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Provence Luxury

Magical Luberon

There is the richness of Provence. And then there’s Trek Travel’s Provence. Ours is everything you want from the fragrant, blossoming countryside of this French region, but with a boost that truly brings out its best. That includes a visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant, complete with a private cooking lesson under the eye of its world-class chef. And in between rides through the lavender fields and up the towering Mont Ventoux, we’ll rest our heads at a luxurious farmhouse that’s been converted to a Relais & Chateaux property in a central location to enjoy the truffles, food and wine that makes this region an international gem. It’s our one home for the whole week, which means you get to truly enjoy its spa to the fullest. Are you ready to be simultaneously treated, challenged and magically transported? That’s Trek Travel’s Provence. Experience Trek Travel's One Collection where you stay in one luxurious hotel during your trip

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From:
$4699 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 / 2 - Active / Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 Disc More options available
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Trip Wows
Meet a local truffle farmer and share a special lunch on the family farm
Taste some of the region's iconic wines at a private wine and cheese tasting
Learn the secrets of the Provençal kitchen from a Michelin-starred chef in a private cooking lesson
Explore the iconic French villages of Menerbes, Roussillon, Bonnieux and Lacoste
Stay in one 5-star historical Relais & Chateaux property, Le Phebus and Spa
Watch the Experience
This trip offers the best of Provence with no transfers (other than pick up and drop off) and no hotel changes so you can avoid having to repack while on trip. It offers riding for all levels (even Ventoux), the chance to shop at local markets, world-class food and wine, a cooking school, a wine and chocolate tasting, all while staying at one opulent hotel with a lovely spa.
-Jessica Singerman, Trip Designer

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You have finally arrived in sultry and seductive Provence! Matisse described this place as “soft and tender, despite its brilliance,” and every moment here is like a living work of impressionistic masterwork. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Le Cloître Saint Louis in Avignon at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 50-minute private shuttle, you’ll arrive in Menerbes, the walled village, rich in history and bedazzled with cherry orchards, and made famous by Peter Mayle's book "A Year in Provence." A picnic lunch prepared by your Trek Travel guides awaits you along with a chance to taste some quintessential Lubéron wines. After a short round of introductions, your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Provence before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Then we’ll set off for our first introductory ride. Afterward, you’ll arrive back at the hotel in time to freshen up, stroll the grounds, and meet the group for social hour and dinner at the hotel bistro, the Café de la Fontaine. The cuisine here is fresh and contemporary, and features the region's best flavors.

Today's Ride:

Menerbes to Joucas
Approximately 12 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Visit a wine cellar and taste some local wines

Hotel:

Hostellerie le Phebus

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

We’ll get to know the curves and nuances of Provence today, as we head to the towns of Bonnieux, Lacoste and Apt. Bonnieux, built on a hillside, welcomes you with an imposing church tower. This small village is an alter to food, complete with Boulangerie Museum and its history of bread. You'll have a chance to explore and to have lunch at your leisure, and then you can elect to ride or shuttle back to the hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a special treat: cooking school with Michelin-starred chef, Xavier Mathieu, where you'll learn the secrets of Provençal cuisine. This evening we'll gather for a very special tasting of local wines before dinner at one of our favorite spots in Joucas.

Today's Ride:

Joucas to Bonnieux Loop
Approximately 34 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Joucas to Bonnieux to Saignon Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Private cooking school with Xavier Mathieu

Hotel:

Hostellerie le Phebus

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Today if you choose to do so, discover the crown jewel of cycling and the hulking massif of Provence – Mont Ventoux. This is one of France’s most unique climbs, with shady, forested switchbacks giving way to a long ascent across a moonscape to cycling’s famous landmark – the lighthouse on top of Ventoux. This mountain has both crowned champions like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, and witnessed tragedy, like the stories of Tom Simpson. Each is a heralded chapter in the pageantry of our sport, and if you choose to ride the classic ascent from Bedoin and descend to Sault for lunch, you’ll inscribe your own name in its history. Or choose another option: a beautiful relaxed loop through the Luberon countryside. Our first stop this morning is the Gordes weekly market. Pick up a snack of local fruit, bread, or olive oil if you'd like, and explore the tiny alleys of this beautiful village before continuing your ride to Roussillon, a famously ancient, medieval village and archeological reserve, replete with red brick, buildings and roofs. Stroll the timeworn streets and enjoy a leisurely lunch of your choice before riding or shuttling back to the hotel. Tonight, head out for a dinner of your choice and whatever delights catch your eye.

Please Note: Mt. Ventoux is only rideable in favorable weather and based on judgement of the guides.

Today's Ride & Activity:

Joucas to Gordes to Roussillon Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Bedoin to Ventoux to Joucas
Approximately 47 miles with 6,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Visit the Gordes market

Hotel:

Hostellerie le Phebus

Included Meals:

Breakfast

It’s a full taste of Provençal life today with a ride to a family truffle farm complete with a truffle-themed lunch provided by the family themselves. Indulge in these coveted and often decadent ingredients as they were meant to be: close to the source and harvested with care and love. Then, mount your bike to continue riding or choose to shuttle and head back to the hotel for some afternoon free time at the spa, on the hotel grounds or wherever you like to relax. This afternoon, enjoy a special treat: cooking school with Michelin-starred chef, Xavier Mathieu, where you'll learn the secrets of Provençal cuisine. Dinner this evening will be an experience to remember at the hotel's gastronomic restaurant, the Xavier Mathieu, where the fare is inspired by the seasons and flavors of southern France.

