France-Bike proposes this bike tour through the Lubéron Mountains in the heart of Provence with classy 4**** and 3*** hotels. The Lubéron has been declared a national park due to its unique countryside and scenery. Nowhere else will you find such typical Provence villages, so well described by Peter Mayle in his bestseller: A year in Provence. Medieval and colorful towns and villages like Cavaillon, Manosque, Apt, Isle sur Sorgue, Cucuron, and many more await you. Lavender fields and also the famous ocher mines around Roussillon.
Day 1: Avignon
Arrive individually in Avignon and settle down in your elegant 4**** hotel with park, swimming pool, spa and excellent restaurant.
Day 2: Avignon - Cavaillon, ~45 km/27 miles
At around 9:30 am it’s your welcome meeting and you pick up your bikes if rented one. Then ride through the Little Crau countryside to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, typical little town, and then along the Alpilles on to Cavaillon. There you stay at the best hotel in town, a completely renovated 3*** hotel with 'charme'.
Day 3: Cavaillon - Lourmarin, ~45 km/27 miles
You continue on the south side of the Lubéron Mountains along the Durance valley and foothills and pass through typical villages like Mérindol, Lauris and Lourmarin and their vineyards. Enjoy your stay in the wonderful 4**** hotel with outstanding restaurant.
Day 4: Lourmarin - Manosque, ~45 km/27 miles
Beautiful landscapes accompany you on the way to Manosque, the town of Jean Giono. Discover the medieval town center with its nice cafés before you continue to your 3*** hotel.
Day 5: Manosque - Gargas, ~65 km/40 miles
Leaving the Durance valley behind you climb up out of town to arrive on the North side of the Lubéron. You continue by crossing other little villages and with magnificent views until the town of Apt. From here you continue to Gargas, enjoy the amazing view on the Luberon mountains.
Day 6: Gargas - Isle sur Sorgue, ~30 km/19 miles
The tour leads you on to the famous ocher rocks near the pretty village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. You continue your trip to Isle sur Sorgue called the “Venice of Provence”. You stay in the wonderful 4**** chambre d'hôtes in the center of the town.
Day 7: Isle sur Sorgue - Avignon, ~30 km/19 miles
On little roads and along the Durance River you cycle back to Avignon. Take the time to discover down town Avignon with the famous ‘Palais des Papes’ or stay at the hotel and relax at the swimming-pool.
Day 8: Departure and “Au Revoir”
7 nights in carefully chosen 4**** and 3*** hotels, some with swimming-pool
7x copious breakfast
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
France-Bike signs along the route
GPS tracks on request
France-Bike security vest
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (1150 €/person in double)
season II (+100 €/person)
season III (+190 €/person)
route (2)-(3): ~260 km/160 miles
sporty around the Lubéron Mountains, electric bikes available
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, exit Avignon-Sud
by train: direct from London to Avignon with Eurostar, or direct from Paris to Avignon or Marseille with TGV
by plane: airport Avignon, Marseille, Nimes or Montpellier
free at the hotel
from Montpellier, Marseille or Nîmes airports to Avignon with France-Bike bus for 220 €/trip, other transfers possible on request
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