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Our Bike Tours and COVID-19: 11th Jan '22 Update.

Covid-19 and booking your bike tour with confidence..

France, as with many other countries, is experiencing a lot of Covid cases due to Omicron. There is, nonetheless though, a general "life back to normal" feeling in France, particularly if you are fully vaccinated.

This is helped by the fact that France has a high vaccination rate of 92%.

One rule that has remained in place is the mandatory wearing of masks in public indoor spaces (shops, museums, the entrance to restaurants etc) and happily it's well respected.

International borders were opened around the middle of Summer 2021, and as such we were able to run our tours, with American, Canadian & European guests, with positive experiences all round.

Also, as from the 15th Jan '22 the French Health Pass is being upgraded to a Vaccine Pass. Which will require the public to prove they have been vaccinated (your local non-French proof of vaccination will suffice) in order to enjoy access to many public indoor spaces: cafés, restaurants, museums etc. A negative test result alone will no longer be sufficient.

We understand though that even if you are fully vaccinated, you may still have some reluctance to organise overseas travel.

So, in order to give you peace of mind when booking your future tour with us, we have put in place our 3-point Covid Guarantee policy.

  1. Full Credits – If your local Gov’t will not let you travel to France, or the French Gov’t will not let you enter France (within 21 days of your tour start dates), then we will provide you with a Full Credit for any payments made.

  2. Full Flexibility – Any credits made by us, will be on an open-ended basis, allowing you to use them for any future tour date of your choosing and convenience. There is no short “use by date”.

    You also have the flexibility of booking your tour today and not paying a deposit until February 2022.

  3. Full Transferability – If you want to pass your full credit onto a friend or family member, that’s absolutely fine… and there is no admin fee either…

We hope you find the above conditions reasonable; it must be said not many other tours are offering such good terms!

So, after a really enjoyable restart to our tours in the Summer of 2021 - we are now looking forward to our 2022 dates, and we hope to see you then…
Please note though that with the back log of people wanting to travel, availabilities are moving very fast…

Here’s a link to our 2022 tour dates https://www.provence-cycling-holidays.com/availabilities-2022.html.

Happy biking - Neil & Nat (Owners).

The Covid-19 situation in France.

So, we had some good news in September and October of 2021 in that we were able to restart our tours. And they all ran very smoothly.

Even though France is currently in the 5th Covid wave (as with most countries), here on the ground if you are fully vaccinated, life still feels pretty normal. And there are several reasons for this:

  1. France has one of the higher worldwide vaccination rates at 91% of those eligible. And the 3rd booster daily numbers are now massive, where France also has one of the highest worldwide delivered numbers.
  2. There is also the game changing aim of reducing the vector of primary school children, with the vaccination of 5 to 11 year olds. This looks set to get under way from the 20th Dec 21.
  3. Of course one of the restrictions that we have had continually in place is the mandatory wearing of masks in public indoor spaces (shops, museums, the entrance to restaurants etc) though of course this actually makes you feel safer. And the rules are being adhered to exceptionally well!
  4. France has had a "Pass Sanitaire" or "Health Pass" in place now since June '21, and it has worked very well. It’s had the effect of making deconfinement total for those vaccinated (or 24hr tested) opening up everything from restaurants, cafés to museums just as before.

Some of our foreign guests were able to get the official pass, and it worked perfectly well for them. And even those that weren't able to get it (due to the backlog) had no problems whatsoever - a quick flash of their local proof of vaccination worked every time!

On a micro level, and for your peace of mind, and ours, we’re happy to say that our family is fully vaccinated (and will continue to be so), so we’re covered, and looking forward to welcoming you in 2022…

And remember, you can make a new booking with confidence, with our 3-point Covid Guarantee policy: Full Credits, Full Flexibility & Full Transferability.

We look forward to seeing our bikers in 2022 - Vive les holidays! Please do contact us if you have any questions.

Neil & Nat (Owners).

French Travel Requirements for Covid-19.

FRENCH COVID HEALTH PASS: In order for the non French to obtain the “Pass Sanitaire”, you simply need to go to a listed Pharmacy (there's one in our village), and show them your passport along with your local (non French) vaccination certificate. The pharmacy will then generate, on the spot, a QR code that will be emailed to you, and that you can then easily enter into the French Covid app - "TousAntiCovid". You will then flash them the QR code, via the app on your phone, to gain entrance to all public amenities.
https://www.sante.fr/how-to-obtain-a-french-health-pass

ENTRY TO FRANCE WITH PROOF OF VACCINATION: Currently, to gain initial entry to France, you just need to show proof of full vaccination, either a digital or paper based document from your own national Government. You may also need to show a negative Covid-19 test – please check prior to travel.

PROVIDE A “SWORN UNDERTAKING” TO ENTER FRANCE: You will also need to print off and sign a "Sworn Undertaking" statement (it's very simple) that states you have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection, and that to your knowledge you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey. Please see the link below for the official French Government form to print off prior to travel.

