This trip explores the famous Luberon region with its magnificent hill-top villages, including Venasque, Gordes and Roussillon, and the world's largest ochre deposit. You'll cycle along small, country roads, through a landscape of vineyards, olive groves and cherry orchards, ending up in Isle sur la Sorgue, renowned for its antique shops and picturesque Provencal Sunday market.
Day 1 : L’Isle sur la Sorgue
Arrive in Isle sur la Sorgue, nicknamed “Venise Comtadine” (Venice of the Comtat Venaissin), the gateway to the Luberon. Stroll along the shady banks of the Sorgue or wander around the clusters of antique shops (around 350 shops open at the weekend). Free evening; night and dinner in Isle sur la Sorgue.
Day 2 : Cherry orchards and hill-top villages
L'Isle sur la Sorgue> Pernes-les-Fontaines > Venasque > Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (40 km)
Enjoy a morning cycling through the Pays des Sorgues, the garden of Provence, lined with cypress trees and isolated houses, until you reach Pernes-les-Fontaines, the historic capital of the "Comtat Venaissin," with its 40 fountains, Romanesque church and town houses. Carry on until you reach the medieval, hill-top village of Venasque, listed as one of France's "most beautiful villages," with its magnificent baptistery. Continue along a road lined with rosemary, thyme, cherry trees, and Ventoux de Muscat vineyards, through the tiny hamlet of Beaucet, nestled into the hillside, below a ruined castle, and then on to the small village of La Roque. Cycle through pine forests and small valleys, down to Isle sur la Sorgue. Free evening. Dinner and night in Isle sur la Sorgue.
Day 3 : The beautiful hill-top villages of the Luberon
Isle sur la Sorgue > Roussillon > Gordes (40 km)
During the third day, the route will lead you through some of the Luberon's most beautiful villages. First of all, you'll visit Roussillon, sited on one of the world's largest ochre deposits. Its orange, red and yellow pigments have been used to paint the outside of the houses. Stroll through the village streets and along the ochre trail. Next, you come to Gordes, a hill-top village overlooking the Calavon valley, crowned by its renaissance castle. Dinner and night in Gordes.
Day 4: Leave Isle sur la Sorgue
Morning transfer to Isle sur la Sorgue. End of trip.
Price per person (based on 2 people): €540, including 3 nights in **/*** hotel, double bedroom, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, luggage transfer, 2 days’ bike rental (hybrid bike), log book with bike itinerary and detailed maps, a road map of region.
Supplement for hybrid electric bike : €105
Not covered in price: meals not included on your itinerary, museum admission, insurance, drinks, personal expenditure.