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Provence and Camargue

4-day bike trip in the heart of Provence

A cycling holiday in the heart of the colorful lands of Provence, between lavender fields and vineyards. Explore picturesque villages full of history and experience a warm culture.

Reviews (4) :
4.75 / 5
Reference P0402
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Moderate
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age From 14 years old
385€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Hop on your bike and explore the colorful and fragrant roads of Provence, between lavender fields, olive trees and hilltop villages. You start your bike tour in Avignon, the city of Popes with its rich artistic and architectural heritage. Then, after riding through the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, reach Orange and its ancient theater. With the rocky "Dentelles de Montmirail" in the background, ride through the countryside to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Cross on your way many small typical Provencal villages and reach Mazan, at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Finally, your last stage takes you to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village, renowned today for its numerous antique shops. Breathe the beautiful scents of Provence during a delightful breakaway !

    Day 1

     
     

    Avignon - Orange

    Bike
    42km
    If you like, explore Avignon some more this morning. This UNESCO Heritage site has plenty to see. Afterwards, you’’ll leave the city along the Rhone River and pass through picture-perfect villagesin the countryside. After crossing the river, you’ll reach the world-famous wine village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Be sure to sample some of these great wines! Your daily tour ends with a leisurely ride through the vineyards to Orange and its ancient Roman theater.

    Day 2

     
     

    Orange - Séguret

    Bike
    25km
    You’ll leave the historic city center to reach the surrounding plains of Orange. This route takes you past the intriguing rock formation known as "Laces of Montmirail". the rocks have been finely chiseled by erosion, giving them a "lacey" appearance. you’ll pass several wineries where hosts will share their knowledge of winemaking with you. Continue until reaching the town of Seguret

    Day 3

     
     

    Séguret - Mazan

    Bike
    34km
    This morning’s tour leads you through the ’Grands Crus’ of the Rhone Valley as you discover villages such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise. Follow the path on quiet, back country roads between scented lavender fields and olives trees. Stop in the towns of Carromb, Modène and Saint-Pierre-de-Vassols and explore the uniqueness of each place. your final destination is Mazan, with its historic town center.

    Day 4

     
     

    Mazan - L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

    Bike
    35km
    You’ll head South this morning to reach the former capital of the Combat Venaissin, Pernes-les-Fontaines. The town has preserved many medievals remains, including forty fountains! The next part of the route follows alongside the Carpentras Canal, where you’ll reach the enchanting town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. This former fishing village was built on stilts in the 12th Century. Today, the town is known for its many antique shops. If you are looking for a bargain, check out one of the 350 secondhand goods dealers!
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You'll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    One night is spent in a typical provincial wine estate where the owner will be glad to show you around and have you sample the wines.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 3-Star hotels of Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty breakfast is included! One night is spent in a typical provincial wine estate with a swimming-pool. The owner will be glad to show you around and have you sample the wines.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You’ll enjoy a higher level of service in these 3-4 Star properties. Some nights you’ll stay in a luxurious Bed and Breakfast and other nights in a hotel in an exceptional setting. Properties are selected for their high standards and impeccable service. This category is for guests looking for a higher-end vacation with a swimming pool every night. Of course, breakfast is included daily.
    * 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.



    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • 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.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).



    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.


    Parking:

    If you drive to Orange, you can park in a public secured car park in the city center (decreasing daily rate of 10€/24h). There are also many places where you can park your car for free (not secured). You will find the details of the different options in your travel documents.

    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. They are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot (full rate 3€/adult). There are several trains per day. You will find the timetable in your travel documents.

    If you chose the luggage transport, you will be able to pick up your luggage after 5pm at the pick up location.


    Meeting time:


    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located not far from the train station in the city center and will be given in your travel documents.


  • Reviews
  • 4 bike travelers reviews 4.75 / 5

    “ We had a wonderful relaxed cycling trip in Provence ”

    On the 2018-10-14 by Jenni & Jonathan
    We were very happy with the trip, we are a couple in our fifties who have never completed a cycling adventure like this previously. Le Velo Voyageur provided highly detailed trip information which included a log of instructions and maps - this was all clear and understandable. Our trip was rated moderate which meant some gentle grades and occasional gravel paths on predominantly quiet smaller bitumen roads that took us through smaller towns. The route choice was perfect as we were after a slow relaxed holiday ride that allowed us to safely travel this region at our own pace. I suspect that the trip enabled us to explore parts of the region we may not have otherwise considered. We opted for the basic level of accommodation which in our opinion was excellent - and provided clean hotels, good breakfasts, comfortable beds and accommodating hosts. The baggage transfer system worked well. The bikes were excellent. Thank you le Velo Voyageur.

    “ Beau parcours ”

    On the 2018-10-11 by Paule
    Belle région, beau parcours, hébergements parfaits... Requiert quand même d'être débrouillard pour s'y retrouver avec les indications fournies. Solution simple: les coordonnées GPS devraient être fournies.

    “ Circuit vélo en provence ”

    On the 2018-09-23 by priscillia
    Nous avons effectuer pour la premiere fois des vacances en velo. Et, nous avons adoré. Le parcour nous fait passer dans les vignes et les champs d Olivier. C était très beau. De plus, le circuit est adapté à tous. L organisation et la description du circuit est très bien faite. Je remercie le velo voyageur pour ces superbes vacances et nous repartirons volontier l année prochaine avec cette agence sur un autre circuit. Enfin, je recommande ce circuit très agréable à faire.

    “ G ”

    On the 2017-07-10 by Garth
    Honestly, our 4 day cycle trip was one of the loveliest holidays I've ever had. You organised it perfectly and every aspect of the trip - from the routes you had suggested through vineyards and the prettiest towns to the places we stayed - all wonderful. You can be sure we will be booking another trip with you, it's just a question of when.
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