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Provence Tour: Luberon, Alpilles, and Côtes-du-Rhône

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 820 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1190 Euro (EUR)

This self-guided bicycle trip takes you to some of the best-known sites of Provence such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Saint-Remy, Les Baux, Tarascon, Arles, Gordes, and Rousillon, whether it's their spectacular settings, remarkable vineyards, or for their exceptional monuments, these places will fascinate and entice you.
Unlike most people, rather than glimpsing these jewels hurriedly from a bus seat, you'll discover them at your own pace, on a bicycle, away from traffic and on quiet roads.
This is our most comprehensive trip showcasing the best of an unforgettable region.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

Arrive in Avignon. Check-in at your hotel. Explore Avignon at leisure. Meet our local representative to go over itinerary. Overnight in Avignon

Day 2: Côtes-du-Rhône bicycle ride
(46, 52, 55 or 61 km; 28, 32, 34 or 38 miles)

Today's itinerary will take you through villages that bear familiar wine label's names: Tavel (France' most prominent rosé wine), Lirac, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Côtes-du-Rhône's most famous wine). All this will be done on very quiet roads, which are perfectly suited for are perfectly for a leisurely tour of this part of Provence. You will return to your hotel in the center of Avignon.

Day 3: Alpilles bicycle ride from Avignon to Les Baux-de-Provence
(48 or 55 km; 30 or 35 miles)

Heading south towards the beautiful Alpilles mountain range that has inspired so many artists--Van Gogh, among others, completed 150 paintings in the area-you will soon enter Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, worth a stop for its Roman remains and medieval buildings. On your way, Tarascon's magnificent castle by the Rhone river, one of France's best kept medieval fortress, offers the unique opportunity to travel back to medieval times. Also of interest is the Souleillado Museum, a Provencal fabric maker since 1806. Today's mileage varies depending on the chosen option. Both options are hilly.

Day 4: Alpilles bicycle loop: Les Baux-de-Provence - Arles - Les Baux-de-Provence
(51 km or 32 miles)

Depending on your mood, you may choose to relax, to visit Les Baux, or to ride the 51 km (32 miles) loop which will lead you to Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its Roman heritage (its amphitheater is a must). Do not miss the open-air on Saturdays. Whether you choose to ride or not, set aside some time to visit Les Baux and its medieval fortress that offers unobstructed views over the Alpilles.

Day 5: Alpilles and Luberon bicycle ride: Les Baux-de-Provence - Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (53 km or 33 miles)

Today's ride will take you through the Alpilles (a low mountain range reaching 390 meters--1,170 ft.). Pretty villages such as Eygalières--recently named by a leading French magazine as one of France's most desirable villages to live in--offer inviting terraces for lunch. A few pedal strokes further and you will enter the Luberon Regional Park. Overnight in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (based on hotel availability).

Day 6: Luberon bicycle loop: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Gordes - Roussillon - Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (57 km or 35 miles)

Regardless of your starting point, make sure you spend some time walking through Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, famous for its powerful spring--world's fifth--that gushes out of the ground. Climbing Luberon's hills rewards you with two of France's prettiest villages: Gordes and Roussillon (an official and coveted title awarded to France's prettiest villages) will be yours to discover. You will then return to your hotel in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Day 7: Luberon bicycle loop: Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue -Venasque - Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (45 km or 28 miles)

If today is a Sunday, take a stroll through Isle-sur-la-Sorgue's market which fills the village with colorful displays of Provencal fabrics, sweet scents of lavender, herbs, and spices. Your bicycle ride will take you through Venasque northwards towards Mont-Ventoux, the Giant of Provence. You will return to your hotel in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse or Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Day 8: Departure from Avignon

After breakfast, we will transfer you to Avignon. Depart Avignon at the time of your choice.

There are two options for this trip:

Option A: 2 nights in 2-star hotels, 5 nights in 3-star hotels (3 nights with a swimming pool).
Option A+: 2 nights in a 4-star hotel, 5 nights in 3-star hotels, all have a swimming pool

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Pricing :

-820€ (1,075€ option A+) per person March 23 thru April 30 and Oct. 1 thru Oct. 20. Single supplement is 255 € (435€ A+).
-865€ (1,120€ option A+) May 1 thru June 30 and Sept. 1 thru Sept. 30. Single supplement is 275€ (395€ A+).
-905€ (1,190€ option A+) July 1 thru August 31. Single supplement is 310€ (520€ A+).

Prices Include:
-7-night accommodations
-Daily breakfast
-For option A only: 5 dinners (drinks are not included)
-Meeting with our local representative
-Transfer from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue or Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to Avignon on Day 8 (at 9:00 am)
-Luggage transfers
-Marked maps and/or cue sheets
-Tourist information
-Assistance if necessary (you will be given our local rep’s mobile number)
-All tax and service charges

Prices Exclude:
-Expenses of personal nature
-Travel Insurance
-Rental bikes.
*Hybrids are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike

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