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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!
Tour begins and finishes in Isle sur la Sorgues, accessible by train from Paris. We recommend the TGV between Paris and Avignon.
Not Included but available to add:
Included Standard Hotels:
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.
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.
Need to Know:
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
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.
Distances: 46km with 521m elev gain or 61km with +683m
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.
Distance: 39km +626m; or 52km +865m
Today you ride back to the starting point in L’Isle sur la Sorgue, but you have all day and can enjoy some picturesque riding! Both rides pass through Gordes – one of the most scenic and iconic towns in all of Provence. The town sits on a hill side and makes a great lunch stop. Both rides go through 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 Venasque and has a good amount of climbing before descending back to your destination. 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: 34km +285m; or 50km +760m
Overnight: Isle sur la Sorgue
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!
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Three & Four Star Hotels – Best in Village
Hybrid Bike Rental: 110 euros
Road Bike Rental: 225 euros
E-bike Rental: 225 euros
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