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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
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.
Bike renting. We can provide excellent quality bikes for the entire duration of the tour. Bikes are given and handed in on the spot.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 8 days, 6 nights, 6 biking days.
When: upon request
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
Independent travel with arrival at Avignon.
Avignon > Vaugines
About 80 km – a route with few ups and downs - climbs and drops of 550 m or thereabout
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
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
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
Lumières > Avignon
About 75 km – a route with a number of ups and downs - climbs and drops of 450 m or thereabout
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
Breakfast at the Hotel and day off the bikes.
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