In some ways, Provence requires no introduction. We all have ready images of its bucolic landscapes, painted purple with lavender and of gnarled olive trees, majestic cypresses, plus all that magical light made famous by Van Gogh. Author Peter Mayle introduced us to the enduring charm of the locals, while the Tour de France has etched Mont Ventoux in our brains. Still, such images only scratch the surface in terms of the region’s beauty, history, culture and cuisine, with some picturesque pedaling along the way.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Dana Quinn
Set out on a warm-up ride past olive groves to the charming village of Maussane (with some interesting historical sites along the way!). Tonight, arrive in mystical Les Baux in time to catch the evening light falling over the gothic hilltop castle.
Following a morning ride amid Les Alpilles, spend the afternoon exploring Provence's most famous town, St-Remy. You'll meet a local guide who will shed some “Provençal light” on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh at St. Paul hospital.
Ride by canals and fruit orchards before crossing the Durance River into the Isle sur la Sorgue. Marvel at the ancient old water wheels that still function in this former mill town. Enjoy dinner in Gordes this evening.
Learn the history behind Fontaine de Vaucluse and its looming castle before an optional paddle down the curiously coloured Sorgue River. Tonight, get ready for some fun antique shopping in town.
Explore the picturesque hilltop villages of the Lubéron Valley by bike—see if you can spy the ruins of the château of the Marquis de Sade! Enjoy dinner on your own tonight in Gordes.
As all good journeys must come to an end, we will organize transportation for your onward journey plans. Bonne route!VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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