Provence Bike & Canoe Tour

This active vacation in Provence offers different adventurous ways to visit the Provence region.
You will cycle from Avignon to Uzes, canoe down the Gardon river on your way to Saint Remy de Provence, passing by the impressive Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. You will also get the chance to hike around St Remy to discover the beautiful Baux de Provence. Mountain biking around Fontaine de Vaucluse, you will see the famous Mont Ventoux and ride through the Provence vineyards.
This unique itinerary offers an “off the beaten track” experience.

Price from : 1680 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Provence
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby or Active
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Multisport
Dates : Starts any day

Click below to see hotels versions.

Day 1 :  

Arrive in Provence

Today is arrival day and meeting day, which also gives the opportunity to explore the Center of Avignon. An English speaking team-member will welcome you at the hotel in the early evening (or following morning) for orientation and bike delivery. We recommend arriving early in the afternoon so you can visit Avignon in a unique way with our cultural treasure hunt in the historical center! Avignon is a culturally and historically rich city with much to see and much to learn.

Our Treasure Hunt will introduce you to the most important sites and give you a fun way to pass a couple hours after arrival. We strongly encourage a little time in Avignon, and history buffs could arrive a day early and pass an extra night exploring Avignon!

Day 2 :  

Bike ride to Uzes

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

First active day is by bike, a route that moves 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. You will cycle on to Uzes, a beautiful Provencal village with plane tree lined streets.

Adventurers: an option to do Via Ferrata is possible today! Via Ferrata is like rock climbing with the help of steps and security line on fixed cables. To add this option, you must book at least 1 month in advance, the supplement is 115 euros/person - guided activity with local professional.

Day 3 :  

Canoe ride down the Gardon river on to St. Remy de Provence

Distance 1 : 24 Miles - 38 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 368 Meters 

38km (24mi) cycling, 8km (5mi) paddling, about 1h30 of canoe - An exciting combination of cycling and paddling today. You will hop on a canoe and paddle down the Gardon River through the famous Gorges du Gardon. You will start the day with a short and flat warm-up bike ride from your hotel to the village of Collias to start your canoe trip through a calm stretch of the Gardon River.

Your bikes are transferred to meet you at the pull out spot at the Pont du Gard. You then cycle from there to the beautiful village of Saint-Remy-de-Provence where you will spend the night.

Day 4 :  

Hike around St Remy de Provence

Distance 1 : 12 Miles - 19 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 467 Meters 

Put your hiking shoes on and get on the GR 6 trail that will lead you to the nearby hills above St Remy known as the Alpilles. This hike will take you along to the Citadel of Les Baux de Provence. After your visit of the village we suggest you walk to the Val d'Enfer and its rock formations, then make your way back to Saint Remy. Hiking with hills at Les Baux.

This hike isn't available in July and August due to fire risks and will be replaced by a biking loop around St Rémy (42km). Outside this period, the forestry service still has the right to close the trails as needed due to the reason above.

Day 5 :  

Cycle to Fontaine de Vaucluse

Distance 1 : 30 Miles - 49 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 205 Meters 

After breakfast, you cycle on to Fontaine de Vaucluse where you spend the night. On the way to Fontaine de Vaucluse, you have the possibility to cycle on to Isle sur la Sorgue, which is a short 10km trip from Fontaine. Isle sur la Sorgue is a charming town located on the river Sorgue, that is very worth visiting!

OPTION: Cooking Class. If you book the cooking class for today, it starts at 9:30 am. The class starts with a garden visit and then cooking all morning which finishes at lunch to enjoy your work. After the class we transfer you to Fontaine de Vaucluse. The supplement is 150 Euros per person (for 2-3 people) , 135 euros per person (for 4-5 people).

Day 6 :  

Mountain bike in Provence

Distance 1 : 21 Miles - 34 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 537 Meters 

For your day, we have planned for you to do a nice 'balade' on mountain bikes. You will ride a short distance on paved roads to meet the trail and after you will have a nice quiet trail to follow that makes a loop and brings you back to the road. The trail is a mix of wide trail and sand/gravel to sections of single track. None of it is technical or requires advance mountain bike skill. Approximately 30 km cycling and 3 hours.

Day 7 :  

vineyards bike tour to Bedoin

Distance 1 : 27 Miles - 44 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 750 Meters 

Today, ride to Bedoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux. You will ride on typical narrow little country side road from Provence and Luberon. Enjoy nice panoramic views and roads in the middle of limestone cliffs. Approaching Mont Ventoux, you will ride in the vineyards of Provence.

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Departure Day, we will transfer you back to Avignon rail station at 09:30 am where you can get a train to Paris or other destination.

Average / Day :
Distance : 39.33 Km / 24.33 Miles - Elevation gain : 474.83 Meters

Click below to see hotels versions.


Day : 1, Post-tour Night

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, 4

An oasis of calm and cool, located a few minutes walk from the center of Saint-Remy, once home to Van Gogh and Nostradamus. In our old, clad dry stone mas, built in the middle of the 19th century, come encounter the real sweet life, an atmosphere of serenity, calm and conviviality which assures prefect stay in a place over a hundred years old.Our rooms all personalized, with their Provencal "boutis" (bedcovers), bear a name that symbolizes Provence or the history of the Mas. Most have been recently renovated to provide you with the utmost in comfort: air-conditioning, bath and shower, private toilets, mini bar, hairdryer, bath robes and refined welcoming products await you. It's up to you to choose from the names of our 14 rooms with their typically Provencal accent : la Crau, la Manade, Lis Aupiho, Lis Oulivades, la Jasse... with a private garden and magnificent view of the Alpilles and surrounding countryside.


Day : 5, 6

The Hotel du Poete is housed in an old mill which has been entirely renovated into a charming three star hotel complete with all the modern conveniences guests would need. The hotel's ideal location between the Luberon and the Alpilles allows easy access for exploring many regions. For pleasurable dining experiences, the hotel is located within 50 meters of a variety of local and recommended restaurants.


Day : 7

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 : 1, Post-tour Night

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, 4

A 4-star viewed through a different lens. In the center of Saint Remy de Provence, one of the most charming hotels in Provence, the Hotel Les Ateliers de l'Image was established around the theme of photography to which it has dedicated a gallery, private collection, projection hall, and fully equipped photo-labs....


Day : 5, 6

The Hotel du Poete is housed in an old mill which has been entirely renovated into a charming three star hotel complete with all the modern conveniences guests would need. The hotel's ideal location between the Luberon and the Alpilles allows easy access for exploring many regions. For pleasurable dining experiences, the hotel is located within 50 meters of a variety of local and recommended restaurants.


Day : 7

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.

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

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners.
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Mountain bike rental included for 1 day
  • 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)
Standard 1680 € 390 € 2580 €
    Post-tour Night ** ** **
Upgraded 2690 € 990 € 4250 €
    Post-tour Night ** ** **

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 145 €
    Performance 235 €
    Premium 298 €
Electric Assisted Bike 145 €
Tandem Bike Rental 50 €


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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