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Provence Self-Guided Bike Tour

A trip of a lifetime through the most seductive landscapes of France

The Provençal attitude, "la vie est belle ici" (life is good here) abounds throughout our Provence self-guided bike tour. The textured landscape of le Lubéron and the Vaucluse plateau capture diversity and charisma that defies description. Life in Provence is about discovering a slower pace, from savoring each bite of cuisine to chatting with the locals as you walk through the market. For those who prefer a leisurely pace, cozy cafés, village strolls, and relaxing afternoons temper the adventure of each day’s ride. And for avid cyclists ready for the challenge, the Tour de France's epic Mont Ventoux is ready to be conquered, with vehicle support available from a nearby cycling shop. Trek Travel’s Provence self-guided trip offers the opportunity to indulge in all things Provençal at your perfect pace, in the perfect place.

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From:
$2699 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
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3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Enjoy sweeping views of vineyards and poppy fields as you cycle treasured local routes including the Gorges de la Nesque
Experience the picturesque village of Gordes in the heart of the Luberon
Stay in historical properties transformed into charming hotels in the heart of Provence
Ride the Epic Mont Ventoux with support if you're up for the challenge
Experience a private wine tasting of Rhône Valley wines with a local sommelier
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to southern France and your self-guided Provence bike tour! After a private 50-minute shuttle you will arrive in Mazan, a quiet village in the Vaucluse department of Provence, home to Mont Ventoux. Settle in and make yourself at home as you enjoy lunch with your guide at the hotel. Your guide will give you a brief orientation and safety talk, and will spend some time ensuring a perfect fit to your Trek bike for the week. Afterward, head out on a warm-up loop as you take your first spin and test your bike on a climb up to Blauvac with its stunning views of the surrounding region. Hillsides covered in lush vineyards speckled with sleepy villages accompany you on your ride with the mighty Mont Ventoux in the background. Tonight, you’ll savor your first dinner and wines of the region at your charming hotel, Château de Mazan, once frequented by the notorious Marquis de Sade.

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Blauvac Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Blauvac to Flassan Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 1,637 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Château de Mazan

Included Meals:

Lunch | Dinner

Following your morning café and pain au chocolat, head out for a warm-up ride toward Bédoin. This small village comes alive every Monday morning to host an unmissable event, the weekly open-air market. If you happen to be here on a Monday, enjoy the experience of the morning hustle and bustle, the fragrances, smells, and colors of the most beautiful Provençal market, with excellent regional produce and local crafts. If you ride through Bédoin a different day of the week, we have great options to keep you entertained and help you make the most of your day in Provence! After spending some time in Bédoin, hop back on the road, where the rugged Col de la Madeleine stands between you and Malaucène, the charming town where you’ll enjoy lunch on your own. At your own pace, explore its cobbled streets and fortress while learning about the village’s rich history. This afternoon, climb through winding roads to the tiny village of Suzette, perched among sloping vineyards in the stunning Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Alternatively, riders interested in a less demanding spin are invited to remain in the picturesque valley and pedal directly to the village of Barroux. Meander back in time as you visit the impressive 12th-century château that dominates the skyline, then enjoy the short ride back to Mazan at your leisure. Tonight, treat yourself to another gourmet meal at the hotel or opt for a meal of your choosing in town. The choice is yours!

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Bedoin to Malaucene to Barroux Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,995 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Bedoin to Malaucene to Suzette to Barroux Loop
Approximately 33 miles with 3,138 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Château de Mazan

Included Meals:

Breakfast

No matter which ride you select today, it will be the ride of a lifetime. You may opt for a gentle start with a quiet ride through rolling vineyards under the sparkling sun to the picturesque hilltop village of Méthamis. Or, choose to tackle the Géant de Provence (Giant of Provence): le Mont Ventoux. This classic climb from Bédoin is renowned throughout the cycling world as one of the most challenging ascents in the Tour de France. If you decide to venture on this climb, let us know in advance if you would like us to make arrangements with the local cycling shop in Bédoin to provide vehicle support with water and snacks for the ascent (please note this service is not included in the trip price). All routes lead back to the bustling town of Bédoin, where you can join cyclists from all over the world seeking a post-ride lunch. This afternoon’s ride leads you along a gentle road to the quaint village of Beaumes de Venise, known for its sweet Muscat wine and olive production. Sample the local fare on a sunny patio with a mid-afternoon café stop. Once back at the hotel, relax with a swim in the pool or a well-deserved massage. Tonight, armed with a list of recommended restaurants, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a meal of your choice in the town of Mazan and toast to the cycling achievements of the day.

