Cycling highlights of Provence - 8 days
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Cycling highlights of Provence
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Bike Tour: Cycling highlights of Provence - 8 days

Inland Provence is a cycling paradise of tiny villages linked by quiet backroads, all calling your name! On this cycling tour you will explore the historical remains - from prehistoric times to Roman times. You will discover wonderful architectural monuments such as the Roman theatre and the triumphal arch in Orange, but also the arenas in Arles and Nîmes. You will discover Saint-Rémy, perhaps the most beautiful and certainly the most typical of the towns in Provence, where you can take a break in the shady square or stroll through the historic centre. Your itinerary will take you along country lanes, ancient Roman roads and you will be able to admire the sublime view of the high village of Les Baux-de-Provence and spend a day in the Camargue. Splendid churches, medieval castles and fascinating Roman sites will lead you to make many stops. And there's plenty of time to sample the wines of the Côtes du Rhône and the products of Provence.

Check out our video to discover the Camargue:

The route descriptions we have made for this trip will be supplied via a travel app, for “GPS” navigation with visual/audio guidance (reading of the track on your smartphone).

Map FRSB995
Day 1: Arrival in Orange
Day 2: Orange - Avignon
Day 3: Avignon - Arles
Day 4: Camargue Roundtrip
Day 5: Arles - Nîmes
Day 6: Nîmes - Uzès
Day 7: Uzès - Orange
Day 8: Departure from Orange

Day 1:    Arrival in Orange
Arrival in Orange and check-in at your hotel. Orange has wonderful architectural monuments from Roman times: The Roman Theatre and Triumphal Arch are historical witnesses from this epoch. Enjoy exploring the old town, with its Provençal charm and small pretty shops and cafés.

Day 2:    Orange - Avignon
36 km
Your first cycling day takes you into the world-famous wine town Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where a stroll through the town should not be missed. Continue to the city of Avignon along the Rhône Cycle path, a relaxed way to cycle into the city. On arrival in Avignon we recommend a stroll through the old town and a visit to the Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace).

Challenge: 37.7km, 286m ascent, 306m descent

Day 3:    Avignon - Arles
54 km
Taking a quiet cycle route, you leave Avignon and pedal directly to St Rémy, possibly the most beautiful and certainly the most typical town in Provence. Take a break in the shaded square or wander the old centre with its shops and cafes. A visit to the monastery Saint Paul de Mausole, where van Gogh spent a year, is highly recommended. Leaving St Remy, you can admire the Roman Arch as you head to the Alpilles. Enjoy great views of Les Baux, the “city in rock” with its harmonic location and fortress ruins. Continue to Arles, once the second largest city of the Roman Empire. Today, Roman culture and Romanesque heritage characterize the historic centre of Arles. It is also the city of Vincent van Gogh. Make your way to your hotel, where you stay for two nights.

Challenge: 54km, 332m ascent, 335m descent

Day 4:    Camargue Roundtrip
46 km
Loop cycle to the Camargue. It's a unique natural landscape - half sea and half land, with brackish water lakes, vast salt steppes, wild horses and if you are lucky pink flamingos. Cycle along small paths exploring the nature reserve. In Mejanes you can take a small train through unspoilt nature, with the chance to see flamingos and wild bulls. The route today is almost always on cycleways. Return to Arles and your hotel.

Challenge: 45.7km, 175m ascent, 180m descent

Day 5:    Arles - Nîmes
47 km
In the morning the route takes you to the towns of Tarascon and Beaucaire, located on the banks of the Rhône River. There are many lovely viewpoints and a castle dating from the 12 century en route. You can visit a café and enjoy a break besides the river, or visit the castle of King Remy in Tarascon. Nîmes has numerous well-preserved Roman buildings: The Amphitheatre, the Maison Carrée and the Tour Magne are impressive, or you can enjoy the modern part of the city and the “Carré d'Art” designed by British architect Lord Norman Foster. Overnight in Nimes.

