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Provence: Parc du Luberon

 

From Avignon to Senanque abbey through the orange hues of the ochres and the aroma of blooming lavender

Dates upon request

France: our cycling route follows the entire ring of  the Luberon natural park, pedaling through relaxing conifer woods and huge farms during the magic season when the lavender is in full bloom.

The starting point of our tour  is Avignon, a spectacular town in the south of France where the precious papal palace stands out  in its imposing gothic structure of white stones and not far away the legendary bridge of Saint Benezet, which has been rebuilt  more then once and which seems to reach out to the other river bank without actually touching it.

Along the way we will find charming  stone-made villages such as Cavaillon, Loumarin Cucuron, Lacoste, Gordes, Roussillon just to mention but a few. We will spend a couple of nights in the ancient convent of Notre Dame de Lumières, currently an accommodation facility, and then cycle on a round route that takes us first to Roussillon  where we can see the spectacular "ochres path" where the earth shows the most vivid and varied hues. We will then  head for Rustrel, Provence's Colorado, a natural park where the earth pyramids have stunning colors ranging from orange to red to burgundy.

Cycling we will get to the well known Cistercian Abbey in Senanque, situated in a wonderful, deep valley. It features as an icon in  any kind of advertising material regarding Provence presenting vast fields of blooming lavender. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy, at least in part, this stunning scenery, even if not quite in full bloom here.

Since the natural landscape is quite simply magnificent, we can expect to find here two large  rivers. The Rhone, which flows through Avignon, the Durance, and the Sorgue whose source is from a mysterious gorge in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, at the foot of a high cliff with an exceptional  water flow right from the start, roaring impetuously down the valley.

Once back in Avignon, on the very last day, we will cycle southwest for an outing to Pont du Gard, a majestic Roman bridge built with huge limestone blocks, featuring  three sets of vast and breathtaking arches with the aqueduct flowing at the top. The bridge o the river Gordon and it strikes you for its imposing and daring architectural structure, still very well preserved.

Sites of interest

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Avignone: Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge – Pont du Gard: Roman aqueduct

 

HOW TO BOOK

This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose  guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.

On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance. 

To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

Services included in our previous tours

  • 7 nights with breakfast in three stars hotels, two stars only in Avignon.
  • 5 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, many of which with fish, with a drink (one glass of wine or 250 cl beer), tap water and bread included.
  • 5 packed lunches, which include sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
  • 3 tour guides, two by bike and one driving the agency van (two guides in case of groups from 12 to 17 people).
  • Hotel city tax.
  • Visits (see the program).
  • The agency van follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks, the availability and the assistance during the tour.

Extra services

Bike renting. We can provide excellent quality bikes for the entire duration of the tour. Bikes are given and handed in on the spot.

 

How to Book

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR

Duration: 8 days, 6 nights, 6 biking days.

When: upon request

Difficulty: advanced

Where: France > Provence

Tour description: The itinerary is as follows: a cycling tour starting and finishing in Avignon, and two circular routes, one from Avignon, the other one from Lumières. The tour takes place mainly on fairly quiet roads but some short stretches present roads with average traffic and other stretches are really and truly cycling paths. Most roads are tarmacked, few are unsurfaced or dirt roads. The tour is both uphill and downhill with some challenging climbs.

Visits: Entrance ticket to the Roussillon Ochres Park.

 

PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR

Day 1
Independent travel with arrival at Avignon.

Day 2
Avignon >
Vaugines
About 80 km – a route with few ups and downs - climbs and drops of 550 m or thereabout

Day 3
Vaugines  > Saint-Michel l'Observatoire
about 75 km – a route with a number of ups and downs - climbs and drops of 850 m or thereabout

Day 4
Saint-Michel l'Observatoire > Lumières
About 80 km – a route with a number of ups and downs - climbs and drops of 650 m or thereabout

Day 5
Lumières > The Ochres Park > Lumières
About 65 km – a route with a number of ups and downs - climbs and drops of 600 m or thereabout

Day 6
Lumières > Avignon
About 75 km – a route with a number of ups and downs - climbs and drops of 450 m or thereabout

Day 7
Avignon > Pont Du Gard > Avignon
About 65 km – a route with a number of ups and downs - climbs and drops of 550 m or thereabout

Day 8
Breakfast at the Hotel and day off the bikes.


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