Escape everyday life and immerse yourself in the beauty of Provence, even for just a few days. This adventure will give you a taste of everything Provence has to offer, from the beautiful village of Gordes, through lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards leading you to L'isle Sur-La-Sorgue, the "Venice of Provence".
We will pick you up from either Marseille airport or Avignon TGV station. We will then take you to St. Remy de Provence where you can check in and explore the beautiful tree lined town square.
Your bike will be delivered today.
DAY 2Cycle Through the Alpilles
Today you will enjoy a circular route taking you to into the foothills if the Alpilles, home at one time to Vincent Van Gogh. Enchanting limestone mountains covered in pine and oak forests will be your vista as you cycle through quaint French cycle towns stopping for a coffee and croissant. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity the Alpilles offers and the picture perfect panoramic views. Discover Aix-en-Provence or cycle up to towns such as Eygalieres.
The distance you ride is totally up to you today.
DAY 3Cycling to Gordes
Nestled within the Mont de Vaucluse lies the sprawling Gordes. One of Provence's most famous hilltop towns, the town is bursting with beautiful white stone buildings and luscious greenery. Explore the cobbled streets and discover the 10th century chateaux, cellars of the Saint Firmin Palace, Moulin des Bouillons, a former oil mill or Abbey of Senanque.
DAY 4L'isle Sur-La-Sorgue
Known as the "Venice of Provence" this beautiful place is a must see. Take a leisurely cycle along the Sorgue river and if you happen to be visiting on a Sunday, the market dominates the town. Selling everything from antiques, books food and flowers it's a great opportunity to pick up some local produce or antiques. Whether you visit the market, the countless art galleries or enjoy delicious food in a restaurant overlooking the canal, L'isle Sur-La-Sorgue gives you a great taste of Provence.
As this is a circular ride, cycle as much or as little as you want.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
With fields of lavender, rolling vineyards and quaint hilltop villages, Provence offers the ultimate escape from city life. Ride through lavender fields, taste world famous wines and explore the Alpilles where Van Gogh famously painted.
Summer is a popular time to visit but the best is Spring or Autumn, before or after the crowds. It can be fresh, especially if the Mistral blowing down the Rhone but the sunshine coupled with cool air makes for excellent riding .
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore the Luberon and the Alpillesat your own pace. We know the area very well and have put together some recommended routes in GPX format which allows you to download these to most GPS enabled devices, and with certain software, to your smartphone. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be titled with a short description of the ride and the distance. If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer. If you would like guiding instead, please just ask our cycle experience team.
You will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.