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Cycling Provence of Van Gogh
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7 days
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FRSB991
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Cycling Provence of Van Gogh
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Bike Tour: Cycling Provence of Van Gogh - 7 days

 

Inland Provence is a cycling paradise, with tiny villages linked by quiet back roads. This cycle journey offers a great insight into French village life and an opportunity to sample the mouth-watering gastronomic delights of the region. We explore the historic relics - from prehistoric to Roman times, and there is plenty of time to soak up both the sights and sample the wine and produce of the Cotes du Rhone and greater Provence. Our route takes us along country lanes, ancient Roman roads and deserted hilltop passes. Travelling through vineyards, olive groves and sleepy villages we follow the region's rivers and mountain ranges. Splendid churches, medieval castles and fascinating Roman sites along the way provide frequent stops.

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FRSB990 Overview
itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Graveson or Barbentane
Day 2: Graveson / Barbentane - Tarascon
Day 3: Tarascon - Arles
Day 4: Arles - Les-Baux-de-Provence
Day 5: Les-Baux-de-Provence - Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Day 6: Saint-Remy - Graveson / Barbentane
Day 7: Departure from Graveson / Barbentane

Day 1:    Arrival in Graveson or Barbentane

You individually travel to Graveson or Barbentane. These villages offer a great beginning to your cycle trip in Provence, just a 15 minute taxi ride from Avignon TGV rail station. On arrival at your hotel, relax and enjoy the gardens and in most cases, the swimming pool. You can also wander into the nearby town. During the afternoon our bike specialist will deliver your bike and make any necessary adjustments. If you will be arriving late this evening you bike will be waiting for you at the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day 2:    Graveson / Barbentane - Tarascon
26 km

After breakfast, begin cycling to Tarascon. Depending on your hotel the previous night, you'll cycle through the foothills of the Alpilles to reach Tarascon or alternatively via the Abbey of St Michel de Friogolet. Whichever route you take, today is full of superb scenery through typical villages of Provence. Situated on the Rhone River, Tarascon has some interesting sights. Its well preserved castle was once home to Count Rene d’Anjou, the King of Provence, and has an excellent display of tapestries and earthenware jars. The Musee des Tissues Souleiado (fabric museum) is also worth exploring. If you arrive on a Tuesday, this is market day and it's well worth spending some time checking out the local specialties. Across the river are some great 17th and 18th century houses. Our comprehensive guide notes will provide further tips for exploring this pretty town. Evening meal and accommodation in a 2-star hotel in the centre of Tarascon.

Day 3:    Tarascon - Arles
41 km

Today the cycle takes you north into rugged and rocky scenery close to the town of Fontvieille. Here you can see the windmills (including Daudet’s Mill – as described in the short stories ‘Lettres de mon Loulin’, written by Alphonse Daudet in 1869), some interesting churches and the Musee de Daudet. Continue to historic Arles, which dates from the 7th century BC and was a major Gallo-Roman city. Here you should visit the Arena and the Roman Theatre, and you can cycle along its canal to the reconstructed Van Gogh bridge, the setting of the painter's famous “Pont de Langlois” works. Our first choice of hotel is in the old centre of Arles. If this is not available, you'll stay in a 2-star country hotel with swimming pool a short distance from the centre.

Day 4:    Arles - Les-Baux-de-Provence
22 km

Today’s cycle is short, giving you time to explore the area and Les-Baux-de-Provence, a picturesque village with a royal history and high fortified ruins. There are some great museums in the village including the History Museum and the Olive Museum. Evening meal and accommodation in a 2-star hotel in Les-Baux-de-Provence.

Day 5:     Les-Baux-de-Provence - Saint-Remy-de-Provence
28 km

From Les Baux you return to Maussane along a back road, from which there are gorgeous views of the Alpilles, and continue to Saint Rémy. The year before his death, Vincent van Gogh spent time in an asylum in this town and also in nearby Arles. The colours and light were an inspiration in his paintings. Other well known artists that have been attracted to the area include Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse and Cézanne. There is ample opportunity to explore delightful Saint Remy, including the house where Nostradamus was born. Evening meal and accommodation in a 2-star hotel in the village.

Day 6:    Saint-Remy - Graveson / Barbentane
27 km

Today you will cycle along back roads, between olive and fruit trees.
You will cross the charming village of Eyragues, where you will see its splendid 18th century clock tower and the fortified, Romanesque-style Saint Maxime church dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Along the lanes, you will see the remains of the ramparts. After reaching the market garden plains of Châteaurenard, you will cycle to your hotel in Barbentane or Graveson.

Day 7:    Departure from Graveson / Barbentane

End of your trip after breakfast.
When travelling by train, a transfer from your last accommodation to Avignon train station can be organised before your departure or the day before by your accommodation. The travel time from your accommodation to Avignon train station is about 20 minutes (not included in package).

accommodation

All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included and 3 dinners during the trip.

included

Included 

  • 6 nights in selected 2/3* hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Not included 

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid or E-Bike rental 

Extras 

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental (95 €)
  • E-bike supplement (180 €)
practical info

6 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels

Breakfasts and 3 Dinners included during the trip

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting hybrid bikes (95 €) or E-bikes (180 €)

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotels

You can get to Avignon by train (train station TGV). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF

Parking informations on request

GPS tracks are available on request

Travel

The international Marseille Airport is served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines. Almost all trains connecting Marseille-Provence Airport to Avignon. For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF.

You can get to Avignon by train (train station TGV). For time tables and further information look at the website of the SNCF or TER-SNCF 

From the train station in Avignon, it's just a short taxi ride to your hotel (approx. 20 min).

From Paris to Barbentane / Graveson (approx. 6h45 - 700 km/435 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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