A TYPICAL B&B-BASED TOUR.
The following are 2 different types of self guided cycling holiday:
1 - This first example has a smaller amount of bike time with more of an accent on tourism.
2 - The second example is where the biking is more important, with greater distances covered (and of course lots of sights taken in).
Note that most of us are somewhere in between these two examples.
It's also important to remember that our self guided cycling tours are very flexible, meaning that these itineraries are by no way set in stone. These are guides as to what your tour could look like. On your arrival, by using our comprehensive Ride Directory (of 60+ rides) and our input, we can easily put together the tour that is right for you, thus making the most of your time in Provence.
Day 1: Arrival @ 4pm - Pick up bikes & GPS. Short demo & a 3kms ride to get you used to your GPS. Then
maybe a short ride before dinner.
Day 2 - Ride to the spectacular stone hill village of Gordes, take a seat at the cafe by the fountain & take in the view. Visit the ancient stone settlement just outside Gordes. Then onto one of the many vineyards. 25kms / 15 miles.
Day 3 - Walk to the Lavender museum in the village from the Farmhouse. Then on the bike to visit the beautiful riverside villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse & L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Admire the crystal clear water as you sit by one of the many riverside restaurants. L'Isle sur la Sorgue is the French Antiques capital - so dozens of shops to visit. 30 kms / 18 miles.
Day 4 - Ride along the Luberon plain then onto the beautiful village of Roussillon, famous for its terracotta landscapes and take a walk through one of the old ochre mines. Then down to the converted rail track (now a bike path) on the way back to the Farmhouse. 35 kms / 21 miles.
Day 5 - Visit Peter Mayle - Year in Provence's territory, with the choices of Lacoste, Menerbes, Goult and Bonnieux - all beautiful centuries old stone hill villages, rich in history and culture. Chateaux, vineyards, great views, excellent restaurants - the real Provence. 30 kms / 18 miles.
Day 6 - A lovely ride to the unique, and relatively unknown, Oppede le Vieux. Walk through the picturesque Rennaisance village and then up through the abandoned houses (due to an earthquake) to the rocky spur with its magnificent 360 views, ancient Chateau and Church - unforgettable. 30 kms / 18 miles.
Day 7 - Departure after breakfast.
Day 2 - A tour of the spectacular Luberon villages and landscape. Take the superb, quiet bike route to Oppede le Vieux, Menerbes, Lacoste & Bonnieux - where sights abound. Head down the excellent 10km winding road, with great views of Mont Ventoux, to Apt. Then climb up to the spectacular villages of Rousillon and Gordes. 72 kms / 45 miles.
Day 3 - Tackle the Tour de France classic - Mont Ventoux. Drive the 50 mins to the start point. Punch your time card at the bottom of the mountain and then it's the 25kms climb to the top. With the last 6kms at 10% for fun. Punch your card and admire your time - then it's 25kms free wheeling. It's not a huge distance - but it's a lot of altitude - 1600 metres from Bedoin or 1200 metres from Sault.
Day 4 - Scenic tour around the Luberon Mountains. Head of along the flat, through the vines to the pretty villages of Robion & Maubec. Head around the spectacular Luberon mountain, through the orchards, pretty Lourmarin and into the mountain pass. Tackle the long climb up to Bonnieux, and then down into the valley along the converted rail track (now a bike path) on the way back to the Farmhouse. 76 Kms / 48 Miles.
Day 5 - Gordes & beyond. Climb up to the famous village of Gordes, keep going to the Col de Murs'mountain pass and the magnificent calm that you'll find there, then the downhill towards the pretty villages in the river plane, St Dider, Pernes & L'Isle sur la Sorgue. 68 Kms / 43 Miles.
Day 6 - Up into the hills. Take the scenic route to the unique village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, and into the quiet & beautiful hills behind. Down to picturesque St Didier for lunch, and then back via the river plane and fruit orchards. 76 Kms / 48 Miles.
Day 7 - Departure after breakfast.
"Our host, Neil, has taken his Bed and Breakfast, a fully renovated 17th century farmhouse, and value added cycling and gourmet dining to the package. His GPS guided tours are a dream.
P. Sanders - US - May 12.
"My husband and I are fit but really only neighborhood cyclists. We were a bit concerned about this adventure but could not recommend it more highly. We choose GPS guided tours that fit our abilities allowing us to enjoy the small villages, farms and local eateries."
Gary - US - July 10.
"Amazing system. Allows you to have a plan and know where youӲe going through small countryroads, villages, vineyards and orchards."
Dana & Flynn - US - June 2010.
"if you want a route that sets you a bit of challenge with a good restaurant for lunch Neil will point you in the direction and recommend the best places to visit, And if you want the ultimate cycling challenge you can travel to Bedoin and then head up Mont Ventoux, an experience which will stay with you for some time to come!"
Patrick - UK - June 2010.
"you could take off for a ride at your own schedule, travel at your own speed and stop whenever you felt like it...which was often as there were so many spectacular photo opportunities."
Donna - US - June 2010.