Experience the heart of Provence on two wheels

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Cycling the South of France

Credit: John Moretti

Ever since the 1989 best-seller by Peter Mayle, “A Year in Provence,” the villages of the Luberon in the South of France have been a five-star attraction for North Americans. It’s famous for its delicious melons, approachable rosé wines, and bucolic hilly landscapes best experienced by bicycle.

Credit: John Moretti

Cavaillon melons / Credit: John Moretti

Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance partners Butterfield & Robinson are experts in this part of France, and provide a suite of bicycle tours to make the most of this pastoral and culinary paradise.

On the six-day “Provence Luberon Biking” tour, expect views of the Rhone River and its famed vineyards, the limestone valleys of Les Alpilles, guided tours of Vincent Van Gogh’s last residence, and picnics in the Vaucluse Mountains.

On Day 4, you will pedal through Mayle’s old stomping grounds, through the villages of Gordes, Roussillon and Lacoste. This is the heart of the Luberon, and its hills and valleys are a dream destination for the cycling connoisseur. It’s a challenging but picturesque 100-mile day, and an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Cavalry staff have their own fond memories of cycling the Luberon:

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