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Cooking and cycling : From Pont du Gard aqueduct to Van Gogh's Alpilles mountains

Cooking and cycling : From Pont du Gard aqueduct to Van Gogh's Alpilles mountains

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COOKING classes and CYCLING  :
The best way to experience the "Provence way of living", and its famous markets
of Uzes & St Remy de Provence !

It's a gentle cycling holiday -perfect for beginners- accompanied by the scents of thyme and rosemary, through olives groves and lands of vineyards. Arrive via Avignon and transfer to the medieval town of Uzes: its centuries-old and grandiose stone buildings framing a labyrinth of cobbled streets.

From Uzes the Mistral winds push you southward to the Pont du Gard - the most imposing bridge ever built during the Roman Empire, and then finally to St Remy de Provence: a lively town with vibrant cafes, restaurants and a famous sprawling market. Along seldom-used roads , you will ride along the traces of Van Gogh in the plains and hillsides of Provence. You will explore Les Baux de Provence, a village built atop a vertiginous rocky spur, and listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. And the charming village of Maussane, land of olive groves.

IMPORTANT : 

  • March > June & September > November
    * Day 6 : The cooking class is next to St Remy de Provence 
    * You can match day  Saturday market in Uzes on day 2 
  • July & August
    * The cooking class is not possible in St Remy
    * We will do our best to arrange the cooking class in Uzes according to the availability
    * Please contact us
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Two of the most famous markets in Provence : Uzes & St Remy de Provence
  • 1 cooking class with a chef: a unique & genuine experience in a "family style" 
  • The Roman Pont du Gard bridge: the tallest in the whole roman Empire
  • Leisurely cycling in the landscapes of Van Gogh among the vineyards
  • 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

Day 1

Towards the charming town of Uzes

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  • Arrive in Avignon: your tour starts with a short taxi transfer to Uzes, the first Dukes of France reigned. Uzes is a very charming town, its centre harbours a wealth of beautiful and imposing monuments, including the duke's castle. The cobbled streets in town are lined with regal 17th and 18th century stone homes. You can explore the town squares and shaded cafes, while the wide open "Place aux Herbes square" is one of Provence's finest, framed by stone arcades sheltering boutiques and restaurants.
  • Dinner on your own and night in Uzes.
  • We recommend : have an extra night in the beautiful medieval city of Avignon, and don’t miss the famous Pope’s palace !
  • Access : regular train lines from Paris or Marseille airport > Avignon with the high speed train TGV on the SNCF website

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 33 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 250m

St Quentin la Potterie and its famous local potters

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  • Uzes > St Quentin la Potterie > Uzes (20 miles)
  • iIf today is the famous Saturday morning market day of Uzes : take the time to enjoy the market before leaving for your cycling journey.
  • You explore the countryside around Uzès, dotted with tiny villages and adorned with vineyards. Leaving Uzès you pass stunning farmhouses, passing the Domaine de Malaïgue wine estate, with their flavourful and powerful red organic wines. You reach St. Quentin la Poterie, a small village world renowned for its pottery-making, and attracting artists from every corner of the planet. The artists' boutiques reveal a wide array of styles, inviting you to stroll around the tiny streets of this tightly-knit village. St. Quentin is the perfect stop for lunch, with a variety of bistros to choose from. Cycle back into the heart of Uzès for your second night. Dinner on your own and night in Uzes.
  • Wednesday & Saturday (big one) morning market in Uzes
  • Friday morning market in St Quentin la Poterie

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 40 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 250m
      - 400m

The towering Pont du Gard

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  • Uzes > Pont du Gard (25 miles)
  • Leaving Uzes, a short hill takes you up to a perch among the region's typical Garrigue vegetation: wildflowers, herbs and shrubs. From here the view extends to Mont Ventoux, Provence's highest peak some 1912m above sea level. Your adventures lead you along the Gardon river and through the village of Collias. Soon after you reach the Pont du Gard, a 2000 year-old monumental Roman aqueduct bridge set high above the river. Incredibly intact after 2 millennia, one can only wonder how the Romans were able to hoist 6-8 ton blocks almost 50m above the river.  You can enjoy your picnic under the bridge, your feet swaying in the Gardon river.
  • Transfer from the Pont du Gard to St Remy de Provence with your bikes, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life.
  • Dinner on your own and night in St Remy de Provence.

