Provence Classic 5N – Avignon, Arles...

This Provence itinerary offers a pleasant combination of city life with the visit of Avignon and Arles, and countryside and village experiences.
You will start and finish your tour in Avignon where you can visit the Pont d’Avignon and Palais des Papes. In the summer, Avignon is also home to the famous Festival d’Avignon, a concentration of innovating theatrical performances.
You then carry on to the Pont du Gard, an impressionable Roman aqueduct still intact, the villages of Uzes and Tarascon, before cycling to Arles. This old Roman city has an extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena and an antique amphitheater.
After more countryside and a stop in St Rémy de Provence, where you can enjoy the view of the hilly Baux de Provence, your trip in Provence will end the way it started: in Avignon!

Price from : 890 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Provence
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Level : Hobby or Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Best Deals May, June & September

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in Avignon

Today is arrival day and meeting day, which also gives the opportunity to explore Avignon, and the historical center including the Popes Palace. An English speaking team-member will welcome you at the hotel for orientation and bike delivery in the early evening. Dinner out on your own, we include several recommendations.

Day 2 :  

Pont du Gard and Uzes

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 522 Meters 

The route will move out of Villeneuve-les-Avignon through the Gard forests and vineyards and to visit the famous roman aqueduct Pont du Gard which dominates the river at over 165 feet high. Swimming is possible in the river, as well as at the hotel that night. You will cycle on to Uzes, a beautiful Provencal village with plane tree lined streets.

Day 3 :  

Cycle to Arles via Tarascon

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 59 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 299 Meters 

Travel to the town of Arles, passing through mostly flat countryside except in the gorges around the Gardon River. You first ride to Collias at the confluence of the Gardon and Alson rivers. From there to Ledenon, famous for wine production, and then Meynes and its old fortified village. In Tarascon you can visit the Chateau and Souleiado Museum before going on to Arles. In Arles there is the extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena, antique theater, and many museums, among which is one devoted to Vincent van Gogh. The ride is mostly flat but starts out rolling.

Day 4 :  

Leave Arles for St Remy de Provence

Distance 1 : 18 Miles - 29 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 461 Meters 

You may want to spend some time in the morning visiting Arles and the many sites to see in this old Roman town. Your ride goes to St Remy de Provence. The ride is not too long today, so in function of weather you can leave as wish. You will pass the Abbey of Montmajour and up to Baux de Provence. Take some time to visit the site of Les Baux, walk the old stone streets, and imagine what it must have been like 2000 years ago. After you will descend to St Remy where you can visit the town and see where Van Gogh made over 150 paintings. Ride with hills at Les Baux.

Day 5 :  

Ride to Avignon

Distance 1 : 27 Miles - 44 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 250 Meters 

On to Avignon via Graveson and Barbentane where you can have lunch and visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. Arriving in the afternoon, this 42 km ride leaves time to visit some of the many sites in Avignon.

Day 6 :  

Departure Day

Today is departure day. You can take your time with breakfast and then transfer back to the rail station or other on your own. Additional nights can be arranged.

Average / Day :
Distance : 46.00 Km / 28.50 Miles - Elevation gain : 383.00 Meters

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Day : 1, 5

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.


Day : 2

In the very heart of Uzes and only 100 metres from the delightful Place aux Herbes, you will find your three stars hotel in a 300-year old building offering a perfect blend of charm and authenticity with all the modern conveniences: air-conditioning, lift, rooms with Internet, mini-bar, LCD television, bathrooms with whirlpool baths, power showers, or floor-level showers.


Day : 3

The hotel in Arles ideally located between the Antic Theater and Amphitheater, in historical center. A charming hotel, comfortable and stylish. A buffet restaurant with provencal dishes. The Calendal has 38 refurbished bedrooms, from the single room to family rooms. Each bedroom has its provencal charming decor. Views vary, the bedrooms either overlook the Arles Amphitheater, the Antic Theater, the Calendals garden or the narrow typical provencal streets of Arles. The decor, the light, the colours and fabrics have all been chosen to make you remember your stay in Arles and in Provence. The Hotel Calendal accommodation makes you feel provencal.


