Provence Cycling Holiday
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THE BEST OF PROVENCE

Guided Cycling Holiday

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The Best of Provence
Guided Cycling Tour
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,670 EUR
On this fully supported cycling holiday we explore the best of Provence in Southern France. We stay in the most beautiful towns and villages, visit unforgettable sights and ride through spectacularly colorful scenery.

The tour begins in the stunning village of Gordes, and from there we cycle through the quiet lanes and vineyards of Provence. We visit incredible historic monuments in Arles, Avignon, Glanum and Pont du Gard. We enjoy a wine tasting at Châteauneuf du Pape, and we ride through the most delightful villages; including Roussillon, Baux and many more.

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 self-guided version of this tour.
Provence Cycling Tour Map


Tour Availability


J F M A M J J A S O N D

Current Dates


24th - 30th April 2022
12th - 18th June 2022
18th - 24th September 2022



Day 1 - Gordes

We pick you up from Marseille (Provence) airport or Avignon train station and transfer you to our boutique hotel, situated in the valley below the village of Gordes.

We fit the bikes and, depending on your arrival time, there is the possibility of doing a short circular ride.

We take dinner at the hotel's excellent restaurant, giving you a taste of some classic Provencal cuisine.
Gordes
Hilltop village of Gordes

Day 2 - Abbey de Sénanque & Roussillon

On the first full day in the saddle we ride around the Luberon region. We first visit the 'red village' Roussillon, where we have a coffee stop in the colorful center.

From Roussillon we continue riding along quiet and gently rolling country lanes to reach Gordes. Carved dramatically into the rock, Gordes is Provence at its most idyllic. It combines stunning scenery with a charming historic center, dominated by an 11th century castle.

From Gordes we cycle to Sénanque - a Medieval abbey that is beautifully framed by surrounding lavender fields. After lunch we ride mostly downhill back to our hotel, where you can relax in the spa or the large gardens.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 35km (23 miles)

Long Route: 46km (29 miles)
Sénanque Abbey
Colorful lavender at Sénanque Abbey

Day 3 - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Glanum

The ride begins along tranquil country lanes which lead to the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Located at the source of the Sorgue River - the idyllic springs here have been a popular place with visitors since ancient times, and it's easy to see why given the stunningly picturesque backdrop.

From Fontaine we ride through vineyards and along a cycling greenway to reach our destination of Saint-Rémy. The one time home of Vincent Van Gogh, St Rémy is an intensely colourful and captivating market town; the kind of place that comes to mind when you envisage the charms of Provence.

It is also home to Glanum - the best preserved ancient city in all of France. Glanum is like a French Pompeii: an incredible site where you can see the ruins of Greek houses, Gaulish fortifications and Roman temples all in one place.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 39km (26 miles)

Long Route: 63km (38 miles)
Off road cycle route - Provence
Off-road cycle route

Day 4 - Baux & Arles

Today we head south into the tranquil oak forests of the Alpilles. The quiet roads lead us to the picture-postcard village of Baux - perched into the hillside underneath its Medieval castle, this makes for a memorable coffee stop.

From here you can either return to our hotel in Saint-Rémy and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, or you continue with a pleasant ride to the nearby city of Arles.

Founded by Julius Caesar in the year 48 BCE, Arles is home to a magnificent collection of Roman monuments; including a large amphitheatre, theatre and bath complex. We spend some time exploring the city and also stop for lunch here.

From Arles we return to Saint-Rémy for the evening; either cycling or in the support van, depending on how you feel.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 37km (26 miles)

Long Route: 59km (37 miles)
Saint Remy Colors
Vibrant colors are everywhere

Day 5 - Pont du Gard & Avignon

We leave Saint-Rémy through the Alpilles before reaching the mighty River Rhone. We pass the impressive castle at Beaucaire and cross the river, before joining an off-road cycling greenway that takes us to Pont du Gard.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pont du Gard is a stunning bridge on the nearly 50km long Roman aqueduct that used to bring water to the city of Nimes. It is an incredible feat of engineering with a consistent gradient throughout its entire length, and is a real experience to ride across.

From there we continue to the city of Avignon. The old town of Avignon is still surrounded by its intact Medieval walls; and the center is dominated by the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). During the 14th century, various Popes set up residence here challenging the authority of the Vatican in Rome.

The old town today is a maze of narrow streets, archways and artisanal shops, which are a lot of fun to explore.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 34km (24 miles)

Long Route: 72km (46 miles)
Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct
Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct

Day 6 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape

On our final day in the saddle we leave Avignon to the north, riding alongside the River Rhone. We cycle through the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhone before arriving at the town of Orange.

Orange has historically been one of the most important cities in Southern France, and is home to a stunning Roman theatre and Medieval old town. It played a key role in the religious wars of the 16th and 17th centuries, as it was under the control of William of Orange - a protestant leader, but was surrounded by mostly Catholic states.

