The land of light, colours and scents! For these reasons, many well known painters have lived in the Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, Chagall … The Mediterranean climate is pleasant as the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. Provence has not only an easy way of life, but is also one of the richest cultural regions of Europe. Numerous monuments testify to a long and great past, from the Greek and Roman period to the Middle Ages, and to modern times.
Lastly, we mention the quality of wine, food and hotels. During our cycle tour you’ll discover the great foods of Provence and their Mediterranean flavour. You stay in upgraded 4 star hotels and Chambres d’hôte de Prestige.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Arrival at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Splendid Hotel **** with a park and a swimming-pool and an exceptional restaurant.
Meeting at the hotel reception around 09.30 a.m. for more explanations on the tour and distribution of rental bikes. We then visit Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, its historical centre, the largest Chartreuse abbey, you cross the fruit plantations along the Rhône river, ride on the largest Rhone island, Barthelasse, and reach Avignon, which we recommend a visit to its centre, the Papal Palace (World Patrimony, the Medieval bridge. Back to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.
You ride through the Little Crau and on small roads to St. Rémy de Provence, crossing lovely villages such as Barbentane, Graveson and Maillane. 2 nights in an exceptional Hotel **** with a large park, swimming-pool and excellent restaurant.
You can choose your own program today. We recommend: go to the Greek and Roman monuments of Glanum and Les Antiques, and then on small roads to Tarascon with one of the best preserved medieval centres and the largest castle on the Rhône river. You can also visit the manufacturer of the famous Provence fabric, Soleiado. Back to St. Rémy.
There are 2 ways to ride to Arles. The more sporty one leads you across the Alpilles mountains and to the village of Les Baux (with 1 ascent of about 5 km). On the top, you’ll have a very beautiful view over this village, the whole Rhône delta and the Camargue. The alternative way has no climbs and leads you along the Alpilles on small roads and across the great fruit plantations and rice fields to Arles where the painter Vincent van Gogh had lived for nearly one year. The whole town is classified as World Heritage.You will spend two nights in a beautiful 5***** hotel.
You have enough time to visit this exceptional town and its roman and medieval monuments. Afterwards you can ride through the amazing nature reserve Camargue. Back to Arles by the famous bridge that Vincent van Gogh has painted in many versions.
Day 7: Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
About 11 am return to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon with our transfer bus. End of the tour or you may extend your holidays
RATING Easy to Moderate
Mostly flat, with some very short uphill stretches. You cycle on paved, quiet country roads. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Avignon however it is very small. There are no public buses, train or shuttles serving Avignon Airport.
Marseilles Airport is approx. 100km distant. Bus/rail transfers from Marseilles are available at $35.00
You may also take the TGV express train from Paris (3 hours), at a cost of approx. $150
SCHEDULE & PRICE
These independent tours depart every Saturday from mid March to late October. You may choose your own departure date if you have four or more in your party.
Season 1: 16.03.- 08.06. / 21.09.- 26.10
Season 2: 16.06.- 14.09
|Price per person||
|Half-board option (6 superb dinners)||$450|
|Season 2 surcharge||$340|
|Optional e-bike upgrade||$120|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment