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Provence and Camargue

Biking Tour through Provence Gems

A self-guided bike tour on the quiet and colorful roads of Provence. Experience natural attractions along with the culture and outstanding food. A delightful combination of adventure and relaxation!

Reviews (3) :
4.67 / 5
Reference P0702
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age From 12 years old
890€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This bike tour through Provence takes you by villages, castles, and historical monuments, letting you absorb the true atmosphere of this area. The route begins in the town of Avignon and leads through the well-manicured vineyards of the Chateauneuf--du-Pape area. From here, you’ll come to Orange, where you’ll want to see the best-preserved Roman theatre in France that seats 9,000 people! Continue on to Seguret, one of Franc’s most beautiful villages. If you like, take a say trip to Vaison-la-Romaine homes. The path next takes you to the foot of the mythical Mont Ventoux in Bedouin and Mazan.
    You’ll rideon quiet road lined with olive and cypress trees. When passing through historc ancient villages, you’ll hear the people speaking with a southern France accent. Keep pedaling south and go through the country’s former capital, Pennes-les-Fontaines. Soon you’ll fall under the charms of the L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Canals. This trip allow you time to slow down and take in the sights, sound and smells of Provence.

    DAY 1

     
     

    Avignon

    Your bike trip begins in the heart of Provence. Discover Avignon, a city with exceptional architectural and artistic heritage. The walled city has a town center enclosed with ramparts. You ight want to take a river cruise on the Rhone River or meaner the winding streets and cross the historic Saint Benezel Bridge. The city is filled with historical churches as well as modern day cafes.

    DAY 2

     
     

    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 3

     
     

    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 4

     
     

    Day-trip to Vaison-la-Romaine

    Bike
    40km
    Today’s round-trip leads you to Vaison-la-Romaine. You’ll bike by well-tended vineyards on quiet country paths. After pedaling up a small pass, you’re rewarded with great views of the valley below. You’ll soon reach the village of Saint-Roman-de-Mallegarde, a former outpost of the order of the Knights Templar. Continue riding along the Aygues River and then head to Vaison-la-Romaine. This city has a strong archeological history. You can see the remains of floors in mosaic, marble, marquetry. Marvel at the statues, ponds, atriums, and private thermal baths, all showing life in Roman times. After strolling through the medieval narrow streets, hop on your bike and return to your hotel in Seguret

    DAY 5

     
     

    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 6

     
     

    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!

    DAY 7

     
     

    Day-trip to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

    Bike
    21km
    This nature-oriented day trip takes you to the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. The town’s fame comes from the massive spring that flos out of a 230m high cliff. It is the biggest spring in France and the fifth largest in the world! Leave your bike in the village and walk ten minutes to this unique natural site. Feel like more walking? Climb to Saumane-de-Vaucluse to discover a breathtaking view over the Alpilles and 15th Century castle.

    DAY 8

     
     

    Departure from L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).



    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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  • Reviews
  • 3 bike travelers reviews 4.67 / 5

    “ Les Joyaux de la Provence ”

    On the 2018-09-18 by Johanne
    Belle randonnée de 6 jours à vélo. Le nombre de kilomètres à faire nous permettait de prendre notre temps. Munissez-vous d'un GPS car on nous donne que des cartes et un plan détaillé du circuit!

    “ Formidable ”

    On the 2018-08-21 by Jean-Pierre
    En réalité, je n'ai pas imaginé que ce voyage pouvait être si agréable. Nous, moi et mon ami qui est venu spécialement des Etats-Unis pour m'accompagner dans ce voyage, étions ravis de contempler ces beaux paysages qu'offraient les itinéraires qui traversent les champs et les vignobles. Le choix des hôtels ainsi que des vélos et le service du transport des bagages montrent que les organisateurs sont des gens professionnels qui respectent leurs engagements et leurs clients. Je profite de cette occasion pour saluer toute l'équipe du vélo voyageur.

    “ Génial ”

    On the 2017-05-30 by Laurent
    Première expérience de vacances à vélo et une belle réussite ! Très joli circuit, durée des étapes parfaitement adaptée à l’intérêt de ce qu’il y a à voir sur le parcours, Hôtellerie de très bon choix (catégorie B) avec à chaque fois une piscine pour se détendre de nos efforts, les tables ont toujours été parfaites. Le détail du parcours est très complet, suffisamment pour ne pas se perdre; toutefois, un recours à un plan sur le net nous a quelquefois rassuré! 1 semaine tranquille qui nous remet vraiment au cœur de la nature et de notre belle Provence !
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