THE FEATURES AT BOTH OUR B&B & VILLA BASED BIKE TOURS.

LATEST NEWS - We will be restarting our tours from the 29th August '21. Book now with a 10% OFF - Offer ends 06/09/21*.
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: 8th Aug '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 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 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.

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.

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, and on the South coast. Recently case numbers for France have increased considerably, this is due to the inclusion of the overseas French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique where case numbers are up to 7 times higher than on the mainland. Strict measures are in place to stop the spread to the mainland.

Deconfinement is now total in mainland France; 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 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, from the 9th of Aug entrance to a lot of establishments (restaurants, cafes, cultural venues, long distance transportation etc) will require proof of double vaccination or a 72h negative PCR test.

This 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*. So it's quite simple, you will not need to apply for a French Vaccine Passport, your own official vaccination document from your own National Government will suffice in order to enter France and the different establishments once here.

Note, that they are, however, currently working on opening the French Vaccine Passport to tourists, though this work hasn't yet been finalised, so it will not be obligatory for the foreseeable future.

You will also need to provide a "Sworn Undertaking" stating 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.

The above are 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. A PCR test will cost 49€ and an antigenic one 29€.

As a result of the above improved situation, we are restarting 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).

*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

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).

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.
13 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:
2021 Dates 2022 Dates

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

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 Aug 1st, 2021, for 2021 & 2022 new bookings made before 6th Sept, 2021. Additional ebikes, road bikes or tandems not included.

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