Provence - Van Gogh
France Bike Tours
Bike in Provence - A Painter’s Paradise!!
This bike tour in Provence takes you through an amazing region in France- a place said to have been invented by painters, and who would argue with names like Monet, Matisse, Cézanne and of course, van Gogh. The never-ending beauty and colors of the Provence region that have been artistically depicted on so many canvases continues to inspire. Starting in Avignon, the route gently follows the flow of the Rhône River to historic Arles. Before reaching Arles, you will come across the famous Pont du Gard. This well-known Roman aqueduct is an official World Heritage Site. Built shortly before the Christian era, this bridge is both a technological and artistic masterpiece and stands almost 50m high. It is a marveled site.
In Arles, Van Gogh painted and sketched over 300 drawings and paintings. The city is said to have been founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC, and later turned into a Roman colony by Julius Caesar. Its prosperity during the rule of the Romans is still evident in the many old Roman monuments, including the baths of Constantine and the very well-preserved amphitheater where bullfights are still held. Stretching from Arles to the sandy beaches of Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer and the aqua-blue waters of the Mediterranean is the national Parc de Camargue, which some 500 years before served as a gypsy campground. The creatures that now freely roam this land of dunes, marshes and lagoons are the famous white Camargue horses as well as striking black bulls and pink flamingos.
For other bicycle tours in Provence, check out our full list of bike tours in France.
Comfort Superior Apr, May, June, Sept. and Oct £ 753 $ 1,339 € 919 NOK 9037 kr 8342 $ 1,084 £ 943 $ 1,677 € 1151 NOK 11318 kr 10448 $ 1,358 Single supplement £ 187 $ 332 € 228 NOK 2242 kr 2070 $ 269 £ 258 $ 459 € 315 NOK 3098 kr 2859 $ 372 Single supplement (traveling alone) £ 267 $ 475 € 326 NOK 3206 kr 2959 $ 385 £ 338 $ 602 € 413 NOK 4061 kr 3749 $ 487 July and August £ 786 $ 1,397 € 959 NOK 9430 kr 8705 $ 1,132 £ 976 $ 1,735 € 1191 NOK 11712 kr 10811 $ 1,405 Single supplement £ 229 $ 406 € 279 NOK 2744 kr 2532 $ 329 £ 299 $ 532 € 365 NOK 3589 kr 3313 $ 431 Single supplement (traveling alone) £ 308 $ 548 € 376 NOK 3697 kr 3413 $ 444 £ 380 $ 676 € 464 NOK 4563 kr 4212 $ 548
Electric bike rental: £ 75 $ 134 € 92 NOK 905 kr 835 $ 109
Tandem bike rental: £ 75 $ 134 € 92 NOK 905 kr 835 $ 109
Upgrade to lightweight Hybrid (13 kg): £ 32 $ 57 € 39 NOK 384 kr 354 $ 46
Upgrade to lightweight Trekking Comfort (lighter bike, 13 kg): £ 32 $ 57 € 39 NOK 384 kr 354 $ 46
Sport aluminum road bike (no rack): £ 47 $ 83 € 57 NOK 561 kr 517 $ 67
Sport carbon road bike (no rack): £ 75 $ 134 € 92 NOK 905 kr 835 $ 109
Recumbent bike: On request
Discounts available for triple rooms.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Avignon or Paris.
From Avignon, transfer to starting point. From Paris, train transfer from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport via Paris-Lyon station to Avignon (TGV), 3-4½ hr. depending on connections.
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.
Tandem bicycle available upon request.
This Provence bike tour is a self-guided hotel tour classified as moderate with flat land intermingled with rolling hills and some steep climbs. Average of 30 miles per day, with Day 5 serving as a day of rest on the Mediterranean in St.-Maries-de-la-Mer. Sometimes off road cycling is suggested in the itinerary but the paths are relatively short and easy. The dike "Digue a la Mer" consists of approximately 9 miles of dirt path that can be affected by weather conditions.
Where You’ll Stay
Two options possible:
Comfort: swimming pools (except in Avignon and Arles).
• 5 nights in 3 star hotels
• 2 night in 2 star hotel
Superior: swimming pools (except in Avignon). In Arles, spa is available.
• 5 nights in 3 star
• 2 nights in 4 star
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Breakfasts & some dinners (days 2, 4, and 6)
- 24 gear hybrid bicycle equipped with luggage rack, rear pannier bag, water bottle, and lock
- Accessories including odometer, repair kit, road book, handlebar bags (one set per booking)
- Helmet rental (must be reserved in advance)
- Luggage transportation
- Local taxes
What’s Not Included
- Remaining meals
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
Extra nights possible by request in Avignon.
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
Day 2: Avignon - Graveson, 40 mi. (66 km)
Day 3: Graveson - Arles, 30 mi. (51 km)
Day 4: Arles - Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, 36 mi. (59 km)
Day 5: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, day of rest
Day 6: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer - Fontvieille, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 7: Fontvieille - Avignon, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Avignon
All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: Arrival in Avignon
Individual arrival in Avignon followed by a free afternoon in the city. In the evening, an introductory meeting and distribution of additional tour materials will take place. Meeting is possible every day from 3 - 6 pm (except on Sunday). In the event of late arrival on weeknights, the meeting is possible on Saturday at 9 am sharp. Do note that the office is closed on Sundays!
DAY 2: Avignon - Graveson, 43 mi. (69 km)
Leaving Avignon behind, you will cross the Gard vineyards via typical small Mediterranean villages to the famous Roman aqueduct "Pont du Gard". This aqueduct dominates the river from 50m high. Swimming possible. Before going to the hotel (with swimming pool), you will visit the Provencal village of Barbentane.
DAY 3: Graveson - Arles, 30 mi. (51 km)
Crossing the town of Tarascon, you'll discover one of the most beautiful French medieval castles and the famous "Souleiado" factory where Provencal fabrics are made. Along the way, you'll come across Daudet's Windmill as well as Montmajour Abbey. Next will be the town of Arles filled with monuments and small animated streets where one should surely enjoy a drink at one of the many terrace cafés. Night in Arles.
DAY 4: Arles - Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, 35 mi. (57 km)
Leaving Arles, you will slowly enter into the Camargue landscape with swamps, lagoons, and rice fields. Crossing the Rhône by boat, you will arrive in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer where you'll spend two nights in a hotel with a swimming pool.
DAY 5: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, day of rest
Numerous activities are possible, including horseback riding, boating, canoeing, 4-wheel driving, sightseeing in the village or to the ornithological park.
DAY 6: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer - Fontvieille, 42 mi. (68 km)
Through the Digue à la Mer dike, which is forbidden to cars, you'll cycle up north towards the small Alpilles massif. Here you'll be greeted by a charming landscape with vestiges of the old Roman setting. Night in Fontvieille, a nice little village at the foot of the Alpilles. Hotel with swimming pool.
DAY 7: Fontvieille - Avignon, 30 mi. (48 km)
You'll start today crossing the Alpilles from south to north and pass through the famous villages of Baux de Provence and Saint Rémy de Provence. Then through scenic fields back to Avignon.
DAY 8: Departure from Avignon
Your Provence tour will end with individual departure from Avignon following breakfast.