Your trip can be tailor made so 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.
As your trip is totally flexible, you can choose where you would like to ride. Today it is recommended that you ride 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.
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 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 Site. 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.
Today is a day to ride along disused railway lines 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.
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 or if you want a huge challenge, you can climb Ventoux.
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.