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Villages of the Provence

Cycling through vineyards, lavender fields and beautiful villages

Avignon
Avignon

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Avignon
Avignon

This cycling tour will take you through the main places of the Luberon, the Alpilles’ chain and the “Côtes du Rhône” vineyards. Small villages, noteworthy sites and monuments, they became famous for their beauty and now, they are a must!

Nevertheless, we are not proposing you a classic discovery for tourist in hurry, by bus or car, but a slow and progressive way to discover it that will enable you a more authentic approach. Far from the main roads, following the rate of your bike, you’ll go from Gordes to Les Baux de Provence, from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Châteauneuf du Pape, from Venasque to Roussillon, and you’ll take a great pleasure to reach those famous places by unusual paths. In addition the sun, the light, it was not by accident that Van Gogh found his inspiration here. Cycle in his footsteps!

  • Type of tour Self-guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 50 km
  • Châteauneuf du Pape
  • The heart of the Provence
  • Van Gogh's inspiration
  • Avignon

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Arrival in Avignon

Arrival at the hotel. Free time in Avignon. Meeting at our store “Provence Bike” between 3 and 6 PM.

Should your first day be on a Sunday, then meeting at our store “Provence Bike” will be on Monday morning at 9 AM.

Day 2

Avignon - Châteauneuf du Pape - Avignon

48KM

This day is dedicated to wine discovery: the “Tavel”, first rosé in France and the “Lirac” with its rare elegance (option), the “Châteauneuf du Pape”, a vintage wine which specificity is to grow on a ground full of pebbles (that accumulate heat during the day and give it back at night) and to use thirteen variety of vine. From Tavel, small village surrounded of vines to Châteauneuf du Pape, topped by the ruins of the castle which used to be the popes’ summer residence, small roads will offer you the pleasure of a discovery following your rhythm.± 48, 55, 57 or 63 km depending on the options chosen. Flat and hilly ground. Night in Avignon.

Day 3

Avignon - Les Baux de Provence

48KM

Going south to the heart of Provence is the Alpilles chain, small hill (low difference in height) with chalky ridge shinning under the sun where painters such as Van Gogh came for inspiration. In St Rémy de Provence where Nostradamus, doctor and astrologist famous for his predictions, was born you will appreciate 2 well-preserved roman monuments: the Mausoleum and the municipal arch. There, was situated the rich Glanum city abandoned at the end of the 3rd century; now there are only ruins. On your way, stop to discover “l’elixir (liquor) du Révérand Père Gaucher” in the abbey of St Michel de Frigolet situated in the “Montagnette” (small hill which highest point is 170 m). ± 48 or ± 55 km depending on the option. Hilly. Night in Les Baux de Provence

Day 4

Les Baux de Provence- Arles - Les Baux de Provence

51KM

Three options are proposed on this day: resting time in the hotel, visit of the village of Les Baux de Provence, or biking for about 51 km on flat ground including the visit of Arles. Les Baux de Provence village, with nice houses confined all together, is hung up on a roc where the view is magnificent: olive trees fields lying on the plain, cypress stretching to the sky, thick and short garrigue dotted with odor full thyme and rosemary, small villages spared in the landscape and, further on, we can guess the sea. Arles, roman capital, large religious center in the middle age, with its houses surrounding the arenas that is maybe the most spectacular monument. In the streets of the city is every Saturday morning a very typical market. And everywhere in the heart of the old city, the café’s terraces with shadow will offer you a fresh stop. ± 51 km for the itinerary Les Baux – Arles – Les Baux. Night in the same hotel in Les Baux de Provence.

Day 5

Les Baux de Provence - Fontaine de Vaucluse/ Isle sur la Sorgue

50KM

On this day, you will cross the small hill of Les Alpilles (highest point: 390 meters only). On your way, nice villages are waiting for you. In Eygalières, against the hill under donjon vestiges, you will be able to have a rest at the foot of the 12th century chapel built in the roc, where it used to be a heathen temple dedicated to water. Then, biking by small plain roads, you are going to the east, to the Monts de Vaucluse, to reach the heart of the regional park of the Luberon.
± 50 km (small difference in height except to reach the Alpilles’ top: 200 m of positive difference in height). Night in Fontaine de Vaucluse or in Isle sur la Sorgue, on the riverside.

