A cycling holiday in Provence, at your pace!
Do as little or as much as you wish. Based just outside the charming village of Graveson, former home of the painter and sculptor Auguste Chabaud, this new style cycling tour allows you to ride out from your base every day and discover some of the main sights in Provence. Indeed what makes this tour different from the others is that you stay in the same hotel for the whole week. 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 France bike! The highlights you can visit include: Cultural Avignon, with the pope’s former palace, Roman Arles and its arena and amphitheater, Artistic St Rémy de Provence, with its famous market on Wednesdays, and the Pont du Gard, Roman aqueduct over the Gardon River among others! And where do you stay? In a charming 3*** hotel with a swimming-pool, the temperature of its water is 28° from April to the end of October. Ideal to relax!
Day 1: Arrival in Graveson
Settle down in your 3*** hotel in a very quiet area with excellent cuisine, swimming-pool and free car park.
Day 2: In and around Avignon, ~25 km/16 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, ~70 km/43 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, ~65 km/40 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, ~35 km/22 miles
Following in the footsteps of Van Gogh a short cycle takes you 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, ~50 km/31 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 or extra nights
We can help you book extra nights in the area, or elsewhere.
6 nights at the 3*** hotel 'Mas des Amandiers'
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
France-Bike signs along the route
GPS on request
France-Bike security vest
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
season I (600 €/person in double and 800 €/person in suite)
season II (+50 €/person)
season III (+100 €/person)
route (1)-(2): ~245 km/150 miles
on quiet paths and flat roads that anybody can do
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, exit Avignon-Sud then to Graveson
by train: direct from London to Avignon with Eurostar, or direct from Paris to Avignon with TGV
by plane: nearest airport Avignon (16 km/10 miles) served by Flybe, or direct flight from London or Liverpool to Nîmes (50 km/31 miles) with Ryanair or direct from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Bournemouth to Marseille (80 km/50 miles) with Ryanair or EasyJet
free at the hotel
next to the hotel is also a restaurant. You can book your dinner at your arrival if you like to.
from Avignon train station to Graveson with France-Bike bus for 50 €/trip, other transfers possible on request
you can also book a suite with living room, bedroom, bathroom and toilet, terrace and garden
can be booked on request from 55 €/person
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