Provence Lavender Fields & Vineyards

Awaken your senses. This bike tour of Provence will take you through the Provençal vineyards and charming stone villages. Immerse yourself in the true Provence countryside with its famous colorful and fragrant lavender fields.
The tour starts in Avignon where you will get a chance to see the famous Pont d’Avignon. Next it takes you to Châteauneuf du Pape, where you can taste their famous wine. It then takes you to Vaison la Romaine, a town full of Roman art and history, to Grignan, Beaumes de Venise and many more beautiful places. This is a bike tour full of colors and flavors!

Price from : 1890 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Provence
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby or Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

Click below to see hotels versions.

Day 1 :  

Arrive in Avignon

You can visit the town today and take in its many sites. Orientation with bike delivery and set up is planned for the early evening (or following morning depending on our schedule) to get you all ready to ride out the next day.

Dinner on your own in Avignon, we will include some excellent suggestions.

Day 2 :  

Cycle to Chateauneuf du Pape

Distance 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 176 Meters 

Today you ride through the vineyards of the renowned appellation Cotes du Rhone de Chateauneuf-du-Pape. And if you like, stop to visit and taste in one of the many cellars of the village. On your way, you can stop at the village Roquemaure, where you can see the remains of the 12th century medieval castle, where Pop Clement V died in 1314.

Day 3 :  

To St Paul les 3 Chateaux

Distance 1 : 28 Miles - 45 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 364 Meters 

On today’s itinerary you will pass Serignan du Comtat, an important medieval village (origins go back to 6C BC) in the history of the Counts of Toulouse and the domain of Diane de Poitiers. Continue on to Rochegude in the Drome department and lavender country and then on into the town of St Paul les 3 Chateaux where you can walk through its old cobbled streets and visit the historical church.

Day 4 :  

Ride to Grignan

Distance 1 : 17 Miles - 28 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 426 Meters 

Today's ride will bring you to the village of Clansayes before Grignan. In Clansayes, you will find the Templar knights tower, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the area. Also on your itinerary are the villages of Colonzelle and La Baume de Transit, with remains from a medieval castle.

Day 5 :  

Loop ride through the countryside and lavender fields

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 521 Meters 

If you choose to ride, you will travel to the lavender areas around Grignan to La Garde dAdhemar. This village is a classical provencal village with exceptional beauty. La Garde dAdhemar has preserved its medieval structure and ramparts and was originally colonized during the Roman era by veterans of the Roman legions in the 1st century. Return to Grignan. If you stay in Grignan, you can explore this beautiful 16-17C chateau and learn the story of Madame de Sevigne.

Day 6 :  

Vaison la Romaine

Distance 1 : 28 Miles - 45 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 495 Meters 

Vaison, a town of art, has a rich cultural heritage. It was built up in the middle ages and modern times but the town owes its fame to the ancieant Roman foundations and its ruins. La Romaine was added in 1924!

Day 7 :  

On to Bedoin for Beaumes de Venise or Mont Ventoux Climb

Option 1 : 24 Miles - 39 Km  Option 2 : 25 Miles - 40 Km  Option 3 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 560 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 620 Meters  Elevation gain 3 : 2050 Meters 

2 options:

  • Option 1: the easier ride, it passes through the wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise to finish in Bedoin (38km).
  • Option 2 crosses the Dentelles de Montmirail involving some climbs (40km). A variant of option 2 is to ride Mont Ventoux, famous Tour de France climb fondly known as the Giant of Provence! This will add 25 km and at least 1-2 hours of climbing up to 1909 meters (approx 6000 ft).

Tonight you stay at the edge of the village of Bedoin in a very charming inn. The scent of lavender is in the air from mid-June through the beginning of August in this countryside!

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Breakfast is included and possibly some time to visit Bedoin before leaving back to Avignon. We will transfer you back to Avignon TGV station at 9:30am; allow 1 hour travel time before a train departure.

Average / Day :
Distance : 42.50 Km / 26.38 Miles - Elevation gain : 651.50 Meters

Click below to see hotels versions.


Day : 1, Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.


Day : 2

Chateau des Fine Roches is located in the tranquil Provence country side where you will find yourself at peace in this charming 19th century castle. The views from the terrace are astonishing and the menu at the gastronomic restaurant offers many delectable dishes for its guests. The Chateau also has an outdoor pool to enjoy a dip on a warm and sunny Provence afternoon.


