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VILLA-BASED TOURS - PRICES & DATES.

SELF GUIDED TOURS: From 6 nights accommodation (7 day stay with 5 full days cycling) -
Tours start on Saturdays.

LATEST NEWS - We will be restarting our tours from the 29th August '21. Book now with a 10% OFF - Offer ends 09/08/21*.
Please note that our payment terms and cancellation policies have been adjusted to be more flexible due to COVID-19.

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Our Bike Tours and COVID-19: 13th July '21 Update.

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

During these complicated times it’s understandable that people are reluctant to organise overseas travel. So, in order to give you flexibility & peace of mind, we have come up with our no risk reservation policy, which allows you to book a future 2021 / 2022 tour with us now, and with confidence.

  1. You can book now & pay later.

  2. Payment is due just 30 days prior to your tour date.

  3. Then, if you cannot travel, or do not feel comfortable travelling, on your planned dates due to Covid-19 and need to cancel, you can rest assured that we will refund any payments – no arguments!

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

So, we will be restarting our tours after the summer heat, that’s from the 29th August 2021, plus of course our 2022 dates are now available.

Hope to see you soon...

The situation in France.

Locally, where we are in the Luberon valley, Provence, we continue to fare considerably better than the national average, no doubt due to the size of our villages and our rural setting, as most of the hot spots have occurred in the cities.

After a peak in cases in Nov '20, and a strict lockdown and curfew, the case numbers have now come down massively as have hospitalisations.

Deconfinement is now total; Restaurants can serve inside and on terraces, Museums are open, Markets & Shopping Centres are open, and the Curfew is over. Regarding masks, outside they are no longer required, but inside public spaces (ie supermarkets, shops etc) they are compulsory.

Vaccination rates have increased massively from March and have remained at their highest from June into July. And some good news, in order to increase the vaccination rate further, and to reduce the impact of the Delta variant, from the 1st of Aug entrance to a lot of establishments (restaurants, cafes, supermarkets etc) will require proof of double vaccination or a 48h negative PCR test. The same proof that will be necessary for international visitors to enter France in the first place.

So given the improved situation, we are planning to restart our tours after the summer heat, from the 29th Aug '21 at both our B&B and Villa based tours.

And remember, you can make a new booking with confidence, with our no risk reservation policy. Knowing that if things should change, we would refund payments – no arguments!

We look forward to seeing our bikers again - Vive les holidays!

Please do contact us if you have any questions.

Neil & Nat (Owners).

Our Covid-19 bike tour measures.

Vaccination requirements.

We are confident about receiving our biker guests, as, as it stands at the moment, any international traveller coming into France will have to have shown evidence of a double vaccination (+ 7 days) or a negative PCR test carried out 48h before arrival, so any guests arriving at the B&B or Villa should be covered against Covid.

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 to have a good time with our guests.

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 we 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 for some great cycling in Provence – Neil & Nat Cowell - (Owners).

We now have a new No Risk Reservation Policy in place: You can book now & pay just 30 days prior to your tour start date. And, if you cannot or don't feel comfortable travelling on your planned dates due to Covid and need to cancel, we will refund any payments - no arguments.

All of our prices are per person, with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 6.

PRICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Accommodation is in our new Provençal style villa, furnished, decorated and equipped to a high standard.
Enjoy life outdoors with the large terrace, pergola, landscaped gardens & a large covered pool (open from end April).
Located in the famous Luberon Regional Park, noted for being home to some of France's most beautiful villages.
An attractive and well-equipped, open plan kitchen, with all that you'd need to prepare some memorable meals.
Quality, aluminium Trek Hybrid bike rental.
The latest Garmin edge 1000 GPS rental.
Comprehensive Ride Directory with multiple selection criteria (maps, distance, time, climbing, sights visited etc).
30 tried and tested back road rides, pre-programmed onto your GPS.
Comprehensive road notes to be taken with you on all of our rides, with recommended restaurants & cafés and all the best sights - there's a lot to do!
Bike equipment: helmet, repair kit, pump, bottle, lock, pannier bags, SPD pedals, gel seats etc.
Telephone back-up in case of a rare mechanical failure.
List of our favourite tried and tested restaurants & cafés that are around the villa.
An info pack with all that is useful and interesting to do around the villa and in the Luberon valley.
Help with all the "other" questions / requests that you may have.
All holiday taxes.

OUR STANDARD TOURS - ANY MONTH: 6 nights accommodation (7 day stay with 5 full days cycling) - start Saturdays.

When you book the villa, it's yours alone for the entirety of your stay - The villa can lodge up to 6 people.

