Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence

Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence

Explore the best Provence has to offer, including culinary highlights that make for a splendid Mediterranean feast of Côtes-de-Rhône wines, exquisite olive oil from a local olive press and more Roman ruins than you will find even in Italy. France's small country roads will lead you to discover the secrets behind the local artisans savoir-faire. You'll also visit the places where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted a majority of their most well-known paintings. For those of you who enjoy architecture, this trip gives you a superb view of both medieval and Roman masterpieces such as the theater and arena in Arles, the impressive Pont du Gard, the ancient Roman town of Aix-en-Provence and the medieval jewel of Uzès. To top it all off the final portion of the trip includes the small hilltop villages in the Luberon valley that made Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence" an international best-seller. This itinerary starts out at a more relaxed pace with numerous two-night stays, then finishes with flexible days where both short and long rides are possible. It is a great bike tour for friends or couples where one partner likes to ride more than the other.

***If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 11 days, check out our Bicycling the Best of Provence tour, which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 28-Oct 8, 2018
USD$4995
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go! 
May 10-20, 2019
USD$5050
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Jun 7-17, 2019
USD$5050
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Sep 13-23, 2019
USD$5050
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go! Book by November 15 and save $200! 
Sep 27-Oct 7, 2019
USD$5050
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 520 km (321 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 58 km (36 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 2.5
  • Countries / France
  • Begin/End / Arles / Aix-en-Provence
  • Price / From USD$4995
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Cézanne's Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Aix-en-Provence, Luberon villages, Saint Rémy, Special dinner at a local chef's home, Pont du Gard, Châteauneuf du Pape, Olive mill visit, Informative wine tasting, Arles, The best of Roman Provence, Sénanque Abbey, Uzès, Van Gogh country, Côtes du Rhones wine villages
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights' accommodation; 7 dinners with wine & 10 breakfasts; special visits listed in the itinerary

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    **Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    32km / 234m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 1.5
    Longer optional ride available
    3
    50km / 539m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    4
    64km / 495m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    5
    42km / 506m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    6
    72km / 769m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.5
    7
    53km / 854m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    Longer optional ride available
    8
    63km / 916m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    9
    56km / 900m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    10
    45km / 514m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.0
    Longer optional ride available
    11
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: Options for shorter or longer rides. Several days have short distances and are on flat or rolling terrain with one or two moderate hills. On other days expect hillier terrain with some climbs of 2 to 3 miles.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Arles

Highlights: Roman monuments of Arles, gourmet dinner with a local chef

Meet today at our hotel in Arles on the banks of the Rhône River. The Romans bridged the Rhône here during the 1st Century B.C., and today the city has a well-preserved Roman theater and arena. The latter is still used for Provençal bullfights. This evening, we'll enjoy a special introductory meal together in a local chef's home.

DAY 2: Bicycle to St Rémy

Highlights: Market in Arles or Saint Paul de Mausole, charming St Rémy

This morning Arles puts on one of the largest outdoor markets in France. You'll have plenty of time to check it all out before taking a short but scenic ride to St Rémy. This afternoon you can start visiting St Rémy or take an optional loop ride that goes through quaint medieval Provençal towns including Maillane, home to writer Frédéric Mistral, a proponent of Provençal culture and winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for Literature.

DAY 3: Bicycle to Les Baux-de-Provence

Highlights: Les Baux, Roman ruins, Van Gogh sites

St. Rémy is where Van Gogh painted several of his most famous works during a year's residence in the local sanitarium. You'll appreciate the views that inspired him as we support a ride to Les-Baux-de-Provence and into the Alpilles hills. There is much to explore in St Rémy this afternoon including the Roman ruins of Glanum, Van Gogh's sanitarium and the great shopping in town.

DAY 4: Bicycle to St. Quentin la Poterie

Highlights: Pont du Gard, castle visit, ceramics of St. Quentin, olive mill visit

We'll start the day with an olive oil tasting at a local olive press located just a few kilometers outside St Rémy. On our ride today we will cross the Rhône at Tarascon where you can visit the perfectly preserved 15th-century castle. Our route will then continue north to the Pont du Gard which is arguably the most extraordinary Roman ruin in all of Europe. It dates to 20 B.C. when it was built to support the aqueduct that carried water from Uzès to the Roman town of Nîmes. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in St Quentin la Poterie a small town with a long tradition of pottery making going back to prehistoric times. The craftsmen of St. Quentin contributed their pottery making skills to decorate the Palais des Papes in Avignon in the 14th Century.

