Gordes Provencal Escape

Gordes Provencal Escape - Cycle Tour

Gordes Provencal Escape

This Provence bike tour is based in Gordes, where you will spend 4 nights in the same hotel of your choice (3 or 4-star accommodations). Standing opposite the Luberon, perched on the foothills of the Vaucluse Plateau, the dry stone buildings of Gordes seem to reach for the blue sky. Its fortified Chateau from the 11th century and its church dominate the buildings, which seem to melt into the rock. Just a few miles north, is the Abbey de Senanque, situated in a small valley and surrounded by lavender fields. If you decide to go south, you can stop to visit an ancient oil press and the Musee du Vitrail, which tells the story of stained and painted glass.

On this cycling tour, you will be provided with different itineraries allowing you to discover the many landscapes and villages of Provence, and each day you can choose which ride is better for you: short, long, challenging, easy�

Tour Information

  • Duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • Price: from 830
  • Level: Easy or Moderate or Challenging
  • Activity: Biking - Self Guided
  • Date:Starts any day

Overview for your Cycling Trip

Available dates

This tour starts any day


Easy or Moderate or Challenging
This tour is adapated for any type of level :
EASY : typically flatter terrain, no notable hills or anything of a steep gradient. Low kilometers, less than 45km (28 Miles). Ascent : less than 450 meters (1480ft), in comparison to other tours. These are the easiest trips available.
MODERATE : rolling countryside, occasional hills, possible short gradients of low percents. These are the most popular tours, available for most people with some cycling experience. Average distance: 45-60km (27-37Miles). Ascent: between 450m-650m (1480ft-2150ft)
CHALLENGING : rolling to hilly countryside; some notable hills with short and possibly steep grades. Longer rides with over 60km (37 Miles). Ascent : over 650m (2150ft). The most challenging trips we program for more experienced persons.

Transportation Details

Arrival city is Avignon, which accessible via train from Paris Gare de Lyon (2hrs 45min) or Paris CDG airport (3 hours). Taxi from rail station to hotel is approx. 15 euros. Departure from Avignon; same return travel time to Paris.

Optional Services

Travel insurance, Paris museum & metro passes, Paris day tours, Lido shows, and other services. Cell phone rental and luggage storage services.

This is a self-guided tour but you are not alone

We're with you from beginning to end

We will provide you with relevant information at each step of your trip.

Upon confirmation of your tour we will send you some general information about passports, training tips, reading lists, cell phone rental, travel insurance, and more!

Upon final payment you will receive hotel lists, contact numbers, itineraries, a packing list, regional information (sites, culture, regional specialities, important towns and historical sites), general France travel information, bike travel tips, vouchers, train travel tips, language phrases, holiday info, tour details, culture and customs tips, and much, much more!

Note: Prices subject to change based on hotel availability.
See terms and conditions.

Regional information

The region of Provence comprises the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Var, and Bouches-du-Rhone and parts of the departments of Vaucluse and Alpes-Maritimes.

There are different layers of Provencal life as well: the "Roman" towns of Orange, Nimes and Arles; the medieval bastions of Les Baux and Avignon; the essence of Provencal landscape in the Luberon mountains and finally the great city life style of Aix-en- Provence.

Provence inland, this region slightly inland from the coast, has a great diversity and also a great general views that are very characteristic of the typical village: houses with red roofs, narrow streets and their exposure to the sun.


"I have been crying ever since I returned. The French lifestyle is one I should be leading. As a matter of fact, we all should have this lifestyle. Now I fully understand the 'French Paradox'. Please send me back!!!"
- L. Tongue

Biking itinerary for your cycling tour

  • Day 1: Arrive in Avignon & transfer to Gordes
  • Day 2 - Day 4: Multiple Loop Options
  • Day 5: Departure Day
Itinerary map for Gordes Provencal Escape

Day 1: Arrive in Avignon & transfer to Gordes

Upon arrival in Avignon, you will be met for transfer to Gordes. You will have orientation and bike set up at the hotel in Gordes, and then you are free to explore the rest of the day in this charming village. Dinner included.

Day 2 - Day 4: Multiple Loop Options

In three riding days, you can choose from several itineraries, the following itineraries are examples. We can also suggest some longer, more challenging rides for those interested. Dinners on your own. Breakfast included every day.

This format allows for people of all abilities to come along, including non-riding participants. We can suggest visits by car and arrange spa treatments among many possible ways to spend an exciting day in Gordes/Provence!

-The Ochre Hills in Roussillon and the town of Apt (67km): A moderate ride through an area famous for its Ochre hills before going to Apt and Roussillon, the center of Ochre.

