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Provence is a French fantasy brought to life, and cycling is one of the best ways to experience it all. Not only the stunning views, but the scents (lavender fields, anyone?) and tastes (think of all the wines and cheeses!) as well. Get ready for a week of pedaling across untamed Mediterranean wilderness, cruising beside jaw-dropping canyons, past vineyards and olive groves. We’ll trace the paths of Tour de France legends, cross ancient Roman bridges, and take picnic stops in ancient hilltop villages. But hold onto your handlebars because what comes after the rides is equally great—top-notch restaurants and nights in luxurious hotels, complete with spas! In Provence, cycling and hedonism become the best of friends, and with this tour, we’re totally cool with third-wheeling!

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  • Tour de France location

    Cycle to the top of Mont Ventoux, one of the most iconic climbs of the famous bicycle race

  • All-inclusive experience

    With ground transport, luxurious lodging, and gourmet meals sorted, all you have to do is enjoy the ride

  • Provençal state of mind

    Taste, feel, and breathe Provence over the course of a week, exploring its history, cuisine, and laidback way of life

Itinerary

Immerse yourself in a week-long Provencal dream, cycling through breathtaking Mediterranean wilderness, tracing Tour de France routes, and exploring countless ancient villages. After exhilarating rides, luxuriate in spa-equipped hotels and relish top-tier gastronomy. For the first three days, explore the areas around Mont Ventoux and spend the rest of the adventure around the Luberon massif. With expert guides, seamless logistics, and unforgettable experiences, this all-inclusive cycling escapade promises an enchanting blend of adventure, indulgence, and the irresistible allure of Provence.

  • Based in the deluxe antique hotel, the first 3 days of the adventure unfold with an exhilarating ride through the breathtaking Les Gorges de la Nesque and a challenging ascent of the iconic Mont Ventoux. For those seeking a more leisurely pace, immerse in the region’s allure with a visit to the largest local market and a delightful wine excursion towards the village of Vaison la Romaine, possibly pausing for a wine tasting on the return journey.

    Your cycling itinerary includes a 20-40 km (12-24 miles) loop from the Bédoin village to the Beaumes de Venise village on Day 1. On Day 2, embark on a 40-60 km (24-36 miles) loop through the captivating showstopping limestone river canyon Gorges de la Nesque, featuring a 1,700’ (518 m) elevation gain. For Day 3, Option 1 offers a 40 km (24 miles) loop to the summit of Mont Ventoux, while Option 2 allows a 60 km (36 miles) route to the village of Vaison la Romaine, exploring its market and wine roads on the return journey. The choice is yours for a truly customizable and memorable cycling experience. Distance on each day depends on the groups preferences and fitness.

    Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
    Accommodation: Hôtel La Maison de Crillon

    Road next to the canyon of the Nesque river in Provence.
  • The second part of the trip takes your group into the captivating Luberon region. Meander through the ocher-colored shades of the Roussillon village, explore the waterside charm of l’Isle sur la Sorgue village, known for its antique shops and market, and marvel at the 12th-century castle overlooking the lavender-filled valley in the village of Gordes. This region unfolds with serene roads, always carrying the sweet scent of lavender in the air. There will be unlimited options for rides on quiet roads to extend today’s ride.

    In this cycling leg of the journey, Day 4 begins with a 40 km (25 miles) transfer to the heart of the Luberon region. Day 5 offers a scenic 60 km (37 miles) loop to Gordes, where you can explore the Isle sur la Sorgue antique market or Abbaye de Sénanque. On Day 6, set out on a picturesque loop to discover the beauty of the villages of Roussillon, Lacoste, and Menerbes and the ancient Roman Julien bridge. All the rides can be adapted to your preferences and skill levels. As the journey concludes on Day 7, depart with a transfer to Avignon, marking the end of your exploration of Provence

    Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
    Accommodation: Le Phébus & Spa

    The village of Menerbes in Provence.
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Meet your guides

Adrien Truwant
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Adrien Truwant
Certified mountain bike and road cycling guide, qualified ski instructor and off-piste coach,
Certified mountain bike and road cycling guide, qualified ski instructor and off-piste coach,
Based in the picturesque setting of Verbier, Switzerland, Adrien is the founder of Verbier Ride, a company that has evolved to offer immersive mountain biking and road cycling experiences across Europe. His expertise extends seamlessly from navigating the winding roads to tackling challenging single trails in the mountains. With 12 years of dedicated experience, he is committed to providing clients with unforgettable and tailor-made adventures. Whether guiding on the road or exploring mountain trails, Adrien brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for delivering exceptional outdoor experiences.
Verbier Ride
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Verbier Ride
Verbier Ride comprises a collective of passionate cycling and skiing enthusiasts who initially crossed paths during training or employment with different tour operators and ski schools. Fueled by a shared dedication to adventure, they have united their strengths to craft unique experiences in Verbier, Switzerland and beyond. Each instructor, coach, and guide possesses specialized qualifications, ensuring the transmission of knowledge and leading diverse adventures with a blend of enjoyment and safety. Their profound understanding of the terrain and instructional expertise empowers them to tailor tours based on participants' skill levels, prevailing weather conditions, and the current state of the terrain.