  • Distance: 64 km (40 mi)
  • Gain: 495 m (1624 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Rest day in St. Quentin la Poterie

Highlights: Optional bike ride to Uzès and local vineyards

Optional bike ride to Uzes and local vineyards. We'll be in St Quentin again tonight, so you can decide whether you want to ride today, relax by the pool, or enjoy exploring the winding streets of St Quentin. We will also offer a shuttle into medieval Uzès for those who wish. If you chose to get out on your bike, we'll take a loop ride south to Uzès and ride through rolling vineyard country.

  • Distance: 42 km (26 mi)
  • Gain: 506 m (1660 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Bicycle to Séguret

Highlights: Ceramics of St. Quentin, visit to Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône vineyards and villages

Today we head into the heart of the Côtes du Rhone vineyards with some of the most prestigious wines in the south of France including the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We'll have a beautiful ride through small villages and open countryside before arriving at Châteauneuf where you can get a cafe lunch on your own, or picnic at the castle, a former summer palace of the Avignon Popes, followed by an optional wine tasting of your choice at any of the countless local wineries. Our route continues on to Séguret surrounded by vineyards and set against the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains- our little paradise for the next two nights.

  • Distance: 72 km (45 mi)
  • Gain: 769 m (2522 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Vaison-la-Romaine and Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards

Highlights: Roman vestiges and medieval castle in Vaison, picturesque wine villages (Sablet, Beaumes-de-Venise), optional climb up Mont Ventoux.

You can take a day off the bikes and relax at the hotel or pedal our loop ride to Vaison-la-Romaine and the nearby quaint villages known for their wines. Vaison offers some great insight into Roman and medieval life and architecture with its Roman ruins, archaeological museum, and imposing castle. The rest of the loop continues through wine country and Provençal villages with the giant Mont Ventoux set in the background. For those who want to push their limits there is also the opportunity to ride up to 100 km (62 miles) and ascend Mont Ventoux, the most illustrious Tour de France climb! You also have the option to take on Mont Ventoux (49 km) and forgo the loop ride. Regardless of what you decide it's guaranteed to be an amazing day!

Do the entire ride including Mont Ventoux: 90 km (56 miles) and 2103 meters (6898 feet) of climbing.

  • Distance: 53 km (33 mi)
  • Gain: 854 m (2801 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Bicycle to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Highlights: Vénasque, Sénanque Abbey, Gordes, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Today we pedal south into the Luberon Natural Park with its spectacular hilltop villages. Our scenic roads will lead you to the beautiful 11th century Cistercian Sénanque Abbey then up to the perched village of Gordes, one of the most prominent villages of the Luberon. We'll enjoy a beautiful view of the valley as we wind our way down through the adjoining countryside and village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse which was built around the mysterious spring of the Sorgue river that surges out from underneath a towering limestone cliff.

  • Distance: 63 km (39 mi)
  • Gain: 916 m (3004 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Bicycle to Lourmarin

Highlights: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Oppède-le-Vieux, Ménerbes, Lacoste, Lourmarin

Often referred to as the "Venice of Provence" Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is just a short ride away this morning where you can stop to explore network of canals and water wheels. Our route today continues on to more of the picturesque hilltop villages of the Luberon many of which were featured in Peter Mayle's best seller "A Year in Provence". We'll take our time enjoying the great views, quaint streets, cafés, and impressive architecture that each place has to offer. After pedaling by the Marquis de Sade castle in Lacoste we'll wind our way between the Grand Luberon and the Petit Luberon mountains by way of Bonnieux and reward ourselves with a fantastic descent through the canyon to the village of Lourmarin. You can relax at the hotel this afternoon, visit the castle in Lourmarin or continue to explore the nearby villages on the southern side of the Grand Luberon.

  • Distance: 56 km (35 mi)
  • Gain: 900 m (2952 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Bicycle to Aix-en-Provence

Highlights: Cézanne landscapes, Aix, Montage Sainte Victoire

Our destination today is Aix-en-Provence, ancient Roman town and birthplace of the post-Impressionist painter, Paul Cézanne. This morning's ride will take you through local vineyards of the Côtes du Luberon and Côteaux d'Aix wines and the captivating countryside that Cézanne painted so many times. Once in Aix you'll have the option of pedaling out to get some up-close pictures of his greatest muse, the Montagne Sainte Victoire, or taking your time to explore the charming town of Aix.

  • Distance: 45 km (28 mi)
  • Gain: 514 m (1686 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Tour ends in Aix-en-Provence, France

Highlights: Bon Voyage

Our tour ends this morning after breakfast. Thanks for cycling with us through the highlights of Provence. Whatever your plans are from here, bon voyage!

