Chef on Wheels: Provence, France
Join Jody Adams & DuVine Cycling August 25 – 30 on a culinary bike tour through Provence, France.
Cycle through fields of sunflowers and asparagus. Climb winding roads to farmers markets in medieval villages. Stroll through charming rural towns. With tastings of the region’s most famed dishes, samplings of revered wines, and three hands-on cooking classes, the flavors of Provence will be with you forever…
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to Provence!
Your guides will greet you at the train station in Avignon and our culinary adventure begins! Are you ready to learn all the intricacies of Provençal cuisine? We’ll drive through the rolling countryside to the Bouches du Rhone region, where we’ll spend three nights. Toast our arrival with some rosé de Provence during our bike fitting and safety talk. We’ll then set off on a spin to the charming Provençal towns of Eygalieres and Eyguieres. On our way back we’ll stop at a local wine producer for an explanation of terroir. Tonight our chef will delight us with authentic Provençal fare.
Meal: Light lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Avignon, Eygalieres, Eyguieres
Accomplished: 13 miles / 20 km
Day Two: Cavaillon Market
Vineyards and garrigue line the morning route to Cavaillon, a town famous for its delicious melons. It’s also the gateway to the Luberon, which we’ll discover later in the week. Monday is market day in Cavaillon and we’ll go shopping for our first cooking class! Follow Jody and Tom into the market to choose the best ingredients, which will be sent to the kitchen while we continue on with our ride to Isle sur la Sorgue, the “Venice of Provence,” before heading back to the hotel for some time by the pool. Get ready to get your hands dirty tonight when we take to the kitchen with Jody.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Orgon, Cavaillon, Isle sur la Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km
Day Three: St. Remy and Les Baux de Provence
Ride this morning toward the artists’ haven of St Remy en Provence. Pedal through miles of farmland and vineyards and along the base of les Alpilles mountain range. Explore the town, visit Joel Durand’s phenomenal chocolate shop, and taste salts from around the world at a salt boutique. Enjoy a bistro lunch before we head over the hills to Les Baux. Challenge yourself with the 7-kilometer climb or take a ride to the top in the van. Either way, a spectacular view awaits. We’ll ride back over the hills to Eygalieres and stop for an organic wine tasting before arriving back at our hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight in town.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: St Remy en Provence, Les Baux de Provence, Maussane les Alpilles
Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km
Day Four: Les Alpilles
Today brings us into the Luberon. Pass through sleepy Provençal towns before arriving in Menerbes for an indulgent truffle and wine tasting at the House of Truffles and Wine. For lunch Jody will again amaze us with her skills as she prepares a healthy feast, with our help of course! We’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor in the shade of the cherry trees at the Moulin de Jeannons. Learn all about the production of olive oil from our friend Andre before riding to our final hotel. Opt for another thrilling ride or relax at the spa. Tonight we’ll dine on Provençal specialties at our favorite local restaurant and meet our chef.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Eygalieres, Cavaillon, Robio, Maubec, Menerbes, Gordes
Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km
Day Five: Essence of the Luberon
Cycle past rustic stone villages overlooking esteemed vineyards like Joucas, Roussillon, Rustrel, and Apt. The deep green pines against the brilliant blue sky demonstrate the magic of the Luberon. We’ll pause in Rustrel for lunch, known for its colorful soil and landscapes. Cycle the exceptional bike paths on the way to Banon, famous for its goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves. Meet a Banon cheese producer for a tasting and learn how to wrap the cheese yourself. We’ll transfer back to our hotel to prepare for our final cooking class at a private home in Menerbes. Tonight features the dueling chefs competition. No matter what, we all win with the great feast that is bound to result!
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Joucas, Rustrel, Banon, Menerbes
Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km
Day Six: Au Revoir
After eating a relaxing breakfast, say goodbye to the Luberon however you see fit. Take a last loop ride down to the Abbaye de Senanque, sip a traditional French café, and finish your shopping in the spectacular village. Your guides will see you off at the Avignon TGV train station.
Accomplished: Optional ride