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Biking Tour through Provence Gems

A self-guided bike tour on the quiet and colourful roads of Provence under the spell of its outstanding nature and culture, its delicious scents and tastes. A mix of adventure and relaxation!

Reference P0702
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age From 12 years old
849€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Not only does this bike tour in Provence take you through the most emblematic places, but it also makes you feel the sought-after atmosphere better than any other way. You start your bike trip in Avignon under the spell of the Palais des Papes and start to ride towards the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to reach Orange known for its antique theater. You ride further to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France, from where you can take a day-trip to the antique city of Vaison-la-Romaine. Your cycle tour through Provence leads you then at the foot of the mythical Mont Ventoux in Bédouin and Mazan. You ride on quiet country roads lined with olive trees and cypresses and cross beautiful stone villages, where the South French accent is singing. You then head South and go through the former capital of the county, Pernes-les-Fontaines, before falling under the charm of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue canals at the end of your Provence cycling holiday. Slow down to discover the authenticity of Provence and taste the many culinary specialities.

    DAY 1

     
     
    You start your bike trip in the heart of Provence : Avignon, a city with an exceptional architectural and artistic heritage. Discover the many treasures of the city : the “Palais des Papes”, the Saint Benezet bridge called “pont d’Avignon”, the ramparts, the dozens of churches and chapels, many vestiges which testify to the rich history of the city and give it its unique atmosphere.

    DAY 2

     
     
    Fall under the spell of Avignon, visit the “Palais des Papes”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stroll through the old town. Then, leave the City of the Popes along the Rhône river through the countryside. Cross the river to reach the world-famous wine-village Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Don’t miss to taste its great wines. Finally, ride leisurely through vineyards to Orange and its ancient theater.

    DAY 3

     
     
    You leave the historic city center to reach the plain of Orange. You ride along a very intriguing rock formation called "Laces of Montmirail" and enjoy the traditional knowledge of winemakers who work on the worldwide known Sablet or Gigondas land.

    DAY 4

     
     
    You ride today towards Vaison-la-Romaine. You bike across vineyards on small country paths and then up to a small pass. On the way down, you enjoy nice views on the valley before reaching the former templar village of Saint-Roman-de-Mallegarde. You ride along the Aygues river and then head to Vaison-la-Romaine. With 2000 years history, the town will also attract you with its local products markets and medieval narrow streets. You hop again on your bike to close the loop back to Séguret.

    DAY 5

     
     
    Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise... Discover the villages behind the “grands crus” of the Rhone Valley. Then, ride through the plain of Carpentras on small roads between lavender fields and olive trees. Stroll under the bell towers of the villages of Carromb, Modène and Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols before reaching Mazan and its historic center.

    DAY 6

     
     
    You head South to reach the former capital of the Comtat Venaissin, Pernes-les-Fontaines. The town has preserved many medieval remains and some forty fountains that gave its name. Then, ride along the Carpentras Canal before falling in love with the beautiful town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village built on stilts in the twelfth century. Today, the village is known for its antique shops and secondhand goods dealers, over 350!

    DAY 7

     
     
    This day-trip takes you to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse from which flows the biggest spring in France and the fifth largest in the world with a flow of 630 million cubic metres every year! Leave your bike in the village and walk ten minutes to this exceptional natural site. If your legs are strong enough, climb to Saumane-de-Vaucluse to discover a beautiful view over the Alpilles and the fifteenth century castle that belonged to Baudet de Sade, the parent of the divine marquis!

    DAY 8

     
     
    You leave after a last walk in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with ** and *** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly.
    One of them is a typical provencal wine estate. The owner will be glad to show you around and have you taste his wines.
    Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You stay in B&Bs or hotels with *** standards that stand out for their charming atmosphere and quality of service. You stay in a typical provençal wine estate with a swimming pool. The owner will be glad to show you around and have you taste his wines.
    Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You stay in accommodations selected for their exceptionnal setting and their quality of service. Luxurious B&Bs, exclusive rooms in ***hotels or ****hotels, this category will cope with the expectations of those looking for a higher-range holiday and a swimming pool every night. Breakfast is included.



    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight for Avignon, Marseille Provence or Nîmes
    • By train: direct TGV trains from Paris (Gare de Lyon station), Lyon or Marseille to Avignon. The duration of the trip is about 2h40 from Paris, 1h10 from Lyon and 35mn from Marseille. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.
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