Immerse yourself amongst the lavender, taste world famous wines and explore this tranquil region. your journey will take you through the foothills of the Alpilles where Van Gogh famously painted, towards Avignon, 'the City of Popes' and out into the Luberon. Remember we can tailor your holiday so if there is somewhere you particularity want to visit, let us know.
We will pick you up from either Marseille airport or Avignon TGV station, whatever you prefer. We will then take you to St. Remy de Provence where you can check in and explore the beautiful tree lined town square.
Your bike will be delivered today.
DAY 2Cycle Through the Alpilles
Today we recommend a circular route ending up back at your St Remy hotel. Explore the Alpilles and discover the beauty of the foothills immortalised by Van Gogh during his stay. Ride out to Aix-en-Provence or cycle up to quaint towns such as Eygalieres.
The distance you ride is totally up to you today.
DAY 3Cycling to Avignon
After starting your day with a traditional French breakfast leave your bags at the hotel for collection before heading for the 'City of Popes', Avignon.
The route will take you out to the Rhone where you can meander down the river and pass through quintessentially Provencal towns.
Today's ride is approximately 35k but there are options to increase this distance.
DAY 4Avignon Loop
Today offers the chance to visit Avignon in the morning and explore the Pope's Palace or the flea markets of Avignon Les Halles. Then get back on the bike for a ride out to Luberon and head to the east or up to Chateauneuf du Pape to taste 'Garagiste', a selection of wine makers.
Alternatively, cycle out to the Pont du Gard Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. Built by the Romans, it is composed of three tiers and is 50m high and 275m long. Constructed out of yellow limestone and stone chunks covered in calcium this remarkable monument was built to provide water to the city of Nimes.
As this is a circular ride, cycle as much or as little as you want.
DAY 5The Jewel in the Crown
Today is a day to ride to one of our favourite places in Provence, L'isle Sur-La-Sorgue. Affectionately known as the 'Venice of Provence', this beautiful town sits on the Sorgue river. Crystal clear water runs under pedestrian bridges decorated with Provencal flower boxes and with water at every turn, it's easy to understand the nickname!
If you can, arrive here on Sunday for it's morning flea market or the quieter Thursday market.
Today's ride is approximately 40km along a disused railway line giving you extreme tranquillity.
DAY 6Cycle to Bedoin
We recommend you head up to Bedoin today, a beautiful town nestled in the shadow of Mont Ventoux. Bedoin is a hub for cyclists looking to climb the Geant de Provence, probably the most famous climb in France and made famous by the Tour de France. This is the climb that claimed the life of Tom Simpson who uttered the immortal words 'Put me back on my bike' and where Chris Froome ran up a part of the section following a crash.
Skirt the town, explore Sault and make you way back to your hotel.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
With fields of lavender, rolling vineyards and quaint hilltop villages, Provence offers the ultimate escape from city life. Ride through lavender fields, taste world famous wines and explore the Alpilles where Van Gogh famously painted.
Summer is a popular time to visit but the best is Spring or Autumn, before or after the crowds. It can be fresh, especially if the Mistral blowing down the Rhone but the sunshine coupled with cool air makes for excellent riding .
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Provence at your own pace. We know the area very well and have put together some recommended routes in GPX format which allows you to download these to most GPS enabled devices, and with certain software, to your smartphone. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be titled with a short description of the ride and the distance. If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer. If you would like guiding instead, please just ask our cycle experience team.
You will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.