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VILLA-BASED TOURS - PRICES & DATES.

Special Offer: 10% OFF 2021/2022 Tours. Offer ends 7th June 21.*

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

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Our Bike Tours and COVID-19: 20th Apr 2021 Update.

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

During these complicated times we want you to have the peace of mind, that if you had a problem due to Covid-19, that you would still be covered when making a new booking.

So, if you cannot travel on your planned dates due to Covid-19 and need to cancel, you can rest assured that we will refund any monies paid - both deposits and balance payments.

We have put this new refund policy in place, to give you the flexibility and the ability to make plans and bookings in advance. We would however ask, that if you have made the decision to cancel your booking, that you tell us as soon as possible, in order to give us the possibility to make your rooms available.

Bookings are open for 2021 & 2022 B&B and Villa based bike tours.

Here’s a link to our 2021 tour dates - https://www.provence-cycling-holidays.com/availabilities-2021.html
and to our 2022 tour dates https://www.provence-cycling-holidays.com/availabilities-2022.html.

The situation in France.

As with many other countries France continues to take active measures to lessen the impact of Covid-19 with masks in public indoor / outdoor spaces and social distancing.

Europe and France saw an increase in cases up to the end of March 21. Locally though, where we are in the Luberon valley, we continue to fare considerably better than the national average, no doubt due to the size of our villages and our rural setting, as the majority of the hot spots have occurred in cities.

As a result of this increase in cases France put in place a stricter national lockdown at the beginning of April 21. The aim is to bring down case numbers by combining the lockdown with increased vaccination rates, and replicate the situations seen in the UK and US.

The good news is that vaccination rates have ramped considerably. And the Government’s aim of vaccinating as many people in April alone, as were vaccinated from Jan through to Mar, looks on target. Full vaccination is planned for Aug 21, and a start to deconfinement from mid-May.

As such we plan to restart our tours from the 21st June 21 at both our B&B and Villa based tours (or earlier at the Villa, if possible). And remember, you can make new bookings with confidence, knowing that if things should change, we would supply full refunds.

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.

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 and for all bike equipment.
Dining groups are set one metre apart at the B&B, with extra care during food preparation.
Wearing a face mask when walking in the common areas inside the B&B. Keeping 1 metres distance between guests from different groups.

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).

Please note that our payment terms and cancellation policies have been adjusted to be more flexible due to COVID-19.
For any new booking from 16th March '21, if you cannot travel on your planned dates due to Covid-19 and need to cancel, we will refund any monies paid - both deposits and balance payments.

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?

1. Once you have confirmed that you are happy to go ahead with your booking, we send you a Pre Reservation Form detailing your booking, along with a link to our terms & conditions.
2. To secure your booking we ask for a deposit of 350 € per person which is payable at the time of booking. Sending your deposit means that you accept our terms and conditions.
3. On receipt of your deposit we will send you your Deposit Receipt & Reservation Confirmation Form. This includes the details of your booking along with your deposit payment details, we also supply some information about getting fit for your tour, along with which equipement we recommend you bring with you for cycling.
4. Three months prior to your tour start date we will send you a reminder regarding the balance payment for your tour. We will also ask you for your written (typed) acceptance of our terms and conditions. We also send a list of information that we need in order for your stay to run smoothly: bike measurements, mobile phone numbers, train/plane arrival times etc, nothing too complicated.
5. One month prior to your tour start date we will contact you regarding 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.

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.

Special Offer: 10% OFF 2021/2022 Tours. Offer ends 7th June 21.*

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

×

Our Bike Tours and COVID-19: 20th Apr 2021 Update.

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

During these complicated times we want you to have the peace of mind, that if you had a problem due to Covid-19, that you would still be covered when making a new booking from 16th March '21.

So, if you cannot travel on your planned dates due to Covid-19 and need to cancel, you can rest assured that we will refund any monies paid - both deposits and balance payments.

We have put this new refund policy in place, to give you the flexibility and the ability to make plans and bookings in advance. We would however ask, that if you have made the decision to cancel your booking, that you tell us as soon as possible, in order to give us the possibility to make your rooms available.

Bookings are open for 2021 & 2022 B&B and Villa based bike tours.

Here’s a link to our 2021 tour dates - https://www.provence-cycling-holidays.com/availabilities-2021.html
and to our 2022 tour dates https://www.provence-cycling-holidays.com/availabilities-2022.html.

The situation in France.

As with many other countries France continues to take active measures to lessen the impact of Covid-19 with masks in public indoor / outdoor spaces and social distancing.

Europe and France saw an increase in cases up to the end of March 21. Locally though, where we are in the Luberon valley, we continue to fare considerably better than the national average, no doubt due to the size of our villages and our rural setting, as the majority of the hot spots have occurred in cities.

As a result of this increase in cases France put in place a stricter national lockdown at the beginning of April 21. The aim is to bring down case numbers by combining the lockdown with increased vaccination rates, and replicate the situations seen in the UK and US.

The good news is that vaccination rates have ramped considerably. And the Government’s aim of vaccinating as many people in April alone, as were vaccinated from Jan through to Mar, looks on target. Full vaccination is planned for Aug 21, and a start to deconfinement from mid-May.

As such we plan to restart our tours from the 21st June 21 at both our B&B and Villa based tours (or earlier at the Villa, if possible). And remember, you can make new bookings with confidence, knowing that if things should change, we would supply full refunds.

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.

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 and for all bike equipment.
Dining groups are set one metre apart at the B&B, with extra care during food preparation.
Wearing a face mask when walking in the common areas inside the B&B. Keeping 1 metres distance between guests from different groups.

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).

Please note that our payment terms and cancellation policies have been adjusted to be more flexible due to COVID-19.
For any new booking from 16th March '21, if you cannot travel on your planned dates due to Covid-19 and need to cancel, we will refund any monies paid - both deposits and balance payments.

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?

1. Once you have confirmed that you are happy to go ahead with your booking, we send you a Pre Reservation Form detailing your booking, along with a link to our terms & conditions.
2. To secure your booking we ask for a deposit of 350 € per person which is payable at the time of booking. Sending your deposit means that you accept our terms and conditions.
3. On receipt of your deposit we will send you your Deposit Receipt & Reservation Confirmation Form. This includes the details of your booking along with your deposit payment details, we also supply some information about getting fit for your tour, along with which equipement we recommend you bring with you for cycling.
4. Three months prior to your tour start date we will send you a reminder regarding the balance payment for your tour. We will also ask you for your written (typed) acceptance of our terms and conditions. We also send a list of information that we need in order for your stay to run smoothly: bike measurements, mobile phone numbers, train/plane arrival times etc, nothing too complicated.
5. One month prior to your tour start date we will contact you regarding 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.

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 Apr 1st, 2021, for 2021/2022 new bookings made before 7th June, 2021. Additional ebikes, road bikes or tandems not included.

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