Active Yoga

Yoga Bike-Tour in Provence, France
6 days

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Sarah Bond on the beach

Style of Yoga

You'll enjoy invigorating classes that will uplift your soul and strengthen your body. The lessons are designed for people of all levels and experience. The yoga sessions will vary, we will combine flowing movement sequences (vinyasa) with slow sustained stretches to enhance the biking experience. Additionally, much emphasis is placed on breath work and mind/body awareness. Classes will vary, we will start the day with an energizing session and end the evening with a gentle meditative practice that involves stretching and relaxation. All our yoga teachers are amazing people. They treat our our guests with importance and genuine interest, we anticipate your every need and attend to every detail while being thorough and professional. Our yoga teachers are all seasoned travelers.

Sarah Bond on the beach

Yoga Instructor: Sarah Bond

Sarah is a Certified Yoga Teacher and graduate of Bright Spirit Teacher Training. In addition to yoga, Sarah is also a Nutrition and Health Counselor with a private practice in Hoboken, NJ. She has been an avid student of health and nutrition most of her adult life and her formal education includes the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Natural Gourmet Cooking School, both in NYC, as well as a B.A. from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

Sarah strives to empower her clients and students to make food and lifestyle choices to create a healthier life. This holistic approach to healthy living transfers to all facets of her life. As a yoga instructor she is able to complete the mind, body, spirit connection necessary in keeping balance and harmony in our lives.

Am I fit enough for the biking and yoga?

The bike tour is rated as intermediate-easy level trip. The average daily biking distance is 23miles or about 35-45km. This usually requires 3-5 hours of pedaling per day. The yoga is designed all levels of experience. Remember, yoga is non-competitive, so you go at your own pace.

Begin each day with energizing yoga to prepare the mind and body for fun-filled days of biking and touring the beautiful vineyards. Stretches and exercises are designed to enhance the biking experience. The yoga sessions will also involve meditation and breathing exercises to ignite the spirit. We'll ease into our evenings with a gentle and meditative yoga sessions.

The Trip

Day 1

Meet in Avignon, then take a short drive into the countryside towards the Pont du Gard which leads you to our luxurious Vieux Castillon for 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome toast with the region's sparkling wine during your bike-fitting, safety talk, and map review. After your long travels, a 1 hour Yoga session with Sarah will awaken your soul. Tonight our chef will delight you with his creative presentation of true Provençal fare. His stuffed moules are not to be missed!

Day 2

Morning Meditation. Then spin slowly into the scenic villages towards the Roman architectural wonder, the Pont du Gard aqueduct. This feat of engineering genius was built in 19 B.C. to carry water from the nearby town of Uzès to Nimes. Tonight our chef will delight you with his creative presentation of true Provençal fare. Enjoy an energizing yoga class after your great day of cycling and before dinner join the guides for an exciting game of petanque overlooking the Pont du Gard. Accomplished: 20.5 miles with a mix of hills and flat spinning.
1h 1/2 yoga with Sarah

Day 3

Morning yoga. Pass rustic stone churches through rural countryside, crossing the Rhône River. It's a beautiful climb up to our trademark picnic lunch at the Abbaye de St.-Michel-de-Frigolet. Stop along the way to see craftsmen hand-painting the tiny santons that have been traditional in Provence since the 18th century. The climb up to Les Baux de Provence has the most spectacular views in the region. Natural cliffs and lush greenery lead up to a ruined fortified castle rich in legend. . We will relax by the pool and the grove of olive trees at the Hameau des Baux. Tonight is your choice for dinner; either join us at our local favorite or we can assist you in selecting another venue. Accomplished: 32.25 miles, through the countryside with climbs to Les Baux.
Yoga/Meditation with Sarah.

Day 4

With so many fantastic sights in this area, we have an exciting day ahead. We start with a ride to the amazing ruins of Les Baux de Provence. We continue on, stopping to see the remains of the Roman village at Glanum and Les Antiquities. St. Remy, the birthplace of Nostradamus and inspiration for artist Van Gogh, is now a shopper's paradise and a great setting for our café lunch. We will go back to the Hameau for a yoga intensive with Rebecca. Tonight, you will experience a real Provence style meal in Mausanne. Accomplished: 22 miles with hills that are rewarded by spectacular views.
2 hour yoga with Sarah.

Day 5

Enjoy a hearty breakfast with homemade pain au chocolat, croissants, and beignets. Explore the tiny villages and don't miss the photo opp overlooking the vineyards, cypress trees and les Alpilles as your backdrop. After our private picnic at the fabulous "Moulin Vignes Vieilles" with locals Jim and Dom, then loop back to Eygalières for a glass of pastis in the town square. Tonight, we splurge with a Provence at Mas de la Rose in Eygalières. Accomplished: 25 miles with hills that are rewarded by spectacular views.
1h 1/2 Yoga with Sarah

Day 6

Morning Yoga. After breakfast surrounded by olive trees, say goodbye to Provence however you see fit. Take a last loop ride around Eygalières. Sip a café and finish your shopping in the spectacular village. Or we'll see you off at the train station as you head on to your next destination.
Accomplished: Total satisfaction.

TRIP TOTAL:

120 MILES, averaging 20.6 miles per day. Optional longer rides available each day.

The Trip At a Glance:

DURATION: 6 days/5 nights
PRICE: From US$4,395
REQUIRED DEPOSIT: US$500

This trip is co-ed unless a private tour is booked with at least 6 women.

TO BOOK YOUR TRIP: Contact Chantal Farand-Viau by calling 416-617-4868 or via email at chantal@entre‑amiesgetaways.com.

About DuVine Adventures

For 14 years DuVine has been leading luxury cycling vacations all over the world. Their motto: Bike, Eat, Drink, Sleep encapsulates their commitment to cycling through beautiful landscapes, dining on the best regional cuisine, learning about local viniculture through wine tastings and winery visits and finally, relaxing in carefully-selected luxury chateaux and villas. This successful formula has produced some incredible brand loyalty. Over half the guests on each tour are either past travelers or were referred by a friend. As a result of this continued excellence, DuVine was recently rated as one of the world’s best adventure travel providers by National Geographic Adventure. Their guides are incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and handle every detail so all you have to do is enjoy your vacation.

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