Our self guided Provence Ebike tour is designed to encapsulate all that is great about Provence and its countryside in 3 unforgettable rides. From picturesque villages to iconic countryside and from wine tasting to gourmet meals, the tour is a sensory and visual delight. On the first evening you’ll meet Jamie Ivey the author of 5 books on Provence, including a major guide book. Over a glass of pink wine, he’ll ensure you get the very best from your Provence Ebike tour.
Expect days filled with sunshine, as you ride past sweeping fields of lavender. Enjoy villages replete with beauty and historic buildings, bubbling fountains and cafe terraces overflowing with the joy of life in a part of the world the locals call “un coin de paradis” – a corner of paradise.
The rides includes visits to: The Southern Luberon ; the Luberon hill villages, and Aix and Mont Saint Victoire. There are numerous opportunities to stop for wine tastings. Click on the photos tab above to give yourself a real flavour of the places you’ll visit
At the end of every day we will return to the village of Lourmarin. Clients can relax by the pool of the hotel, or indulge in a spa treatment. For those still keen to explore the village has plentiful art galleries, shops, and cafes. It’s a delightful place to spend time. Every evening clients can choose a new restaurant or opt to return to a favourite from earlier in the week. Total flexibility is our aim.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up from Marseille Airport or Aix en Provence TGV|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN TIME||To be arranged with tour organiser.|
Pick up by taxi or minibus (depending on numbers) at an agreed time from either Aix en Provence TGV or Marseille airport. You will be transferred to your accommodation in a 4 star hotel in the gorgeous Luberon village of Lourmarin. The journey is an easy hour’s drive through picturesque countryside.
Upon arrival a small hamper of luxurious Provencal goodies awaits in your bedroom. Any free time can be used to explore the village.
Welcome drink and orientation. During the orientation we will assess how far you want to cycle on each day and provide appropriate routes. The examples below are indicative only.
Southern Luberon Villages
First up is a gentle tour of the southern luberon villages. Departing Lourmarin, keeping the undulating Luberon hills to your left you will arrive after 5 km at Vaugines.
This quintissentially Provencal village is worth stopping at and exploring. The church sitting at the end of an avenue of plane trees, next to a trickling stream is picture postcard perfect. After Vaugines, head another 5 km on to Cucuron. The water basin around which the weekly market takes place on Tuesdays is one of the sights of Provence. Pause for a coffee in one of the many cafes. Explore. Consider a lazy lunch, or head on another 5 km towards Ansouis. From the summit of this hilltop town their are wonderful views out across the Luberon. It’s a good spot for lunch. Head back towards Lourmarin, perhaps stopping at Domaine de La Cavale for a wine tasting before handing the bikes back.
Luberon Hill Villages
The locals call the Luberon a corner of paradise. It’s not hard to understand why: – there are countless picturesque villages; numerous vineyards producing sumptuous wines; olive groves that stretch for miles; cherry orchards which produce snow storms of blossom in Spring and rolling mountains stretching away towards the Alps.
The northern Luberon offers the possibility to explore numerous famous villages. We will discuss different possible itineraries with you on your arrival. We recommend in particular: Roussillon, famed for its red soil. Local legend has it that a jilted lover threw herself from a cliff and her blood stained the soil for miles around; and Gordes, which for decades has been an ultra-chic retreat for wealthy Parisian families and French celebrities.
And for a wine tasting Domaine de La Citadelle outside Menerbes . The vineyard has a famous corkscrew museum and medicinal herb garden which are also interesting to visit.
Aix en Provence Day
A highlight of the e-bike tour is the tour of the Aix en Provence countryside. The artist Cezanne was famously obsessed with painting Mont Sainte Victoire, producing canvasses from every conceivable angle. The e-bike tour takes a circular route around the mountain, through some of the most stunning an iconic countryside in Provence. Villages such as Vauvenargues offer the perfect place to stop for lunch and or a drink. There are numerous vineyards at which to stop for a wine tasting. And at the end of the ride there is an opportunity to explore Aix en Provence.
There’s a perfect opportunity to do something last minute shopping before heading home (particularly if you are deparing on Friday – market day)
Our base the village of Lourmarin is nicknamed the “St Tropez of inland Provence”
All our groups are based in the village of Lourmarin at the 4-star Bastide du Lourmarin Hotel. The Hotel has a swimming pool and spa, and is conveniently located a 1 minute walk from the center of the village. Guests can also choose the historic Moulin de Lourmarin hotel right in the heart of Lourmarin. A small supplement will be charged
Lourmarin is classed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. It is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries and is an enchanting place to spend time. The village has an extensive literary heritage claiming Albert Camus, Henri Bosco and Peter Mayle as past residents. It is located in the Luberon Regional Nature Park, in the heart of Provence, 30 minutes north of Aix en Provence. Little known outside France, Lourmarin is beloved by the famously hard to please Parisians. Mention the name of the village to a Parisian and watch a wide smile spread across their face as they confess: “J’adore Lourmarin”.
One of the reasons to choose our tour is that you will spend 4 nights in the village soaking up its unique atmosphere. Each night you will be able to choose a different restaurant to suit your mood. Please see the photo tab above for more images of Lourmarin.