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Methamis to Beaumes de Venise Loop
Approximately 48 miles with 3,451 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mazan to Méthamis to Bédoin Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,580 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Ventoux to Beaumes de Venise Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 6,230 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Château de Mazan

Included Meals:

Breakfast

The Gorge de la Nesque awaits today, as you pedal along one of the most beautiful rides in the Vaucluse. Once you leave Mazan, your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride, which is a Trek Travel guide favorite and is arguably one of the most gorgeous rides in the world. Through an enormous limestone massif, the gorge has been carved over millennia by the meandering Nesque River. Remains of Neanderthal inhabitants have been discovered in this river valley and its beauty is immortalized in Frederic Mistral’s poetry. With cliffs measuring 600 feet, your climb is rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views as you descend to the town of Sault, where you can enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. This afternoon’s ride takes you over the edge of the Vaucluse Plateau and into the magical heart of the Lubéron, where winding roads lead you through breathtaking valleys and villages to your destination: Gordes. This romantic medieval village perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley was once the heart of the area’s resistance during World War II. An optional avid ride will take you to the iconic and oft-photographed Abbaye de Senanque – a Cistercian abbey dating to the 12th-century, whose monks still produce lavender and honey. Finish this spectacular ride at your second trip hotel, Le Jas de Gordes, where you can unwind and relax before experiencing a private wine tasting of Rhones wines with Laetitia, a local sommelier. Tonight dinner is on your leisure at the restaurant that best suits your palate in town.

Today's Ride:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes
Approximately 48 miles with 4,150 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mazan to Gorges de la Nesque to Gordes with Abbaye de Senanque
Approximately 57 miles with 5,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Private Wine Tasting at the hotel

Hotel:

Hotel Le Jas de Gordes

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Discover an area of Provence legendary for its medieval hilltop villages, rolling hills, and quiet winding roadways. Orchards of cherry trees and vineyards line your route as you pedal to Roussillon. Ride over the Pont Julien, a 2000-year-old Roman bridge that spans the Calavon River. At your leisure, explore the cobblestone streets and art galleries of Bonnieux and find the perfect bistro for lunch. A spectacular view of the Château Lacoste beckons as you climb to this quaint village. Today’s avid option post-lunch will lead you through the villages of Buoux and Ménerbes, tucked along the Lubéron ridge. This afternoon, you'll have time to explore Gordes and enjoy the views over the valley, which have made this hamlet such a strategic prize in bygone eras. Take some time to relax, maybe with a glass of wine and a few rounds of Pétanque, one of Provence’s favorite pastimes. Tonight, take a relaxed stroll in town and find a restaurant of your choice in Gordes. Raise a glass and toast to a fantastic self-guided bike tour in France, riding gently rolling hills in a postcard-like scenery and savoring exceptional food paired with the best wines in the world.

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Bonnieux Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 2,186 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Gordes to Bonnieux to Buoux to Menerbes Loop
Approximately 49 miles with 4,034 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Le Jas de Gordes

Included Meals:

Breakfast

On this final day of your self-guided bike tour through Provence, take the morning to explore Gordes and capture its beauty in the morning sun. If you prefer to pedal, rise early for a morning loop to the tiny village and towering cliff of Lioux. Legend has it that Hannibal garrisoned his troops here when he marched on Rome and was thwarted at Marseille around 218 BC, thus explaining why there are elephants on the village crest. Returning to the hotel, you’ll have enough time to return to your room, shower, and change before your shuttle arrives. You’ll meet your Trek Travel guide at 11:00 AM at the hotel to return your bike with the equipment, then take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or Central Station (approximately 50 minutes). From here, you can take a train to Paris or any other destination. Please do not book any trains before noon.

