THE BEST OF PROVENCE
Guided Cycling Holiday
The tour begins in the stunning village of Roussillon, and from there we cycle through the quiet lanes and vineyards of Provence. We visit incredible historic monuments in Arles, Glanum and the Luberon Region. We enjoy olive oil and wine tastings at a local vineyard, and we ride through the most delightful villages; including Gordes, Baux, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse 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.
Day 1 - Rousillon
We fit the bikes and, depending on your arrival time there is the possibility of doing a short circular ride around the local vineyards. You can also explore the narrow streets of Roussillon and walk along the Ochre Trail.
Red Village of Rousillon
Day 2 - Lacoste & Pont Julien
Highlights include the villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste. In the latter, you can visit an impressive castle which was once the home of the infamous Marquis de Sade. You will also ride across Pont Julien - a Roman bridge across the Cavalon River - and will explore the charming village of Goult.
Before finishing the ride back in Roussillon we also stop for lunch and enjoy a tasting experience of the local Provencal olive oil.
Short Route: 37km (23 miles)
Long Route: 44km (27 miles)
Today we ride through the Luberon region
Day 3 - Sénanque Abbey & Gordes
One of the highlights of the day is the dramatic Sénanque Abbey. Dating from the 12th century, the abbey is housed in a beautiful Medieval building and is surrounded by spectacularly colorful and fragrant fields of lavender.
From the abbey, the route descends gently to Gordes. Another one of Provence's most beautiful villages, Gordes is perched on the side of a cliff with incredible views overlooking the valley below and the Luberon region.
We stay in a traditional villa-style hotel on the edge of Gordes.
Short Route: 31km (19 miles)
Long Route: 40km (25 miles)
Fragrant lavender at Sénanque Abbey
Day 4 - Vaucluse Region
From Fontaine you can extend the route to Saumane-de-Vaucluse, home to a pleasant castle, before we return back to the Luberon region. The ride follows quiet country lanes through vineyards and lavendar fields around the delightful village of Maubec, where westop for lunch. There is also the possibility to visit a local olive oil producer for a tasting.
Short Route: 42km (26 miles)
Long Route: 60km (37 miles)
Day 5 - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Glanum
Highlights on the route include the charming village of Eygalières, which is known for its cheeses and is our lunch stop. From there it is a short distance to your destination for the evening, the town of St-Remy-de-Provence.
St-Rémy is an intensely colourful and captivating market town, full of the delightful sights, smells and sounds that make the Provence region so special. The town 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: 38km (24 miles)
Long Route: 49km (30 miles)
Gallo-Roman Town of Glanum
Day 6 - Baux & Arles
Built on a rocky outcrop, the Medieval streets of Baux are fascinating to explore. During the 12th and 13th centuries, the small village was the capital of a vast feudal state, which controlled huge areas of Provence.
From Baux we descend on quiet lanes, passing an impressive Roman aqueduct as you head into the Camargue region. You enter Arles on cycle lanes, passing the Langlois bridge immortalized by Van Gogh.
The ride finishes in the historic heart of Arles - a city which is home to some of the finest Roman ruins in Western Europe, including an amphitheatre, a theatre, baths and a forum complex.
Short Route: 42km (26 miles)
Long Route: 51km (31 miles)
Quiet Country Lanes
Day 7 - Possible Extensions
You may also wish to extend the holiday, by spending extra nights in Arles or one of the other attractive destinations nearby, such as the French Riviera, Marseille or Avignon.
Please Contact us if you would like to extend the itinerary and spend extra nights in Avignon.
Avignon from across the River Rhone
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, touring around the charming villages of the Luberon and take lunch everyday in our favourite local restaurants.
And these are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:
- ✔ 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ 11 meals: 6 breakfasts, & 5 lunches (usually a three course meal in a good local restaurant with drinks inlcuded)
- ✔ Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike) (see below for details)
- ✔ Transfers to and from arrival and departure points (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
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. The exact model depends on availability, so please get in touch if you would like more information.
All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Difficulty Level & Roads
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
If you are already staying in Provence, we may be able to pick you up from elsewhere in the region - just let us know when before the tour begins.
The holiday ends in Arles. Transfers are included to Arles train station, from where you can get easy and fast connections to Marseille airport, or to other cities in Provence and beyond.
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 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 be quite cool 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 or on 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
When is the best time to see the lavender?
The lavender is in bloom in Provence during June and July.
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 some articles of interest on the website to provide you with more background before your trip. We also provide extensive trip notes, including points of interest
and a detailed history of the region.
To begin with, check out our guide to Roman Provence.
La Maison des Ocres
Mas de Senancole
Hotel le Castelet des Alpilles
Hotel du Forum
|Price (per person)¹
|from €1,870 EUR
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