THE BEST OF PROVENCE
Guided Cycling Holiday
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.
Day 1 - 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.
Hilltop village of Gordes
Day 2 - Abbey de Sénanque & Roussillon
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.
Short Route: 35km (23 miles)
Long Route: 46km (29 miles)
Colorful lavender at Sénanque Abbey
Day 3 - Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Glanum
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.
Short Route: 39km (26 miles)
Long Route: 63km (38 miles)
Off-road cycle route
Day 4 - Baux & Arles
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.
Short Route: 37km (26 miles)
Long Route: 59km (37 miles)
Vibrant colors are everywhere
Day 5 - Pont du Gard & Avignon
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.
Short Route: 34km (24 miles)
Long Route: 72km (46 miles)
Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct
Day 6 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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.
43km (28 miles)
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.
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. 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:
- ✔ 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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- ✔ Entrance to the Gallo-Romano city of Glanum
- ✔ Entrance to the Roman amphitheatre and theatre in Arles
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
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
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 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.
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
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
Cloitre Saint Louis
|Date||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|24th - 30th April 2022||€1,670 EUR||€420 EUR||Included|
|12th - 18th September 2022||Fully Booked||-||-||-|
|18th - 24th September 2022||€1,670 EUR||€420 EUR||Included|
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.