Imagine a leisurely ride through the beautiful south of France. You set the pace and the logistics get sorted!
Avignon to Arles
Pedal through the picturesque landscapes and quaint villages of Provence on this active cycling adventure.
Wend your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and through forests on this active cycling adventure through Provence.
This guided cycle tour through Southern France is an idyllic blend of scenic trail riding, historical sights and wine tasting. Visit the serene gardens of St Remy to see where Vincent van Gogh created his famous works. Savour regional red wines at a vineyard outside Avignon. Walk the cobbled streets of Les Baux and marvel at the stunning views from atop its limestone cliffs.
Why you’ll love this trip
- You’ll cycle through the same landscapes that inspired some of Vincent van Gogh’s greatest masterpieces
- Encounter rich Roman history and architecture in the historic towns of Arles and Orange
- Stop in at famous vineyards outside Avignon and savour iconic French wines
- Pass by fragrant fields of lavender en route to the spectacular three-tiered city of Pont du Gard
- Search for wild white horses outside Camargue as you cycle to the Mediterranean Sea.
Cycle Provence – is this trip right for you?
- This cycle trip covers quite some distance, with cycling for up to 60 kilometres a day on varied terrain with a few hills. As well as obviously the ability to confidently ride a bike, in reality you only require a reasonable level of fitness to participate.
- There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
- On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed)
- You’ll be spending your nights in hotels all the way, ranging from comfortable to basic level, but they’ll always be authentic and a great opportunity to interact with the locals and fellow travellers.
- The weather in this region can be varied depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
- If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this guided bike trip.
- Orange Roman Theatre
- Pont du Gard Entrance
- Saint Remy – Van Gogh Asylum visit
- Castle Visit – Les Baux de Provence
- Arles Amphitheatre
- Accommodation – Hotel (7 nights)
- Meals – 7 breakfasts
- Transport – Bicycle, Support vehicle (optional e-bike)
- Included activities as specified
- The services of an Intrepid local leader
When to cycle in Provence?
The best time to cycle Provence is between May and the end of September, but here are a few pointers.
Between April and October when the weather is pleasantly warm and sunny. This being one of the most popular holiday destinations in France, you may, however, want to avoid peak dates such as Easter, and late July through August.
Cycle Provence in spring and everything will be in bloom and you’ll ride alongside stunning fields of bright red poppies. In summer you’ll see fields of lavender and sunflowers.