Today's Ride:

Joucas to Monteux with Shuttle Return
Approximately 26 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Joucas to Monteux Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activities:

Farm to table meal at a truffle farm; Wine tasting

Hotel:

Hostellerie le Phebus

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

After a delicious breakfast, prepare for one of the most iconic rides of the region through the Gorges de la Nesque. This popular route with cyclists takes us into a wild canyon with panoramic views up, down and across. This is known as one of the most picturesque routes in all of Provence, so savor the moment. Lunch today is a special stop at a family farm. Share a true farm to table meal while enjoying the family's produce and home-cooked dishes. Choose either to remount your bike for the ride back, or shuttle back for a quick escape. Tonight, we’ll gather for one last social hour and wine-paired dinner of Provençal specialties under the stars at a locally-famous gourmet restaurant.

Today's Ride:

Joucas to Gorges de la Nesque to Farm
Approximately 39 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Joucas to Gorges de la Nesque to Farm to Joucas
Approximately 52 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity

Lunch at a family farm

Hotel:

Hostellerie le Phebus

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

All good things must come to an end, and so it’s true for our adventure in Provence. This morning you'll have the chance for one last loop in the Lubéron. Or if you’d rather skip the ride, you are welcome to sleep and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the hotel at 11:00 AM. You’ll say farewell to your guides before the 50-minute shuttle to the Avignon Central Train Station or the TGV station. Please do not schedule a train out of Avignon before 12:30 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

Today's Ride:

Joucas to Lioux Return
Approximately 18 miles with 1,385 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Le Phebus

Joucas, France

Trek Travel hotels awarded the Relaix & Chateaux To be a member of the Relais & Châteaux fellowship is no small feat – it means that Le Phebus & Spa Carita has elevated the acts of dining and relaxing to rare arts. Here, luxury abounds in every corner, from the new flavors at Michelin-starred restaurant, Xavier Mathieu, to its decadent spa with treatments based on lavender and essential oils. This perfectly-situated jewel is also perfectly magical.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

bike

Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 3 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2/3 - Recreational/Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
30 miles
TOTAL MILES:
154 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,100 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
11,500 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads & hilly terrain. We will climb an average of 2-3 major climbs per day that combine sustained climbing with several steep sections. Provence is best suited for our Type 2/3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Truffle farm visit and picnic
  • Private cooking school
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Market visit with a chef

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Paris (CDG)
MEETING TIME:
11:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Cloître Saint Louis, Avignon, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Avignon TGV and/or Central Stations, Avignon, France

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend you fly into Paris (CDG). All international US carriers and Air France offer nonstop flights from major US cities.

From Paris, take a TGV train to Avignon, either from the TGV station at Charles de Gaulle Airport or from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Please consult www.voyages-sncf.com to book your tickets. Alternatively, you may fly into Marseilles (MRS) or Nice (NCE) and take a train to Avignon. Avignon (AVN) also has a small airport with local flights. Please note that there are two train stations in Avignon--the TGV and the Central (Centre). The TGV station is approximately five miles from the Centre Station downtown. If you happen to arrive at the central train station, there is a frequent shuttle bus that runs between the two stations that costs a few euros per person, which usually takes 10 minutes, and runs approximately every 20 minutes. Taxis are also available at the central station for the 10-minute ride for approximately 20 euros. Train schedules are available and tickets can be booked directly online at www.SNCF.com or using our in house travel agent services. (Please note the train schedule changes frequently. Please consult the SNCF site for the most up-to-date schedule.)

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Cloître Saint Louis at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 1 hour shuttle by private coach, your Provençal vacation begins! Enjoy a picnic lunch and taste some wines as your guides explain how the trip will unfold, and fit you to your high-end Trek Domane. Once everyone’s bike is ready you’ll be off to explore the quiet roads of Provence.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hostellerie Le Phebus (+33 4 90 05 78 83), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel for approximately 100 euros.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hostellerie le Phebus. After saying goodbye to your guides, you will take a private coach from the trip end to the Avignon TGV and/or Central Stations (approximately 60 minute shuttle). Here you can take a train to Paris or any other destination of your choice. Please do not book any train before 12:30 PM.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

September in Provence usually bring clear, warm, and pleasant days with cool evenings. Temperatures during these months range between 60s to high 70s, but don’t be surprised if the Provencal sun raises temperatures to mid 80s. The mornings often start off cooler. Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. July and August are quite warm with less of a chance of rain. If you are planning on riding Mont Ventoux, we recommend bringing your fall/winter riding gear. The descent can be very cold. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

before

Before: Paris, France

Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums. A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world.The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments with impressive vistas include the view from the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, or from atop the 56 floors of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

after

After: Avignon, France

If you are planning on extending your trip and exploring the walled city of Avignon, there are a number of must sees. Palais des Papes stands as the largest Gothic palace in Europe. With the arrival of the popes in the 14th century, for a period known as the Avignon Papacy, the Palais des Papes was home to the Sovereign Pontiffs. One must also visit the nearby Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that was used to bring Uzès spring water to Nîmes. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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