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B&B BASED PROVENCE BIKE TOURS - TOURISM & THE SIGHTS.

View of the market in Roussillon. View of Gordes, the nearby hilltop village. View of the nearby beautiful village - Fontaine de Vaucluse. Abbaye of Senanque, near Gordes, in Provence, France. Moulin de Saint Pierre in Taillades. A view to the summit of Mont Ventoux. Belltower in Lacoste. Café de la Poste in Goult, Bon Appetit! Le Pont d'Avignon.
View of the market in Roussillon. View of Gordes, the nearby hilltop village. View of the nearby beautiful village - Fontaine de Vaucluse. Abbaye of Senanque, near Gordes, in Provence, France. Moulin de Saint Pierre in Taillades. A view to the summit of Mont Ventoux. Belltower in Lacoste. Café de la Poste in Goult, Bon Appetit! Le Pont d'Avignon.

The Luberon and Provence provide a great environment for cycling holidays.



It's also the perfect place for outdoor living with superb countryside and stunning & intriguing hill villages.
In the relatively small area of the Luberon Regional Park alone, we have four of France's most Beautiful Villages: Roussillon, Gordes, Ménerbes & Lourmarin. Plus a handful of other villages that should probably be in the classification too; Bonnieux, Oppede le Vieux, Fontaine de Vaucluse & Lacoste.

Provence cycling holidays - Bonnieux by night.
Provence cycling holidays - Bonnieux by night.

The area has a varied terrain: from the flat, orchard filled river plain, rolling vine covered hills to quiet, long climbs. Throw in the beautiful Provencal architecture and the quiet country back roads and it should make for some of the best biking you have ever experienced.

On the cultural front, there is a wide and deep range of activities with many interesting villages (See them all below) & towns (L'Isle sur la Sorgue, historic Avignon, Arles and Aix-en-Provence), museums, chateaux, vineyards, churches, various festivals, historic sites etc...

Provence bicycle trips - View across the valley to the hill-top village of Gordes.
Provence bicycle trips - View across the valley to the hill-top village of Gordes.

We'll take you through all the best things to do & see in the Luberon & Provence; with all the popular places to visit (as well as the lesser known but equally good sights), our favourite restaurants, vineyards, lavender fields etc. Whatever your interests, just let us know, and we will be happy to show you the ride that will take you where you want to go. Of course, if you've had enough cycling the car is always an option, with lots to see.

Our self guided rides visit all of the best Luberon sights:



Roussillon: Visit the beautiful village and its famous Ochre mines, great bistros, nice market, lavender fields.
Gordes: Spectacular hill village with great views, lots of atmosphere, lots of history... only in France...

Provence cycling trips Provence - the famous local strawberries.

Provence cycling trips Provence - the famous local strawberries.

Oppède le Vieux: A unique, charming, old village that was half destroyed by an earth quake - with a great walk from the village square up through the destroyed houses to the Castle & Church.
Goult: A very old, beautiful village off the tourist track, great restaurants & cafes and an interesting walk around the oldest part of the village.
Lacoste: A quiet, impeccably preserved village, with a great walk up amongst the houses to the Marquis de Sade's Chateau that tops the village and valley.
Ménerbes: The archetypal Luberon village - made famous by the book "A year in Provence" - nice restaurants, views, walks, vineyards.
Bonnieux: An interesting, stylish village set above the Luberon valley. Walks, views, restaurants, galleries, shops...
Lourmarin: Beautiful village set at the entrance to the mountain pass, they don't come any more French than this village!

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: Picturesque village, famous for the crystal clear water source that flows through it and onto L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Nice walk up to the water source with plenty of restaurants, riverside cafes and shops along the way, interesting history museum.
Isle sur la Sorgue: Walk along the beautiful, interesting water ways of the "Venice of Provence" & browse the dozens of antique shops or just stop and have a superb ice cream sundae on the river's edge.

Other activities include:



Lavender Fields - Provence is famous for them. Biking through them when they're in full bloom, there's nothing quite like it!
Vineyards - Try a tasting at one of the numerous, excellent, local vineyards. Provence is renowned for its Rosé, but there are some great whites & reds too.
Markets - The choice is large, with a market somewhere almost everyday. The best ones are on our bike routes in Apt, Roussillon & in our village Coustellet.
Canoeing the Sorgue River - A great and gentle break during a ride - Perfect on a hot day!
Abbaye de Sénanque - The famous, impeccably preserved 12th-century Cistercian Abbey.
Fort de Buoux - An abandoned village and medieval fortress high on a stony outcrop - really interesting.
The Cedar Forest - At the top of the Luberon mountains, great for a picnic.
"Conservatoire des Terrasses" and its centuries old stone agricultural buildings.

