This bike tour in Provence takes you through an amazing region in France. The never-ending beauty and colors of the Provence region that have been artistically depicted on so many canvases (Monet, Matisse, Cézanne and of course, van Gogh) continues to inspire.
Starting in Avignon, the route gently follows the flow of the Rhône River to historic Arles. Here, Van Gogh painted and sketched over 300 drawings and paintings.
- Arles, the city of Van Gogh
- The sandy beaches of Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer
- The beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean
- Parc de Camargue, which 500 years agos served as a gypsy campground
- White Camargue horses that freely roam the land of dunes
- Black bulls and pink flamingos
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Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
Day 2: Avignon - Barbentane, 43 mi. (69 km)
Day 3: Barbentane - Arles, 32 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 - 5:30 pm (except on Sunday). In the event of late arrival on weeknights, the meeting is possible the next day in the morning at 9 am. Do note that the office is closed on Sundays so arrival on Sundays will have the meeting on Monday morning at 9 am sharp. If you are planning on a Saturday arrival, be sure that you are able to arrive in time for a meeting that day!
During the check-in at the hotel in Avignon, you will receive a tour packet including a map indicating how to reach Provence Bike. The receptionist will phone our local partner so that the time of welcome meeting can then be fixed.
DAY 2: Avignon - Barbentane, 43 mi. (69 km) +/- 625 meters of climbing
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, you will visit the Provencal village of Barbentane.
DAY 3: Barbentane - Arles, 30 mi. (51 km). =/- 278 meters of climbing
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) +/- 121 meters of climbing
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.
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) +/- 219 meters of climbing
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) +/- 413 meters of climbing
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.
Hotels & Bikes
Two options possible:
Comfort: swimming pools (except in Avignon and Arles).
• 7 nights in 3 star hotels
Superior: swimming pools (except in Avignon). In Arles, spa is available.
• 5 nights in 3 star
• 2 nights in 4 star
The rental bikes are 24 gear Cannondale hybrid with Shimano components
- Standard pedals
- Bottle cage
- Mineral water bottle
- Rear rack
- Pannier (20 l)
- Repair kit including spare tube
On request, the following can also be provided for free:
- Pedals with toe clips
- SPD pedals
- LOOK pedal
- Mounting and removal of personal saddle
- Mounting and removal of personal pedals
- Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
- Breakfasts & some dinners (days 2, 4, and 6)
- VTC Hybrid Course lightweight (13 kg) 24 gear hybrid bicycle equipped with luggage rack, rear pannier bag, water bottle, and lock
- Accessories including odometer, repair kit with pump, road book, handlebar bags (one set per booking)
- Helmet rental (must be reserved in advance)
- Luggage transfer between the hours of 9:30 am and 5 pm. It cannot be guaranteed that luggage will arrive before 5 pm. If you need your luggage at a specific time, please specify at time of booking. Supplement will apply
- Local taxes
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrivals from April 1 to October 25, 2022
Arrivals after 6 pm on Saturdays are not possible. If you arrive on Sunday, the bike distribution and welcome meeting will take place on Monday.
Comfort Superior Apr, May, June, Sept. and Oct $ 1852 £ 1047 $ 1,657 € 1209 ₪ 4375 NZ$ 2043 kr 12882 $ 1,284 $ 2061 £ 1166 $ 1,845 € 1346 ₪ 4871 NZ$ 2275 kr 14342 $ 1,429 Single supplement $ 452 £ 256 $ 404 € 295 ₪ 1068 NZ$ 499 kr 3143 $ 313 $ 459 £ 260 $ 411 € 300 ₪ 1086 NZ$ 507 kr 3197 $ 319 Single supplement (traveling alone) $ 753 £ 426 $ 674 € 492 ₪ 1781 NZ$ 831 kr 5242 $ 523 $ 761 £ 430 $ 681 € 497 ₪ 1799 NZ$ 840 kr 5296 $ 528 July and August $ 1943 £ 1099 $ 1,739 € 1269 ₪ 4592 NZ$ 2144 kr 13522 $ 1,348 $ 2133 £ 1207 $ 1,909 € 1393 ₪ 5041 NZ$ 2354 kr 14843 $ 1,479 Single supplement $ 541 £ 306 $ 484 € 353 ₪ 1277 NZ$ 597 kr 3761 $ 375 $ 528 £ 299 $ 473 € 345 ₪ 1249 NZ$ 583 kr 3676 $ 366 Single supplement (traveling alone) $ 842 £ 476 $ 754 € 550 ₪ 1990 NZ$ 929 kr 5860 $ 584 $ 830 £ 469 $ 743 € 542 ₪ 1961 NZ$ 916 kr 5775 $ 576
Electric bike rental: $ 153 £ 87 $ 137 € 100 ₪ 362 NZ$ 169 kr 1066 $ 106
Tandem bike rental, discount: $ 81 £ 46 $ 73 € 53 ₪ 192 NZ$ 90 kr 565 $ 56
Recumbent bike: On request
Discounts available for triple rooms.
Skill Level — Moderate
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.
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.
Day of Rest
Day 5 can be used as a day of rest
Tandem bicycle available upon request.
Country Entry Requirements
Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.
Extra nights possible by request in Avignon.
This tour is run by Transhumance.
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We are not a broker.
We do not inflate tour prices.
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