Other regions

Cycling Provence, the Luberon


Time: 7 days - 6 nights - 6 days of activities

Mode Self-guided

Physical level: Easy

from 615 €

Travel type: Cycling tour

Region: Other regions - France

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Protected by the mountains and blessed with an exceptional quality of light, the Lubéron radiates with a palette of different colours. It is a terrain of sensations. The colours, fragrances and tastes of Provence will attack your senses, you can be sure to see some of natures wonders and sample some exceptionally good food and wine.

 

The villages and the region's history are a real joy to discover, there is no better way than by cycling to really penetrate into the intimacy of the region. This itinerary will lead you through Roussillon and Rustrel where you will find the stunning bright ochre quarries. Perched villages, such as Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes, some of the most beautiful villages of France.

 

There is a unique savoir vivre in Provence, a relaxing rhythm where people take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Go with the flow, make the odd detour along the way to really seep up the history and savour all the pleasures of provence.

 

We can supply you with GPS tracks for the entire route, just ask us !

 


Dates and prices

Departure

Every day from the beginning of April to the end of October.

For a departure on a different date, consult us.

Booking from 2 people (solo travelers : please contact us).

Important : this trip is not recommended in july and august, because of the high temperatures in this season.

 

Prices : From 01/04/2021 to 30/10/2021 :

 

Price per person for a group of 2 persons

685€

Price per person for a group of 3 persons

650€

Price per person for a group of 4 persons

630€

Price per person for a group of 5 persons

620€

Price per person for a group of 6 persons

615€

 

Extras :

- Extra single room : 150 €/pers

- Extra VTC bike hire + bag 6 days : 120 €/pers

- Extra E-bike hire + bag 6 days : 200 €/pers

- Extra night in Cavaillon in BB in double room : 52 €/pers

- Extra night in Cavaillon in BB in single room : 82 €/pers

- Extra transfer from Marseille airport to Cavaillon 1 to 6 pers : 200€/transfer (week), 230 €/transfer (Sunday & public holidays)


The price includes

- Half board accommodation (except days 1 and 6 in bed and breakfast)

- Luggage transfers

- Dossier containing maps, route notes (1 for 4 persons, given in 1st accommodation)

- GPS tracks if you ask us


The price does not include

- Holiday and travel insurance

- Additional transfers

- Evening meals day 1 and 6.

- Entrance fees, additional activities

- Drinks and picnics

- Bike hire

- 10€ : booking fees

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Cavaillon

Installation in your hotel in Cavaillon. You may choose to visit the town or discover the nearby villages

Loop from Cavaillon to the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

A cycle ride from Cavaillon to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse passing by the prestigious L’Isle sur la Sorgue known as the ‘Venice of the Comtat’ with its shady squares and old water wheels. The river Sorgue divides into five streams as it runs through the town that is reputed for its many pretty canals and wealth of antique shops. The calm streets are bordered with plane trees, it’s a great place to just stroll around and enjoy. Then, you will arrive at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a small haven that has a capricious spring, before riding back to Cavaillon. Distance : 30km, duration : 3h00, altitude gain : +150m, descent : -150m.

Day 2 : From Cavaillon to Apt

From Cavaillon you cycle to Gordes, classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Gordes is well known for its historic site known as the village of Borries, a small cluster of strange dry-stone dwellings inhabited from the Middle Ages right up to the nineteenth century and the twelfth century Cistercian Abbaye de Sénanque, open to the public and host to various religious exhibitions. Continuing on you will discover the hilltop village of Roussillon and Gargas, so named because of the warm russet, violet, and yellow ochre hues of its buildings. Finally you arrive at your destination for the day, the village of Apt, situated in the very heart of the Luberon. Distance : 48km, duration : 5h00, altitude gain : +620m, descent : -435m.

Day 3 : From Apt to Viens

From Apt your itinerary heads to the village of Rustrel, there is an hour long circuit that lets you discover the ‘Colorado Provencal’ again these where once ochre quarries but the landscape of vivid colours are in contrast to those visited yesterday. Small roads and lanes lead you through some classic Provencal countryside where you will see vineyards, fields of scented lavender, cherry orchards, fig trees and olive groves. There is plenty of time for exploring the host of unusual villages, natural wonders and historic sights, before arriving in the lovely village of Viens. Distance : 27km, duration : 3h15, altitude gain : +612m, descent : -100m.

Day 4 : From Viens to Buoux

From Viens, superb picturesque village where traces of the past are still present thanks to the superb historic monuments, shady roads lead to Saigon a village which is emblematic of the Luberon, the itinerary continues to Buoux. Buoux is known for its impressive fort and cliffs that attracts climbers from all over the world. Distance : 39km, duration : 4h00, altitude gain : +180m, descent : -150m.

Day 5 : Bonnieux, Lacoste and the North side of the Petit Lubéron

Buoux has an important strategic position between the Grand and the small Luberon. You will traverse a host of enticing small villages before arriving at Bonnieux village. Bonnieux is perched on the northern slopes of the Luberon, it boasts two ancient churches, vestige ramparts dating from the 13th century and a marvellous orientation point from where you can take in the surrounding landscape. The next stop is a village that is dominated by the ruins of the mysterious château de Sade. From here, a small road leads to the village of Ménerbes that clings to a rocky spur, the spot is of exceptional beauty and offers views across the Lubéron and the Monts du Vaucluse. A final enjoyable loop will lead you through part of the valley of Aiguebrun and back to Buoux. Distance : 42km, duration : 4h15, altitude gain : +460m, descent : -460m.

Day 6 : From Buoux to Cavaillon, by the villages of Lourmarin and Merindol

Today’s route takes you through a natural defile created by the River Aigue Brun. This ancient trail, known as the ‘Combe du Lourmarin’, enables one to traverse the Luberon range from north to south. The route winds past rocky outcrops and brings you out near the lovely village of Lourmarin, classified as ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France’. You can admire the 15th/16th century Château, the Romanesque church, a lovely campanile and old fountains. Your final stage takes you along the southern flank of the Luberon range, through the lush farmlands that line the banks of the Durance River. You ride through the village of Lauris, and at Merindol you can explore the old town centre with its picturesque 17th and 18th century buildings. Merindol is also known for its fruits and melons, which can frequently be purchased in the markets of Cavaillon, which you should reach in the mid-afternoon. Distance : 42km, duration : 4h15, altitude gain : +220m, descent : -565m.

Day 7 : Cavaillon, end of holiday.

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast in Cavaillon.

 

 

This programme is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. It may be necessary, if situations arise that are beyond our control, for the itinerary to be modified.


Welcome

Day 1 at your hotel in Cavaillon (84), according to your time of arrival.


Dispersion

Day 7 at your hotel in Cavaillon (84), after breakfast.


Level

Moderate. No particular technical difficulty.


Accommodation

Half board except days 1 and 6 in Bed & Breakfast
4 nights in hotel on days 1, 4, 5 and 6
2 nights in guesthouse on days 2 and 3
Swimming pool access for 3 days

 

Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, butter, jam)
Evening meals in gites, often based on local specialities, include a starter, a main course and a dessert except day 1 and day 6 you have more choice of restaurants in Cavaillon.
Pic-nics and drinks are not included.


Carrying luggage

During your cycling holiday you will only need to carry a few personal belongings for the day (pic-nic, water ..). Bring a suitcase that's easy to carry (see our equipment advice).


Guide

Self-guided cycling, without guide

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