From St-Remy to the Luberon & Haute-Provence
Silvery green olive groves. Red-tile roofs pressed against a deep blue sky. Dramatically starry nights. And copious gastronomic delights. If there is a heaven on earth, the angels are surely sipping pastis and playing pétanque—because the earthy seduction of Provence is simply irresistible. You, too, may find yourself falling hopelessly in love with the region’s uniquely luminous landscapes, its intoxicating scents and its delectable flavors. So clip in, find your rhythm and embrace the Provençal art de vivre.
Ride the most scenic biking routes through limestone hills, vineyards and perched villages
Partake in private tastings of the best local wine, including delicate Côtes du Luberon
Get to know the locals in quintessential Provençal towns
Enjoy the exquisite flavors of a starry night – Michelin stars, that is
Classic Provençal specialties: goat cheese, olives, lavender sachets and herbes de Provence
Days 1-2 Les Alpilles, a world of windswept crags carpeted with oak, pine and cypress trees Explore the ancient village of Les Baux, perched above the Val d’Enfer (Valley of Hell), an eerie limestone landscape dotted with caves Quintessential Provence is yours to soak up in St-Rémy, a tranquil artists’ haven brimming with cheery cafés and treelined boulevards Two-wheel it to Eygalières, a terraced town guarded by an ancient castle Spin to the walled village of Ménerbes, nestled in the romantic Luberon, a region beloved by writers and artists In Bonnieux, it’s just 86 steps to the top of the town’s church tower, where spectacular views stretch forever Vincent van Gogh painted the starry nights of Provence—you’ll enjoy stars of the Michelin-variety at our hotel’s acclaimed restaurant.
Days 3-4 Rub shoulders with the locals among the cobblestone streets of classic villages perchés Feel free to linger in Gordes, where labyrinthine lanes lead to shady squares and cafés, and a massive 12th-century castle keeps watch over the neighboring hilltop towns Bike onward—and well off the beaten path—to the rugged reaches of eastern Provence.
Days 5-6 Lose yourself amid lavender fields, vineyards and orchards while pedaling to your heart’s content in the serene countryside Ever tried goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves? Today’s your chance in the town of Banon Explore the hilltop town of Simiane la Rotonde and the remains of a 12th-century fortified rotunda Indulging in a treatment at our hotel’s heavenly L’Occitane spa is the ultimate way to add a flourish to the day Head out on a final spin through the sun-drenched countryside.LESS