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Arrive in Arles

Lodging: Hotel Le Calendal

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note: As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris or the Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)

How to get to Arles train station from CDG
  1. Airport shuttle to the Aéroport CDG 2 TGV station. Train station is located beneath the airport (5-20 min/no cost)
  2. Train from Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport to Arles. (train change in Avignon or Marseille) (3.5-4 hours/Fares vary)
How to get to Arles train station from MRS
  1. Airport shuttle bus from mp2 (platform 2) of the Marseille Airport to the "Marseille-Provence Airport - Vitrolles - TER" train station. (5 min/no cost)
  2. Train from the "Marseille-Provence Airport - Vitrolles - TER" to Arles (direction AVIGNON, not MARSEILLE) (30 min/fares vary - TER trains have a fixed price and don't need to be pre-booked). Be sure you choose a train that stops in Arles as there are also direct trains to Avignon. (The track is the closest one to the station entrance. For connection overview, See map)
  • Note: There are automated machines to purchase your TER train ticket at Vitrolles, but if you are more comfortable you can purchase from a human at the Marseille train ticket booth, which is just outside the airport to your right.
How to get to the Day 1 Hotel from Arles train station
  • Taxi from the Arles train station to the Day 1 Hotel (5 min/EUR 15-20)
  • Or walk 15 minutes. See map

Look up French train schedules and book tickets, if necessary, SNCF.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Day 11: Departure Information

Tour ends in Aix-en-Provence, France

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.

Your tour ends on the final day after breakfast.

We recommend flying out of the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris or the Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)

Flying out of MRS:

  1. Taxi from the Ending Hotel to the Aix-en-Provence Bus Station. (5 min/EUR 10)
  2. Airport shuttle from the Aix-en-Provence Bus Station to the Marseille Airport. Departs every 15-30 min. (30-40/EUR 8)
  • Or taxi from the ending hotel to the Marseille airport. (30 min/EUR 50-60)

Flying out of CDG:

  1. Taxi from the Ending Hotel to the Aix-en-Provence Bus Station. (5 min/EUR 10)
  2. TGV shuttle from the Aix-en-Provence Bus Station to the TGV Train Station. Departs every 15-30 min. (30 min/EUR 5)
  3. Train from Aix-en-Provence TGV to Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. (3.5 hours/fares vary)

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump, a rear light and in some places a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • I have done over 20 cycling tours in Europe with 5 different touring companies .... they were all good, but this was one of the best .... the routes, the arrows so each could cycle at their own pace, and the guides were all excellent.

    Bill M., Paso Robles, CA
  • Thank you for another great trip. We are always confident that Experience Plus will offer us fun, safety, culture, and a great ride. I LOVE my new used bike!

    Linda Z., Sherborn, MA
  • Fantastic trip. Love the arrows.

    Robert K., Reno, NV
  • The Provence region was even better than we had hoped. I enjoyed the ancient towns, castles and Roman ruins and meeting the French people.

    Ron J.
    Windsor,
    CA
  • This was a great biking tour. Our guides were all excellent and the cycling routes and directions were very well done. We enjoyed the scenery immensely and loved seeing the countryside and all the small towns that we visited. This was a great trip and we appreciate all the people at ExperiencePlus! who do the work to make it happen so flawlessly.

    Shelley M., Scottsdale, AZ
  • Another fantastic ExperiencePlus ride with informed guides and fun people to ride with. It was our 10th ride and we have loved everyone of the 10. Plus the discount was nice! Next will be Spain in 2014.

    Mary B., Newport Beach, CA
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Les Baux de Provence, the bull games in St. Remey, the chance to ride up Mt. Ventoux. A great trip.

    Gordon B., Calgary, Alberta
  • Favorite things: Mont Ventoux, the food, the sights and guides.

    Robert P., Bellevue, WA
  • In ten years of active travel, with a variety of companies, this was among the best trips we have taken. We were simply stunned by Provence. And our tour leaders, being native Europeans, were superlative. Just the best. Period.

    Paul R., Baltimore, MD
  • A fabulous experience! Thank you.

    Ellen L., Boulder, CO
  • Best vacation we''ve ever had. Beautiful country, Excellent tour guides, Excellent overall tour process.

    Jim H., Loveland, CO
  • I loved it. Eating and biking across Provence. I ate dessert at every meal and didn't gain weight. Warm, sunny days. Cools evenings. Natural beauty combined with historical attractions, and great biking.

    Jeffrey B., Wilmington, DE
  • A great ride in beautiful countryside with amazing Roman ruins, delicious food and wine, and some pretty good hills too!

    Laura Edman, Tacoma, WA
  • Thanks for recommending this tour it was unbelievable! We had a really terrific time.

