Cycle along endless sunflower fields in Provence! Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Famous Villages of Provence Road Bike Tour

France Bike Tours

Cycling Provence!

  • This tour is slightly different from the usual Famous Villages of Provence tour in that it covers longer distances.

    This Provence bike tour starts in Avignon with afternoon sightseeing possible with an early arrival and a welcome meeting in the evening. From Avignon, you’ll cycle through the vineyards of the Gard (Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac, etc.) and see the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct).

    The highlights of this bike tour in France include the vineyards of côtes du Rhône (Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, etc.), the small villages at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Luberon cycling through villages such as Lacoste and Cavaillon. Arles will excite you with its Provencal atmosphere, narrow streets and many Roman monuments, such as the amphitheatre. By the castle ruins in Les Baux de Provence, you have a great view of the entire region.

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  •  Option A:Option B:
    April, May, June, Aug. Sept. £ 990 $ 1,760 1208 NOK 11879 kr 10965 $ 1,425 £ 1115 $ 1,983 1361 NOK 13383 kr 12354 $ 1,606
    Single supplement: £ 195 $ 347 238 NOK 2340 kr 2160 $ 281 £ 329 $ 584 401 NOK 3943 kr 3640 $ 473
    Supplement, single traveler: £ 361 $ 642 441 NOK 4337 kr 4003 $ 520 £ 494 $ 878 603 NOK 5930 kr 5473 $ 712
    July £ 1017 $ 1,808 1241 NOK 12203 kr 11264 $ 1,464 £ 1210 $ 2,150 1476 NOK 14514 kr 13398 $ 1,742
    Single supplement:  £ 223 $ 396 272 NOK 2675 kr 2469 $ 321 £ 423 $ 752 516 NOK 5074 kr 4684 $ 609
    Supplement, single traveler: £ 388 $ 691 474 NOK 4661 kr 4302 $ 559 £ 588 $ 1,046 718 NOK 7060 kr 6517 $ 847

    extra options

    Road bike rental options:

    Upgrade to Sport Carbon Road Bike (no rack): £ 32 $ 57 39 NOK 384 kr 354 $ 46

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris, Marseilles, or Avignon.

    Local Travel

    From Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, take the TGV to Avignon, 3-4 hours depending on connections.

    From Paris city, you can take the TGV from Paris Lyon station to Avignon.

    Please be aware there are two train stations in Avignon:
    Centre train station in Avignon (5 minutes on foot from the hotels).
    TGV train station (about 15 minutes from the town center by taxi). There are 35 trains between the Avignon TGV station and the city train stationfrom 5:58 am to 11:00 pm (5 minutes transfer only).

    Climate

    Average high temp in °F for Avignon is 59 for Mar, 67 Apr, 74 May, 82 Jun, 87 Jul, 87 Aug, 78 Sep, 68 Oct & 56 Nov.

    Remarks

    Road bike rental is available.


Skill Level

This Provence bike tour is classified as a moderate to somewhat difficult self guided hotel tour, designed for road-bikers. Some days will get hilly, and there are a few short but steep climbs - except Mount Ventoux which is a long steep climb! However, remember you can always walk your bike if need be. Daily distances range from 22 to 65 mi., but are variable.

Where You’ll Stay

Option A
1 night in 2 star hotels with dinner included
4 nights in 3 star hotel with dinners included
2 nights in 3 star hotel in B & B
All dinners are included except for the 2 nights at the B&B in Avignon.
Option B:
5 nights in 3 star hotel with dinner included
2 nights in 4 star hotel in B & B
All dinners are included except for the 2 nights at the B&B in Avignon. Some hotels/B&B’s have a pool so don’t forget to pack your bathing suit!

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in selected category
  • 7 x breakfasts
  • 5 x dinners
  • Sport aluminum road bike
  • Welcome beverage
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Preloaded GPS rental

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Avignon
  • Road bike rental (please see pricing for options)
  • 3 Dinners on Day 1, 7, and 8
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1208 Rates
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Tour Dates

April 1 to October 25, 2018
Please note: Arrivals after 6 pm on Saturdays are not possible.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Famous Villages of Provence Road Bike Tour Map

Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
Day 2: Avignon - Orange, 68 mi./110 km (option to Uzès, 54 mi./87 km) 1136 meters 
Day 3: Orange - Bedoin, 27 mi. /41 km, 421 meters (option to Mont Ventoux, 35 mi./57 km), 1900 meters
Day 4: Bedoin - Fontain de Vaucluse - Gordes - Roussillon, 49 mi./78 km, 1200 meters or Bedoin - Murs - Roussillon, 34 mi./55 km, 873 meters
Day 5: Roussillon - Fontvieille, 53 mi./85 km, 933 meters
Day 6:  Fontvieille - Arles - Baux de Provence, 22 mi./33 km, 314 meters or option loop in Camargue +26 mi./41 km, 113 meters
Day 7: Baux de Provence - Avignon, 38 mi./61 km, 404meters 
Day 8: Departure from Avignon

Distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Avignon
Individual arrival in Avignon and a free afternoon to explore this great city - followed by a welcome meeting in the evening. The tour and equipment will be explained. Meeting will take place every day from 3 - 6 pm (except on Sunday.) In case of late arrival or in case of a Sunday arrival, the meeting will take place at Provence Bike Shop on MONDAY at 9 am sharp. If you arrive on Saturday, you must be ontime as the store is closed on Sunday.

DAY 2: Avignon - Orange, 68 mi./110 km (option to Uzès, 54 mi./87 km) 1136 meters
This day is about the vineyards of "côtes du Rhône, Lirac....Other highlights, the Pont du Gard, and the city of Orange itself with its majestic roman monuments.

DAY 3: Orange - Bedoin, 27 mi. /41 km, 430 meters (option to Mont Ventoux, 35 mi./57 km), 1900 meters
Today, you will ride past the vineyards of Côtes du Rhône. You'll be amazed at the small villages at the foot of the small mountain chain "Dentelles de Montmirail". Here, you have the option of Mont Ventoux cycling, a mountain known as the "Giant of Provence" (1910 m).

DAY 4: Bedoin - Fontain de Vaucluse - Gordes - Roussillon, 49 mi./78 km, 1200 meters or Bedoin - Murs - Roussillon, 34 mi./55 km, 873 meters
At the foot of a golden cliff flows one of the most important springs in Europe: the Fontaine de Vaucluse, one of the many incredible places you will visit today. This site is famous for its breathtaking natural atmosphere. Further on, two villages are worth a visit: Gordes and Roussillon. Gordes has attractive stone houses and nicely paved, arched streets. Surrounding the villages are numerous “bories” (huts made out of dry stone) that will amaze you with their various shapes. Roussillon, a unique little village, sits on a small hill colored with red ocher. The house walls are stained with ocher, from red to yellow, contrasting nicely with the dark green of the pine trees. At the top of the village, a viewpoint offers a spectacular view over the plains, Gordes, and the small villages around.

DAY 5: Roussillon - Fontvieille, 53 mi./85 km, 933 meters 
The delightful villages in the north of the Luberon chain such as Lacoste, Ménerbes, and Bonnieux will all await your aquaintance. Eventually you will reach the heart of the Natural Regional Park of the Luberon. The nice road of Destet will take you to the small villages at the foot of the Alpilles chain, including Maussane les Alpilles and Fontvieille.

DAY 6:  Fontvieille - Arles - Baux de Provence, 22 mi./33 km, 314 meters or option loop in Camargue +26 mi./41 km, 113 meters​
Today, you will travel to Arles, an ancient Roman capital that was a large religious center during the Middle Ages. The city has brilliant houses surrounding its arenas, which are perhaps the city's most captivating feature. Every Saturday morning, the city streets transform into a bustling open market. In the heart of the old center, you may relax at numerous refreshing outdoor cafés. Onward to the village of Les Baux de Provence, with its charming houses all strung together. Les Baux de Provence sits cozily on a rock where the vistas are magnificent: groves of olive trees flow across the plains, cypress trees stretch toward the sky, fields overflow with beautiful flowers, small villages pepper the landscape, and of course, there's the endless blue waters of the sea to marvel at. There is an optional biking loop in Camarque that runs to Vaccarès pond.

DAY 7: Baux de Provence - Avignon, 38 mi./61 km, 404 meters 
Biking in Provence heading north, you will reach St. Rémy de Provence. But first, you should not forget to stop to enjoy “l’elixir du Révérand Pére Gaucher” (a liquor) in the Abbey of St Michel de Frigolet. It is situated on the “Montagnette”, a small mountain (highest point 170 m). In St. Rémy de Provence, you will come across 2 well-preserved Roman monuments: the Mausoleum and Municipal Arch. St. Rémy de Provence was once a rich Glanum city, abandoned at the end of the 3rd century and now only ruins remain. As you cycle back to Avignon, you will ride into the foothills of the Apilles Mountain range. The landscape is made up of small hills with chalky ridges that love to soak under the sun, and where you can easily see why painters such as Vincent van Gogh found their inspiration. Today you will return the rental bicycle, tour material, and accessories.

DAY 8: Departure from Avignon
Your Provence bike tour will end with individual departure following breakfast.

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