. You must first descend the hill on which stands the village of Gordes. Then you reach Roussillon, a charming village built on top of an ocher cliff. It offers a perfect harmony of colors with its stones, roofs, and facades saturated in the same red tones as the surrounding landscapes. A short walk on the ocher trail is definitely worth the detour. You then pass through the foothills of the Luberon mountains to reach the second unmissable village of your day, Ménerbes. Among its assets, a breathtaking view of the Luberon and the Monts de Vaucluse, but also proud alleys lined with 18th century mansions and old houses. Also, we now come to visit its unusual Corkscrew Museum or taste the wines of Côtes du Luberon in the sumptuous Truffle and Wine House.

Day 6

From GORDES to LES BAUX DE PROVENCE 60km 420m Niveau Forme

You cross part of the Luberon Regional Natural Park to reach Cavaillon. This city with a remarkable historical heritage is perched on a green hill. Greek and then Roman, Cavaillon has preserved the traces of its past. You continue your journey and arrive at Eygalière, in the heart of the Alpilles Massif. Surrounded by olive trees, green valleys and vineyards, this village offers extraordinary landscapes. You then reach Saint-Rémy de Provence, whose unique light has inspired many artists, writers and painters such as Vincent Van Gogh. You end your day by climbing the hill which will take you to the village of Les Baux de Provence. Take a few moments to visit this city of character and enjoy exceptional landscapes of Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles.

Day 7

From LES BAUX DE PROVENCE to AVIGNON 42km 350m Niveau Loisir

Today head north to reach Avignon, city of Popes. On your way, you cross the Barbentane forest and the Montagnette massif from where stands the Abbey of St Michel de Frigolet. This Abbey takes its name from the word thyme, “ferigoule” in Provençal, which grows everywhere on the hills. You can’t talk about Frigolet Abbey without talking about “reverend Père Gaucher’s elixir” or the beautiful golden-green Frigolet liqueur made with Montagnette herbs. Your route will then go over the Rhône before reaching Avignon. You will fall under the spell of its old streets, its restored medieval ramparts and its immense Palais des Papes.

Day 8

AVIGNON

End of your cycling trip after breakfast.
Have a safe journey home!

Hotel La Bastide de Gordes - Piscine

Deluxe range

For an exceptional stay you enter some of the best residences, castles and mansions and sleep in princes and duchesses’ rooms.

Accommodation example
Château de Massillan - Uchaux - Façade Hotel Crillon le Brave Hotel La Bastide de Gordes - Façade Hotel Baumanière - Piscine Hôtel la Mirande - Façade

Starting from 2320€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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)

 


You can also

 

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

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Villeneuve lez Avignon, Vaucluse (84)

Avignon by car*

From Lyon by A7 (230km 2H30)

From Paris by A6 then A7 (700km 7H20)

Avignon by train*

Avignon TGV Train station (From Paris: 2H30)

 

* Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option with Abicyclette Voyages 

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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