Day 6

Fontaine de Vaucluse/ Isle sur la Sorgue, roundtrip

72KM

At the foot of a golden cliff, a spring – one of the most important in Europe – strongly gushes out (150 m3 / s at the period when water is high): Fontaine de Vaucluse site is famous thanks to its unique natural atmosphere, but it is also known thanks to the Italian humanist and poet Pétrarque (14th century). Further on, 2 villages are worth to visit: Gordes, hung up by the cliff front to the Luberon chain, with its nice stone houses, its paved and arched streets. Around the village are numerous “Bories” (hut made of dry stone) that will amaze you with their various shapes. Roussillon, totally different, is hung up on a small hill colored with red ocher. The houses walls are distempered with ocher, from red to yellow, contrasting with the dark green of the pine trees. At the top of the village, a viewpoint proposes a nice view on the plain, Gordes and the small villages around. ± 72 km, hilly. Night in the same hotel Fontaine de Vaucluse or in Isle sur la Sorgue.

Day 7

Fontaine de Vaucluse/ Isle sur la Sorgue, roundtrip

47KM

Every Sunday morning in Isle sur la Sorgue take place an important antic market as well as a large Provencal market: this big village where the arms of the river are passing by becomes animated then. In every street of the village are stalls with shimmering colors, with inebriating odors… Provencal cloths, handicraft, cloths, pottery… vegetables, sweets, delicatessen, goat cheese, honey and jam… lavender, spices, Provencal herbs odors… exuberance, laughing, hustling… All meridian culture is here ! Escaping to north, you’ll go through quiet small roads to reach a nice village turned towards the plain of Carpentras: Venasque. From the top of the village, magnificent view on the plain and on the Mont Ventoux, highest point in Provence (1910 meters high). ± 47 km, hilly. Night in the same hotel Fontaine de Vaucluse or in Isle sur la Sorgue.

Day 8

Transfer to Avignon

Transfer in the morning to Avignon. End of the tour.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
3/31/2018 - 4/7/2018 Available Avignon Hotels Villages of the Provence 2*/3*/4* hotels Book now
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Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
All prices are per room
Hotels Villages of the Provence Double room, every day from April 1 - April 23 and Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 € 1758,-
Hotels Villages of the Provence Single room, every day from April 1 - April 23 and Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 € 1179,-
Hotels Villages of the Provence Double room, every day from April 24 - June 23 and August 1 - Sept. 30 € 1930,-
Hotels Villages of the Provence Single room, every day from April 24 - June 23 and August 1 - Sept. 30 € 1299,-
Hotels Villages of the Provence Double room, every day from June 24 - July 31 € 1998,-
Hotels Villages of the Provence Single room, every day from June 24 - July 31 € 1355,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Local Hybrid 24 gears €95
E-bike local €200

Included

  • 2 nights in 2* hotels, 2 nights in 3* hotels and 3 nights in 4* hotels (in double room, bath or shower / WC)
  • 7x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner (except days 1, 7, 8)
  • Transport of luggage
  • Detailed description of routes and maps (free loan)
  • Use of GPS device and GPS tracks

 

 

Not included

 

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees
  • Bike rental
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

Special details

  • To be booked with a minimum of 2 people.
  • The road-book must be returned at the end of the tour.
  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • No bike insurance available for this tour.
  • Program is subject to change without notice.

 

Accommodation

Your room is available from 12.00 a.m. on the day of arrival.
Breakfast is served between 8.00 am and 9.30 am. Dinners (5x) are included except the dinner in Avignon. Coffee, tea and other beverages during dinner are not included in the arrangement. They can be paid at departure.

Welcome

At the store “Provence Bike” in Avignon (close to the hotels), a representative will meet you to hand over your bicycle and itinerary for this tour.

Arrival by train

Avignon lies on the TGV line from Paris to Marseille, about three hours from Paris, Gare de Lyon. It is also served by numerous local and regional services. Local and regional trains call at the central station, outside the walls on the southern edge of the old town. TGVs call at Avignon TGV, about 2 km out of town. A regular bus (“TGV Navette”, links the TGV station with the square outside the post office, just opposite central station. A weekly Eurostar service from London St. Pancras International to Avignon operates every Saturday in the summer. The journey takes approximately 6 hours.

Arrival by plane

Avignon airport (AVN)
The airport is located 8 km south of the town centre. The only way to get to the city from the airport would be by taxi.