NUMBER OF GUESTS NORMAL PRICE OFFER PRICE
6 nights
OFFER PRICE PER PERSON
6 nights
2 €2,440 €2,196 €1,098
3 €3,060 €2,754 €918
4 €3,840 €3,456 €864
5 €4,500 €4,500 €810
6 €5,040 €4,536 €756

B&B and Villa Provence Bike Tour AVAILABILITIES: 2021 Dates 2022 Dates

Tours are for a minimum of 6 nights, with extra nights available should you need them. Please contact us directly for holidays lasting longer than 6 nights. Extra night rate is prorated.
Tours start from April and run through to the end of October.
Prices are per person, based on a 6 nights stay.
We have a minimum of 2 guests per booking, with a maximum of 6 guests.
Check in is from 12 Noon to 6pm. Check out up to 10am.
For tandems, road or electric bikes, please addadd €168 per person for your stay.

Other currencies (Guide only - based on Feb 2021 rates):
American Dollar: 1€ = $1.121 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,016 to $1,476 depending on number of guests)
Australian Dollar: 1€ = $1.59(Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,335 to $1,940 depending on number of guests)
Canadian Dollar: 1€ = $1.70 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,428 to $2,074 depending on number of guests)
New Zealand Dollar: 1€ = $1.68 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,412 to $2,051 depending on number of guests)
British Pound: 1€ = £0.89 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from £748 to £1,086 depending on number of guests)

How do I make a booking and payment?

With our No Risk Reservation Policy we are not asking for deposits to book tours, we simply need your written confirmation to reserve your dates and we will then send you your booking confirmation.

Then 1 month prior to your tour start date we will send you a request for total payment (payable by Wise (previously known as TransferWise), PayPal - which incurs a 2% fee or a Bank Transfer).
We will also ask you separately for the payment for the 750€ refundable damage deposit (one per global booking) thats covers any damage to the entire property, grounds and pool along with bikes and any equipment. Once we received the damage deposit we will send you a receipt.

And you know you can book with us with confidence, as, should you need to cancel due to Covid-19, we will refund any monies paid, no arguments!! We just ask that if you think you are going to need to cancel that you let us know as soon as possible.

Payments can be made via:

by Wise - previously TransferWise - (usually the cheapest option) - A relatively new, really good option from the people that built Skype, that is usually cheaper than both PayPal and a Bank Transfer. We use it a lot, as the two main benefits are, that you will often 1, pay a smaller fee and 2, save on the exchange rates compared to those offered by your bank or by PayPal.
Following is a link to Wise help center: https://goo.gl/W9VsYG
The way it works is you transfer money to Wise’s local account and they then transfer the money to our local French account.
As with PayPal you first need to create an account. You then enter the € amount that the “Recipient Gets” (the amount we need to receive) and it will automatically show you how much “you’re sending”, the equivalent in your local currency.
You need to select to send the money to “someone else” (ie Natalene Cowell) and then key in our bank details (we will supply these). The final step is to decide which source of funds you want to use to pay for the transfer; Debit Card, Credit Card or Bank Transfer.
Your local currency to € Bank transfer (a fairly simple & secure process).
You instruct your bank to convert from your local currency to the € amount (at their € exchange rate).
Your bank then transfers € to our French € account. The cost of this service ranges between free of charge and approx 30 €.
PayPal (Secure internet payment)
We will send you an email invoice through PayPal for the € amount.
You are then directed to the PayPal secure site for payment.
You pay in your local currency by card & choose either your card Co's exchange rates or PayPal's for the conversion.
Once you have paid PayPal – PayPal pay us.
Note - paying via PayPal in € incurs a 4% fee – we offer to cover half of these fees – the remaining half is added to your initial € total on your invoice.
French € cheque.

If you prefer, of course, payment can be made in one transaction at the time of booking.

PRICES & DATES FOR OUR VILLA BASED PROVENCE BIKING TOURS, FRANCE.

OUR SELF GUIDED TOURS:From 6 nights accommodation (7 day stay with 5 full days cycling) -
Tours start on Saturdays.

LATEST NEWS - We will be restarting our tours from the 29th August '21. Book now with a 10% OFF - Offer ends 09/08/21*.
Please note that our payment terms and cancellation policies have been adjusted to be more flexible due to COVID-19.

×

Our Bike Tours and COVID-19: 13th July '21 Update.

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

During these complicated times it’s understandable that people are reluctant to organise overseas travel. So, in order to give you flexibility & peace of mind, we have come up with our no risk reservation policy, which allows you to book a future 2021 / 2022 tour with us now, and with confidence.

