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Provence Luxury

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Provence Luxury

Experience "La belle vie" in France

Newly redesigned Trek Travel biking trip

Connect to the essence of life—food created with care, wine produced with passion, and intimate moments shared with friends.

You'll ride through this ancient countryside, perhaps stopping to eat cherries off a tree or to explore a fortress overlooking a medieval village. Cozy cafés and unique local markets await leisure riders while Mont Ventoux waits to be conquered for the avid cyclists. Meet a local truffle farmer and share a special lunch on the family farm, and taste some of the region’s iconic wines at a private wine and chocolate-paired tasting. Provence is one of our most popular bike tour destinations, and for good reason. You'll have an experience you won’t soon forget!

Dates:


Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Lioux Loop
Approximately 18 miles with 1,385 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to Provence! After a 45-minute shuttle to Gordes, officially one of France's most beautiful villages, you'll discover your hotel for the next 2 nights, La Bastide de Gordes. Following a round of introductions and and getting fit to your bike, you will start today's ride on the small roads of the Luberon valley. Follow your guides along on a breathtaking ride to Lioux with its dramatic stone wall that is 330 feet high and almost a half-mile long. Tonight, you’ll gather with your new friends for a toast to the week ahead, and your first outstanding meal in Provence.

Hotel:

La Bastide de Gordes
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Hotel les Bories & Spa
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Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Bonnieux Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 2,355 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux with Shuttle
Approximately 18 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux to Ménerbes Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 3,660 feet of climbing

Description:

It is a quintessentially French day! After your café au lait and pain au chocolat, ride to the charming ochre village of Roussillon and explore its colorful alleyways. A sweeping descent will lead you over the Pont Julien, a Roman stone arch bridge dating back to 3 BC which was part of the Via Domitia road linking Italy and Hispania in ancient times. Select from one of many excellent bistros in the town of Bonnieux for lunch and enjoy walking its quaint cobbled streets full of picturesque views of the Luberon Valley. Then, choose to either return to the hotel for some time by one of the hotel's swimming pools, or continue riding the quiet road leading to the Luberon Ridge and the tiny villages of Lacoste and Ménerbes. Once back at the hotel, you'll have the opportunity to explore Gordes and to find a dinner restaurant of your choice tucked along the village walls.

Hotel:

La Bastide de Gordes
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Hotel les Bories & Spa
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride & Activity:

Gordes to Uchaux
Approximately 44 miles with 2,180 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Gordes to Uchaux with Shuttle
Approximately 25 miles with 1,750 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning’s ride takes us through the UNESCO recognized National Park of the Luberon, stopping in Monteux for some time to stretch your legs. You'll have the chance to meet a local truffle farmer, and after a special lunch on his family farm, we'll continue into the Drôme valley to the Château de Massillan. This 16th century former hunting lodge is surrounded by ornamental and organic vegetable gardens and is our home for the next three nights. This evening you'll dine with friends at the hotel's gourmet restaurant dedicated to organic and local cuisine.

Hotel:

Chateau de Massillan
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Chateau de Rochegude
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Seguret to Malaucène to Uchaux with Shuttle
Approximately 43 miles with 3,655 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Seguret to Malaucene with Shuttle
Approximately 32 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Baumes de Venise to Mt. Ventoux to Malaucene to Uchaux
Approximately 66 miles with 5,655 feet of climbing

Description:

Options abound today from the challenging to the leisurely. Choose to ride through Seguret, officially one of France's most beautiful villages, then Gigondas and Beaumes-de-Venise, home to some of the region's most famous wines. Or if you're up for the challenge, climb the legendary Mt. Ventoux, the highest point in Provence that has been the theatre for numerous Tour de France duels. You’ll lunch on your own in Malaucene, where you can take some time to explore cobblestone streets and the fortified city center, as well as its weekly Wednesday market. Enjoy your search for the perfect souvenir - perhaps some lavender or herbes de Provence - while interacting with the local vendors. The afternoon ride takes us through Vaison la Romaine - a bustling Roman and Medieval center hundreds of years ago. Relaxing by the pool or a refreshing massage back at the lavish Chateau de Massillan are also options for your afternoon. Tonight enjoy a very special wine and chocolate-paired tasting with your fellow travelers followed by dinner at our Chateau restaurant.

