Self-guided Bike Tour of the Best of Provence
With its stunning country roads that wind through perched villages, vineyards, olive groves, forests, and lavender fields Provence has become a paradise for touring cyclists. Our tour will take you to the renowned areas of the Alpilles rich in natural beauty, history, and culinary delights. Enjoy the slow pace and quality of life that defines the south of France as you pedal from one charming village to the next. We've selected strategic locations to cycle from giving you plenty of options each day to ride hard, do some sight-seeing or relax at a sunny café terrace.
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Arrive in Avignon
Highlights: the City of the Popes, the palaces and the bridge.
Arrive in Avignon today to enjoy the City of Pope, ground-zero for the Catholic Schism during the Middle Ages. Visit its well-preserved ramparts, the Palace of the Pope, and famous bridge. Meet our representative for an orientation talk and bike fitting at the hotel, a historical luxurious property in the center of Old Avignon. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Ride from Avignon to Uzès
Highlights: Stunning Pont du Gard, Uzès
Today's route will head out of Avignon through forests and vineyards to visit the spectacular Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard, which dominates the river at over 165 feet high. You will cycle on to Uzès, a beautiful Provencal village with a rich history and beautifully tree-lined streets. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 52 km (32 miles)
Loop ride from Uzès
Highlights: More spectacular villages and stunning landscapes, Uzès' market
The ride today will head north of Uzès where you will find plenty of colorful vegetation and quiet roads. It's one of our favorite rides through small charming villages such as Vallabrix and Saint Quentin la Poterie, a dream spot for ceramic enthusiasts, where you will find lots of shops and a museum. If you come here on a Saturday, you will get to experience the colorful market of Uzès, an experience of its own. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 39 km (24 miles)
Pedal from Uzès to Arles
Highlights: Ledenon, the fortification of Meynes, Arles and its Roman Heritage, Vincent van Gogh
Head in the direction of Collias today, where you will witness the marvelous confluence of the Gardon and Alson rivers. Visit Ledenon, famous for its wine production, and the village of Meynes, a historical village that preserved its fortifications. Once at Arles, don't miss the extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena, the Roman Theater, and the town museums, with one completely devoted to the art of Vincent van Gogh. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 60 km (37 miles)
Ride from Arles to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Highlights: Les-Baux-de-Provence, Gallo-Roman ruins, Abbey of Montmajour
On your way to Saint-Rémy, you will pass by the Abbey of Montmajour, a stunning view with its eight centuries of architectural history. But not much can prepare you for your first glimpse of the impenetrable fortress of Les Baux. Perched on a high, rocky crag, the Lords of Baux ruled the entire valley at their will for about 600 years. It takes a short steep climb to get there, but you'll be rewarded along the way with a beautiful route that winds into the Alpilles hills through pine forests, amazing rock formations, and old Roman quarries. There's no better place to end your ride today than the town of St. Rémy filled with lovely cafés, restaurants, monuments and museums. Dinner included tonight. Distance: 29 km(18 miles)
Loop ride from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Highlights: Eygalières, small country roads, Les Alpilles
We welcome you to take a relaxed start this morning and finish visiting those things you missed in Saint-Rémy yesterday. Alternatively, you can then take a scenic loop ride to Eygaliéres and the Alpilles through vineyards and olive groves with the chance to visit and taste the wine and olive oil of the region. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 44 km (27 miles)
Ride from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Avignon
Highlights: Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet, Avignon
You will head out in the direction of Avignon passing by the villages of Graveson and Barbentane where you can have lunch and visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. Upon arriving in Avignon, you can tour the city and explore its historical sites and experience the cultural richness of Provence represented everywhere in this city. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: 43 km (26 miles)
The Tour ends in Avignon
The tour ends today. Take your time enjoying your last breakfast before departing for your next destination.
|Includes||8 days,7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner; use of a quality Hybrid bicycle (road bike available for an additional fee); detailed route descriptions; use of a GPS device (one per 2/3 people); suggestions for dinners and lunches; luggage transfers|
|Arrive/Depart||Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Orly Airport (ORY), Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)|
|Total Distance||267 km (167 miles)|
|Daily Distance||0 - 60 km (0 - 37 miles)|
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|Notes||You can make this a 6 days tour. Ask for details.
This tour is part of our Self-Guided Collections program: operated by select local partners that we know and trust, the tour is similar in quality to those we operate directly in many ways. Please click here for more details.
|Terms||Terms & Conditions|
|Dates||The tour can start any day of the week.
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ROAD BIKE or ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL ADDITIONAL FEE: 145€
|Prices||starting from €1470||Single Supplement||starting from €350|
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