The base for our Provence bicycle tours - 
  our newly built, self-catering Villa in Taillades. Cycling in Provence - Riding the backroads near Roussillon. Provence cycling tours - Biking through lavender fields. Abbaye of Senanque, near Gordes, in Provence, France. Our Provence Cycling Holidays' cyclists in Taillades, Provence, France.

PROVENCE CYCLING HOLIDAYS - THE SELF-CATERING VILLA...

Enjoy our hosted, self-guided Provence bike tours from our Gite in the Luberon, Provence.

LATEST NEWS - We restarted our tours after the summer heat, in September. Book now with a 10% OFF - Offer ends 11/10/21*
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: 28th Aug '21 Update.

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

For your peace of mind (and ours), we’re happy to say that our entire family has been vaccinated, so we’re covered, and ready to have a good time with our guests.

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 put in place 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 restarted our tours after the summer heat, in September, plus of course our 2022 dates are now available.

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.

Hope to see you soon...

Neil & Nat (Owners).

Covid situation in France and French Travel Requirements.

For your peace of mind (and ours), we’re happy to say that our entire family has been vaccinated, so we’re covered, and ready to have a good time with our guests.

The local Covid situation, where we are in the Luberon valley, Provence, continues to be considerably better than the national picture, no doubt due to the size of our villages and our rural setting. And even the national picture is much improved as we have seen a large constant decline in case numbers since mid-August.

Deconfinement is now total in mainland France; Restaurants can serve inside and on terraces, Museums, 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 high from June into August. And some good news, in order to increase the vaccination rate further, and to reduce the impact of the Delta variant, entrance to a lot of establishments (restaurants, cafes, cultural venues, long distance transportation etc) requires the official French "Pass Sanitaire" or "Health Pass".

The basis of the "Pass Sanitaire" is the same vaccination proof (either a digital or paper based document from your own national Government) that will have been necessary for international visitors to show when entering France in the first place*.

When entering France, you will also need to print off and sign a "Sworn Undertaking" statement that 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.

Importantly, as of the 27th August the French Gov’t has released details of how non French tourists can now obtain digitally the “Pass Sanitaire” – “Health Pass” to guarantee entrance to public amenities: restaurants, museums etc...

Please see the link below to the French administration site that will guide you through the procedure to obtain the “Pass Sanitaire”.

Note, that not all individual establishments are requiring Foreigners to have the French “Pass Sanitaire”, but there would be no question of entrance if you had it. Locally we haven't come across anywhere that won't accept your own local (non-French) paper proof of vaccination, but this could, in theory, change.

So, we have detailed above the current local (French) conditions for entering France - it is sensible, 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.

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 a very easy process. PCR tests are charged at a price of 49€.

As a result of the continually improving Covid situation, we restarted our tours after the summer heat, in September, 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).

*Please note that the Chinese and Russian vaccines are not currently accepted for entry into the European Union.

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

Procedure for Non-French tourists acquiring the French “Pass Sanitaire” Health Pass: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers?locale=en

Foreign Nation's requirements for entry into France - Links:
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/

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).

The base for our Provence bicycle tours - 
  our newly built, self-catering Villa in Taillades. Cycling in Provence - Riding the backroads near Roussillon. Provence cycling tours - Biking through lavender fields. Abbaye of Senanque, near Gordes, in Provence, France. Our Provence Cycling Holidays' cyclists in Taillades, Provence, France.

PROVENCE CYCLING HOLIDAYS - THE SELF-CATERING VILLA...

Enjoy our hosted, self-guided Provence bike tours from our Gite in the Luberon, Provence.

LATEST NEWS - We restarted our tours after the summer heat, in September. Book now with a 10% OFF - Offer ends 11/10/21*
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: 28th Aug '21 Update.

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

For your peace of mind (and ours), we’re happy to say that our entire family has been vaccinated, so we’re covered, and ready to have a good time with our guests.

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 put in place 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 restarted our tours after the summer heat, in September, plus of course our 2022 dates are now available.

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.

Hope to see you soon...