-Isle sur la Sorgue (39km): Charming town located on the river Sorgue. Includes visit of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, village with a refreshing temperature due to the spring where the river Sorgue begins. This ride is best when done on a Sunday, because of the outside market and antique fair in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

-Bedoin/Mont Ventoux (89km): Hilly ride through the magnificent landscapes of the Vaucluse with a longer ride option to Mont Ventoux. On your way, you can stop at the Abbey of Senanque. Then you will go through a small mountain chain before reaching Venasque, one of France's most beautiful villages, on a hilltop with a splendid view of the area. If you choose to continue, you can go to Carpentras via small roads.

-The Murs Pass (3 options; 26/28/42km): A beautiful and hilly ride, which will allow you to enjoy the forest and nature on this tour on the Murs Pass. 28km itinerary goes to Abbaye de Senanque 42km version includes both options.

- Valley of the Luberon (51km): this area became famous through the book «One Year in Provence» by Peter Mayle. Nice tour through the fossil village of Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes (where Peter Mayle lived), Lacoste, Bonnieux and the Castle of Marquis de Sade.

Day 5: Departure Day

Departure after breakfast. Transfer back to Avignon is included in the morning. Extra nights are possible, please contact us for a quote. Allow 1 hour travel time in transfer for planning train tickets.

Hotels for your Biking Tour

The hotels listed below are for the Standard version. We will send you the Upgraded and Basic versions on request.

Day 1

Le Mas Des Romarins: Day 1 - Gordes Provencal Escape

Le Mas Des Romarins 3 stars


Le Mas des Romarins is a 19th century dwelling, full of warmth and built of dry stone walls, which has been transformed into a lovely three star hotel. You will find yourself in the heart of timeless Provence, in a unique, well-preserved setting, just a few minutes walk from the center of Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. From the hotel's terrace you can watch the sunrise and set while having your breakfast or enjoying a refreshing drink.

Day 2

Le Mas Des Romarins: Day 2 - Gordes Provencal Escape

Le Mas Des Romarins 3 stars


Le Mas des Romarins is a 19th century dwelling, full of warmth and built of dry stone walls, which has been transformed into a lovely three star hotel. You will find yourself in the heart of timeless Provence, in a unique, well-preserved setting, just a few minutes walk from the center of Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. From the hotel's terrace you can watch the sunrise and set while having your breakfast or enjoying a refreshing drink.

Bikes available for your tour

Scott Sportster

Our lead bike on all DFA tours is the Scott hybrid. The Sportster emphasizes comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. The frame design offers the user a smooth ride and plenty of standover clearance for safety and confidence.

All bikes are turned over every year to 2 years and is the reason for different models on what is essentially the same bike. Of note: this model is a superior quality all terrain bike that we call a hybrid. It is meant for the road or dirt surfaces that are relatively wide and free of obects.

Technical specifications See other bikes available

Rental Rate: 95€/bike for the duration of the tour. This includes all the gear shown as well as bike delivery, set up, and bike return. Every bike is given an inspection by our mechanics in the bike shop before they go out again. Pedals with or without straps available. Clients can bring their own Clipless pedals to be changed over.

Accessories included with your bike rental

  • Helmet
  • Computer
  • Frame pump
  • 1 bottle cage and bottle
  • Rear rack
  • Rear pannier
  • Handlebar bag containing:
  • Toolkit
  • Tire levers
  • Spare tube
  • Patch kit
  • Lock

Pannier & handlebar bag included with bike rental

A rear pannier and a front handlebar bag are provided with the Scott Sportster to carry all your equipment and gear.
You can take those bags with you when you stop, so you don't to carry a backpack.

Roadbooks included on all tours

Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristical information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step).

GPS included on all tours

Garmin GPS 450T

We invested in GPS units a few years back and have some simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices available on nearly all of our tours.
The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to folow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy."

1 GPS is provided for every 2 people

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Bikes available on this Tour

Hybrid Bike
Smooth ride
Hybrid Bike
Electric Bike
Extra comfort
Electric Bike
Road Bike
Fast ride
Road Bike
ModelScott Sportster
Technical specifications
Scott E-Venture
Technical specifications
Scott Solace 30
Technical specifications
Spare tube/toolkit/tyre levers/patch kit/pumpYesYesYes
1 rear Pannier
& 1 handlebar bag
Saddle bagNoNoYes
Water bottle (to keep with you after the trip)112
PedalsFlat, cages or ownFlat or own Flat, cages or own

Rates for the Gordes Provencal Escape Biking Trip

Double Occupancy - per person
Standard 870€
Upgraded 1780€
Single Occupancy (part of a group) from1120€
Solo Traveler (travelling alone) from1290€
Bike rentals from 95€

Triple occupancy rates on request

What's included

  • 4 nights of accommodation: 3 & 4 star superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bathroom
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Bikes available for rental, see EQUIPMENT
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON 450T for 2 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Bike rental. Bikes are available for rental.
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.