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Provence Biking: A Blissful Journey through the Alpilles & the Luberon
|from $2,998* per person||6 Days||May-July, September, October|
|Boutique accommodations||Exertion level: 5|
|Operator: Backroads||26 people max|
- Avignon, france
- Active & Adventure trips
- Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards and orchards
- Visit a family-run olive oil mill for a tour and tasting
- Discover the vibrant artists' community of St-Rémy
- Visit Saignon, one of France's ten olders towns
- Soak up Provençal life in renowned Gordes and ochre-hued Roussillon
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Day 1 Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards, olive groves and orchards Warm up your cycling muscles and get to know the Alpilles, a world of windswept crags dotted with oak, pine and cypress trees Explore Les Baux, perched high above a limestone landscape pockmarked with caves and said to be frequented by witches and goblins.
Day 2 Discover the postcard-pretty artist community of St-Rémy, filled with fountains, gardens, cheery cafés and tree-lined boulevards Join a historian on a visit to the asylum where Vincent van Gogh spent his last days Drop in at Moulin du Calanque, a delightful family-run olive oil mill for a tour and tasting.
Day 3 Visit Saignon, one of the oldest towns in France Before bidding adieu to the dramatic scenery of the Alpilles, cycle to Eygalières, a small terraced town guarded by an ancient castle Spin through picturesque Lacoste and Ménerbes en route to the Domaine de la Citadelle winery, home of the Corkscrew Museum Discover Roussillon, surrounded by brilliant ocher hills.
Day 4 Marvel at the beauty of Gordes, a striking village perché clinging to the craggy southern face of the high Vaucluse Plateau Quiet roads lead through rolling fields of lavender and wheat into the foothills of Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence."
Days 5-6 Savor farm-fresh cuisine and noteworthy regional wines Rub shoulders with the locals in quintessential Provençal villages such as Venasque, one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" (The Most Beautiful Villages of France) Surrounded by venerable Côtes du Ventoux vineyards, relish a final spin through idyllic hamlets of the Vaucluse.