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France - Provence

France - Provence

Degree of difficulty - B

Two thousand years ago the Romans established their first province outside Italy, hence Provence. The Roman Remains in Provence are the most striking outside Italy, and include beautifully preserved amphitheaters in Nimes, Aries and Orange. Most famous of all is the aqueduct at Le Pont du Gard.

Our cycling tour also explores interesting wine regions including Chateauneuf du Pape, Tavel, rated by many the finest rose wine in France, and Les Baux de Provence, one of France's newest Appellations.

Our last three days are spent in the Luberon National Park, made famous in Peter Mayle's book 'A Year In Provence'. 
A year in Provence painted a picture of mouthwatering Provancale cuisine featuring fresh herbs, olive oil and Garlic, and of beautiful Leberon Hills. We'll sample it all and visit the resurgent spring at Vaucuse, source of the river Sorgue, as well as the ruined fortress as Les Baux-de-provence which sits on top of a plateau surrounded by a 200 meter vertical drop.

It's hilly, but this is the most beautiful part of Provence - worth every pedal stroke.

The tour includes a collection to and from Avignon train station to the first and last hotel ( set times on the group tour )

Day 1
Arrive in Avignon TGV and meet your transfer. We start and finish in Villeneuve-les-Avignon facing the old town of Avignon

Day 2 Villeneuve-les-Avignon to Orange 27 miles / 44 km
We head north to Orange via the famous vineyards of Chateau du Pape. Its easy cycling along the west bank of the Rhone to a lunch stop in Chateauneuf, followed by a tasting in this most prestigious wine appellation at Châteu Mont Redon. A flat ride into Orange, where we’ll visit the spectacular Roman theatre.

Day 3 Orange to Uzes 31 miles / 50 km
We leave Orange on a lovely quiet road that loops around the flood plain, finally joining the river l’Aigues, a wonderful secret crossing to the Rhone, via an island. We enjoy beautiful cycling past cherry trees, fig trees and orchards of apricots all the way to Uzès. Our hotel, the St. Genies, is about a kilomter outside the town and you can stroll into the centre of this stunning medieval town.

Day 4 Uzès to Beaucaire 33 miles / 53 km
We head west via a back route to the stunning Pont du Gard, the roman aquaduct built to carry drinking water to Nimes. We usually have lunch here, and perhaps a swim, then leave via Remoulins for Beaucaire an inland port at the entrance of the Rhone and the great canal that runs all they way from Bordeaux. We stay at the Hotel Robinson, a 3* hotel about 2 km outside Beaucaire on a lovely cycle path.

Day 5 Beaucaire to St. Remy 27 miles / 44 km
We cycle across the Rhone, returning to Provence from the Languedoc and head up into the Alpilles, towards Les Baux de Provence (home of the first aluminium mine – hence Bauxite) built on top of a 200 metre high outcrop, overlooked by a ruined fortress. A tourist trap, but a beautiful trap nonetheless. A wonderful descent, then a climb over the Alpilles once again before another fabulous downhill to the Roman town of Glanum. When we arrive at the Hotel Castelet des Alpilles in St. Remy you will have had a day to savour, and a short walk into the town centre.

Day 6 St. Remy to Roussillon 38 miles / 61 km
Our route out of St. Remy is wonderful. We cycle on tiny roads and tracks alongside the Alpilles mountains. We cross the Durance at Cavaillon and we’re in the Lubéron National Park, home to the wild boar and vultures. This is the most beautiful part of Provence. We follow a special cycle route through Maubac, Oppede-le-Vieux and Menerbes before a long climb to Roussillon, built on cliffs of bright red Ochre. We stay at the Sables d’Ocre.

Day 7 Roussillon to Villeneuve-les-Avignon 40 miles / 65 km
A thrilling descent to begin, then a tiny, quiet road to resurgent spring at Fontaine de la Vaucluse. After lunch we begin our return to Avignon, passing through Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. Avignon itself is spectacular. Contained within its vast wall, the central square is dominated by the Palais Des Papes, the largest Gothic palace in the world.

Day 8 Departure day
Homeward bound! Transfer back to Avignon TGV.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2017 GROUP TOUR 
€1540 euro per person sharing
€1935 euro for single occupancy (if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

2017 SELF GUIDED TOUR  
€1210 euro per person sharing
€1620 euro for single occupancy ( if travellong on your own there is an additional solo supplment of €200 )

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in village hotels
- All breakfasts
- Seven dinners (group tour only)
- Guide cycling with group (group tour only)
- Luggage transfer
- 24 speed tour bike/pannier bag
- Maps and route details
- Set transfer to and from Avignon on arrival and departure 

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

17-June,
29-July,
26-August,
23-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Arrival any day between May 1 to September 23

The information is currently being updated. New content coming soon.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

How to get to the start point: 

The closest airports are Marseille Provence or Lyon airport. 

If arriving by train to Provence:
You will be met on Saturday(group) off the mid afternoon train arriving at Avignon at 17:08 from London (via Ville), or at 17:08 from Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport or 17:18 from Paris Gare de Lyon and brought to the starting point at Les Eyzies. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to the train station in time for the 09:14 departure to Charles de Gaulle airport (Paris), and later departures for Gare de Lyon and London (via Lille). Both local transfers are included in the tour price.
Note: On the group tour the times shown are the only transfers we arrange ,  on self Guided tours you can arrive at any time at our designated train stations.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We loved the tour. Countryside was beautiful. Food excellent. Hotels were excellent. Really enjoyed our tour guide.

Dr. Stewart (Provence group tour 2014)

We had an absolutely delightful time on the Provence cycling tour. Pete McGee was our guide, and he was second to none. Really fantastic! The itinerary and the scenery were perfect, the accommodations were great. Can't say enough good things. 

Dorin C. (Provence group tour 2014)

We had a terrific time in Provence. The pace each day was so enjoyable. The accommodations were fine. The food was fantastic. My bike was in great shape. Pete is a hoot, and he really makes it fun for everyone!

Karen Kellerman & Peter Arakas (Provence group 2015)

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