Best of Provence

This cycling tour of Provence concentrates all the greatness that the region has to offer.
You will visit the remarkable city of Avignon, taste some great wines such as the famous Chateauneuf du Pape, see some amazing historical villages like Gordes or St Remy de Provence, cycle through lavender fields, olive groves, and visit castles and art museums.
The itinerary starts and ends in Avignon, after a ride through the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct. Avignon is well known for its summer theater festival but you can also enjoy the beauty of the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon.
This trip is suited for people with a bit of cycling experience and we offer a basic, standard and upgraded hotel options. Just take your pick!

Price from : 1290 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Provence
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in Avignon

You can visit Avignon today and take in its many sites. Check in to your hotel and later you will have an orientation with an English speaking staff member who will bring bikes, do set up, and go over the route book. Dinner in Avignon on your own; we will provide some excellent recommendations.

Day 2 :  

Cycle to Saint Paul Trois Chateaux via Chateauneuf du Pape

Distance 1 : 48 Miles - 77 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 380 Meters 

In the morning, ride through the vineyards of the renowned appellation 'Cotes du Rhone' de Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and then continue on to Serignan du Comtat, then Rochegude before reaching St Paul in the lavender country.

Day 3 :  

Cycle to Vaison la Romaine and Bedoin

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 690 Meters 

Today the ride is somewhat long but over flat to rolling country and will bring you in the village of Visan, then to Vaison la Romaine, built in the Middle Ages and with original Roman ruins of an ancient Roman village. Then to Bedoin where you will stay at the foot of the imposing Mont Ventoux. If you have the legs and desire, you can climb Mont Ventoux from Bedoin - the classic climb! 21 km to the top and min 2 hours round trip for strong riders.

Day 4 :  

Roussillon and Gordes

Option 1 : 31 Miles - 50 Km  Option 2 : 43 Miles - 69 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 720 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 990 Meters 

Ride to Gordes (51 km) with an option to ride to Roussillon and back to Gordes (68km). This itinerary will bring you through the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse before climbing to Gordes, your final destination. If you choose to go to Roussillon, you can discover the famous ochre colored soil that is mined and used in pigment to color homes locally and far away.

Day 5 :  

St Remy via Cavaillon

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 51 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 210 Meters 

Today the itinerary takes you via Coustellet (Lavender museum) and then to melon-town Cavaillon. A short steep walk (or ride) will take you the top of the village of Eygalieres, a panoramic viewpoint from where you see the Durance River valley, Alpilles mountain range and the rock of Les Baux de Provence. Then finish your ride in St Remy de Provence.

Day 6 :  

Pont du Gard to Avignon

Distance 1 : 46 Miles - 74 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 672 Meters 

Straight to Avignon is not so far, but to miss the fantastic site of the Pont du Gard would not be doing the Best Of! So, we take you on a route west of Avignon to see the Pont du Gard. Along the way you pass Graveson and Barbentane where you can visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. Arriving in the afternoon in Avignon center, you can visit Avignon after check in to your hotel.

Day 7 :  

Departure Day

Depart after breakfast on your own time. TGV trains to Paris or Paris CDG airport depart all day long. Extra nights possible, please inquire.

Average / Day :
Distance : 62.83 Km / 39.17 Miles - Elevation gain : 610.33 Meters

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Day : 1, 6

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

Ideally situated in the heart of countryside, La Villa Augusta will charm you with the art of good living that exists in each one of its distinguished rooms. La Villa Augusta is an old house of Maitre Tricastin (wine maker Cotes du Rhone) on a beautiful park.The Hotel disposes of 24 spacious rooms where the old and modern merge together in perfect harmony.Our Restaurant David Mollicone, is an invitation for discover modern cuisine that is mixed with delicious flavours and local tastes ...


Day : 3

Blue, green, white... Mont Ventoux towers skyward watching over the hills and vineyards. At the foot of Ventoux is the hotel Les Pins, a provencal guest establishment with the charm of yesteryear... swimming pool, pond, waterlilies, garden, romantic rooms with a medley of love-at-first-sight furnishings. Savours, aromas... The cuisine at L'esprit Jardin , crafted with the marvels of taste and freshness gleaned from nearby Provencal markets, croons with a delectable local accent. Dine indoors or on the outdoor terrace under the pine trees.


Day : 4

Situated at the heart of Luberon, the hotel with restaurant Carcarille conjugates simplicity, authenticity and modernity. This family ancient country-house invites you in the silence and in the rest. The tone is given from the entrance by singulars centenarians cypress which guide the look towards an impressive house in dry stones with the strong character, which comes down gradually towards a nature where push olive trees, vineyard and almond trees. Well-kept and cosy atmosphere, cooking full of local flavors, thoughtful service, will make you live a unique experience of the Provençal lifestyle.


Day : 5

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, 6

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

The beautiful Chateau de Rochegude is located in the heart of Provence surrounded by a lush park. The hotel perfectly combines the authentic charm of the past with the comfort of modernity. The hotel grounds include an outdoor heated swimming pool, as well as a tennis court.


Day : 3

Hotel Crillon le Brave is a relaxed and informal refuge where you can enjoy all of the simple pleasures of Provence. Located about 25 miles northeast of Avignon, this 34-bedroom hotel is perched on top of a tiny hill village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The views from rooms, terraces and gardens are stunning.


Day : 4

Daniel Jouvance has chosen to create a Spa in the heart of the Bastide de Gordes, a magnificent hotel full of charm, dating back to the 16th century with an unimpeded view overlooking the Luberon and the Alpilles and perched in the heart of Gordes one of the most beautiful villages of France. Over more than 800m?_ on 3 levels, offering a large area entirely dedicated to the calm and well-being of the body and mind. The Bastide de Gordes & Spa is a place that breathes excellence.


Day : 5

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Day : 1, 6

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

Ideally situated in the heart of countryside, La Villa Augusta will charm you with the art of good living that exists in each one of its distinguished rooms. La Villa Augusta is an old house of Maitre Tricastin (wine maker Cotes du Rhone) on a beautiful park.The Hotel disposes of 24 spacious rooms where the old and modern merge together in perfect harmony.Our Restaurant David Mollicone, is an invitation for discover modern cuisine that is mixed with delicious flavours and local tastes ...


Day : 3

La Garance is located near the center of Bedoin and is surrounded by beautiful olive and cherry trees. The atmosphere is true Provencal countryside and provides the utmost in rest and relaxation. The scenery's lush views can also be enjoyed poolside where tranquility awaits.


Day : 4

Situated at the heart of Luberon, the hotel with restaurant Carcarille conjugates simplicity, authenticity and modernity. This family ancient country-house invites you in the silence and in the rest.
The tone is given from the entrance by singulars centenarians cypress which guide the look towards an impressive house in dry stones with the strong character, which comes down gradually towards a nature where push olive trees, vineyard and almond trees.
Well-kept and cosy atmosphere, cooking full of local flavors, thoughtful service, will make you live a unique experience of the Provençal lifestyle.


Day : 5

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

  • 6 nights of accomodation 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 1290 € 260 € 2150 €
Standard 1490 € 370 € 2400 €
Upgraded 2390 € 720 € 3740 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 135 €
    Performance 205 €
    Premium 275 €
Electric Assisted Bike 135 €
Tandem Bike Rental 40 €


Arrival city is Avignon, which 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.

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