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 flamigos
For other bicycle tours in Provence, check out our full list of bike tours in France.
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:
Clients receive 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 (with swimming pool), 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 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) +/- 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.
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 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
Starts any day from April 1 to October 25, 2020
Please note: Arrivals after 6 pm on Saturdays are not possible.
Comfort Superior Apr, May, June, Sept. and Oct $ 1651 £ 908 $ 1,560 € 995 $ 1746 kr 10541 $ 1,147 $ 2028 £ 1115 $ 1,915 € 1222 $ 2144 kr 12946 $ 1,409 Single supplement $ 380 £ 209 $ 359 € 229 $ 402 kr 2426 $ 264 $ 534 £ 294 $ 505 € 322 $ 565 kr 3411 $ 371 Single supplement (traveling alone) $ 561 £ 309 $ 530 € 338 $ 593 kr 3581 $ 390 $ 715 £ 393 $ 676 € 431 $ 756 kr 4566 $ 497 July and August $ 1729 £ 951 $ 1,633 € 1042 $ 1828 kr 11039 $ 1,202 $ 2108 £ 1159 $ 1,991 € 1270 $ 2228 kr 13454 $ 1,465 Single supplement $ 471 £ 259 $ 445 € 284 $ 498 kr 3009 $ 328 $ 624 £ 343 $ 589 € 376 $ 660 kr 3983 $ 434 Single supplement (traveling alone) $ 652 £ 359 $ 616 € 393 $ 689 kr 4163 $ 453 $ 807 £ 444 $ 762 € 486 $ 853 kr 5149 $ 560
Electric bike rental: $ 166 £ 91 $ 157 € 100 $ 175 kr 1059 $ 115
Tandem bike rental, discount: $ 88 £ 48 $ 83 € 53 $ 93 kr 561 $ 61
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.
Extra nights possible by request in Avignon.
This tour is run by Transhumance.
We value the strong relationship we have with our local partners and the services we provide.
We are not a broker.
We do not inflate tour prices.
We are simply travelers helping travelers.