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PEDALING IN PROVENCE

May 26 - June 2, 2022

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Join your hosts from Browne Family Vineyards and journey to the fabled south of France where ancient cobbled streets, charming hilltop villages, picturesque landscapes, and a fantastic climate make this region of France an ideal destination to explore. Recreational cycling excursions offer a chance to slow down and experience the splendor of Provence in a profoundly sensory way. Discover the incredible flavors and scents of the region as you visit wine estates, stroll through village markets, and meet local producers.

Learn

about the appellations, historical influences, and varietals of this winemaking region

Discover

the famous perched villages with their medieval architecture and sweeping views

Cycle

Past olive groves, fruit orchards, lavender fields, and oceans of vineyards

Day 1

ARRIVAL

Welcome to Provence! Your driver will meet you at the airport in Marseille and transfer you to our home base for the week—an expansive country wine estate nestled in the beautiful Luberon hills. Check in and settle into your new surroundings. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner at the property as we toast to our upcoming journey.

Dinner

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 2

Oppède le Vieux

Venture from the hotel this morning for a half-day guided bike excursion into the surrounding countryside, passing by the towns of St. Pantaléon and Les Beaumettes. Near the end of our ride, stop in a vineyard to walk among the vines and visit the cellar for a tour and tasting. Enjoy a light lunch before returning to property. Later this afternoon, head out to explore one of the hidden perched hilltop villages of the Luberon. Stroll the cobbled paths of the ancient village of Oppède le Vieux and learn about its fascinating history. On our way back, we will stop at a wine estate and taste the wines of the Luberon followed by a freshly prepared Provencal dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 3

LOURMARIN

Discover the art of truffle hunting this morning with a local producer and his dog and sample products made with the prized culinary treat. Afterward, enjoy a visit to the beautiful village of Lourmarin, which has has long been a magnet for artists and writers. We’ll have a short historical tour as well as free time for lunch, wandering the charming streets, and taking in the views of the surrounding Luberon Mountains. On our way back, we’ll stop at a wine estate for a tour and tasting before returning to the property for an open evening.

Breakfast

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 4

BONNIEUX & GORDES

Start the day with a morning bike tour, stopping to enjoy the view from the town of Bonnieux before continuing to a wine estate for a tour and tasting. Return to the hotel to for lunch followed by some time to relax before setting out for Gordes, another beautiful village perched high above the Luberon plain. Discover its castle, Baroque church, and cobbled streets, followed by a guided visit to the cellars of Saint Firmin, where villagers produced olive oil and wine in tunnels built under the town. The tour will end with an aperitif in a private garden with spectacular views of the valley below. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening in Gordes. Our Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 5

ROUSSILLON

Our bike tour this morning will take us along the “ochre road” - a reference to the distinctive reddish color that comes from the large deposits of ochre in the surrounding hills. Visit the charming village of Roussillon for wine tasting, followed by lunch at a restaurant of your choosing and free time to explore the colorful streets. Return to the hotel this afternoon to relax, enjoy the property, and perhaps check out the spa. Gather this evening for dinner featuring freshly prepared local flavors.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 6

Châteauneuf du Pape

Visit the vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape today - one of the most renowned appellations of the southern Rhône valley where some of the oldest wine labels in France can be found. Enjoy free time in the village before a cellar tour and tasting where you will discover the characteristics of the Châteauneuf du Pape wines. Enjoy a lunch of local specialties at the wine estate before returning to the hotel for some time to relax. In the late afternoon, venture out to L’Isle sur Sorgue, once a fishing town with an abundance of crayfish in the River Sorgue, now known for its antique shops. Stroll over the footbridges, past historical waterwheels, and through the narrow, winding streets of this picturesque riverside spot. Dinner is on your own this evening in L’Isle sur Sorgue with recommendations from your Travel Director.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 7

MÉNERBES & FAREWELL DINNER

Venture out for our last bike excursion this morning and visit to an olive oil museum and wine estate for tastings of these two quintessential products of Provence. Pass by the towns of Lacoste and Oppède and stop in the perched village of Ménerbes for lunch in a traditional bistro before returning to the property to relax. This evening, we gather to celebrate with a festive farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Coquillade Village or similar

Day 8

Departure

Savor your last breakfast in the Luberon hills before your transfer to Marseille Airport for flights home. Au revoir! If you would like to continue the adventure, join us in Lyon!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Lyon

Day 8

Avignon & Lyon

After check out from the hotel, we will make our way northwest to Lyon,  famous for its art, architecture, and culture. En route, we'll stop in the ancient city of Avignon for lunch, a guided tour of the city, and time to explore. Upon arrival in Lyon, check in to your centrally located accommodations and enjoy time to unwind and explore your surroundings. Lunch and dinner today are on your own and provide an opportunity to experience the gastronomic capital of France in one of its old-school bouchons or Michelin-starred restaurants.

Breakfast

Overnight at Le Royal Hôtel Lyon

Day 9

Vieux Lyon

Today we discover the best of Lyon. A local guide will share fascinating stories about this historic and culturally important city. Visit Cathédrale Saint-Jean in the heart of UNESCO-protected Vieux ("Old") Lyon, which offers the best concentration of well-preserved Renaissance buildings in France. Peek inside the traboules (covered passageways) scattered around the old town that provide a glimpse into the city's hidden and colorful past. Take a funicular to Fourvière Hill and admire views of Lyon from the basilica. For lunch and dinner, further explore Lyon's outstanding restaurant scene. Our guide can provide recommendations.

Breakfast

Overnight at Le Royal Hôtel Lyon

Day 10

Lyon

On our final full day in Lyon, we'll delve into the world-renowned food scene - visiting the local markets, sampling the best regional products, and learning about the area's gastronomic traditions. Options for today may include a special cheese tasting or a cooking class making use of fresh seasonal ingredients found at the market.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Le Royal Hôtel Lyon or similar

Day 11

Depart Lyon

After breakfast, a private transfer takes you to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport for flights home. Au revoir!

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Main Program: May 26 - June 2, 2022
Extension: June 2 - 5, 2022

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can refer you to an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory cycling or walks that can range from one to three hours at a time. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners, plus wine pairings with certain meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
  • Bike rentals and delivery (regular road bike or electric bike)
  • Cycling guide and ride support

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates*

Jr. Suite: $7,295
Deluxe: $6,895
Classic: $6,395

Single: $7,595

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,295

Single: $2,795

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations (if available).


Deposits

A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit is required per person for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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