Provence Cycling Break

  • 4.5
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    4 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Avignon / Maussane
  • Distance

    57 miles/92 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Simple to Superior
  • Tour code

    058-101CFR
Price From £405

Overview

A short but sweet cycling break through some of Provence’s most celebrated scenery. Cycle from the historic town of Avignon along quiet lanes, past vineyards, aromatic herb gardens and shady pine forests to divine medieval villages perched on rocky outcrops.

If you only have a few days to spare then this is the perfect cycling break to experience Provence. After enjoying a night in atmospheric Avignon on the Rhone River, exploring its cobbled streets you’ll embark on a leisurely cycling adventure following quiet lanes through through sublime scenery to magical, picture-perfect villages. Along the way the sights, flavours and aromas of the region will seduce you, from lavender fields and herb gardens to pine forests and fruit orchards.

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Cycling in Provence near the Alpilles

Highlights of this cycling break include, the cobbled streets and cafe filled squares of Avignon, the lovely old town of St.Remy which was the inspiration for many of Van Gogh’s paintings, the charming villages of Barbentane, Fontvieille and Maussanne as well as the perched villages of Eygalieres and Les Baux.

This cycling break can be enjoyed by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There are hills to contend with on most days but they are not very steep and mercifully short. The daily itineraries are also relatively short, allowing plenty of time to explore the towns and villages along the route.

 

Itinerary & Map

This cycling break can be enjoyed by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There are hills to contend with on most days but they are not very steep and mercifully short. The daily itineraries are also relatively short, allowing plenty of time to explore the towns and villages along the route.

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Day 1: Arrive Avignon

Avignon

Avignon

On arrival in Avignon make your way to your hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore this charming old fortified city. Time permitting we suggest a visit to the fabulous Papal Palace and the famous bridge, immortalised in the well-known song. In the evening a stroll through the cobbled streets will unveil a great choice of restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Avignon – St Remy de Provence, 22 miles/35 kms

Village Fountain - Provence

Thirsty work!

Your first day’s cycle ride leads you south out of Avignon and across the Durance River. You then follow a network of quiet, narrow lanes through orchards and cypress groves to the quaint, medieval town of Barbentane. The 12th century church in the heart of the village boasts a rather lovely bell tower and is well worth a visit. You then climb up the pine-clad La Montagnette – literally “Little mountain – from where you can enjoy expansive views across the Rhone Valley. Stop to admire the monastery of St Michel de Frigolet which was built over eight centuries before coasting down to the plain once more and cycling through the charming villages of Graveson and Maillane. Your cycling day finishes in the artists town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last year of his life.

Market days in Saint Remy: Wed & Sat

Day 3: St. Remy – Eygalieres – Molleges – St. Remy, 18 miles/29 kms

Crate of tomatoes in Provence

Local produce

You’ll spend a second night in St Remy this evening so in theory you could  have a day off from cycling if you wanted and just relax in this atmospheric little town. Presuming you’re up for another ride however, today’s route heads eastwards, along the base of the Alpilles Mountains on pleasant quiet lanes. After a while the perched village of Eygalieres comes into view. This beguiling little place has retained much of its authentic, provencale charm. Small stone houses with pastel coloured shutters stand shoulder to shoulder along the narrow streets and the pleasant street cafes look all too inviting. You then head north across level rural countryside to the sleepy village of Molleges before completing the circle back to St. Remy for a second night.

 

Day 4: St Remy – Fonvieille – Les Baux de Provence – Maussanne, 18 miles/28 kms

Cyclists approaching the village of Les Baux de Provence in France

Cyclists approaching Les Baux

Today’s route leads you south, past Maison de Sante Paul de Mausole, the rest home where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. During his time here the great artist completed no less than 143 oil paintings, including some of his best known works like , “Starry Night”, “The Irises” and “Wheat Field with Cypress” – the field depicted in the latter still exists today and can be seen adjacent to the property.

Winding lanes lead you up into the pine forests of the Alpilles Mountains via the picturesque village of Fontvieille to Les Baux de Provence, a gorgeous village perched on a rocky outcrop. Les Baux is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France and you’ll love exploring this atmospheric little place. Fronm here it’s only a short ride to the charming Provencal village of Maussane where you spend teh final night of your holiday.

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast it is time to check out and head for home or your next adventure. A bus service connects Maussanne to Avignon and Arles. You could even add on an extra night in Arles, a lovely old Roman town, if you wish

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 March to 30 October

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2019 Prices
058-101CFR
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01 Oct
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31 Oct
Simple category
Double/twin £405 £430 £405                
Single £589 £650 £589                
Solo cyclist £699 £724 £699                
Comfort category
Double/twin £503 £589 £503                
Single £797 £981 £797                
Solo cyclist £920 £1104 £920                
Superior category
Double/twin £675 £724 £675                
Single £1079 £1140 £1079                
Solo cyclist £1190 £1275 £1190                
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Deposit per person £150

Price Includes

4 nights accommodation. See practical information
4 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
E-bike cash deposit €800 deposit on arrival, payable locally

Supplements

Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information. (£103)
Bike with pannier & lock for solo cyclist (£164)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£164)
Electric bike with pannier & lock for solo cyclist (£215)

Practical Information

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Hybrid bike provided on this tour

The standard bike provided on this tour is a lightweight, alloy-framed, hybrid bike with 27 speeds, flat handlebars and a reasonably upright riding position. These bikes are perfect for this route

Bikes come equipped with a helmet, hi-vis vest, pump, odometer, water bottle holder, two panniers per bike and a lock, inner-tube and repair kit per room.

Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.

E-bikes are becoming more and more popular and are a good option for anyone slightly concerned about the hills they will encounter on this route. The model offered on this route is state-of-the-art with a battery capable of 90kms and 8 levels of assistance. An €800 deposit will be requested on arrival as a ‘guarantee’ only. This will be returned when you return the bike in good condition.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Simple: Pleasant hotels and guesthouses.

Avignon: Hotel Boquier
St. Remy de Provence: Hotel Canto Cigalo
Maussanne: Les Magnanarelles

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Avignon: Le Cloitre St Louis
St. Remy de Provence: Le Mas des Carassins
Maussanne:  Le Pre des Baux

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Avignon: Le Jardin de Baracane
St. Remy de Provence: Hotel de l’Image
Maussanne:  Le Val Baussenc

Getting There

Fly to Montpellier, Marseille, Lyon or Paris and then catch a train to Avignon. At the end of your holiday regular busses connect Maussane to Avignon and Arles.

Research flights from the UK here

Research trains in France here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 17/08/2018
  • Name - Neil Matthews
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Yes- can certainly recommend
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - All hotels in Provence were helpful in keeping our bikes safe. Food + accommodation was v good- lovely rooms, attentive staff- we were able to check in at all 3 hotels early in the afternoon. Luggage transfer was super efficient - bags already at the hotels even though we arrived early.
    The cycling route directions provided by “Walk-in” were very detailed and helpful. Only 2 instances where one extra bit of info might have improved our journey slightly. This was a fantastic cycling break- cycling difficulty rating also spot-on. Thank you. We hope to travel with Flexitreks again.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : We'll take that - thanks Neil!

    Product : Sounds idyllic, many thanks for the lovely review Neil.
  • Date - 17/03/2017
  • Name - Adrian Cole
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally was great; helped us with all our questions and even assisted with chosing a route to suit us - thanks Ally,
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Route suited us, hotels were great (especially last one), directions really clear.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the short but sweet review Adrian, we really appreciate it!