Day 4

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

Cycling at the foot of the Alpilles

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  • Saint Rémy > Eygalières > Saint Remy (18 miles)
  • Your cycling trip follows today 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 5

    • Distance :
    • 42 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 400m
      - 400m

The heart of the Alpilles : Baux de Provence

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  • St Rémy > Les Baux de Provence > St Rémy  (27 miles)
  • Leaving St. Rémy, you can visit Saint Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. Biking along the winding streets of the the Alpilles mountains, in landscapes of pine trees and wildflowers, you reach Les Baux de Provence, a town perched vertiginously atop a rocky crag, crowned by the ruins of its feudal castle - listed among the most beautiful villages in France.
  • Dinner on your own and night in St. Rémy.
  • End of your cycling journeys
  • Big market on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in St Remy de Provence

Day 6

Market and cooking class in St Remy de Provence

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  • Today, you will experience the "Provençal way of life" !  A unique market & authentic cooking experience !
  • A 15mn bike ride will lead you to a genuine  vegetable producer & guest house : you will spend the morning with the chef, gathering all your fresh ingredients from his gardens.  The chef will share all his "little cooking secrets" with you. Then, you 'll enjoy your prepared lunch on the veranda overlooking the garden
  • After lunch, you have the option to continue your bike ride to an olive oil mill & a wine estate for some tasting ... before cycling back to St Remy before your last transfer to Avignon
  • Transfer at the end of the day from St Remy to Avignon. End of the trip in Avignon.
  • Return: regular train lines Avignon > Paris and Marseille city-airport on the SNCF website
  • We recommend : Go for an extra ride and continue onwards in the wild Camargue on our cycling trip  Freewheeling from Arles to wild Camargue & Flamingoes !
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
    - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
    - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
  • 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 La Taverne - Uzes

    Hotel La Taverne - Uzes

    In the heart of the historic Uzes, the 2* hotel La Taverne is a simple - family-run hotel, with a modern style.

  • Hotel Canto Cigalo - St Remy

    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.

  • BB Maison de Famille - Uzes

    BB Maison de Famille - Uzes

    Thomas and Elisabeth welcome you in their charming BB that features a magnificent garden and alovely swimming-pool, only a few steps from the historic Uzès.

    You end up forgetting that you’re in a BB .. just feeling at home with the incredible welcome of Elizabeth .. !

  • Hotel du Soleil - St Remy

    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 Sous les Figuiers - St Remy

    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.

  • BB Maison de Famille - Uzes

    BB Maison de Famille - Uzes

    Thomas and Elisabeth welcome you in their charming BB that features a magnificent garden and alovely swimming-pool, only a few steps from the historic Uzès.

    You end up forgetting that you’re in a BB .. just feeling at home with the incredible welcome of Elizabeth .. !

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
Treat yourself and go for the E-BIKE option !
  • 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 
Join a Food & Wine gourmet tour in Avignon !

This Food & Wine day Tour offers the perfect combination of food, wine and sightseeing. It will please every food and wine lover ! You meet local artisans and taste regional products (small groups of max 8).
- From 9am, the 3h30h tour stimulates your taste buds as you walk through picturesque parts of the town and learn about culinary traditions and local history, from the oldest bakery in town to the best artisan chocolate maker. At the end of the tour, we wash everything down with a tasting of a Châteauneuf du Pape wine, the region’s most prestigious wine. 
- The tour includes 10 tastings, olive oil and a wine tasting.
- Subject to availability
- Différent program in July & August : contact us 

Enjoy the Chateauneuf du Pape wine experience
  • 9am : 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
  • Lunch on our own in the village of Chateauneuf du pape
  • Afternoon with a wine expert for 3 hours (non private)
    * Visit of a family run winery : explanation of the vinification and barrel wine tasting
    * 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 & bank holidays
    Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
    • 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

    INCLUDED

    • 5 nights with private facilities
    • 5 breakfasts
    • 1 morning cooking class & 1 lunch 
    • Day 1 : transfer from Avignon to Uzes
    • Day 3 : transfer from Pont du Gard to St remy de Provence with your bikes
    • Day 6 : transfer from St Remy to Avignon, at the end of the day
    • Luggage transfers days 2 to 6
    • 5 days hybrid bike rental 
    • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
    • 1 road map of the region

    NOT INCLUDED

    • All lunches not noted 'included' in your itinerary
    • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
    • Items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement
      Simple accommodation : 250 €uros
      Comfort accommodation : 270 €uros
      Charming accommodation : 395 €uros

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