From Orange we ride the short distance to Châteauneuf-du-Pape - a town famous for its wine. We stop here for lunch and visit one of the best known wineries, where we taste the local produce.

After the wine tasting we transfer you the short distance back to Avignon.

Cycle Route:


43km (28 miles)

Vineyards of Provence
Provence Vineyards

Day 7 - Departure from Avignon

After breakfast, the cycling holiday comes to an end. We can help to arrange extra nights for you to stay in Provence and discover more about this great region.

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.

Avignon on the River Rhone
Avignon from across the River Rhone

This tour explores the best of Provence. We visit the most beautiful villages in the region, cycling between them on quiet country lanes through vineyards and colorful scenery.

The holiday also has a keen focus on the rich history of the region. We visit the ancient Gaulish-Roman city of Glanum, ride over the Pont du Gard aqueduct and explore various castles and chateaus almost every day.

We also take advantage of the region's famous gastronomy. We enjoy a wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and take lunch everyday in our favourite local restaurants. On one day we also taste a selection of the local cheese and fruit, fresh from a Provencal market.

And these are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:

Included
  • 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
  • 13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 evening meals(all with drinks and tips inlcuded)
  • Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike) (see below for details)
  • Transfers to and from Provence (Marseille) airport or local train stations (see below for details)
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Vehicle Support on the routes
  • Experienced guide cycling the routes and explaining places of interest
  • Detailed information pack
  • Wine tasting in Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Entrance to the Gallo-Romano city of Glanum
  • Entrance to the Roman amphitheatre and theatre in Arles
Not Included:

Bicycles
Bicycle hire is included in the cost of the holiday, and we recommend our lightweight hybrid bikes or e-bikes for this tour. If you prefer we can also provide road bikes, although 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.
Hybrid Bicycle Our lightweight hybrid bikes

Difficulty Level & Roads
We rate this tour as between easy and medium difficulty if you ride the shorter routes. The routes are mostly flat or gently rolling, with some slightly longer but gentle climbs up to the hilltop villages of Gordes and Roussillon.

The longer routes are also quite flat or rolling and you can choose whether to do the shorter or longer ride on any given day.

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
The tour begins in the village of Gordes. Transfers to here are included from Marseille (Provence) airport. If you are unable to get flights there, then we recommend flying into either Lyon, Nice or Paris and taking the fast train from there to Avignon, and we will pick you up at Avignon train station.

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 Avignon. Transfers are again included from here to Marseille airport, or to Avignon train station, depending on your plans.

Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from the region.
Provence Arrivals and Departure Map

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.

What is the weather like?

Provence is mostly dry and sunny throughout the year, with little rain. This tour is enjoyable year round, although temperatures can be a bit too hot at times in July and August, and it can also get a bit chilly in the middle of winter.

So we generally run the guided tour in Spring and Autumn (Fall), when the vineyards are out and the weather is often perfect for cycling.

There is always the possibility of getting caught in a shower though, so we recommend to bring a rain jacket, just in case.

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 Avignon, Nimes 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.

Can non-cyclists come on the trip?

Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome.

Although cycling is a big part of the holiday, we also do a lot off the bike. Usually non-cyclists ride in the support vehicle and can explore the various towns and villages along the route.

How big are the groups on your tour?

We usually limit the groups to a maximum of 10 people. We find that if there are many more than that, it can become a bit unwieldly. We think that smaller groups also provide for a more personal experience, as well as enabling to book more easily in some of our favourite restaurants.

Who is leading the tour?

All of our guided tours are led personally by the founders of Cycle Fiesta - Ian & Lucia.

See our about us page for more information.

Can I do this as a private guided tour?

Yes, we can run this as a private tour for groups of six or more people. Please get in contact with us to discuss dates and any changes you would like to make

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?

We have plenty more detailed information on the website.

Check out our page on Avignon

Mas de Senancole
Hotel - Gordes
This boutique hotel is set around a traditional Provencal villa, amidst the Luberon countryside, near to the village of Gordes. It has colorful gardens surrounding a swimming pool, and also has spa facilities which are great for relaxing at the end of the day.
Villa Glanum
Hotel Saint-Rémy
This delightful spa hotel is situated just a short walk from the historic center of Saint-Rémy, and is next to the stunning archaeological site of Glanum. It is set in a large villa and also has modern spa facilities.
Cloitre Saint Louis
Saint Louis Hotel - Avignon
This 4-star hotel is housed in a beautiful 16th century monastery set inside Avignon's Medieval city walls. It is a short walk from the Palais des Papes and also has an impressive rooftop swimming pool, offering views over Avignon's historic center.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.


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Date Price (per person)¹ Single Supplement Bike Hire
24th - 30th April 2022 €1,670 EUR €420 EUR Included
12th - 18th June 2022 €1,670 EUR €420 EUR Included
18th - 24th September 2022 €1,670 EUR €420 EUR Included
Other Dates² - - -
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.


²Other Dates
Groups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.

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