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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$990USD

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Overview

Trip Code: PAB

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the stunning Provence past olive groves and vineyards
  • Exploring the great towns of Arles and St Remy
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the landscapes made famous by Van Gogh
  • Enjoying the exceptional cuisine for which the region is famous
  • Soaking up the hospitality of small family run hotels

The sublime landscapes and pretty villages of Provence have been an inspiration for artists for centuries. To really appreciate the countryside the ideal means of travel through the region is by bike. Fields of lavender and poppies, old olive groves and vine covered hills, orchards brimming with fruit and crumbling farmhouses are characteristic of the landscape. Explore historic relics from prehistoric to Roman times, and take your time to soak up the sights and sample the wine and produce of the Cotes du Rhone and greater Provence. Splendid churches, medieval castles and picture-book Montagnette villages along the way provide an excuse for frequent stops. The night in St. Remy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and the town where Van Gogh spent his last years painting some of his best works, is one of the many highlights of this inspiring cycling adventure.

Trip Grading

introductory

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Arrive in historic Arles, which dates from the 7th century BC and was a major Gallo-Roman city. Here you should visit the Arena and the Roman Theatre. Our first choice of hotel is in the old centre of Arles. Dinner is at leisure.

Meals:  Nil

Today’s cycle is short, giving you time to explore the area. From Arles you cycle via Barbegal Castle then there's a short steep climb to Les Baux, a picturesque Medieval village atop a fortified rocky site with a royal history and ruins to explore. There are some great museums in the village including the History Museum and the Olive Museum, and the nearby Carrieres des Lumieres is well worth a visit. Dinner and overnight at Les Baux. The usual hotel is a charming 3 star with pool.

Meals:  B,D

From Les Baux you ride to Maussane along a back road, from which there are gorgeous views of the Alpilles, and continue to Saint Rémy. The year before his death, Vincent van Gogh spent time in an asylum in this town and also in nearby Arles. The colours and light were an inspiration in his paintings. Other artists who have been attracted to the area include Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse and Cézanne. There is ample opportunity to explore the delightful town of Saint Remy, including the house where Nostradamus was born and its pretty squares and shops. Overnight in a comfortable 3-star hotel with a swimming pool.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle along back roads across the market garden plains of Châteaurenard to your hotel in Barbentane (or possibly Graveson, dependent on availability). Dinner at the hotel.

Meals:  B,D

Arrangements conclude after breakfast. It is a 15 minute taxi ride to Avignon TGV station, from where you can take the train to Paris (3hrs) including Charles de Gaulle airport.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners – breakfasts are continental style and generally consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses which usually include some regional specialties. There are usually, but not always, 3 choices for each course.
  • Dinners are based on the basic set menu available at the restaurant. These are usually of a high standard and often reflective of the local cuisine. However, it is usually possible to upgrade to the 'a la carte' menu or a more superior set menu for an additional cost. Such an arrangement must be made directly with the hotel or restaurant.
  • 4 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 21 or 24 speed bike rental with pump, repair kit, lock, helmet and panniers (electric bike available on request - supplement applies. Child bikes are also available on request)
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag weighing max 20kg per person)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked (GPS data files available on request)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Arles and from Barbentane
  • Lunches, dinner (in Arles and St Remy) & drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

introductory  

INTRODUCTORY – GRADE 1 Daily cycles are a leisurely 22.5 to 28kms (14 to 17 mi) on undulating to sometimes mountainous terrain (the ride to Les Baux is steep but short). The cycling is on a combination of low traffic side roads with some crossings and short stints on higher traffic roads required. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. This trip is suitable for beginners and children (electric bikes, children’s bikes and trailers are available on request).


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
Child price based on child aged 2-6 sharing with 2 adults. Other prices available include less than 2 and aged 7-12. Ask our office for details.
DN2
The hotel restaurant is closed in St Remy on Wednesdays and Sundays and a discount applies if you are in St Remy on these nights. If you are looking forward to the gourmet meal in St Remy please avoid beginning your trip on a Monday and Friday.
DN3
High season is 1 May to 30 Sep - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$990USD

Child from$400USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$70
  • Single SupplementUSD$350
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$460
  • Child aged 3-11 sharing room with two adultsUSD$760
*Prices listed are per person

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