Bike Escape in the Luberon
This bike trip explores the famous Luberon and its beautiful hilltop villages of Venasque, Gordes, Roussillon and its largest ochre deposit in the world.
You drive on small country roads, along landscapes of vineyards, olive trees and cherry orchards. Finally in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - the Venice of Provence - and its famous Sunday market.
On the program:
Day 1: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provencal Venice
Your journey starts in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, at the foot of the Monts Vaucluse. It is good to stroll, on the shady docks of the Sorgue or at the antique dealers. Dinner included and overnight at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Access: regular trains from Avignon and Marseille city/airport > Isle-sur-Sorgue with the SNCF.
Day 2: Cherry orchards and hilltop villages
Distance: 40 km /Elevation difference: + 650m - 650m - Isle-sur-la-Sorgue > Pernes-les-Fontaines > Venasque > Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
You ride a bike in the Pays des Sorgues, a garden of Provence bordered by cypresses and lonely farmhouses to Pernes-les-Fontaines. Visit this historic capital of Comtat Venaissin, with its 40 fountains, Romanesque church and mansions. Continue towards the perched village of Venasque - a medieval city classified among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” - with its magnificent baptistery. On the road lined with thyme and rosemary, country of cherries and muscat of Ventoux, you meet the small hamlet of Beaucet which nestles in the rock under the remains of the castle, then the small village of La Roque. Through pine forests and combes, descent to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Dinner free and overnight in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Market Thursday and Sunday (large market) morning in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Market Wednesday morning in Velleron.
Saturday morning market in Pernes Les Fontaines
Day 3 - The most beautiful hilltop villages of the Luberon
Distance: 40 km/Elevation difference: + 650m - 550m - Isle-sur-la-Sorgue > Roussillon > Gordes
The day leads you to the most beautiful villages of the Luberon. First Roussillon, located on the largest ochre deposit in the world. Its yellow, orange, and red ochres were used to paint the facades of the village houses. Take a stroll through the streets of the village and on the ochre trail! Then comes Gordes, perched above the Calavon Valley, crowned by its Renaissance castle. Dinner and overnight in Gordes.
Small market on Tuesday morning in Gordes.
Market on Thursday morning in Roussillon.
Day 4: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Transfer in the morning to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. End of your trip.
Return: regular train Isle-sur-la-Sorgue > Avignon, Marseille airport centre with the SNCF.
The stay includes:
- 3 nights in a double room with bathroom
- 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Carriage of luggage (days 3 to 5)
- 2 days bike rental
- Our journey log in French (with itinerary details and integrated maps)
- 1 road map of the region
Does not include:
- All lunches and dinners not mentioned or included in the itinerary
- Museum Entrance Fees
- Insurance, Beverages
- Personal Expenses
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