And there are plenty more sights that are just a short journey by car:



Mont Ventoux - Probably the most famous mountain climb in the Tour de France. Take a drive up it, or if you're feeling fit join the others for the 2-hour grind up what is Cycling Mecca!
Provence bicycle trips - The ancient Roman Pont du Gard.
Provence bicycle trips - The ancient Roman Pont du Gard.
Some amazing Roman sites - Pont du Gard (UNESCO classified Roman aquaduct), Glanum (superb ancient Greek & Roman village), Arles (old Roman town with colosseum, theatre, baths, cemetery road & an excellent museum) & Nîmes (Roman colosseum and great museum).
Provencal towns - St Rémy de Provence, Avignon, Aix en Provence - all worth a visit.
Sights - World-renowned vineyards (eg Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise), Les Baux de Provence (beautiful medieval fortress village), Château de la Barben, Zoo de la Barben.
Mediterranean beaches - at Cassis, Bandol, Sainte Marie de la Mer etc, all around a 60/90 minutes' drive away.

B&B BASED PROVENCE BIKE TOURS - TOURISM & THE SIGHTS.

View of the market in Roussillon. View of Gordes, the nearby hilltop village. View of the nearby beautiful village - Fontaine de Vaucluse. Abbaye of Senanque, near Gordes, in Provence, France. Moulin de Saint Pierre in Taillades. A view to the summit of Mont Ventoux. Belltower in Lacoste. Café de la Poste in Goult, Bon Appetit! Le Pont d'Avignon.

The Luberon and Provence provide a great environment for cycling holidays.

It's also the perfect place for outdoor living with superb countryside and stunning & intriguing hill villages.
In the relatively small area of the Luberon Regional Park alone, we have four of France's most Beautiful Villages: Roussillon, Gordes, Menerbes & Lourmarin. Plus a handful of other villages that should probably be in the classification too; Bonnieux, Oppede le Vieux, Fontaine de Vaucluse & Lacoste.

Provence cycling holidays - Bonnieux by night.
Provence cycling holidays - Bonnieux by night.

The area has a varied terrain: from the flat, orchard filled river plain, rolling vine covered hills to quiet, long climbs. Throw in the beautiful Provencal architecture and the quiet country back roads and it should make for some of the best biking you have ever experienced.

On the cultural front, there is a wide and deep range of activities with many interesting villages (See them all below) & towns (L'Isle sur la Sorgue, historic Avignon, Arles and Aix-en-Provence), museums, chateaux, vineyards, churches, various festivals, historic sites etc...

Provence bicycle trips - View across the valley to the hill-top village of Gordes.
Provence bicycle trips - View across the valley to the hill-top village of Gordes.

We'll take you through all the best things to do & see in the Luberon & Provence; with all the popular places to visit (as well as the lesser known but equally good sights), our favourite restaurants, vineyards, lavender fields etc. Whatever your interests, just let us know, and we will be happy to show you the ride that will take you where you want to go. Of course, if you've had enough cycling the car is always an option, with lots to see.

Our self guided rides visit all of the best Luberon sights:

Roussillon: Visit the beautiful village and its famous Ochre mines, great bistros, nice market, lavender fields.
Gordes: Spectacular hill village with great views, lots of atmosphere, lots of history... only in France...

Provence cycling trips Provence - the famous local strawberries.
Provence cycling trips Provence - the famous local strawberries.

Oppède le Vieux: A unique, charming, old village that was half destroyed by an earth quake - with a great walk from the village square up through the destroyed houses to the Castle & Church.
Goult: A very old, beautiful village off the tourist track, great restaurants & cafes and an interesting walk around the oldest part of the village.
Lacoste: A quiet, impeccably preserved village, with a great walk up amongst the houses to the Marquis de Sade's Chateau that tops the village and valley.
Ménerbes: The archetypal Luberon village - made famous by the book "A year in Provence" - nice restaurants, views, walks, vineyards.
Bonnieux: An interesting, stylish village set above the Luberon valley. Walks, views, restaurants, galleries, shops...
Lourmarin: Beautiful village set at the entrance to the mountain pass, they don't come any more French than this village!

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: Picturesque village, famous for the crystal clear water source that flows through it and onto L'Isle sur la Sorgue. Nice walk up to the water source with plenty of restaurants, riverside cafes and shops along the way, interesting history museum.
Isle sur la Sorgue: Walk along the beautiful, interesting water ways of the "Venice of Provence" & browse the dozens of antique shops or just stop and have a superb ice cream sundae on the river's edge.

