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Provence Biking: From the Drôme to the Lubéron

France

from $3,998* per person 6 Days May-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 26 people max
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Lavender fields that come to life in the breeze. Cherry orchards around the bend. The Mistral that swirls in the paintings of van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin. The hills and villages that inspired them. The wines. The cool evenings. The breathtaking village of Gordes that stands on the edge of a cliff. And Roussillon with its brilliant red colors. Indulging in local specialties at lively outdoor markets. Playing a round of pétanque and sipping a café au lait. After your journey through Provence, this will be your new list of favorite things.

  • Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards and orchards
  • Exquisite hotels including one of our favorites: Crillon le Brave
  • Explore Vaison la Romaine, a wonderful ancient town with Roman ruins
  • Private wine tastings of the best local vintages
  • Soak up Provençal life in renowned Gordes and ochre-hued Roussillon

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Days 1-2 Private tastings of the best local vintages at Côtes du Rhône vineyards, including enchanting family-run Domaine de Grangeneuve Bike through the unspoiled terrain of the Drôme region An intriguing history lesson unfolds at the 2nd-century Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine.

Day 3 Exquisite hotels including one of our favorites: Crillon le Brave  Ride the stunning Gorges de la Nesque below spectacular Mont Ventoux on your way to Sault, Provence's lavender capital Meander through winding cobblestone streets for a taste of medieval Provence Challenge your Trip Leaders to a game of pétanque.

Day 4 Incredible biking through perched villages, vineyards and orchards  Gregorian chants and the oh-so-Provençal fragrance of lavender welcome you at the peaceful 12th-century Abbaye de Sénanque Explore Gordes, a glorious village perché clinging to the Vaucluse Plateau.

Days 5-6 Rub shoulders with locals in quintessential Provençal villages such as Ménerbes and Lacoste Cross Pont Julien, a Roman bridge built around 300 B.C., to the village of Roussillon, resting on one of the world's biggest ocher deposits Pedal through bucolic plains and foothills of the Lubéron en route to the Domaine de la Citadelle winery, whose 1,200 corkscrews add a twist.

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