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

YOUR LOCAL GOV’T (NON FRENCH) REQUIREMENTS: So, we have detailed above the current local (French) conditions for entering France - it is essential, however, to check the conditions with your own local national bodies regarding travel to and from France. Below we have listed links to several official Foreign national bodies regarding their own travel requirements to France.

USA: https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221
UK: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements
EU + Schengen area: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

END OF STAY COVID TESTING: Also, at the end of your stay, should you need a Covid-19 test to return home, we will be happy to book this is in for you.
It's all very easy, as we have 3 locations right in our village that we have been using without any problems.

The booking process is easy, everything is well organised, it's a quick test and the results are usually emailed to you within 30 minutes for natural flow/antigen tests and up to 12 hrs for PCR tests.
PCR tests are currently charged at a price of 49€ and natural flow/antigen at 29€.

If you have any questions, please contact us.
Neil & Nat Cowell.

Our Covid-19 bike tour measures

Vaccination requirements.

We are confortable receiving our biker guests, as any international traveller entering France has to show evidence of their double vaccination.

Furthermore, and for your peace of mind (and ours), we’re happy to say that our entire family has been vaccinated, so again we’re covered, and ready for more tours in 2022.

Covid measures and our tours.

We are of course implementing all necessary Covid-19 measures to keep everybody as safe as possible. Something that is relatively easy given that we have lots of space at our properties and that we run relatively small group numbers, with no more than 8 guests at any one time at the B&B - and no more than 6 guests at the villa. These are not mass tours.

Measures at the B&B -

  • Hydroalcoholic gels and tissues in each room and at strategic points around the property, along with enhanced end of stay cleaning.
  • Additional daily cleaning measures at the property.

Measures at the Villa -

  • Hydroalcoholic gels and tissues in each room and at strategic points around the properties, along with enhanced end of stay cleaning.
  • All bike equipment sanitised at the beginning and end of your tour.

Also something to remember is that our guests spend the majority of their time out biking in their own small groups, made up of family and friends. The biking is also in a low density, rural setting, with the majority of the time being spent in open countryside and the small villages that we visit along the way. Areas, that to date, have been less impacted by Covid-19 than urban areas.

Our B&B based tours are on the edge of the small village of Coustellet, whereas our Villa based tours are in the small village of Taillades.

Another advantage that we have is that you can minimise risks by using the quieter, smaller, yet convenient transport hubs to get to our locations. Marignane/Marseille airport is a medium sized, relatively quiet airport (yet it has good links) and we have the Avignon high speed train station (TGV) - which are both just a 50 min car journey away.

If you have any questions regarding an existing booking or a future booking, please contact us.

Hope to see you in 2022 for some great cycling in Provence – Neil & Nat Cowell - (Owners).

Tour the idyllic Luberon Park, famous for its lavender fields and Peter Mayle's "Year in Provence" book.
Unique set-up, single base cycling holidays - Relax in 1 of our 2 properties, no packing & unpacking.
Small-scale, family-run, flexible Provence bike trips - The right rides for you, at your pace.
Self-guided bike tours using the latest Garmin GPS systems for easy, stress-free navigation.
Daily personal briefings - Benefit from our local knowledge (we live here all year long).
Well-maintained new Trek hybrid bikes & all the equipment you need + bike break-down support.
Ebikes and Road bikes available on demand.
Bike trip duration: 6 nights / 7 days.
14 years of 5* Provence bike tour reviews on Tripadvisor - CLICK HERE to see them.

B&B and Villa Provence Bike Tour AVAILABILITIES: B&B and Villa Provence Bike Tour AVAILABILITIES:
2022 Dates

