BEST OF PROVENCE
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Starting from the village of Gordes, you ride along quiet lanes and off-road cycle routes through the Luberon and Alpilles regions. You visit Roussillon, Avignon, Glanum, Saint Rémy, Châteauneuf du Pape, Pont du Gard and dozens of other memorable places as you really get to know the best of Provence.
The tour is suitable for riders of all levels, with two different route options each day depending on how far you wish to ride. We follow quiet roads and cycling greenways away from traffic. Below you can find a detailed itinerary, and click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.
We also run a guided version of this tour.
Day 1 - Gordes
Depending on your arrival time there is the possibility of doing a short circular ride around the local vineyards. Or you can simply relax in the hotel's swimming pool and spa.
Hilltop village of Gordes
Day 2 - Abbey de Sénanque & Roussillon
From Roussillon you continue riding along scenic lanes, leading into the village of Gordes. Gordes is Provence at its most idyllic: a small Medieval village carved into the hillside overlooking the vineyards below.
After visiting the castle in Gordes, you head to Sénanque - a Cistercian abbey dating from the 12th century, that is also famous for its surrounding lavender fields.
The day finishes with a fun donwhill back to the hotel.
Short Route: 35km (23 miles)
Long Route: 46km (29 miles)
Colorful lavender at Sénanque Abbey
Day 3 - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Glanum
From Fontaine, you continue through the vineyards and arable farmland to St Rémy-de-Provence. St-Rémy is an intensely colourful and captivating market town, and it is easy to see why its charms captured the imagination of its most famous former resident - Vincent Van Gogh.
St Rémy is also home to Glanum - the best preserved ancient ruins in all of France. Glanum is France's answer to Pompeii: an incredible site where you can see the ruins of Greek houses, Gaulish fortifications and Roman temples all on the same site.
Short Route: 44km (29 miles)
Long Route: 63km (38 miles)
Day 4 - Baux & Arles
From here, the shorter route returns to the hotel in Saint-Rémy through the parkland of The Alpilles. The longer route loops through the city of Arles, home to a magnificent collection of Roman monuments.
Short Route: 37km (26 miles)
Long Route: 59km (37 miles)
Quiet Country Lanes - Baux
Day 5 - Pont du Gard & Avignon
The longer route takes a diversion to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pont du Gard - a stunning Roman bridge which formed part of a 50km long aqueduct.
Both routes then join up next to the Rhone and continue into the city of Avignon. Avignon is still surrounded by its intact Medieval walls; and the charming center is dominated by the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). During the 14th century, various rival Popes set up residence in Avignon as part of a long running power struggle for control of the Catholic church.
Short Route: 54km (34 miles)
Long Route: 74km (46 miles)
Palace of the Popes - Avignon
Day 6 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
From there you continue to your destination for the day: the historic town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This charming village is also the wine capital of the region. We recommend visiting one of the local wineries for a tasting, and are sure you will enjoy riding through the picturesque scenery of the vineyards.
Short Route: 41km (27 miles)
Long Route: 45km (29 miles)
Leaving Avignon alongside its Medieval Walls
Day 7 - Departure from Avignon
If you prefer not to extend your stay, we will transfer you to Marseille airport or Avignon train station in time for your onward journey.
To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.
Roman Theatre - Orange
We show you authentic Provence: the history; the colors; the charm and even the smells! Whether visiting Glanum, Roussillon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon, Saint Rémy or dozens of other places, we want every day to provide truly memorable experiences.
Check out just a few of the many highlights of the tour in the photo album below:
- ✔ 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ Continental breakfast each day
- ✔ Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike)
- ✔ Transfers to and from the arrival and departure points (see below for details)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ GPS routes and mobile app to easily follow the routes
- ✔ Detailed information pack
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
We particularly recommend ebikes if you would like to do the longer routes, but are worried that the distances may be a bit too much.
If you prefer we can also provide road bikes, the routes do change slightly for these to avoid a couple of gravel sections.
More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Difficulty Level & Roads
All of the routes are mostly flat or gently rolling, with no major climbing. The most significant climbs are actually on the first day in the saddle, as two of the villages that you visit are perched on small hills.
Overall, we believe that this is a leisurely tour and is suitable for riders of all levels. It is not necessary to have done a lot of riding in preparation.
We hate cycling alongside traffic, and so ride on a combination of quiet paved roads and cycling greenways. The vast majority is paved, but there are some short gravel sections. These can be avoided if you are on a road bike or prefer to stay entirely on paved roads.
Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.
Arrival and Departure
If you are already staying in Provence, we are happy to collect from elsewhere in the region - just let us know when before the tour begins.
The holiday ends in Châteaneuf-du-Pape. Transfers are again included from here to Avignon train station.
Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from the region.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?
*Covid Policy 2021*
In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.
Reservations made in 2021 (for holidays taking place in either 2021 or 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following two years, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.
Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions or uncertainty.
For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.
Should I do the longer or shorter routes?
This depends entirely on you! The longer and shorter routes all start and finish at the same place, and so you can decide on any given day which you would prefer to do. There is no need to commit until the day of the ride itself.
On the longer routes you see more and are able to visit more places, while the shorter routes are more relaxing and ideal if you like to take your time and go at a slower pace.
If you would like to visit the extra towns and monuments on the longer routes, but are worried about the distances, then we recommend hiring an e-bike, which will give you more flexibility.
When is the best time of year to go on this holiday?
Provence is mostly dry and sunny throughout the year, with little rain.
In Spring (April to June) and Autumn or fall (September to November) the temperature is at the most pleasant for cycling.
It's possible to go on this holiday year round, but bear in mind that temperatures can get very hot at times in July and August, and it can be a bit chilly in winter.
The tour can be started on any day of the week.
Can I change or customize this tour?
Yes, absolutely. The itinerary is very flexible and we would be happy to customize it however you wish. If for example, you would like to stay in a particular town or hotel we can arrange this.
Likewise, if you would prefer to do longer or shorter rides, including evening meals, or stay somewhere for extra nights, please let us know and we can adjust the itinerary accordingly.
Can I extend the tour?
Yes, we would be happy to arrange any tour extensions for you. The most popular option is to spend extra nights in
or the French Riviere.
But we can also help you to extend the trip if you wish to visit the Alps, or any other destination in Provence or elsewhere nearby.
Do you run this as a guided tour?
Yes, for more details, check out the guided version of this holiday.
Why book with us?
We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:
- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.
- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.
- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.
By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.
- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.
What is your cancellation policy?
The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.
Where can I find more information about the region?
Mas de Senancole
Cloitre Saint Louis
Enclos de l'Hers
|Starting Date||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|All Other Dates||€1,390 EUR||€600 EUR||Included|
|22nd July - 26th August||€1,540 EUR||€650 EUR||Included|
¹Price is based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.
For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.