• Self guided bike tour on the Lavender Route of Provence
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France-Provence Lavender Route Bike Tour

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There are many reasons why a Pure Adventures’ self-guided discovery of Provence might appeal to your travel desires.  Whatever the reason, your Provence Lavender Route Bike Tour takes you through the countryside of provincial France. You’ll see the famous villages and lavender-filled landscapes, experience local wines and olive oil, and take in the towering castles and art museums that define the area. This special tour in Provence hits just a few of many highlights that make this region iconic, viewed from the saddle of a bike is the best way to take it all in! 

Arrival & Departure Location

Tour begins and finishes in Isle sur la Sorgues, accessible by train from Paris. We recommend the TGV between Paris and Avignon. 

Price Includes

  • 7 nights lodging as shown in the itinerary: 4 nights x 4 stars; 3 night x superior 3 stars
  • Breakfast daily
  • Private orientation on Day 1 with our local guide, including bike delivery & fitting at hotel
  • 2 dinners: night 1 and last night
  • Private luggage transfers between hotels
  • Option to transfer with luggage if arranged in advance (if anyone wants to skip a ride)
  • Maps with marked routes GPX files for your smart phone or GPS
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, a step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 2 suggested rides per day; longer and shorter 
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • 24/7 Technical and emergency support available by phone 

Not Included but available to add:

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels:

  • Isle sur la Sorgues: Le Mas de Gres Hotel ***
  • Lourmarin: Bastide de Lourmarin ****
  • Roussilon: Clos de la Glycine ***
  • Mazan: Le Chateau de Mazan ****

About: This tour includes 3 & 4 star hotels in standard category rooms. All lodging includes a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. For upgraded hotels/room options, please inquire. 

Optional Add-Ons

Guides & Local Support

Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer.

Tour Highlights
  • Cycle through picturesque Luberon area of Provence: the jaw dropping towns of Gordes, Bonnieux; typical provencal villages with markets, cafes, boulangeries, and of course the amazing ride through the Gorge de La Nesque!
  • take a shot at the Giant of Provence – The Mont Ventoux
  • Enjoy world famous markets like that in Isle sur La Sorgue
  • Deluxe accommodations – even in 3 stars, you will be surrounding in Provencale style
  • Landscapes vary from lavender fields to vineyards to cities. Something for everyone!

Need to Know: 

  • This tour can start any day. 
  • Arrival city is Avignon, which accessible via train from Paris Gare de Lyon (2hrs 45min) or Paris CDG airport (3 hours). Transfer from the train station to the hotel can be arranged. Departure from Avignon; same return travel time to Paris. 
  • This is a hilly region; with 2 ride options the tour accommodates to different levels of cyclist; but even shorter rides have hills.
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Isle sur la Sorgues

In the early afternoon, arrive on your own to the hotel in Isle sur la Sorgues, a charming village about 35 min east of Avignon.
The hotel is located just outside of the town of Isle sur Sorgues in a more quiet area but close to town. Isle sur la Sorgues has a famous market that takes place on Sundays and Thursdays. There will be an orientation this afternoon and bikes will be delivered to you at the hotel. The remainder of the day/evening is yours to explore. Ideally, this is a Saturday so that you can visit the market tomorrow morning. Dinner is included at your hotel that has a well known restaurant with lovely outdoor dining.

Overnight: Isle sur la Sorgues
Dinner included

Day 2Isle sur la Sorgues to Bonnieux and Lourmarin: 46km or 61km

Today is your first full ride day after your included breakfast, you can start out at your leisure. If today is a Sunday, you may first wish to visit the local market in Isle s/ Sorgues before starting your ride. The route goes to Lourmarin via the charming towns of Robion and Cavaillon, the latter town most famous for the melons, is a great place for a first stop and visit to the 1st century Roman arch. After Cavaillon you will use a cycling path along the Durance river passing more villages until you reach Lourmarin.

Meals: breakfast
Distances: 46km with 521m elev gain or 61km with +683m
Overnight: Lourmarin

Day 3Loop Ride from Lourmarin: 32km or 68km

Today your ride will visit the southern part of the Luberon and taking in villages such as Ansouis and its thousand year old castle, La Tour d’Aigues, Grambois and Bastide des Jourdan. A nice break is in Cucuron with great views and then back to Lourmarin.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 68km +937m or 32km and +416m
Overnight: Lourmarin

Day 4Ride to Iconic Provencale towns to Roussillon: 39km or 52km

After a relaxing start this morning and a good breakfast, depart at your leisure to ride to numerous villages including Saignan, Bonnieux, Lacoste, and on to Roussillon. On your way into Roussillon you will pass over the 2000 year old Roman bridge and then arrive at the ‘ochre’ colored town where you stay. The ochre is in the rocks which are mined and give Roussillon a unique ambiance.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 39km +626m; or 52km +865m
Overnight: Roussilon

