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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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  • Easy cycling in the heart of the countryside
  • Cycling amid the landscapes of Van Gogh
  • 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
  • 1 dinner included

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.
  • 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 included and night in Saint Rémy de Provence.

  • Small market on Friday morning in Barbentane

  • Add an extra loop cycling ride to the charming village of Eygalieres : great market on Friday ! > See the extension section below

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”.
  • 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. 
  • 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

    • Go for an extra ride and continue onwards in the wild Camargue ! 
      - 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
      • Low
      • High + 30€
      • 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 Boquier ** - Avignon

      Hotel Boquier ** - Avignon

      A charming 2 star hotel, in the heart of the city of Popes

    • 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 Oustaloun -  Maussane

      BB Oustaloun - Maussane

      A charming 3* little hotel, located in the heart of the village of Maussane - just by the main square, with a great typical restaurant and provencal cuisine.

    • Hotel Acacias ** - Arles

      Hotel Acacias ** - Arles

      The 2 stars Acacias Hotel entirely renovated has 33 modern and very comfortable rooms in the centre of Arles, the ideal place to rest and relax whilst staying in an exceptional location in the heart of the town.

    • BB Villa de Margot - Avignon

      BB Villa de Margot - Avignon

      In the heart of medieval Avignon within steps of the Papal Palace, Marie welcomes you in one of its 3 rooms and 2 suites of this charming villa of character: a 19th century mansion, a 19th century and antique interior decoration, and a cosy private garden in the shade of centuries-old trees. 

    • 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 Val Baussenc *** - Maussane

      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

      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 Villa de Margot - Avignon

      BB Villa de Margot - Avignon

      In the heart of medieval Avignon within steps of the Papal Palace, Marie welcomes you in one of its 3 rooms and 2 suites of this charming villa of character: a 19th century mansion, a 19th century and antique interior decoration, and a cosy private garden in the shade of centuries-old trees. 

    • Hotel Sous les Figuiers *** - St Remy

      Hotel Sous les Figuiers *** - St...

      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 Pre des Baux *** - Maussane

      Hotel 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 Nord Pinus **** - Arles

      Hotel Nord Pinus **** - Arles

      For the more discerning traveller who wants something unique, set only a few steps from the Roman Arenes the mythical 4 star Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus features 26 individually beautifully decorated rooms, a treasure-trove of memorabilia of the era of Picasso, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret who populated the hotel in its original heyday. Enjoy a drink at the famous hotel bar where Fernandel already enjoyed his Ricard and watch the world go by on the Place du Forum...

    • Cloitre Saint Louis *** - Avignon

      Cloitre Saint Louis *** - Avignon

      Built around a 16th century cloister in the heart of medieval Avignon, within the old ramparts, and steps from the town's historic monuments. The hotel combines the prestige and elegance of the old with every modern amenity.

      Swimming pool on the roof and fine Provençal cuisine.

    • Vallon de Valrugues ***** - St Remy

      Vallon de Valrugues ***** - St Remy

      Vallon de Valrugues is a 5 star hotel, nestled in a beautiful garden with a swimming pool, just 10mn walk from the village of St Remy.

      You will enjoy the gastronomic restaurant, the bistrot and its beautiful spa of 50 m2.

    • Hotel Olivades **** - Maussane

      Hotel Olivades **** - Maussane

      This 4* hotel is set a few steps away from the charming village center of Maussane,  in a centenary olive garden with a swimming pool.

      The room with a terrace offers a stunning view !

      You will enjoy the SPA and the restaurant that is registered in the Michelin guide :
      Bon appétit ! 

    • Hotel Jules Cesar ***** - Arles

      Hotel Jules Cesar ***** - Arles

      Formerly a Carmelite convent, entirely refurbished and decorated by M. Christian Lacroix, the 5 star Hôtel Jules César is located right in the centre of Arles. It features 50 spacious, air-conditioned rooms, a heated outdoor swimming pool, beautiful garden and even a cloister dedicated to Lacroix.

      Provencal cuisine is served in the Lou Marquès gastronomic restaurant.

    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
    Add an extra ride to the charming Eygalieres

    ADD AN EXTRA LOOP cycling ride to the charming village of eygalieres

    • Contact us for the sup
    • Friday morning is market day in Eygalieres ! 
    • We recommend an extra night in St Remy to enjoy an extra EASY cycling day to the charming village of Eygalieres
    • You follow 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.
    • RIDE : 29km - +50m / -50m
    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 
    Order your trip's GPS FILES !
    • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
    • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
    • Sup of 25 €uros
    • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
    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 a HALF-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
    • Morning 9am / Afternoon 2pm transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
    • Half-day wine tour 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 back to Avignon at the end of the wine tour
    • Rates on a min. of 2 persons. reservation ( for 1 person: contact us)
    • NOT POSSIBLE on Sunday & bank holidays
      Enjoy a FULL-day wine tour in Chateauneuf du Pape !
      • Morning 9am - 5pm : transfer fromAvignon > Chateauneuf du Pape 
      • Full-day wine tour with a wine expert  (non private) including : 
        - A walk into the vineyards with explanation about the grape varieties, climate and soils specific to Chateauneuf du Pape.
        - Private visit to a family run winery. Explanation about the vinification and aging process + wine tasting (including barrel wine tasting)
        - Second wine tasting in a different winery
        - Lunch: At a traditional restaurant in Chateauneuf du Pape (lunch is not included in the tour price)
        - Private visit to a Château (one of the most famous and oldest cellasr in the area) + wine tasting
        - Private visit to a traditional organic winery
        - Chocolate and wine tasting (if time permits)
      • 5pm : Transfer back to Avignon at the end of the day
      • 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


        • 4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
        • 4 breakfasts
        • 1 dinner
        • 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 : 160 €uros
          Comfort accommodation : 180 €uros
          Charming accommodation : 360 €uros
          Prestige accommodation : 470 €uros
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