Neil & Nat (Owners).

Covid situation in France and French Travel Requirements.

For your peace of mind (and ours), we’re happy to say that our entire family has been vaccinated, so we’re covered, and ready to have a good time with our guests.

The local Covid situation, where we are in the Luberon valley, Provence, continues to be considerably better than the national picture, no doubt due to the size of our villages and our rural setting. And even the national picture is much improved as we have seen a large constant decline in case numbers since mid-August.

Deconfinement is now total in mainland France; Restaurants can serve inside and on terraces, Museums, 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 high from June into August. And some good news, in order to increase the vaccination rate further, and to reduce the impact of the Delta variant, entrance to a lot of establishments (restaurants, cafes, cultural venues, long distance transportation etc) requires the official French "Pass Sanitaire" or "Health Pass".

The basis of the "Pass Sanitaire" is the same vaccination proof (either a digital or paper based document from your own national Government) that will have been necessary for international visitors to show when entering France in the first place*.

When entering France, you will also need to print off and sign a "Sworn Undertaking" statement that 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.

Importantly, as of the 27th August the French Gov’t has released details of how non French tourists can now obtain digitally the “Pass Sanitaire” – “Health Pass” to guarantee entrance to public amenities: restaurants, museums etc...

Please see the link below to the French administration site that will guide you through the procedure to obtain the “Pass Sanitaire”.

Note, that not all individual establishments are requiring Foreigners to have the French “Pass Sanitaire”, but there would be no question of entrance if you had it. Locally we haven't come across anywhere that won't accept your own local (non-French) paper proof of vaccination, but this could, in theory, change.

So, we have detailed above the current local (French) conditions for entering France - it is sensible, 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.

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 a very easy process. PCR tests are charged at a price of 49€.

As a result of the continually improving Covid situation, we restarted our tours after the summer heat, in September, 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).

*Please note that the Chinese and Russian vaccines are not currently accepted for entry into the European Union.

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

Procedure for Non-French tourists acquiring the French “Pass Sanitaire” Health Pass: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers?locale=en

Foreign Nation's requirements for entry into France - Links:
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/

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).

Following the success of our B&B based bike tours, we decided to launch a second similar bike tour venture. So from Sept 2016 we have been running bike tours from our new villa, nearby, in Taillades, in the Luberon National Park.

The way our new Villa based cycle tours work is very similar to our current B&B bike tours that we run out of Coustellet, just 7kms away down the bike track. The main difference being that you have the entirety of the house for your group alone, and that it's on a self-catering basis.

For the biking, it's essentially the same set up. We provide you with quality, new Trek hybrid bikes and all the equipment you'll need. And we have a wide range of rides available, with rides to suit all levels of ability, and with a good variety of interesting destinations to give a great week's riding and visiting.

But be sure that you are not on your own: we come every morning to clean the pool and are there if you need some guidance in choosing your ride, book a restaurant and any other questions you may have. You use us as much or as little as you need.

You can also now rent carbon road bikes, tandems, as well as electric assistance bikes so if one or both of you are not such strong riders, it can make for an easier, fun time. (There's an extra €168 extra charge for your stay - please enquire at the time of booking).

All of our routes use the excellent Garmin Edge 1000 GPS systems for easy, no-stress navigation. And we provide back-up in the unlikely event of a mechanical problem.

Our villa based tours start on Saturdays, last for 6 nights, with a departure on Friday mornings. Bookings are available up to 6 people, with a minimum booking of 2 guests.

