Guided Cycling Holiday in Provence

7 nights from £1410.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Taste the famous French wines in local vineyards
  • Explore Arles and Orange’s Roman architecture and history
  • Be inspired by the quiet landscapes that inspired Vincent van Gogh
  • Visit Saint Remy, where Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces were created
Guided Cycling Holiday in Provence
7 nights from £1410.00
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WE LOVEFamous French Wine
After being tempted by the vineyards en route, take part in a free wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape to sample France's best local wines.
WE LOVERoman History and Vincent van Gogh
Learn about Roman history in Arles and Orange, then visit Saint Remy, where Vincent van Gogh painted his masterpieces.

What's Included

Day By Day Guided Cycling Holiday in Provence

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival in Avignon

Arrive into Avignon, the City of Popes and spend some time enjoying this historic city, before joining the group at the hotel in the evening.

Day 2Avignon to Orange

You will cycle away from Avignon on your way to Orange. You’ll have the chance to stop in Chateauneuf du Pape’s famed vineyards and have the option to taste sips of their local wines. Your ride will undulate as you head out towards Orange where the ride ends for the day. our guide will lead a walk through the beautiful city and you will visit the Arc de Triomphe d’Orange and the well preserved Roman Theatre.

Total distance32kmTotal climb250m
Day 3Orange to Uzes

Today your ride will begin by crossing the mighty Rhone river, before passing medieval villages such as Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres, and picturesque vineyards producing the historic kings’ favourite wines. Next up is the iconic Pont du Gard, built in the first century AD and one of the finest preserved Roman aqueducts. If it’s a quiet day, you may even have the opportunity to ride across it. End the day in Uzes, the tucked away town full of cafes, boutiques and markets.

Total distance70kmTotal climb630m
Day 4Uzes to Saint Remy

Although a long day in the saddle, you will stop in Tarascon to wander around the medieval castle and listen to the legend of the beast of Tarascon that gave the town its name. Carry on cycling after lunch toward Saint Remy, a typically Provencal village with charming character. Take a look around the Saint-Paul Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh painted many of his masterpieces, such as, ‘The Starry Night’ as a self-admitted patient.

Total distance68kmTotal climb400m
Day 5Explore Saint Remy

A day off the saddle allows you to rest your legs and explore Saint Remy. People watch and read a book at one of the many cafes, wander around the weekly market held every Wednesday or get lost in the side streets. If you want to ride today, talk to your guide about an additional, independent ride around the local area.

Day 6 Saint Remy to Arles

First up today conquers the most difficult climb of your trip, which is 10km in length. The effort is worth it, as it will take you through the vineyards to one of the most beautiful villages in France’, called Les Baux. After visiting Les Baux, you will ride alongside white limestone rock into the Val d’Enfer, then follow the Canal d’Arles to Arles. Your guide will take you on an orientation of Arles to visit the UNESCO Roman Amphitheatre, Place de la Republique and Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace.

Total distance50kmTotal climb425m
Day 7Arles Loop Ride to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Loop down to the Mediterranean Sea in the capital of the Camargue, Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer, a nice contrast to the patchwork of vineyards inland. The city is set on the Rhone River delta, home to more than 400 species of bird and the famous Camarguais horse, often seen running wild. Your ride to Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer is one way, so after a relaxing lunch you will be transferred by vehicle back to Arles. However, there is an option ride independently back to Arles if you’re feeling fit.

Total distance41kmTotal climb25m
Day 8Final Day in Arles

Say your farewells to your fellow cyclists and depart from Arles in your own time. If you would like to extend your trip, just let us know.

Departure Dates

11 April 2020 (Saturday)
16 May 2020 (Saturday)
13 June 2020 (Saturday)
25 July 2020 (Saturday)
15 August 2020 (Saturday)
29 August 2020 (Saturday)
12 September 2020 (Saturday)
26 September 2020 (Saturday)
10 October 2020 (Saturday)

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What to ExpectFrom Beautiful Landscapes to Roman Architecture

Ride into traditional French culture and history on your route from Avignon to Arles, with stops at famous towns, villages and landmarks along the way. Understand why the French are known for their wine at a tasting in a local vineyard and delve deeper into how the Roman’s influenced French architecture at the Pont du Gard. Visit the birthplace of some of Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces at the Saint Remy Asylum, buried in Provence’s inspiring landscapes.

52km
average route length
346m
average ascent of rides
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How's the Weather? in Provence

The SpringMarch to May
Spring is a magical time to visit as vibrant colours appear on the hillsides and the weather begins to warm up after a cold winter. As you move into the later months of Spring, particularly May, the weather is warm without being too hot and the summer crowds have yet to arrive.
The Summer June to August
The summer in Provence is usually very hot with little rainfall. It's best to cycle in the mornings before the midday sunshine.
The Autumn September to November
The Autumn, similar to the Spring, is a beautiful time to cycle in Provence. The warm summer sun lingers on and the crowds begin to disperse once again with winter incoming.
The WinterDecember to February
Provence is best avoided in the winter as it's often very cold.

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