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Cycling in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet

Cycling in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet


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This cycling getaway links the towns of Saint Rémy and Arles, towns of art and light. Along seldom-used roads and accompanied by the scents of thyme and rosemary, you’ll ride along the traces of Van Gogh in the plains and hillsides of Provence, through olive groves and vineyards.
You will pass hidden stone farmhouses and Romanesque chapels, Roman ruins and perched medieval villages. Under the jagged limestone ridges of blue hues, and in the valleys of pine forests and aromatic herbs, you will discover the picturesque villages of Eygalieres, Maussane and it olive oil producers. And cross the Alpilles mountains to reach the beautiful perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence.
And finally the Roman city of Arles.

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  • Cycling amid the landscapes of Van Gogh
  • Easy cycling in the heart of the countryside
  • 2 delicious dinners
  • The cafés and restaurants of Saint Rémy de Provence
  • Small unassuming villages of Eygalières and Maussane
  • The vast olive groves of the perched medieval village of Les Baux
  • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains
  • The Roman city of Arles

Day 1

St Remy de Provence

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  • St Remy de Provence  
  • Your trip begins in St Remy de Provence, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. Explore the artsy Saint-Rémy de Provence and its environs, the museum of Van Gogh’s paintbrush. Head into the sunlit hills to discover the remains of the Roman town of Glanum. Dinner in town and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.
  • Market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy
  • Access: Regular bus line Avignon > St Remy - See the schedule
  • We recommend : have an extra night in the beautiful medieval city of Avignon, and don’t miss the famous Pope’s palace !

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 29 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 50m

At the foot of the Alpilles

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  •  Saint Rémy > Eygalières > Saint Remy (18 miles)
  • Your cycling trip starts by following the base of the Alpilles mountains to the east, first on small roads and then on a track leading into the vines. You reach the picture-perfect Provençal village of Eygalières, off the beaten tourist path, whose main square offers a few restaurants and cafés for a midday break. Heading northbound on tiny roads you reach the sleepy village of Mollégès before returning to St. Rémy through the heart of the countryside. Dinner on your own and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy de Provence
  • Market on Friday morning in Eygalières

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 28 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 300m

Towards the Chateau of les Baux de Provence

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  • St Rémy > Fontvieille > Les Baux > Maussane  (17.4 miles)
  • Your continue towards St. Etienne-du-Grès, and the Romanesque chapel of Saint Gabriel. From here you follow alongside the imposing silhouette of the Alpilles, among olive groves and almond trees. After lunch or picnic in Fontvieille, you will visit the elegant Château d’Estoublon estate, and sample their olive oils and fine wines. Riding into the heart of the Alpilles, you reach Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village built atop a vertiginous rocky spur, and listed as “one of the most beautiful villages in France”. Dinner in town included and night in the charming village of Maussane.
  • Big market on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in St Remy de Provence
  • Small market on Monday & Friday morning in Fontvieille

Day 4

Arles, the Rome of Provence

  • arles roman city coliseumMaussane > Arles
  • Morning transfer to Arles. End of the trip in Arles
    Take the time to stroll in Arles - on the banks of the Rhône River - that harbours a remarkable wealth of Roman monuments, including its majestic coliseum, and emits a warm and authentic charm.
  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday (big one) mornings in Arles
  • Return: regular train lines Arles > Avignon and Marseille city-airport on the SNCF website
  • We recommend : add an extra night in Arles, and enjoy the "Provencal Rome", rated by the UNESCO, with its famous market on Wednesday & Saturday morning
  • We recommend : Go for an extra ride and continue onwards in the wild Camargue. Contact us 
    • SELF GUIDED TOUR : The rates and supplements are per person 
    • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
       The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
    • BOTH are subject to availability
    • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
      - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
      - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
      - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

    Sup per period
      • Unavailable
      • High + 50€
      • Low

    Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

    > For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
    > See in our TRIP INFO section
    > Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

    • Hotel Canto Cigalo - St Remy

      A family-run hotel, just 15mn walking from the historic centre, with a large garden and a swimming pool. Comfortable rooms with air-cond. You will appreciate the quietness and the great welcome.

