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Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Indulgence | Around the Alpilles | Self Guided

Take a tour of the garrigue, olive groves and vineyards that cover this gorgeous corner of Provence and stay in our selection of the area's finest 4 and 5 star hotels. We have designed this tour to offer a true leisure cycling experience in Provence, with shorter distances and easier routes, giving you more time and energy to explore the local sites and taste the local produce. The tour takes in the charming buzz of St-Remy-de-Provence, rich in culture and history, as well as the stunning fortified village of Baux-de-Provence and the gorgeous village of Eygalières with its slow, relaxing pace of life. This is the perfect Provence tour for those looking for an easy ride.

What’s Included

  • Delightful 4-star and 5-star hotels
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation with 4 evening meals (7 night itinerary)
  • Fully serviced touring bikes with panniers, water bottle and repair kit
  • Detailed route information through the Ride With GPS app
  • Expert on the spot support
  • Luggage transferred between your hotels
  • E-Bikes available upon request
  • 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Indulgence | Around the Alpilles | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Marseille or Avignon and transfer to your hotel on the outskirts of St-Rémy-de-Provence

Explore the streets of this classy town and perhaps take a stroll to the nearby Roman ruins at Glanum.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Chateau Romanin and St Paul Mausoleum | Distance 11 miles (17km)

Your first day on the bike starts with a short and easy spin to acclimatise you to your bikes. The route takes you out to Chateau Romanin, one of the area's finest winemakers, where you can have a taste of their fantastic rosé. Cellar tours are also available but must be pre-booked. Your route back into St-Remy-de-Provence takes you past the St Paul Mausoleum, where Vincent Van Gogh spent the final years of his life, producing some of his most famed works. The museum on site is well worth a visit before rolling back into St Remy with time to spare for a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 3 | St-Rémy-de-Provence to Mausanne-les-Alpilles | Distance 17 miles (27km)

Today’s ride takes you around the western edge of the Alpilles range, through Saint-Étienne-du-Grès and Fontvieille, on a flat route. Continuing towards Mausanne-les-Alpilles, you’ll get your first site of the garrigue landscape that is so synonymous with this part of the world. Mausanne-les-Alpilles is yet another charming village that exudes the rustic class that makes Provence so appealing. We advise stopping here for a long lunch, before taking the short ride onwards to your hotel.

Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Baux-de-Provence | Distance 6 miles (10km)

If you haven’t been tempted into a day of relaxation at your hotel, then we propose taking the short ride up to the spectacular fortified village of Les Baux-de-Provence. Whilst the ride up may work up a bit of a sweat, the view from the top and the magnificent cobbled streets, lined with boutiques, make it all worthwhile. A little further up the road you’ll find the Carrières de Lumières, or Quarry of Lights, an ancient quarry that has been converted into a mesmerising modern art gallery, with artworks projected onto the enormous stones walls.

Day 5 | We say au revoir

Trip extensions are available upon request.

Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Indulgence | Around the Alpilles | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Marseille or Avignon and transfer to your hotel on the outskirts of St-Rémy-de-Provence

Explore the streets of this classy town and perhaps take a stroll to the nearby Roman ruins at Glanum.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Chateau Romanin and St Paul Mausoleum | Distance 11 miles (17km)

Your first day on the bike starts with a short and easy spin to acclimatise you to your bikes. The route takes you out to Chateau Romanin, one of the area's finest winemakers, where you can have a taste of their fantastic rosé. Cellar tours are also available but must be pre-booked. Your route back into St-Remy-de-Provence takes you past the St Paul Mausoleum, where Vincent Van Gogh spent the final years of his life, producing some of his most famed works. The museum on site is well worth a visit before rolling back into St Remy with time to spare for a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 3 | St-Rémy-de-Provence to Mausanne-les-Alpilles | Distance 17 miles (27km)

Today’s ride takes you around the western edge of the Alpilles range, through Saint-Étienne-du-Grès and Fontvieille, on a flat route. Continuing towards Mausanne-les-Alpilles, you’ll get your first site of the garrigue landscape that is so synonymous with this part of the world. Mausanne-les-Alpilles is yet another charming village that exudes the rustic class that makes Provence so appealing. We advise stopping here for a long lunch, before taking the short ride onwards to your hotel.

Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Baux-de-Provence | Distance 6 miles (10km)

If you haven’t been tempted into a day of relaxation at your hotel, then we propose taking the short ride up to the spectacular fortified village of Les Baux-de-Provence. Whilst the ride up may work up a bit of a sweat, the view from the top and the magnificent cobbled streets, lined with boutiques, make it all worthwhile. A little further up the road you’ll find the Carrières de Lumières, or Quarry of Lights, an ancient quarry that has been converted into a mesmerising modern art gallery, with artworks projected onto the enormous stones walls.

Day 5 | Mausanne-les-Alpilles to Eygalières | Distance 14 miles (23km)

Leaving Mausanne-les-Alpilles, you’ll quickly find yourself on quiet roads snaking through olive groves and garrigue lined valleys. The route climbs very gradually into a forested landscape, where the sound of cicadas fills the air, before a short descent into Eygalières. This is our favourite village in the area for its perfect blend of a charming atmosphere and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life. Explore the village and enjoy a well earned break before a 5 minute ride to your accommodation.

Day 6 | Optional Round Trip: Orgon | Distance 25 miles (40km)

 A round trip route is proposed today that takes you out to the small market town of Orgon. This place is teaming with history, with traces of population dating back to the Neolithic era. Once home to an important Knights Templar residence in the 13th century, the town's turbulent past is evident from the fortified walls and castle ruins that can be explored on foot. Meanwhile, the town centre feature a spectacular gothic church dating to the 14th century from which you can get some great views of the Durance valley to the east.

Day 7 | Eygalières to St-Rémy-de-Provence | Distance 13 miles (20km)

Your last day of cycling takes you back to St-Rémy-de-Provence along flat, quiet lanes. After a long, lazy breakfast you’ll roll down to the sleepy village of Mollégès before turning westward towards your end point and continuing through quiet farmland. Most people would arrive back in St-Rémy-de-Provence in time for a long lunch and an afternoon relaxing back at your hotel.

Day 8 | We say au revoir

Trip extensions are available upon request.

Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Indulgence | Around the Alpilles | Self Guided

  • Château des Alpilles

    5 star

    Located just outside the centre of St Rémy de Provence, the Hotel Château des Alpilles is simply magnificent. The hotel is a 19th Century mansion located in a beautiful park with a large swimming pool and the ideal place for a luxurious stay or as a special celebration at the end of your holiday.  All the rooms feature a luxury decor combining tradition and modernity. The hotel’s restaurant serves delightful cuisine with typical specialties from Provence.

  • Domaine de la Pierre Blanche

    4 star

    Set in a peaceful location on the outskirts of Eygalières, nestled amongst olive trees and sound tracked by the cicadas, the Domaine de la Pierre Blanche is a true haven of tranquillity. The rooms on offer are bright, spacious and airy, decorated in soft, neutral colours and equipped with a well-stocked mini bar and coffee making facilities. Also on site is the Restaurant l’Opale, serving creative seasonal dishes that offer a modern twist on Provençal classics.

  • Hameau des Baux

    5 star

    This spectacular property boasts not only a host of gorgeously finished and well equipped rooms, but also a Michelin starred restaurant ‘Cicada, la Table du Hameau’. The rooms are furnished in a unique style, mixing mid-century modern furniture with contemporary pieces and artworks too. Most rooms feature a small outdoor space to relax in and all have access to an outdoor pool with spectacular views.

Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Indulgence | Around the Alpilles | Self Guided

Tour Only Prices | 2020

2020 Departure Dates

Nights

Board Basis

Adult Price

April to October 

7

Bed & Breakfast and 4 Evening Meals

£2145

April to October 

4

Half Board

£1425

Full Half Board Supplements: 7 Nights - £180pp

Your Cycling Holidays in Provence

Indulgence | Around the Alpilles | Self Guided

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