|Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
3 nights/4 days
Daily mileage: From 20 km (12 miles) to 51 km (32 miles) with some climbing
Trip starts from and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in 2- and 3-star properties (Option A) or in 3-star properties (Option A+)
From per person sharing a double room
The Alpilles Tour — 3 nights/4 days
|Day 1: Arrive in Avignon — Ride to Saint-Rémy (20 km/12 miles, 75 meters/250 ft of climbing)
Provence’s proximity to Paris (only 2 ½ hours by high speed TGV train) makes this tour a perfect choice for travelers on a tight schedule. It begins in Avignon, a few steps from the downtown train station. You’ll meet our local expert who will outfit you with bikes and go over every itinerary detail before pointing you on your way to Saint-Rémy where you will dine and overnight. An early arrival will allow for an easy-paced afternoon exploring the village of Saint-Rémy, Van Gogh’s home during some of his productive years. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
|Day 2: Saint-Rémy — Arles (Short Option: 43 km/27 miles, 370 meters/1,215 ft of climbing; Long Option via Les Baux: 51 km/32 miles, 530 meters/1,735 ft of climbing)
On easy trails or secondary paved roads, you’ll be biking through the picture perfect Alpilles mountain range. We’ll arm you with knowledge of places of interest, like a local wine-making estate where tastings are held. Stop for a swizzle if you wish, then sample olive oil — another regional specialty — once you’re near Maussane. Our longer route option will take you to the hilltop village of Les Baux. Don’t feel you need to push yourself — it’s an option route after all — but keep in mind that it bears the sought-after title of “One of France’s Most Beautiful Villages.” On a clear day, its towering fortress offers unobstructed views over Provence all the way to the Mediterranean Sea! If you’ve opted for the shorter route, you’ll find yourself in Arles much sooner, with more time to explore the museum-quality wonders on offer.
|Day 3: Arles — Graveson (43 km/27 miles, 135 meters/450 ft of climbing)
Don’t hop on your bike without first taking a stroll through Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit its well-preserved Roman theater. Wheel to Fontvieille, where Provencal writer Alphonse Daudet lived in a windmill that has since been turned into a museum. Further on, you’ll reach Tarascon, home to the Provençal fabric-maker Souleiado (a museum worth visiting). Even more worthwhile is Tarascon’s 15th century castle, one of the best-kept medieval fortresses in France. Pedaling on, you’ll soon be in Graveson, where you’ll dine and overnight. For lunch, you will find many open-air cafés and restaurants, along with little shops offering the perfect treats for a picnic.
|Day 4: Graveson — Avignon (20 km/13 miles, 135 meters/440 ft of climbing)
Your ride back to Avignon will take you through La Montagnette (“the small mountain”) where the working monastery of Frigolet Abbey is located. If your schedule allows it, you can also stop in Barbentane for a quick tour of its castles. Once in Avignon, return your bikes and depart at the time of your choice.
|Booking & Pricing|
|From 515 euros per person sharing a double room
Two options are available for this trip:
Option A: 2 nights in 2-star properties and 1 night in a 3-star property. Two hotels have a swimming pool.
Option A+: 3 nights in 3-star properties with character. Two hotels have a swimming pool and the other has a spa.
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