PROVENCE HIGHLIGHTS – single hotel based tour

7 day Independent Tour Based just outside the charming village of Graveson, former home of the painter and sculptor Auguste Chabaud, this cycling tour allows you to ride out from your single hotel base every day and discover some of the main sights in Provence. We give you ideas of places to visit and of […]

7 day Independent Tour

Based just outside the charming village of Graveson, former home of the painter and sculptor Auguste Chabaud, this cycling tour allows you to ride out from your single hotel base every day and discover some of the main sights in Provence. We give you ideas of places to visit and of course the road maps and directions and rental bike to visit them, but if you wake up and decide that today would be better spent reading a book by the pool then you can do just that! Also no bags to pack every day, so the tour is cheaper too as you don’t pay for the luggage transport service, without compromising the quality you’ve come to expect from us!
The highlights you can visit include cultural Avignon, with the pope’s former palace, Roman Arles and its arena and amphitheatre, Artistic St Rémy de Provence, with its famous market on Wednesdays, and the Pont du Gard, roman aqueduct over the Gardon river; among others!

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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1

Graveson

Arrival in Graveson. 3*** hotel in a very quiet area with excellent cuisine, swimming-pool and free car park. The following are ideas for day trips from the hotel – and are in no particular order. Once you’ve got your bike, you choose your programme! 

Day 2

In and around Avignon, ~35 km/22 miles

At around 9:30am welcome meeting, handover of maps, and documents, pick up your bike if rented. Then on back roads to Avignon. Visit the historical old city and UNESCO sites such as the pope’s former palace, and the famous bridge Pont St Benezet. 

Day 3

To the Pont du Gard, ~55 km/34 miles

Head out west over the Rhone river towards the famous roman aqueduct over the Gardon river, which is also perfect for a picnic and refreshing swim. 

Day 4

In and around Arles, ~50 km/31 miles

Meander south through country lanes to the Roman city of Arles. Wander through the narrow back streets, admiring over 2000 years of history such as the arena, the amphitheater…… 

Day 5

Saint Rémy and Les Baux, ~40 km/24 miles

Following in the footsteps of Van Gogh a short cycle takes you to over to St Rémy – don’t miss the market on Wednesday! Then on to Les Baux de Provence, and its medieval village and castle perched on a hilltop with superb views to the sea in the south, or Mont Ventoux to the north. 

Day 6

Tarascon and Beaucaire, ~40 km/24 miles

Today you could take a leisurely cycle to Historical Tarascon with its castle or Beaucaire, with its port

Day 7

End of the Tour 

 

Rating: Easy to Moderate

This area is fairly flat with a few rolling hills. You cycle along quiet backroads and dedicated cycle paths.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest airport is Avignon however it is very small. There are no train or shuttles serving Avignon Airport.
Marseilles Airport is approx. 100km distant.
You may also take the TGV express train from Paris (3 hours), at a cost of approx. $140

 

Schedule & Price

Departure Dates 2014

Daily from mid-March to late October.

Price per person CAD $1050
Single Supplement $280
Half board option (6 x 4-course dinners) $220
 Optional ElectroBike $160

 

This tour includes:
• 6 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The 3 star hotel we use on this tour is especially chosen for its charm. Swimming pool and free parking included.
• breakfast daily
• Detailed trip documentation. maps, brochures and route notes
• Visibility vest
• Modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, pannier and theft protection
• 7 day emergency service hot-line