  1. You can book now & pay later.

  2. Payment is due just 30 days prior to your tour date.

  3. Then, if you cannot travel, or do not feel comfortable travelling, on your planned dates due to Covid-19 and need to cancel, you can rest assured that we will refund any payments – no arguments!

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

So, we will be restarting our tours after the summer heat, that’s from the 29th August 2021, plus of course our 2022 dates are now available.

Hope to see you soon...

The situation in France.

Locally, where we are in the Luberon valley, Provence, we continue to fare considerably better than the national average, no doubt due to the size of our villages and our rural setting, as most of the hot spots have occurred in the cities.

After a peak in cases in Nov '20, and a strict lockdown and curfew, the case numbers have now come down massively as have hospitalisations.

Deconfinement is now total; Restaurants can serve inside and on terraces, Museums are open, Markets & Shopping Centres are open, and the Curfew is over. Regarding masks, outside they are no longer required, but inside public spaces (ie supermarkets, shops etc) they are compulsory.

Vaccination rates have increased massively from March and have remained at their highest from June into July. And some good news, in order to increase the vaccination rate further, and to reduce the impact of the Delta variant, from the 1st of Aug entrance to a lot of establishments (restaurants, cafes, supermarkets etc) will require proof of double vaccination or a 48h negative PCR test. The same proof that will be necessary for international visitors to enter France in the first place.

So given the improved situation, we are planning to restart our tours after the summer heat, from the 29th Aug '21 at both our B&B and Villa based tours.

And remember, you can make a new booking with confidence, with our no risk reservation policy. Knowing that if things should change, we would refund payments – no arguments!

We look forward to seeing our bikers again - Vive les holidays!

Please do contact us if you have any questions.

Neil & Nat (Owners).

Our Covid-19 bike tour measures.

Vaccination requirements.

We are confident about receiving our biker guests, as, as it stands at the moment, any international traveller coming into France will have to have shown evidence of a double vaccination (+ 7 days) or a negative PCR test carried out 48h before arrival, so any guests arriving at the B&B or Villa should be covered against Covid.

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 to have a good time with our guests.

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 we 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 for some great cycling in Provence – Neil & Nat Cowell - (Owners).

We now have a new No Risk Reservation Policy in place: You can book now & pay just 30 days prior to your tour start date. And, if you cannot or don't feel comfortable travelling on your planned dates due to Covid and need to cancel, we will refund any payments - no arguments.

All of our prices are per person, with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 6.

PRICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Accommodation is in our new Provençal style villa, furnished, decorated and equipped to a high standard.
Enjoy life outdoors with the large terrace, pergola, landscaped gardens & a large covered pool (open from end April).
Located in the famous Luberon Regional Park, noted for being home to some of France's most beautiful villages.
An attractive and well-equipped, open plan kitchen, with all that you'd need to prepare some memorable meals.
Quality, aluminium Trek Hybrid bike rental.
The latest Garmin edge 1000 GPS rental.
Comprehensive Ride Directory with multiple selection criteria (maps, distance, time, climbing, sights visited etc).
30 tried and tested back road rides, pre-programmed onto your GPS.
Comprehensive road notes to be taken with you on all of our rides, with recommended restaurants & cafés and all the best sights - there's a lot to do!
Bike equipment: helmet, repair kit, pump, bottle, lock, pannier bags, SPD pedals, gel seats etc.
Telephone back-up in case of a rare mechanical failure.
List of our favourite tried and tested restaurants & cafés that are around the villa.
An info pack with all that is useful and interesting to do around the villa and in the Luberon valley.
Help with all the "other" questions / requests that you may have.
All holiday taxes.

OUR STANDARD TOURS - ANY MONTH: 6 nights accommodation (7 day stay with 5 full days cycling) - start Saturdays.

When you book the villa, it's yours alone for the entirety of your stay - The villa can lodge up to 6 people.

NUMBER OF GUESTS NORMAL PRICE OFFER PRICE
6 nights
OFFER PRICE PER PERSON
6 nights
2 €2,440 €2,196 €1,098
3 €3,060 €2,754 €918
4 €3,840 €3,456 €864
5 €4,500 €4,500 €810
6 €5,040 €4,536 €756

B&B and Villa
Provence Bike Tour AVAILABILITIES:
2021 Dates. 2022 Dates.

Tours are for a minimum of 6 nights, with extra nights available should you need them. Please contact us directly for holidays lasting longer than 6 nights. Extra night rate is prorated.
Tours start from April and run through to the end of October.
Prices are per person, based on a 6 nights stay.
We have a minimum of 2 guests per booking, with a maximum of 6 guests.
Check in is from 12 Noon to 6pm. Check out up to 10am.
For tandems, road or electric bikes, please add €168 per person for your stay.

Other currencies (Guide only - based on Jan 2020 rates):
American Dollar: 1€ = $1.21 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,016 to $1,476 depending on number of guests)
Australian Dollar: 1€ = $1.59 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,335 to $1,940 depending on number of guests)
Canadian Dollar: 1€ = $1.70 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,428 to $2,074 depending on number of guests)
New Zealand Dollar: 1€ = $1.68 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from $1,412 to $2,051 depending on number of guests)
British Pound: 1€ = £0.89 (Thus a 6 night tour ranges from £748 to £1,086 depending on number of guests)

How do I make a booking and payment?

With our No Risk Reservation Policy we are not asking for deposits to book tours, we simply need your written confirmation to reserve your dates and we will then send you your booking confirmation.

Then 1 month prior to your tour start date we will send you a request for total payment (payable by Wise (previously known as TransferWise), PayPal - which incurs a 2% fee or a Bank Transfer).
We will also ask you separately for the payment for the 750€ refundable damage deposit (one per global booking) thats covers any damage to the entire property, grounds and pool along with bikes and any equipment. Once we received the damage deposit we will send you a receipt.

And you know you can book with us with confidence, as, should you need to cancel due to Covid-19, we will refund any monies paid, no arguments!! We just ask that if you think you are going to need to cancel that you let us know as soon as possible.

Payments can be made via:

by Wise - previously TransferWise - (usually the cheapest option) - A relatively new, really good option from the people that built Skype, that is usually cheaper than both PayPal and a Bank Transfer. We use it a lot, as the two main benefits are, that you will often 1, pay a smaller fee and 2, save on the exchange rates compared to those offered by your bank or by PayPal.
Following is a link to Wise help center: https://goo.gl/W9VsYG
The way it works is you transfer money to Wise’s local account and they then transfer the money to our local French account.
As with PayPal you first need to create an account. You then enter the € amount that the “Recipient Gets” (the amount we need to receive) and it will automatically show you how much “you’re sending”, the equivalent in your local currency.
You need to select to send the money to “someone else” (ie Natalene Cowell) and then key in our bank details (we will supply these). The final step is to decide which source of funds you want to use to pay for the transfer; Debit Card, Credit Card or Bank Transfer.
Your local currency to € Bank transfer (a fairly simple & secure process).
You instruct your bank to convert from your local currency to the € amount (at their € exchange rate).
Your bank then transfers € to our French € account. The cost of this service ranges between free of charge and approx 30 €.
PayPal (Secure internet payment)
We will send you an email invoice through PayPal for the € amount.
You are then directed to the PayPal secure site for payment.
You pay in your local currency by card & choose either your card Co's exchange rates or PayPal's for the conversion.
Once you have paid PayPal – PayPal pay us.
Note - paying via PayPal in € incurs a 4% fee – we offer to cover half of these fees – the remaining half is added to your initial € total on your invoice.
French € cheque.

If you prefer, of course, payment can be made in one transaction at the time of booking.

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR VILLA BASED PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR VILLA BASED PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR VILLA BASED PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

"As all previous reviews states what a fantastic and quality set-up. The Villa is beautiful and so well equipped.
The bikes and the GPS'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."
Provence Cycling Holidays - France - Lorna & Sam - UK - May 2019 - 5* Guestbook Review.
Provence Cycling Holidays was a great find!!
"We opted for the Villa offering and were not disappointed, it was beautifully presented and catered for our needs. The bikes were 1st Class and as was all the biking info,GPS and guides.
A very well put together package. Thumbs up from us!"
Provence Cycling Holidays - France - R. Stack & friends - NZ - Oct. 17 - 5* Guestbook Review.
"Five of us had a fabulous time with Neil and Nat.
We stayed in their Villa, you do have the choice of the B&B but we were so happy with the Villa.
A 3 bedroom villa, fully stocked kitchen and a pool to cool off in. We weren't here at that time of year but one could only imagine how great it could be.
The options for cycling covers all levels of cycling from easy to hardest. We enjoyed the rides we choose and would say we are leisurely cyclists. Covered almost 200 kms over 5 days and no sore muscles. Saw beautiful villages, orchards galore and scenery to be enjoyed.
Neil and Nat's attention to detail is the best I have seen. They listen to what you want and try their best to accommodate. Made reservations at restaurants we thoroughly enjoyed.
A place to visit and accommodations I would give five stars plus two!!"
Provence Cycling Holidays - France - Rose & friends - Can - Oct 17 - 5* Guestbook Review.

* Offer valid from June 1st, 2021, for 2021/2022 new bookings made before 9th Aug, 2021. Additional ebikes, road bikes or tandems not included.

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