    Lizz V., Sunnyvale, CA
  • This is my first bike tour and my first trip to France and I loved both! It was so nice to take a trip and have someone else take care of most of the details. I look forward to another bike tour in France in the very near future...thanks for the wonderful experience!

    Prati W.
    New Berlin, WI
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The hilltop towns of the Luberon and the variety the routes provided day to day. At times it felt as if we were riding in a totally different country from day to day.

    Gayle R., Whitefish Bay, WI
  • Everything was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing!

    Marilea S.
    San Diego, CA
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? There were many memorable moments and experiences - pehaps my birthday picnic beside the river looking up at the Pont du Gard - and then cycling across it - was a favourite. I also enjoyed the many interactions with French folks along the way who were good humoured and patient with my fractured French.

    Diane C., Gabriola, BC, Canada
  • It was a great tour... Thank you. I can''t wait to sign up for a 2014 tour.

    Susan C., Ft Collins, CO
  • If you want to experience Provence by way of fabulous cycling without cue sheets or hassle stress free at your own pace, this is the way to go. We were especially delighted to make new friends and share great cultural and social experiences.

    David S., Voorhees, NJ
  • THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! I think that plenty of fresh air, exercise, great accommodations, and great food and drink shared together makes for perfect conditions for people to leave the stress of work behind and thoroughly enjoy each others company as we adventure together. We are sold on bicycle touring for all these reasons!

    Anne C., North Oaks, MN
  • It is one of the great joys of our lives to be able to do your tours.

    June W.
    Saint Paul, MN
  • I loved everything about this tour. The route was beautiful and interesting. I liked the flexibility that was available as well. The tour guides were so knowledgeable, helpful, fun and just really nice guys! The accommodations and food were great. I learned a lot and had a terrific time. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Pam H., Mukilteo, WA
  • Day sheets are extremely well done. Elevations and distances are very helpful. And the arrows, of course, are fabulous! Needless to say, we loved our bikes so much we brought them home.

    Brooks Z., Sherborn, MA
  • The scenery and cycling tradition in Provence is not to be missed. Love the chalk marks!

    Laurie R., Minneapolis, MN
  • Outstanding. Well organized, great region in France. We are ready to go again but we will go on other tours with you for the next 5 years and then do this one again.

    Peggy A., Soquel, CA
  • I have described it as the best cycling trip I have taken. I have recommended the trip to everyone as a must do. One reason I like tours is so that someone else can do the planning and events in a country with which I am not familiar. This trip was well planned and executed. You are the experts!

    Jean M., Paso Robles, CA
  • I'm hooked on bike touring! I loved all the small French towns that we visited - places I never would have found if I was on my own. I liked being able to get away from the tourist crowds and really experience Provence!

    Mike O.
    Florissant, MO
  • The whole experience with your company has been excellent. We like your arrow system, your choice of routes and hotels, your briefings and the materials provided for each day''s ride, and of course your guides. Thank you very much.

    Brooks Z.,Sherborn, MA
  • The tour leaders were absolutely awesome. I would recommend this tour to everyone that has an interest in biking. It was an experience of a lifetime. The countryside is absolutely beautiful!

    Linda H., Loveland, CO
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Roman ruins, medieval castles, centuries'' old churches, great food and drink, great weather, great scenery!

    Pam B., Eugene, OR
  • What a blast!

    Leonard M., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Dear all at EXP. Wow what a wonderful time we had this year on Provence Plus Oct!! The best guilds ever, outstanding weather, excellent program design, outstanding food and hotels, good bikes, and the best scenery in France. The routes you have designed could not be better. Time and time we would say that this back road was the best and up to the last day you would show us another even better one.

    John S., Portland, OR
  • Fabulous, beautiful, fun, the best way to take a bike trip. The perfect combination of guidance and independence. The routes were well thought out - beautiful and interesting. My niece and I are vegans and our guides made sure the meals were perfectly done for our needs and had extra food available if we needed it. The bicycles were great and the guides very attentive to their daily care. The pre-assistance I received was very helpful as well.

    Kathy S., Saginaw, MI
  • Beautiful routes, wonderful back roads, great food, and lots of different things to see.

    Debbie M., Tiburon, CA - September 2017
  • This was an excellent trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

    Hal F., Saginaw, MI
  • Spectacularly beautiful. For an amateur, some challenging climbs. Loved all of it.

    Verdi D., Wynnewood, PA
  • This was our 1st bike tour & we are ready to book another!! Terrific vacation

    Phil C., Littleton, CO
  • We look forward to our next tour with Experience Plus! We enjoyed the people we met on the Provence tour. A very compatible group, the guides were excellent and the routes were superb!

    Ludmila S., Prospect, KY
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