Other activities include:

Lavender Fields - Provence is famous for them. Biking through them when they're in full bloom, there's nothing quite like it!
Vineyards - Try a tasting at one of the numerous, excellent, local vineyards. Provence is renowned for its Rosé, but there are some great whites & reds too.
Markets - The choice is large, with a market somewhere almost everyday. The best ones are on our bike routes in Apt, Roussillon & in our village Coustellet.
Canoeing the Sorgue River - A great and gentle break during a ride - Perfect on a hot day!
Abbaye de Sénanque - The famous, impeccably preserved 12th-century Cistercian Abbey.
Fort de Buoux - An abandoned village and medieval fortress high on a stony outcrop - really interesting.
The Cedar Forest - At the top of the Luberon mountains, great for a picnic.
"Conservatoire des Terrasses" and its centuries old stone agricultural buildings.

Provence bicycle trips - The ancient Roman Pont du Gard.
Provence bicycle trips - The ancient Roman Pont du Gard.

And there are plenty more sights that are just a short journey by car:

Mont Ventoux - Probably the most famous mountain climb in the Tour de France. Take a drive up it, or if you're feeling fit join the others for the 2-hour grind up what is Cycling Mecca!
Some amazing Roman sites - Pont du Gard (UNESCO classified Roman aquaduct), Glanum (superb ancient Greek & Roman village), Arles (old Roman town with colosseum, theatre, baths, cemetery road & an excellent museum) & Nîmes (Roman colosseum and great museum).
Provencal towns - St Rémy de Provence, Avignon, Aix en Provence - all worth a visit.
Sights - World-renowned vineyards (eg Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise), Les Baux de Provence (beautiful medieval fortress village), Château de la Barben, Zoo de la Barben.
Mediterranean beaches - at Cassis, Bandol, Sainte Marie de la Mer etc, all around 60/90 minutes' drive away.

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR B&B BASED PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR B&B BASED PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

SOME TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS FOR OUR B&B BASED PROVENCE BIKE TRIPS:

Wonderful cycling week.
"The towns we visited were nothing short of breath taking. My favourites were Rousillon and Gordes. On the ride there the lavender fields were in full bloom so we stopped to breath in the beautiful scent that filled the air."
Bike Tours France in Provence - Danila & Richard - Can - July 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
A FANTASTIC Vacation !!
"Working out of a home base everyday on our self-guided and self-paced tours was the way to go. We could bike as little or as much as we wanted, leaving enough time for sightseeing, shopping and of course eating!!! The time Neil put into researching and developing the routes one has to choose from for each days ride, made everyone of them a winner."
Cycling Tours France in Provence - R S - US - Oct 17 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
Perfection.
"We were all at somewhat different biking levels but it didn't matter one bit! Neil put together amazing rides where we saw breath taking scenery, gorgeous little towns with so much history, and fantastic restaurants. "
Cycle Trips France in Provence - Gail & Alan - US - May 16 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
Cycling, Friends, Food and Fun in Provence.
"Sights/scenery: The scenery in the area is breathtaking - many of the roads Neil sends you on are these tiny back roads with nary a car in sight...really wonderful & beautiful & relaxing. And the smells...it may sound weird but the scents here are so great...lavender, honeysuckle, fruit...it's almost intoxicating."
Bike Holidays France in Provence - Julie - US - June 15 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
Excellent Provence Cycling Vacation!
"Location: So much to see, all reachable from the B&B. The hub and spoke approach was excellent with so many villages all reachable for a visit. Staying for 6 nights was a perfect combo, enabling us to reach at least 20 towns, without ever duplicating any terrain."
Cycling Holidays France in Provence - Eric - US - Oct 14 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
"We had a wonderful 6 days cycling trip in Provence. Neil designed great self guided rides each day to match our ambitions that took in wonderful villages, great lunch spots and wonderful views."
Bike Vacation France in Provence - Adrian - NZ - Oct 13 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
"Neil's knowledge and obvious love of bikes and the region helped to make our holiday a most memorable time."
Cycling Vacation France in Provence - Kim & Annemarie - Australia - May 11 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
"Neil knows the area so well and keeps you on beautiful, quiet, country roads. We passed vineyards, olive groves, lavender and travelled through beautiful Provencal villages."
Bicycle Tours France in Provence - Donna - US - June 10 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
"The B&B is perfectly placed for visits to many pretty villages and attractions. Neil's knowledge of the area is a great asset and proved to be invaluable. His recommendations for days out and places to dine were readily taken up and we were never disappointed."
Bicycle Holidays France in Provence - Mark & Gill - UK - June 09 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
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