Pedalling in Provence: The Luberon Valley

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8 Day(s)
Easy-Moderate
342 Km
Self-guided

Description

Pedal through classic Provence, cycling the Luberon�s seductive landscapes and myriad of ancient hilltop villages. By day, fuel the legs with rustic breads, fig jam and goats cheese, whilst in the evening relax with a chilled glass of local Grenache blanc.From the emerald island town of L�Isle sur la Sorgue enjoy riverside dining before riding east into the lavender carpeted valley of the Luberon. Explore the bewitching hill town of Bonnieux, where crumbling ramparts meet stylish pavement cafes. Ride to the red-ochre artists town of Roussillon and onto the artists cliff top village of Gordes. With ample opportunity to relax poolside, the return trip to L�Isle sur la Sorgue journeys through the sleepy village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, source of the River Sorgue, ideal for your last platter of Provencal foods.Green, rolling hills, purple patchwork lavender fields, fruit orchards and vineyards provide a stunning backdrop for a cycling holiday in Provence�s picture-postcard region of Luberon. This holiday is as much about the pedalling as it is about sightseeing and you�ll enjoy long lunches in beautiful villages, as well as plenty of wine-tasting opportunities.Cycling is often said to be one of the best ways to travel in Provence and because this holiday is self-guided, you�re free to cycle as slow or as fast as you fancy. Some of the hill and mountain climbs are also optional.But few cyclists will be able to resist riding to the summit of the most famous Provence mountain of them all. The legendary Tour de France climb of Mont Ventoux provides the biggest challenge of the six-day adventure with a leg-zapping 21km climb. The rewards, however, are fabulous views and an exhilarating high-speed descent.Compared to some cycling tours, the distances each day are fairly short although riders should never under-estimate the effects of long ascents on their leg muscles! For maximum enjoyment you should arrive in cycling-fit condition.Highlights on the cycling holiday include picturesque countryside views; a backdrop of the jaggedly dramatic mountains of Dentelles de Montmirail; some of Provence�s most acclaimed wine-making towns, such as Vacqueyas, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise; and stops in several of France�s most beautiful villages, including S�guret, Gordes and Roussillon.

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Tour Location

Country:
France
From:
L'Isle sur la Sorgue
To:
L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Duration:
8 Days
Level:
Easy-Moderate
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
GBP 825

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
342 Km

Additional Information

Inclusions

6 nights in 4* Parador Hotels, 1 night Country House
7 Breakfasts
Detailed route notes with maps
Baggage transfer throughout
24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Exclusions

Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
Entrance fees (where applicable)
Travel Insurance
Transport should you need to skip a stage
Bike Hire

Options

Additional nights
Bike Hire
Half Board

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