Marseille-Provence airport (MRS)
This airport is located 80 km south of Avignon. To get to Avignon, take the navette (shuttle bus) from the airport to the Marseille-St. Charles train station. From there, take the train to Avignon.

Nîmes-Arles-Camargue airport (FNI) .
This airport is located 50 km west of Avignon. To get to Avignon, take the navette (shuttle bus) from the airport to the Nîmes train station. From there, take the train to Avignon.

Bicycles

For a successful cycling holiday it is necessary to have a good bike. If you bring your own bicycle, please check it carefully before departure. Pay special attention to tires, brakes and gears. Especially on the first day you’ll have to climb some challenging slopes. Always bring a repair kit and bicycle pump with you while you go cycling. On some parts of the track, the pavement is rather poor so we discourage the use of narrow bands (25 mm). Don’t forget to bring comfortable cycle clothing. In France cyclist are obliged to wear a safety vest when cycling outside the city area after sunset or at low visibility (mist/rain).

The rental bicycles are 24-speed bicycles and they come with a bottle and bottle cage, cyclo computer, panniers, lock (1 per two bikes), repair kit and pump and an inner tube (1 per booking). You don’t have to pay a surety but you’ll have to give your credit card number because you are personally responsible for your rental bike and the road book in case of damage or theft. In case of damage or theft, our agent can charge you for a maximum of € 300, – for the bike and € 46, – for the road book.

 

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Provence bike tour?

    The tour doesn’t have any major difficulty. Most of the roads are tarred, very quiet with small traffic. Sometimes shortcuts will be suggested, but they are easy one.

    Daily kilometres are from 47 to 65 km.

    Climate
    In summer, temperatures are more than 30°.

  • Does a support vehicle accompany us?

    Our experience has taught us that virtually every cyclist is able to make it to the next hotel without difficulties, since you will be setting your own pace and have the whole day for the journey. Should circumstances render you unable to cycle further, then our agent will obligingly find you the best manner of public transportation and/or taxi. The costs, in such a case, must be self-incurred.

  • How is the luggage transported and when does it arrive?

    The luggage is transported by van and must stand ready for delivery by approx. 9 a.m. and will be at the next hotel by approx. 4 p.m.

  • What can I expect of the hotels along the way?

    For our trips, we generally utilize good 2-3 star hotels with a bathroom in each room. The accommodations vary a great deal, ranging from a simple Bed & Breakfast to a very luxurious hotel and from a family hotel to a former cognac estate.

  • What will happen should I encounter problems along the way?

    Luckily, this rarely occurs, since our bicycles are virtually new and well-maintained. Nevertheless, should you encounter a problem, then a quick phone call to our local agent will be sufficient. He shall ensure that you are back on your bike as soon as possible and, should it be necessary, you can exchange your bike through him. We assume that you are able to fix a flat tire yourself, and for this purpose, we will provide you with a repair kit and bike pump.

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Price starting from € 879,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Hotels Villages of the Provence
Hotels Villages of the Provence
2 nights in 2 stars hotels, 5 nights in 3* hotel (in double room, bath or shower / WC). Swimming-pool for 3 nights. - Continental breakfast or buffet – depends on hotels (except day 1) - Lunch (not included) - Diner in the hotel or in a restaurant nearby (except day 1, 7, 8). - Drinks not included

Avignon

Hotel Ibis Pont de l’Europe

All of the hotel's 74 rooms are modern, air-conditioned and include a private bathroom with shower and toilet and a TV with international channels. You can enjoy breakfast or a drink on the shaded terrace. The central location of Hotel Ibis is ideal for visiting the Cité des Papes by foot. Avignon offers a wide range of recreational activities including the Theatre Festival. Ibis Centre Pont de l'Europe is less than half a kilometer from Avignon Centre Train Station and a 15-minute walk from the Pope Palace and the famous bridge.

Les Baux de Provence

Hotel Reine Jeanne Baux

Right in the heart of the city, La Reine Jeanne’s 6 rooms all have exceptional views, either over the chateau or over the Baux de Provence valley. All our rooms are equipped with TV & phone and have a bathroom with shower/toilet.

Fontaine de Vaucluse or Isle sur la Sorgue

Hotel Domaine de la Petite Isle

The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.  Every room has a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. The rooms have a private bathroom.

Villages of the Provence

 

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