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

Excellent biking getaway!
"We just returned from our second trip to Provence Cycling Holidays. Neil and Nat are fabulous hosts, the bike rides are gorgeous and beautifully laid out. We get to choose where we want to go each day and take off on our own with the amazing Garmin GPS directing us at every turn. The cards have info about where to eat and what to do in the villages we are passing through that day. If the weather is not great, Nat and Neil have lots of ideas for hiking or museums or more. And the breakfasts are amazing as well as the two family style dinners we shared with the family. This is a must do on the list of anyone that enjoys biking in Europe!."
Cycle Break in Provence, France. - Jane - US - Oct 21 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
A wonderful week cycling in Provence.
"Our group had a fantastic time at Provence Cycling Holidays. We felt completely at home with Neil and his engaging family. He was patient with us as our plans evolved at the last minute during the pandemic. The bikes provided met our requests with some using the standard hybrids, some on road bikes and one on an ebike. The rides suggested to us from his library or custom plotted were appropriate to each of our desires, from longer, harder road rides to moderate hybrid tours through amazing scenery to some of the most beautiful villages in Provence. The food, recommendations and information provided were all terrific.
If you want a cycling vacation in a beautiful part of the world where you feel at home and part of the family and where you are extremely well looked after, this is the place to go."
Bike Tour in Provence, France. - Doreen - Can - Sept 21 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
Great cycling holiday!
"This B&B provides self-guided bike tours in the Provence area of France. This business provides pre-loaded routes on Garmin Edge bike computers. The owners take great care in helping guests select routes to maximize their enjoyment. Our group had both pedestrian and hardcore cyclists and everyone loved the cycling routes they chose and had a great time. The owners are first class and made everyone feel like they were part of the family. The B&B rooms were very nice and the food was fantastic! No COVID issues."
Cycle Tour in Provence, France. - Dale - Can - Sept 21 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
5* comfort with awesome cycling!
"Dear Neil & Nat - Our first time & hopefully not our last! We have so thoroughly enjoyed staying at your gorgeous Les Taillades Villa.
Everything we hoped for! I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys 5* comfort combined with awesome cycling in the Luberon.
We were so very lucky to experience this, thank you so much for running this for tourists. All the very best!"
Bike Tours Provence - Christina & Mike - NZ - June 2019 - 5* Villa Review.
Wonderful cycling week.
"Another good vacation, this time at your beautiful Taillades Villa. Five fabulous days of riding!
The villa was delightful: clean, spotless, well supplied and our tours were well planned and delightful. Everything was taken care of down to the last detail.
Thankful you came to see us each day to give us the benefit of your insight and counsel on ride selection, restaurants and sites."
Cycling Holidays France - Bonnie, Tim & friends - US - June 2019 - 5* B&B Tripadvisor Review.
Simply Fabulous.
"Spent 6 nights here in beautiful Provence. An absolutely fantastically located base for touring round this lovely area under Neil’s expert guidance. The B&B is immaculately run by Neil & Nat.
Would not hesitate in recommending this place to anyone!
Well done Neil, Nat & the kids."
Bike Holidays France in Provence - Mike M - UK - July 2019 - 5* B&B Tripadvisor Review.
Absolutely merits 5 stars!
"As all previous reviews state, what a fantastic and quality set-up.
The Villa is beautiful and so well equipped. The bikes and the sat nav's showing the best routes to amazing villages with least effort all just perfect.
The hosts Nat and Neil work tirelessly to ensure that everyone who stays with them either in the Villa or their B& B get the best out of their holiday.
Absolutely merits 5 stars. Thank you both. We have very happy memories."
Cycling Tours France, Provence - Lorna - UK - May 2019 - 5* Villa review.
It fitted our needs to perfection. Highly recommended!
"We are a family of 6 and stayed at the self-catering villa in Taillades. It was splendid. We loved the set up of the villa - the huge well-equipped kitchen, spacious living areas and comfortable rooms.
It fitted our needs to perfection - we had privacy and all the support we needed from Nat & Neil.
Our days were spent cycling on one of the many routes programmed on the GPS and Neil would point out the restaurants and highlight sights we should not miss. The bikes were in tip-top condition and it was so helpful that they provided helmets.
Nat & Neil were helpful, engaging and wonderful hosts.
Highly recommended!"
Bike Vacation in Provence - Caroline - Singapore - June 2018 - 5* Villa Review.
Super Provence Biking!
"We can't say enough about what a wonderful vacation we had cycling in the beautiful Luberon area of Provence.
Neil and Nat and kids are fantastic hosts in their lovely farmhouse complete with fabulous meals and atmosphere.
It was great meeting new people from other places. Real family feel, very comfortable.
Highly recommended! We hope to be back soon!"
Cycle Tours France in Provence - Bonnie - US - May 2018 - 5* B&B Tripadvisor review.
A big thank you to Neil, Nat and family.
"We had a wonderful trip, the bikes were perfect and the GPS navigation took all the worry out of directions.
Our hosts Neil and Nat, briefed us every morning on our rides. With the easy GPSs, we were able to enjoy the beauty of the area, stunning views and delightful little villages to explore, including markets, lavender, galleries, churches, and lovely cafes and restaurants to enjoy our lunches.
I thoroughly enjoyed my week, a big thank you to Neil, Nat and family."
Bicycle Holidays in France, Provence - Heather - Australia - May 2018 - 5* B&B Tripadvisor review.
A fabulous holiday and highly recommended!
"We stayed at the Taillades Villa in June 2017 with a group of friends and had a brilliant time. The villa was beautifully furnished and equipped to a high standard. The Garmin route guides took us on quiet tracks and roads that we would never have found ourselves, and were a real bonus as there was no map reading required. Neil and Natalene were really helpful with advice on the rides, which restaurants to try and the best places to visit. All in all a fabulous holiday and highly recommended!"
Cycling Vacation France, Provence - Julia H. - UK - July 2017. - 5* Villa Review.
Exceeded our expectations in every way!
"We're just home from a truly memorable way to experience Provence and our best (four so far) self-guided cycling tour. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better six days. As a small, family-run business, Neil and Nat invite you into their home and lives - you don't get this experience with a large cycling company. We'd love to return and try out their new villa in Taillades."
Bike Trip in Provence, France - Sue - US - June 2017 - 5* B&B Tripadvisor review.

* Offer valid from Jan 1st, 2022, for 2022 new bookings made before 7th Feb, 2022. Additional ebikes, road bikes or tandems not included.

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