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

Hotel:

Chateau de Massillan
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Chateau de Rochegude
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Uchaux to Grignan Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 2,180 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Uchaux to Grignan with Shuttle
Approximately 26 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Uchaux to Grignan with Clansayes Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Description:

Another sunrise gently awakes us accompanied by the smell of baked venoisserie and fresh coffee. Today’s loop to the north takes us to the neighboring village of Suze la Rousse which is dominated by an impressive fortress, once owned by princes of Orange and now home to the local University of Wine. It will become evident that the main economic activity of the region surrounds wine as you continue to roll through the endless patchwork of vineyards. For those who are looking for more climbing, find yourself drawn toward the Tower of the Templars atop the tiny village of Clansayes. We’ll stop in the village of Grignan for a relaxed lunch. Explore the village with its towering castle if you'd like, or hop back on the bike and take the remaining flat ride home as fast or as slow as you would like. This evening you'll share a dinner with friends and toast to our incredible journey in southern France.

Hotel:

Chateau de Massillan
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Chateau de Rochegude
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Uchaux Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,120 feet of climbing

Description:

An optional ride this morning to the village of Rochegude give you ample opportunity to spin the legs before bidding adieu to your guides.  A late-morning shuttle will bring you to the Avignon train station as you contemplate your next Trek Travel adventure. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Chateau de Massillan, then 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


OPTIONAL PARIS ADD-ON PACKAGE

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Us
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Us

Explore the city of Paris

3 days | 2 nights or 4 days | 3 nights

From $999 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

The ‘City of Light’ has something for everyone. Start with a stroll and spot famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame - take time to visit the Louvre museum or venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Discover the height of French gastronomy and admire the couture fashion or shop at the diverse boutiques throughout the city.

Get an insider’s view with a city walking tour led by a local guide, born-and-raised Parisian, who not only knows the Paris Landmarks and neighborhoods intimately, but will also help you make the most of your stay in Paris. Discover the popular areas around the Tuileries gardens, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, before finishing in the Marais district – Parisians’ favorite area for both shopping and people-watching.

Explore Paris’ local food scene independently with your Tasting Passport, where you will meet with six local artisans and get to sample their quality products from wine to Foie Gras while learning about their craft.

What's Included:

  • 2 or 3 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Paris
  • 1 Trek Travel exclusive city walking tour with a local guide
  • 1 Tasting Passport valid for six different artisanal food tastings
  • List of hand-picked restaurant recommendations
  • Option to add on travel assistance for flights and rail tickets for an additional fee.

Gratuities for your guides are not included and are at your own expense and at your discretion

How to get there

Choose the Paris add-on package before or after your Bordeaux, Provence, Annecy to Alpe d'Huez or Classic Climbs of the Tour trip package.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • Louvre Museum
  • Pantheon
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame Towers
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Palace of Versailles

Read through our FAQs for more information.

Add On Package FAQs



Dates & Pricing

EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS ENDS JANUARY 3RD

Book today for the best savings of the year and the widest availability of dates. Not sure where or when you want to travel? We don’t charge a fee for changing dates or destinations up to 90 days prior to your trip start.

2017


Jun
18th - 23rd / 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy / Hotel Variation: Hotel les Bories & Spa
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25th - 30th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4399 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy
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$4399 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy
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6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
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20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
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Sep
24th - 29th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy
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1st - 6th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy
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8th - 13th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy
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15th - 20th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4599 / Person, $1099 / Single Occupancy
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What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at the Bastide de Gordes hotel on a Trek Travel luxury bike tour in Provence

La Bastide de Gordes

Gordes, France

One of Condé Nast Traveler's 2016 Best New Hotels in the World, La Bastide de Gordes is simply spectacular. Located on a rocky outcropping in officially one of France's most beautiful villages, the 16th century property features sweeping views of the Luberon. It reopened in 2015 after extensive renovations and now features period furniture as well as four pools and a luxurious Sisley spa.
Stay at Chateau de Massillan on a luxury Provence bike tour with Trek Travel

Chateau de Massillan

Uchaux, France

This luxurious and relaxing getaway dates back to 1555 when it is said to have been built from a hunting lodge. It is now a charming boutique hotel surrounded by ornamental and organic vegetable gardens. Its gourmet restaurant is dedicated to organic and local cuisine.
Stay at Hotel Les Bories on a luxury Provence bike tour with Trek Travel

Hotel Les Bories | Hotel Variation

Gordes, France

A 5-star luxury hotel in Gordes, officially one of France's most beautiful villages, Les Bories & Spa is the ideal spot to relax with its tranquil surroundings and wellness ambiance. It features a Michelin-starred restaurant, two pools, and a spa, "La Maison d’Ennea" specializing in aromatherapy. You will stay at this hotel in place of La Bastide de Gordes on select dates.