Day : 3

Ideally situated in the heart of countryside, La Villa Augusta will charm you with the art of good living that exists in each one of its distinguished rooms. La Villa Augusta is an old house of Maitre Tricastin (wine maker Cotes du Rhone) on a beautiful park.The Hotel disposes of 24 spacious rooms where the old and modern merge together in perfect harmony.Our Restaurant David Mollicone, is an invitation for discover modern cuisine that is mixed with delicious flavours and local tastes ...


Day : 4, 5

Le Clair de Plume was created in the 17th century as housing for monks because the court believed the village required moral guidance. It is now a warm and inviting hotel which provides guests with rest and relaxation. The hotel has a tea room where guests can savor an afternoon tea in the garden.


Day : 6

Built in 1554, this family house has been modernized and lovingly furnished by the generations of family owners over the past hundred years. Le Beffroi is situated in the center of the medieval city of Vaison la Romaine. Named after the belfry, the "Hostellerie” consists of two private houses built in 1554 and 1690 respectively, and restored in the 1950s to create a lovely 3-star inn. L'Hostellerie "Le Beffroi" offers you rooms of modern comfort that make you forget that you are staying one of the most beautiful XVI century estates in the heart of the upper village of Vaison la Romaine.


Day : 7

Blue, green, white... Mont Ventoux towers skyward watching over the hills and vineyards. At the foot of Ventoux is the hotel Les Pins, a provencal guest establishment with the charm of yesteryear... swimming pool, pond, waterlilies, garden, romantic rooms with a medley of love-at-first-sight furnishings. Savours, aromas... The cuisine at L'esprit Jardin , crafted with the marvels of taste and freshness gleaned from nearby Provencal markets, croons with a delectable local accent. Dine indoors or on the outdoor terrace under the pine trees.


Day : 1

Set in an old mansion at the foot of the Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon, La Mirande is steeped in secular history. This timeless refuge offers a dreamy, relaxing and authentic experience in a refines, 18th century-esque décor.With both a gastronomic restaurant and a chef 's table, the hotel serves honest, living cuisine with respect for ingredients and humankind, a culinary hymn to land and its biodiversity.


Day : 2

Chateau des Fine Roches is located in the tranquil Provence country side where you will find yourself at peace in this charming 19th century castle. The views from the terrace are astonishing and the menu at the gastronomic restaurant offers many delectable dishes for its guests. The Chateau also has an outdoor pool to enjoy a dip on a warm and sunny Provence afternoon.


Day : 3

The beautiful Chateau de Rochegude is located in the heart of Provence surrounded by a lush park. The hotel perfectly combines the authentic charm of the past with the comfort of modernity. The hotel grounds include an outdoor heated swimming pool, as well as a tennis court.


Day : 4, 5

Le Clair de Plume was created in the 17th century as housing for monks because the court believed the village required moral guidance. It is now a warm and inviting hotel which provides guests with rest and relaxation. The hotel has a tea room where guests can savor an afternoon tea in the garden.


Day : 6

Built in 1554, this family house has been modernized and lovingly furnished by the generations of family owners over the past hundred years. Le Beffroi is situated in the center of the medieval city of Vaison la Romaine. Named after the belfry, the "Hostellerie” consists of two private houses built in 1554 and 1690 respectively, and restored in the 1950s to create a lovely 3-star inn. L'Hostellerie "Le Beffroi" offers you rooms of modern comfort that make you forget that you are staying one of the most beautiful XVI century estates in the heart of the upper village of Vaison la Romaine.


Day : 7

Hotel Crillon le Brave is a relaxed and informal refuge where you can enjoy all of the simple pleasures of Provence. Located about 25 miles northeast of Avignon, this 34-bedroom hotel is perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The views from rooms, terraces and gardens are stunning.


Day : Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


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, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinner included
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 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
  • 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.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1890 € 490 € 2980 €
    Post-tour Night ** ** **
Upgraded 2390 € 850 € 3750 €
    Post-tour Night ** ** **

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 145 €
    Performance 235 €
    Premium 300 €
Electric Assisted Bike 145 €
Tandem Bike Rental 50 €


Arrival city is Avignon, which is 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.

Bot scann is mandatory