Day : 4

You are a few steps from the historic centre of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the calm sanctuary of a peaceful neighbourhood where the hotel ‘Sous les Figuiers’ has found its roots. A small, entirely renovated, the charming hotel ‘Sous les Figuiers’ offers 14 comfortable ground-floor rooms, eleven of which have private terraces opening onto a garden shaded by magnificent centenarian fig trees.


Day : 1, 5

Set in an old mansion at the foot of the Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon, La Mirande is steeped in secular history. This timeless refuge offers a dreamy, relaxing and authentic experience in a refines, 18th century-esque décor.With both a gastronomic restaurant and a chef 's table, the hotel serves honest, living cuisine with respect for ingredients and humankind, a culinary hymn to land and its biodiversity.


Day : 2

This three-hundred-year-old house, tucked away down an alley in the majestic city of Uzès, once the Chambon de La Tour family home and a historic monument, has recovered all its former glory. Behind its imposing façade, a monumental 17th-century staircase and a back stair lead to guest rooms featuring contemporary decor. They offer delightful views over the roofs of the old town. The spa nestles under Romanseque arches and draws its inspiration from ancient traditions of health and well-being. The chef at La Table d'Uzès serves Provençal market cuisine, which, in summer, can be enjoyed on the patio with a local Languedoc wine.


Day : 3

Formerly a Carmelite convent, today the Hotel Jules-Cesar is a historic hotel full of character, which, without forgetting its past, boasts all the details of a completely modernized hotel. The spacious foyer, the rooms, the apartments, and the dining room, are all decorated with cloth from Provence and antique furniture, so that from the moment you arrive, you can begin to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most beautiful regions of France.


Day : 4

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Day : 1, 5

A charming hotel in Avignon, located in the very heart of the Pope's City, in a small quiet street. Near the Tourism Office and the antic walls, the hotel welcomes you in a XVIIIth century house. All rooms differ, decorated with relish, on 1st and 2nd floor without lift. Being able to receive 1 to 4 persons, all rooms have air-conditionned, private bathroom, telephone and TV. Thematic rooms ( morocco, indian, african ) has topic will make about you dream: come to discover them...


Day : 2

Ideal for celebrations, family or romantic holidays, and business functions, le Patio de Violette offers guests a wide variety of services in the perfect location.Our staff will welcome you in a family atmosphere. The hotel ‘s colourful surroundings and sunny patio, combined with its quiet location and proximity to Uzès's historic centre, will insure an ideal holiday. Those with an eye for achitecture and decoration will appreciate our contemporary design and elegant rooms.


Day : 3

Opposite the Réattu Museum, next to the roman Thermes and steps away from the Rhône river, this enchanting hotel built in the 16th and 17th centuries is located in the heart of the historic city of Arles, a meeting and cultural place. The Hôtel du Musée is the ideal point of departure form wich to discover Arles "La Romaine" and explore the ancient and medieval monuments scattered throughtout the legendary Provencal landscapes.


Day : 4

Adorable, secluded ans charming hotel, surrounded by a picturesque garden beautifully located at the base of the Alpilles. Just a short walking distance from a historic centre which will overwhelm you with its serenity and absolute tranquility. Staff of Canto Cigalo would like to warmly welcome you for a stay of your dreams within the tranquillity of Provence.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 5 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 890 € 230 € 1350 €
Standard 1190 € 420 € 1790 €
Upgraded 1850 € 600 € 2750 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 120 €
    Performance 175 €
    Premium 250 €
Electric Assisted Bike 120 €
Tandem Bike Rental 30 €


Arrival city is Avignon, which is accessible via train from Paris Gare de Lyon (2hrs 45min) or Paris CDG airport (3 hours). Taxi from rail station to hotel is approx. 15 euros. Departure from Avignon; same return travel time to Paris.