What's Included

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Provence Luxury trip, you will stay in elegant accommodations that offer everything from dramatic views of Mt. Ventoux to succulent meals.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Provence Luxury trip, you will enjoy mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine that is cooked to your individual liking “a la minute.” Most food is locally grown, often organic and exploding with flavor. The food is discovered over a number of courses and the portions are smaller, to enable you to extend your appetite until the dessert course! You will also enjoy one of our decadent gourmet Trek Travel picnics. Some meals are included in the price of your trip. Breakfast is always served at the hotel, buffet style.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

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.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and 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.

  • Rider Type | 2&3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 35
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,000 ft.

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. 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. The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads and challenging terrain. We will climb an average of 2-3 major climbs per day that combine sustained climbing with several steep sections. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

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. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Cooking class with a Michelin Star Chef
  • Visit the Provençal market in Gordes
  • Wine tasting in the Cótes du Ventoux
  • Explore the hilltop town of Gordes
  • Spend a leisurely afternoon at the hotel or get a massage
  • Explore Peter Mayle's hometown of Ménerbes
  • Shop and explore the ochre village of Roussillon

May, June and 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. If you are planning on riding Mont Ventoux, we recommend bringing your fall/winter riding gear. The descent can be very cold.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

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 that 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.)

Avignon TGV Station | Avignon, France

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Avignon TGV Station at 1:15 PM on the first day of the trip. After a 45 minute shuttle by private coach, your Provençal vacation begins! Enjoy light snacks and wine 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, La Bastide de Gordes (+33 4 90 72 12 12) or Hotel les Bories (+33 4 90 72 00 51), 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.

Avignon TGV or Central Train Station | Avignon, France

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Château de Massillan. 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.

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:

Hotel La Demeure

An oasis in the middle of the vibrant Latin Quarter on the left bank, this family-run hotel will make you feel comfortable and at home. 43 rooms.

51 Boulevard Saint Marcel | +33 (0)1 43 37 81 25 | www.Hotel-Paris-Lademeure.com | ~$210

Hotel Louvre Marsollier

In the heart of historic Paris, located on a quiet street in the center of a prestigious neighborhood, this is a stylish hotel where Oscar Wilde lived in 1899. The hotel’s website has some useful information and links to activities.

Opéra 13, rue Marsollier | +33 (0)1 42 96 68 14 | www.Louvre-Paris-Hotel.com | ~$185

Hotel d’Angleterre

Situated on one of the most famous streets in the world, right in the heart of the Champs-Elysées between the Etoile and Concorde.

91, rue La Boétie | +33 (0)1 43 59 35 45 | www.Angleterre-Paris-Hotel.com | ~$130

Hotel Royal Saint Honoré

Located right on the main luxury shopping street and within walking distance to the Louvre, Opera, and the Tuileries, this 4 star hotel is a perfect spot to see the City of Lights. You can also enjoy a lunch or coffee at elegant on-site Café 221. Special rates for Trek Travel guests may apply – ask your trip consultant for more information.

221 Rue Saint Honoré | +33(0)1 42603279 | www.leshotelsduroy.com | ~$360

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:

Cloître St. Louis

A Jesuit monastery built in 1611, this building was converted to a hotel in the early 1900s. A walled courtyard, lined with old plane trees, makes for a relaxing setting. It has a small rooftop pool and is one block from the central train station. 80 rooms.

20, rue du Portail-Boquier | +33 (0)4 90 27 55 55 | www.Cloitre-Saint-Louis.com | ~$280

Hotel d’Europe

A former 16th century residence of the Marquis de Graveson, Hotel d’Europe once hosted Napoléon. It is tucked away in a walled courtyard and decorated with antiques. The rooms are mostly large with two suites that overlook the Palais des Papes. The hotel boasts one of the finest restaurants in Avignon. 44 rooms.

12, Place Crillon | +33 (0)4 90 14 76 76 | www.Hotel-D-Europe.fr | ~$425

Hotel de l’Horloge

In the heart of Avignon, and its myriad quaint cobblestone streets. Located a stone’s throw from the Palais des Papes, the hotel de l’Horloge offers a charm all its own. 67 rooms.

1 rue Félicien David | +33 (0)1 55 33 16 55 | www.Hotel-Avignon-Horloge.com | ~$165


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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