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Provence - Cycling Alpilles
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Provence - Cycling Alpilles
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Bike Tour: Provence - Cycling Alpilles - 5 days

The sublime landscapes and pretty villages of Provence have been an inspiration for artists for centuries. To really appreciate the countryside the ideal means of travel through the region is by bike. Fields of lavender and poppies, old olive groves and vine covered hills, orchards brimming with fruit and crumbling farmhouses are characteristic of the landscape. Explore historic relics from prehistoric to Roman times, and take your time to soak up the sights and sample the wine and produce of the Cotes du Rhone and greater Provence. Splendid churches, medieval castles and picture-book Montagnette villages along the way provide an excuse for frequent stops. The two nights in St.Remy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and the town where Van Gogh spent his last years painting some of his best works, are one of the many highlights of this inspiring cycling adventure.

route map
itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Arles
Day 2: Arles - Les-Baux-de-Provence
Day 3: Les-Baux-de-Provence - Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Day 4: Saint-Remy - Graveson / Barbentane
Day 5: Departure from Graveson / Barbentane

Day 1:    Arrival in Arles

You individually travel to Arles, historic town which dates from the 7th century BC and was a major Gallo-Roman city. Here you should visit the Arena and the Roman Theatre, and you can cycle along its canal to the reconstructed Van Gogh bridge, the setting of the painter's famous “Pont de Langlois” works. Our first choice of hotel is in the old centre of Arles.

Day 2:    Arles - Les-Baux-de-Provence
22 km

Today’s cycle is short, giving you time to explore the area and Les-Baux-de-Provence, a picturesque village with a royal history and high fortified ruins. There are some great museums in the village including the History Museum and the Olive Museum. Evening meal and accommodation in a 2-star hotel in Les-Baux-de-Provence.

Day 3:    Les-Baux-de-Provence - Saint-Remy-de-Provence
28 km

From Les-Baux-de-Provence you return to Maussane along a back road, from which there are gorgeous views of the Alpilles, and continue to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The year before his death, Vincent Van Gogh spent time in an asylum in this town and also in nearby Arles. The colours and light were an inspiration in his paintings. Other well known artists that have been attracted to the area include Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse and Cézanne. There is ample opportunity to explore delightful Saint-Remy, including the house where Nostradamus was born. Evening meal and accommodation hotel in the village.

Day 4:    Saint-Remy - Graveson / Barbentane
25 km

Today you will cycle along back roads, between olive and fruit trees.
You will cross the charming village of Eyragues, where you will see its splendid 18th century clock tower and the fortified, Romanesque-style Saint Maxime church dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Along the lanes, you will see the remains of the ramparts. After reaching the market garden plains of Châteaurenard, you will cycle to your hotel in Barbentane or Graveson.

Day 5:    Departure from Graveson / Barbentane

End of your trip after breakfast. A taxi driver can will pick you up at the pre-arranged time for your transfer to Avignon train station.

accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included and 3 dinners during the trip.

included

Included 

  • 4 nights in selected 2/3* hotels
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included 

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid or E-Bike rental 

Extras 

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental (85 €)
  • E-bike supplement (140 €)
practical info

4 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels

Breakfasts and 3 Dinners included during the trip

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting hybrid bikes (85 €) or E-bikes (140 €)

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

You can get to Arles by train (train station TGV). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

Travel

The international Marseille Airport is served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines. Almost all trains connecting Marseille-Provence Airport to Arles. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

You can get to Arles by train (train station TGV). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

On the end of your trip you can take a taxi from Barbentane or Graveson, it's just a short taxi ride to Avignon train station (approx. 20 min).

From Paris to Barbentane / Graveson (approx. 7h10 - 745 km/463 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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