Challenge: 47.1km, 271m ascent, 226m descent

Day 6:    Nîmes - Uzès
45 km
The fortress of Tarascon accompanies you for a while as you cycle through the vineyards of Costières de Nimes, the area's southern-most wine growing area. After a few hours you'll see and visit the Pont du Gard, the famous World Heritage listed Roman aqueduct. Aromatic plants such as lavender, thyme and rosemary accompany you into the pretty Provençal town of Uzès, with its magical, medieval charm. Uzès is a maze of small streets and shaded squares, along with a bell tower and 17th and 18th century mansions. Saturday is market day, and this is one of the best in the south of France.

Challenge: 45.3km, 320m ascent, 230m descent

Day 7:    Uzès - Orange
49 km
The last cycling day takes initially you through the hilly landscape of the Garrigue, with its low growing holm oaks, juniper and wild Mediterranean herbs. Then the vineyards and lovely orchards of Provence take over once again, and you cycle through the Rhone valley's famous wine regions of Lirac and Laudun on the other side of the river, before returning to Orange.

Challenge: 48.9km, 321m ascent, 414m descent

Day 8:    Departure from Orange
After breakfast your self-guided cycling trip comes to the end. You can easily reach the train station of Orange.

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 during the trip.

Hotel le Cigaloun Orange
Hotel Lou Cigaloun *** (Orange)
Hôtel le Médiéval *** (Avignon)
Hotel la Muette ** (Arles)
Hôtel des Tuileries *** (Nîmes)
Hôtel la Taverne de Sophie ** (Uzès)
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Hôtel Le Grand Hôtel d'Orange**** (Orange)
Hôtel Le Grand Hôtel d'Orange**** (Orange)
Hôtel Mercure Pont d'Avignon Centre**** (Avignon)
Hôtel Mercure Pont d'Avignon Centre**** (Avignon)
Hôtel SPA Le Calendal*** (Arles)
Hôtel SPA Le Calendal*** (Arles)
Hôtel de l'Amphithéâtre Nîmes*** (Nîmes)
Hôtel de l'Amphithéâtre Nîmes*** (Nîmes)
 Hôtel Entraigues**** (Uzès)
Hôtel Entraigues**** (Uzès)
Bike rental

GITANE Verso, 21 Speed

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 


The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock 

Our rental bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Practical info

7 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfasts included during the trip

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next accommodations. Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum)

For time tables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

We strongly advise you to download the sncf mobile app prior to departure.

If you want to travel on a train with your bike, you can find more information via this link.

Parking information on request

We will supply the directions of this trip with a personalized code which gives you access to our travel App.

Arrival info

The international Marseille Airport is served by a large number of scheduled and low cost airlines. There are easy train connections from Marseille-Provence Airport to Orange. 

Orange can easily be reached by train (TGV). Then it's just a short taxi ride to Orange.

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

From Paris to Orange (approx. 6h30 - 660km). Check recommended driving itineraries at ViaMichelin.



I have been very pleased with your services, it has made biking holidays so much more easier.  

This was my second bike tour with French Bike Tours, and I am yet again very pleased with their service. The length of each day was just right, the hotels were all very nice, and the bikes very good. We particularly enjoyed a swim in Pont du Gard and Codolet, on this “Highlights of Provence” trip. On the Camargue roundtrip, we passed this gorgeous sunflower field, we just had to stop for pictures. On the very last day, we encountered lavender fields, where we also needed a photo stop.

The staff at the hotels were always very friendly, and our luggage was always in our room. Perfect! I want to particularly thank Melanie for very quick and helpful replies on email. I am looking forward to my next bike trip in August, from Geneva to Lyon.

I think day 3, the Camargue roundtrip didn’t live up to the description. The fauna was pretty much the same the entire day, so a bit boring. But lengthwise it was fine. It was a bit hard to find the password for the GUIBO. The best was the swimming in Pont Du Gard and Codolet (the last two days). These should have been mentioned in the route/trip description. 

Heidi O.

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