Day 5Roussillon to Mazan via Gordes: 34km or 65km

Today you ride in the direction of the “Giant of Provence” – the Mont Ventoux! If it’s a clear day you should have it in sight all of the way, looming in the distance and growing larger as you get closer! We offer 2 routes to reach your destination in Mazan. The shorter ride that is more direct is 34 km and passes through Gordes – one of the most scenic and iconic towns in all of Provence.
The longer ride visits St Saturnin Les Apts and the way to Villes sur Auzon. Along this long route you will get to enjoy the Gorges de la Nesque, a lovely downhill ride along a narrow, fairly quiet, winding road with spectacular views over the 400m deep gorge. Finish at the gorgeous Chateau de Mazan.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 34km + 593m or 65km +1163m
Overnight: Mazan

Day 6Loop Rides from Mazan including Mont Ventoux: 30km or 68km

Here you are! The Mont Ventoux – one of the legends of the Tour de France for the last 100 years. Mazan is only 10 km away from Bedoin and is the start of the legendary ascent of the Geant – Le Mont Ventoux! The climbing is non-stop and goes up to 15% until you reach Chalet Reynard, then starts again to the summit. The view is incredible and you can be proud of an amazing ride! It may be cold and windy, or blistering hot! Plan for any condition but don’t linger at the top too long. You will descend, carefully, via the lesser-known route to Malaucene, where it is possible to meet up with the other riders doing the shorter version today.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 30km +370m or 68km +1917m
Overnight: Mazan

Day 7Return to Isle sur la Sorgue: 38km or 58km

For this last ride day, we recommend a nice cruise to Sorgues via the historic town of Fontaine de Vaucluse. This town is historically significant and it’s spring (fountain) is one of the strongest in the world as measured by volume of water that flows from deep in the ground, with an unknown source. Archaeological sites date habitations here to pre-roman times.

The long route takes you to Gordes – so if you missed it before, today it is possible! Coming back down to the town of Isle sur la Sorgue; you finish where you started. We use the same hotel as at the start and you can celebrate in one of the many cafés and we recommend to take a little time to visit this village where river fed canals with waterwheels give the town a unique charm.

Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 38km +525m; or 58km +858m
Overnight: Isle sur la Sorgue

Day 8Departure Day

Today is departure day, and you can depart after breakfast, on your own time. Trains to Paris or Paris CDG Airport depart all day long. Extra nights are possible, as well as travel on to other destinations. Please inquire with Pure Adventures and our experts will give you our best recommendations and plan everything for you!

Meals: breakfast

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Provence Lavender Bike Tour
Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Three & Four Star Hotels – Best in Village

  • 2 persons:  1625 euros/person
  • 4 persons:  1495 euros/person
  • 6 persons:  1463 euros/person
  • Single Supplement: 384 euros/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Supplement: ask us for rates

Note:

  • Rates can be adjusted based on lodging; other 3 star options and 5 star max upgrades are possible. 

Hybrid Bike Rental: 175 euros
Road Bike Rental:  286 euros
E-bike Rental:  286 euros
Bike Rental Details Page

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience! Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
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Steve B.

Group Traveller

I wanted to thank you for helping us to arrange our recent bike trip, and wanted to let you know that we all had an amazing time. It exceeded our expectations! The itinerary provided just the right amount of biking and sightseeing – something for everyone. We even lucked out with the weather. We especially appreciate that the trip avoided most of the more crowded tourist areas (difficult in Provence I know!), and allowed us to bike on some beautiful country roads, and through absolutely charming small towns.

September 26, 2019

Alex Schaefer

Couple Traveller

The scenery was amazing. The hotel accommodations were more than adequate as well. Many nice stops between the towns. Our luggage always arrived promptly. Downloading the routes to a garmin was a must as the turn by turn would have been very difficult to follow.

October 9, 2016

Kevin Moore

Couple Traveller

I have participated in two custom cycling tours with Pure Adventures (not the off the shelf tour listed above), both in France. The logistical planning and support is excellent. I will use them again for my next trip.

October 16, 2015

Anonymous Reviewer

Couple Traveller

Pure Adventures was always very prompt in responding to our questions. Everything got us to our destination and was easy to follow. One quick note however…The route through Roussillon was one of the hairiest traffic areas. The garmin route routed us over a very busy bridge. However I noticed a trail which led to the same point, avoiding the bridge which we took instead. Upon going over the paper directions given to us we noticed that this DID tell us to follow the trail which seemed the reasonable thing to do.

October 10, 2015

Anonymous Reviewer

Couple Traveller

Loved this tour, well organized, luggage always on time, beautiful scenery

October 9, 2014
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