    • Hotel Magnanarelles - Maussane

      This former silk factory - located in the heart of the village - is a family-run hotel.

      Mr & Mme PRIAULET have always offered a friendly welcomefor the last 30 years.

    • Hotel du Soleil - St Remy

      Set in Saint Rémy de Provence - only a stone’s throw from the monuments and quiet landscapes immortalized by Van Gogh- this fully 3* hotel has been recently fully refurbished.
      The old building is hidden in a quiet courtyard, surrounded by a swimming pool, and also offers a spa.
      For the cyclists, there is a garage for the bikes.

    • Hotel Val Baussenc - Maussane

      In the heart of the Alpilles - a few steps from the center of the village - the Hotel Val Baussenc invites to rest and to relax. This genuine farmhouse - nestled between olive trees and mediterranean plants - gives a great peaceful break.

      Enjoy the heated pool (from April to September), and the pleasure of being nature in the garden of rosemary - cypress - oleander - lavender and thyme,

    • Hotel Sous les Figuiers - St Remy

      A small and charming hotel, in a quiet area, a few steps from the historic centre of Saint Rémy de Provence.

      Entirely renovated, most of the 13 rooms have a terrace leading to a lovely garden shaded by centuries-old fig trees. Have a savoury breakfast on the terrace and relax next to the swimming pool.

      You will remember by the great welcome of Giselle, Catherine & Kups.

    • Hotel Le pre des Baux - Maussane

      Two steps away from the village square - with its pleasant cafés - the single-storey hotel Pre des Baux offers a quiet and cosy atmosphere.

      10 spacious and elegant rooms have private terraces overlooking the garden with its palm trees set around the swimming pool.

    • Hotel de l'Image - St Remy

      An old music hall cinema dating from the 70's converted into a prestige 4 star hotel - right in the heart of St Remy - featuring 32 rooms, surrounded by a magnificent park, a swimming pool and a gourmet restaurant. You will still find remains from this period in the main building, such as a projector exhibited between the reception hall and the restaurant and many photographs.
      Guest rooms feature a unique décor and modern amenities. Superior rooms offer a terrace overlooking the garden and the Alpilles.

    • Dom. Manville - Maussane

      Located in the countryside of Maussane, Domaine de Manville - an ancient goat and sheep farm - has benn renovated in a luxury hotel

      This 5-star luxury hotel is in the heart of a remarkable site overflowing with history, next to the golf, in the very heart of Provence.

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

    • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
    • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
    • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
    • You bring your own GPS DEVICE (Garmin) with you ?
      You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
    • Total sup of 25 €uros
    • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
    • Provence is hilly, and most of the prettiest villages are “hilltop”, meaning you have to climb to get there...
    • Our E-bike becomes a WONDERFUL COMPROMISE: while still pedaling, you can access to a perched village without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend
    • Have a look at our E-bike section 
    • Rates : per E-bike 
    • 9h: Morning transfer Avignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Morning : choice of 2 self-guided loop walks in the vineyards of Chateauneuf - with a road-book -  passing along the way the wine estates of: Vaudieu, Nalys, Solitude, Chateau Mont Redon
    • 1pm: gourmet lunch at the famous restaurant "La Mère Germaine"
    • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
      * Walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grapes
      * Private visit to a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
      * Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellars in the area) + wine tasting
      * if time permits,  chocolate and wine tasting
    • Transfer to Avignon at the end of the day and night in Avignon
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday
      • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
      • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
        Supplement for a trip above 7 days
      • See the insurance contract here 

      TRIP rates 

      The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability


      • 3 nights double occupancy with private facilities
      • 3 breakfasts
      • 2 dinners
      • Luggage transfers days 3 to 4
      • Day 4: Transfer from Maussane to Arles
      • 2 days hybrid bike rental 
      • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
      • 1 road map of the region


      • All lunches not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature
      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 132.6 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 183.6 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 255 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 510 €uros
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