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Classic Provence - 7 Nights

France, Europe

from €965* per person 8 Days April-October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Pure Adventures 24 people max
  • Airport near avignon, france
  • Active & Adventure trips
This Provence bike tour starts in Villeneuve-les-Avignon and visits the culturally rich countryside as far as the Mediterranean and back to Avignon - "Cite des Papes" ("City of the Popes"). This tour will find you traveling on small roads away from traffic. In Avignon and Arles you will find small streets and a maze of shops in the old town. This is also where many summer festivals take place. The tour has a number of wonderful attractions rooted in the region's Roman origins and Provencal culture, up through the Papal dominance in the Middle Ages. It is easily accessible by train from throughout France, and as well by air. This is one of our most sucessful tours as it combines the best of all that Provence has to offer and the riding is moderate and available to most riders

Locations visited/nearby

France, Europe

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3 testimonials about the provider, Pure Adventures:

  • Reviewer:
    'The trip was great! I lived in France for 5 years and took many great trips around Europe, but this may well have been the most memorable!'
    5
  • Reviewer:
    The trip exceeded my expectations in just about every way. It was awesome and challenging to be alone on a bike in a foreign country. I would recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure who is in good health.
    5
  • Reviewer: located in CO USA
    Costa Brava Explorer - This is a WONDERFUL tour.  Bo was amazing and helpful, as were his directions and additional information in the hand-outs of things to see and recommended stops and restaurants.  I will recommend Pure Adventures to my bicyclist friends, and will certainly return to you for our next European bicycle adventure!
    5

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
  • Self-guided (includes hotels, maps, luggage transfer, etc but no guide).
  • Offers some solo-only/singles departures.

Itinerary

Day 1 is arrival day and meeting day, which also gives the opportunity to explore the many sites of Avignon. An English speaking team member will welcome you at the hotel for orientation and bike delivery. Dinner out on your own in a suggested local restaurant tonight. Hotel Cloitre or similar in central Avignon.

Day 2 the route will move out of Avignon through the Gard forests and vineyards and to visit the famous roman aqueduct Pont du Gard which dominates the river at over 165 feet high. Swimming is possible in the river, as well as at the hotel that night. You will cycle on to Uzes, a beautiful Provencal village with plane tree lined streets. 52 km route. Dinner open. Night in Uzes. (B)

Day 3 a loop tour from Uzes and back to your same hotel 42.5 km. You leave in the direction of the north of Uzes into a green area of scenic roads and light traffic. You will ride through small charming villages such as Vallabrix, Saint Quentin la Poterie. This is like "potters tour" with the chance to visit ceramic shops and a museum. Return to your hotel for swim in the pool, and dinner out on your own. Note, if you are flexible, making this day a Saturday will let you experience the Uzes market day and let you see a fantastic Provencale market. (B)

Day 4 Travel to the town of Arles, passing through mostly flat countryside except in the gorges around the Gardon River. You first ride to Collias at the confluence of the Gardon and Alson rivers. From there to Ledenon, famous for wine production, and then Meynes and its old fortified village. At Tarascon you can visit the Chateau and Souleiado Museum before going on to Arles. In Arles there is the extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena, antique theater, and many museums, among which is one devoted to Vincent van Gogh. Night in Arles. 60 km ride is mostly flat but starts out rolling. (B)

Day 5 you may want to spend some time in the morning visiting Arles before moving on to St Remy. The ride is not too long today, so in function of weather you can leave at your desire. You will pass the Abbey of Montmajour and up to Baux de Provence. Take some time to visit this site. After you will descend to St Remy where you can visit the town and see where Van Gogh made over 150 paintings. Dinner included (Standard Version) and night in St Remy. 29 km ride with hills at Les Baux. (see video for Baux de Provence.) (B,D)

Day 6 is a loop tour day which gives you a chance to take a day off if you desire. The ride starts out flat and goes to the north before turning to Eygalieres and the Alpilles where it becomes hilly. You will pass through vineyards and olive groves with the chance to visit and taste. Overall this is a hilly ride but can be modified to be shorter cutting out hills. 44 km. Dinner on your own. (B)

Day 7 on to Avignon via Graveson and Barbentane where you can have lunch and visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. Arriving in the afternoon, you can visit Avignon. Dinner on your own, stay in a deluxe 4 star hotel in the center of Old Avignon. 39 km ride. (B) In Avignon old city tonight you are walking distance to the Palais des Papes, Place Horloge, and Pont dAvignon.

Day 8 is departure day. You can take your time with breakfast and visitation of Avignon in the morning, before departing. Additional nights can be arranged. (B)

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