Accommodation

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced cycling guides with extensive local knowledge of the area
      • 6 days of cycling in various parts of Provence
      • Accommodation in luxurious hotels based on double or twin occupancy (6 nights)
      • Meals for the duration of the tour (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners)
      • Snacks and beverages between meals
      • Ground transportation during the adventure (van shuttles to tailor the rides to your preferences)
      • Transportation to your accommodation from Avignon
      • Guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries, and more
      • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
      • Entrance fees for accessing to parks and attractions
      • Luggage transfers for the duration of the tour
      • Travel Planner for seamless pre-trip preparation

    Road bike and e-bike rentals are available for an added fee of $355 and $380, respectively. Single supplement is available for an added fee of $920. Helmet is available free of charge upon request ( you can leave a note during booking).

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Avignon
      • Accommodation before and after the tour — if applicable
      • Bike or e-bike rentals
      • Any personal expenses (souvenirs, drinks in bars, etc.)
      • Travel insurance (that covers cycling activities) — required
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • For this Provence guided bike adventure, you have to be reasonably fit. This tour is suitable for cyclists who regularly ride at weekends and have no problem staying on their bike for several hours at a time. You should be comfortable with an occasional challenging climb and have good control of your bike, feeling confident in your skills to ascend and descend safely. The region’s diverse terrain, characterized by both flat expanses and undulating hills, demands a certain level of stamina and strength.

    Your cycling experience should be sufficient for you to be able to cross between 15 and 50 miles (25-80 km) 6 days in a row, with daily elevation gains between 1,300 and 3,940 feet (400-1,200 m). Keep in mind that the riding is customizable, which means that your group will be able to choose either an easier or a more demanding route on any day, potentially with an option to split the group depending on preferences. This means that, for example, instead of riding 46 miles (75 km) with an elevation gain of 3,900 feet (1,200 m), you can opt for a 35-mile (56 km) route with an elevation gain of 1,640 feet (500 m). If you’re still worried about the distances and climbs, a good option may be renting an e-bike, which will make your rides significantly less strenuous. Road bike and e-bike rentals are available for an added fee of $355 and $380, respectively.

    Keep in mind that you will regularly take breaks. Your guide will always be by your side, monitor your technique, push you to give your maximum, and change the route if it gets too strenuous for your group.

  • To prepare for the guided Provence bike tour, start with a fitness assessment to gauge your current cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. Given Provence’s diverse terrain, it’s essential to build robust fitness levels. Incorporate consistent training sessions into your routine, focusing on strengthening your leg muscles and enhancing overall cardiovascular endurance. This targeted preparation is crucial for navigating the characteristic climbs and descents that define Provence’s cycling landscape. Additionally, gradually increase your mileage in training to acclimate your body to longer distances, ensuring that you can fully savor the picturesque landscapes without succumbing to excessive fatigue during the tour.

  • Here’s what you’ll need:

      • Road bike or an e-bike — can be rented (road bike and e-bike rentals are available for an added fee of $355 and $380, respectively)
      • Helmet — can be provided by the guide upon request
      • Comfortable riding clothing (make sure its made of moisture-wicking or synthetic material)
      • Sneakers or sport shoes for riding (multipurpose bike and hike shoes are recommended)
      • Breathable outside layer or jacket
      • Lightweight rain jacket
      • Sweater or fleece
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottles or hydration bladder
      • Daypack large enough for everything you might need in a day
      • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
      • Casual clothes to wear when you’re not cycling
      • Swimsuit
      • Comfortable walking shoes to wear when you’re not cycling
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)

    You’ll receive a more detailed packing list upon booking. Pack clothing suitable for different weather conditions. Opt for breathable fabrics and ensure you have sun protection to enhance your comfort during the ride. Ensure to adjust this list based on the season and the duration of your stay.

  • Bikes are not included in the price of the guided Provence bike trip, but can be rented during booking for an added fee of $355 for a regular road bike and $380 for an e-bike. Choosing between a regular road bike and an e-bike depends on your preferences and fitness level.

    If you enjoy a traditional road cycling experience, value agility, and seek a physical challenge, go for the regular road bike. It’s ideal for those in good physical condition accustomed to longer rides and hilly terrain. On the other hand, if you prefer extra assistance, especially on climbs, or want to enjoy the journey without intense physical effort, an e-bike is a wise choice. It’s suitable for cyclists of all levels, providing electric assistance to ease climbs and extend your range. The e-bike is accessible to a wide range of people, including those with concerns about distance or elevation. Keep in mind the additional weight and the need for regular battery recharging. Ultimately, choose the option that aligns with your cycling goals and desired experience.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The group size for this group tour is usually between 6-8, but the maximum group size is 12.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Cycling in Provence can be arranged for private groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Avignon, the starting point of the adventure, most people fly either into Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport or into Marseille Provence Airport. Once you’re in either of the two cities, we recommend taking a high-speed TGV train to Avignon. The journey will take you approximately 3 hours from Paris or 50 minutes from Marseille. You will meet fellow cyclists and guides on Day 1 by 11am, at your hotel.

    For an optimal start to your Provence guided cycling adventure, many guests choose to stay the night before in Paris, Marseille, or Avignon. To streamline your journey, your guides offer transfers from the Avignon TGV train station or the center of Avignon on the morning of the trip’s commencement, with pickups typically scheduled around 10am. That way, you can board a morning train from Paris or Marseille on Day 1 and easily get to the pickup point in time.

  • For this tour, it is necessary that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in France, please refer to France’s foreign travel advice.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A $500 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid ninety-five (95 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client makes a cancellation within seven (7) calendar days after the Booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety-five (95) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a $200 fee.
      • For cancellations sixty (60) to ninety-five (95) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of seventy percent (70%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to fifty-nine (59) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of forty percent (49%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund of the trip price.
      • Please note that bike rental cancellations need to be done within 30 days prior to the scheduled trip to avoid cancellation fees.
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