Today's Ride:

Gordes to Lioux Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Château de Mazan

Mazan, France

Nestled in the tiny town of Mazan - only a short distance from the base of Mont Ventoux - stands Château de Mazan. Originally built in 1720 during the Regency Period, the château soon became the property of the notorious Marquis de Sade. It was here that the Marquis organized his first theater festival. In 2001, the new owner, Madame Lhermie, transformed the château into the quaint Hotel de Charme that welcomes tourists from all over the world.
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Hôtel Le Jas de Gordes

Gordes, France

Situated in the heart of the Lubéron, at the entrance of Gordes, a picturesque village perched on a hill, Hôtel Le Jas de Gordes offers you calm, freshness, and relaxation in a luxurious location, surrounded by a magnificent park. This hotel is formerly known as the Mas de Gordes.

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.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded 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

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Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ LT

The Domane+ LT combines the best of the race-built Domane endurance bike with a slight pedal-assist perfect for climbing the toughest hills. This bike primarily functions as a road bike, but on tough hills or in strong headwinds, you can get an extra boost by using the electric assist feature. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • One Lunch
  • One Dinner
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • A Trek Travel water bottle 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)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • Transfers by private shuttle on the first and last day of the trip
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A carrying case complete with a bike lock, flat kit, frame pump, all necessary accessories and chargers, spare parts, and tools
  • Nutrition bars and electrolyte tablets
  • Personal bike fit by a certified guide
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to access your daily routes and get all the information you need to travel unsupported
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Recommended restaurant options in each town
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • A Trek Travel water bottle to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • 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.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet 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 guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on his/her 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
  • While we provide daily breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
30 miles
TOTAL MILES:
177 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,108 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
12,650 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is highlighted by stunning views, quiet roads, and hilly terrain. Provence is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. You will climb an average of two to three major climbs per day that combine sustained climbing with several steep sections. Mont Ventoux is the big challenge, but we will provide support if needed. 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:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip 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. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Visit the Provençal market in Bédoin on Monday
  • Explore the hilltop town of Gordes
  • Visit the 2000-year-old Pont Julien, an ancient stone bridge
  • Discover the ancient stone dwellings known as "bories"
  • Learn the skill of playing Pétanque
  • Shop and explore the ochre village of Roussillon
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting with a local sommelier
  • Optional in-house massage and spa treatments

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:
Avignon TGV Station, Avignon, France

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Paris (CDG)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Avignon TGV or Central Train Station, 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 that you fly into Paris (CDG). All major US airlines 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 Centre stations. The TGV station is approximately five miles from the Centre Station downtown. If you happen to arrive at the Avignon Centre 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 Centre 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 guide will meet you in the bus parking located in the North Exit of the Avignon TGV Station at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. To find the north exit follow signs to: Sortie Nord, the car rental area (location voitures), and to Parking P1. Exit the station and descend all the way to the car rental area. After a private shuttle of around one hour, you will arrive in Mazan, a quiet village in the Vaucluse department of Provence, home to Mont Ventoux. Hillsides covered in lush vineyards speckled with sleepy villages accompany you on your ride with the mighty Mont Ventoux in the background. Once at the hotel, you will check-in and enjoy lunch with your guide, familiarizing with your itinerary for the week. Following lunch you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will fit you to your bike ensuring you have the best comfort. After a brief orientation and safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride on the roads of France at your own pace.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with his or her name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Château de Mazan (+33 (0) 4 90 69 62 61), 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.

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Leaving

A Trek Travel guide will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Hôtel Le Jas de Gordes to take your bike and equipment. You will then take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or Central Station (approximately 50-minute shuttle). You can take a train to Paris or any other destination from either station. Please do not book any train before noon to accommodate possible delays due to traffic.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

May, June, September, and October in Provence usually bring clear, warm, and pleasant days with cool evenings. July and August days can be hot, but it does cool off in the evenings. 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 or winter riding gear as the descent can be very cold. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: 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 pre-trip hotel:

after

After: 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 white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, 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 post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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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