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Provence cycling: an Impressionist’s dream

Provence cycling: an Impressionist’s dream


This cycling getaway links the towns of Avignon, 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, we invite you to savour the art de vivre of Provence.

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  • Cycling amid the landscapes of Van Gogh
  • Easy cycling in the heart of the countryside
  • The cafés and restaurants of Saint Remy de Provence
  • The small unassuming villages of Maillane, Maussane and Graveson
  • 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


pont Avignon pope palace provence

  • Avignon 
  • Your trip begins in the heart of Avignon.
    A medieval town on the banks of the mighty Rhône River, Avignon hides many treasures: the Pope’s palace, the 12th century bridge, the 14th century ramparts, still intact, and many museums and churches. Meander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets and discover cafés in open squares, shaded by plane trees.
    Dinner on your own, and night in Avignon

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 35 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 200m

A Monastery hidden in the thyme-laden hills

Van gogh olives groves monastery frigolet

  • Avignon > Barbentane > Saint Rémy (21.8 miles)
  • You start your biking itinerary between the Durance and Rhône Rivers, through a mosaic of orchards and cypress trees. You cycle into the quaint village of Barbentane before climbing up on the “Montagnette” – literally “little mountain” – where your wide-sweeping views of the plains are accompanied by the scent of roasting pine needles and aromatic herbs.  At the back of the Montagnette lies the monastery of St. Michel de Frigolet, built over eight centuries. You cycle through the charming villages of Graveson and Maillane before reaching Saint Rémy de Provence, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. Dinner in town included and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.
  • Small market on Friday morning in Barbentane

Day 3

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

Towards the Chateau of les Baux de Provence

cycling van gogh les baux de provence saint remy fontvieille estoublon

  • 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

    • Distance :
    • 20 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Wild horses and raging bulls, and the Roman Arles.

cafe van gogh wine drinking arles saint remy

  • Maussane > Paradou > Arles   (12.4 miles)
  • Today you trade in the jagged limestone mountains for the plains, as you bike southward to Arles. Here you get a glimpse of the famed Camargue region–vast flatlands covered in rice fields, and ranches with white horses and bulls. You will pass an interesting set of Roman ruins along the way: a flour mill serviced by a 2000 year-old aqueduct. Arrive in Arles, capital of the Camargue, with its Roman amphitheater. Dinner in town included and night in Arles.
  • Market on Thursday morning in Maussane

    Day 5

    Arles, the Rome of Provence

    arles roman city coliseum

    • End of trip after breakfast. Bye Bye Provence ..
      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
    • 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
      • Low
      • High + 40€
      • Very high + 60€

    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 Saint Roch - Avignon

      Just 5 minutes from the historic centre, the hotel Saint Roch is a 2* family-run hotel with an old-world charm. 

      You will also enjoy the shaded terrace at breakfast, the lush garden and the fountain, all in a quiet and timeless setting

    • 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 La Muette - Arles

      Located in the centre of the historic Arles, this ancient house - built in the 12th and 15th centuries - is decorated in a typical provençal style.

      This family-run hotel has 18 large rooms with ancient stone walls.

    • Hotel Le Central - Avignon

      Located in the heart of Avignon, the newly refurbished Central Hotel offers 27 very comfortable - air-conditioned guest rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access.

      You will enjoy the lovely & quiet patio for your breakfast.

    • 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 Le Forum - Arles

      Only a short walk from the famous arenas and the Roman Theatre, facing the Van Gogh café, this beautiful restored old house welcomes you in one of its 38 indidivually decorated and air-conditioned rooms. Breakfast can be taken in the charming inner courtyard. Take a swim and relax!

      The perfect location for your stay in Arles.

    • BB Jardins de Baracane - Avignon

      Le Jardin de Baracane is a 17th century private mansion, with a swimming-pool and a lush garden, set in the historical center of Avignon. Olivier welcome you in this heaven of peace and calm bathed in sunlight.

      The 5 rooms & suites have been entirely refurbished, overlooking the beautiful garden. Relaxing moments beneath the arbour of wisteria, strolls in the shade of the trees and cooling off by the pool will all be part of your stay!

    • 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 Le Calendal - Arles

      The hotel with its own spa is a short walk from Arles' many treasures. A 17th century building opens out to a peaceful garden, under the shade of a 300-year-old hackberry tree. 38 Provençal rooms overlook the cobbled streets, the Amphitheater, the Antique Theater, or the gardens.

      A quaint restaurant for lunch.

    • Hotel de l'Europe - Avignon

      The 5 star Hotel d'Europe is a magnificent 16th century residence, offering 39 rooms and 5 spacious and luxuriously decorated suites.

      An start full of history to visit the Pope's palace city.

      The restaurant "La Vieille Fontaine" is one of the best restaurant of the region.

    • 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.

    • Hotel Particulier - Arles

      In the heart fo the city of Arles, just a few steps away from the roman baths, this luxury 18th century " boutique hotel" features beatiful garden, with a swimming pool and a spa.

      The rooms are spacious, uniquely decorated with antique furnishings, some have a frieplace.

      Treat yourself to some luxury ..

    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
    • 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 
    • 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
    • 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


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


      • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
      • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
      • Items of personal nature
      • SINGLE supplement
        Simple accommodation : 145 €uros
        Comfort accommodation : 175 €uros
        Charming accommodation : 295 €uros
        Prestige accommodation : 705 €uros
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