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

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

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:

Neil & Nat, where to start - AMAAZZING!!
"Thank you both so much for a great week at your gorgeous bike villa, the best equipped we have ever stayed in and your website photos don't do it justice.
We will be back but next time and next year for 2 whole weeks - can wait!!
A very big special thanks Nat for your daily helpful and informative visits and restaurants bookings - UMAMI is a delight!
And finally the pool - swam in it last night at 30+C before bed - fabulous!!
Very very sad to leave - wish we had booked longer but looking forward to coming back next year."
Provence Cycling Holidays - France - Tracy & Mickael - UK - June 19 - Guestbook review.
Would thoroughly recommend the experience to others.
"We are just back home from a fantastic week with family in Neil and Nat's lovely cycle villa with a good-sized pool in Taillades. It's only a short distance from Avignon, so we found it very easy and pleasant to travel on the Eurostar service that runs direct from London via Ashford to Avignon in the summer, with a rental car from the station.
The bikes are all first class and faultlessly maintained. Neil and Nat provide routes pre-loaded on Garmin GPS, which makes it so easy to follow without effort or stress, so you can just enjoy the rides. There is a great variety of excellent routes to choose from with lots of information about difficulty, what to see, and where to stop for a meal or just for a drink. After the first day my wife decided she would like to try an e-bike, and Neil came over to deliver one the same day, at a very reasonable rental cost.
All the equipment was first class. The villa is very roomy, modern, clean and comfortable. Neil and Nat are so friendly and helpful. This was our second cycle holiday in Neil and Nat's villa, we will be going again I am sure, and we would thoroughly recommend the experience to others."
Provence Bike Tours - France - David & Gill - UK - July 2019 - 5* Guestbook review..
I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys 5* comfort combined with awesome cycling in the Luberon.
"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!"
Provence Cycle Vacation - France - Christina & Mike - NZ - June 2019 - 5* Guestbook review.
Nat’s villa in Taillades was a wonderful choice.
"Neil and Nat’s villa in Taillades was a wonderful choice for our adult family of 5 to meet up in Europe and holiday together. Choosing from the 30 odd self ride routes Neil has designed ensured we always rode on quiet picturesque country lanes and paths, while Nat would book us in for a fabulous lunch at a hilltop village that we never would have discovered ourselves. After not too strenuous exercise, we enjoyed some lazy time by the pool back at the villa while cooking a bbq for dinner. The villa itself was by far the best accommodation we had whilst in Europe and we all rated the experience 10/10 (and only one of us is a regular cyclist)!"
Provence Bike Trips - France - The Hamiltons - Australia - Sept 18 - 5* Guestbook review.
Just had a magical family day out along bucolic, flat, quiet lanes to a beautiful Provençal village.
"Don't think I have ever to been to a rental villa where everything works and everything is such tip top quality. Neil & Nat really have thought this out so carefully and beautifully, I suspect with a very generous budget. Really is a proper home from home - just a lot tidier than ours! And super convenient, with a restaurant and bakery a stroll away & a big supermarket a five minutes drive.
Have just had a magical family day out along bucolic, flat, quiet lanes to a beautiful Provençal village (and lunch and more rose). The bikes are great, but the whole GPS idea and clearly hours and hours of research that has gone into it is just brilliant, making for such an easy and such a lovely day. Planning our next ride as I type - just follow the GPS pink line and you will be fine!"
Provence Bicycle Break - France - Tim - UK - Aug 18 - 5* Guestbook review.
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."
Provence Cycle Vacation - France - Caroline - Singapore - June 18 - 5* Guestbook review.
A place to visit and accommodations I would give five stars plus two!!.
"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.
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."
Provence Bike Trip - France - Rose & Friends - Canada - Sept 17 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
All in all a fabulous holiday and highly recommended!
"We stayed at Villa Taillades in June 2017 with friends and had a brilliant time. The villa was beautifully furnished and equipped to a high standard, and it was a comfortable and chilled place to relax after a day out cycling, particularly the pool, as Provence was in the middle of a heat wave when we were there!
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 bike holiday and highly recommended!"
Provence Cycling Vacation - France - July 17 Villa-based tour 5* review.
I can honestly say that the Villa exceeded our expectations.
"Following our fantastic experience at Neil and Nat's B&B, my wife and I were desperate to return to Provence for more cycling, and I can honestly say that the Villa exceeded our expectations."
Provence Biking Holidays - France - Sept 16 Villa-based tour 5* review.

* Offer valid from Sept 1st, 2021, for 2021/2022 new bookings made before 11th Oct, 2021. Additional ebikes, road bikes or tandems not included.

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