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The Alpilles Tour
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence 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+)
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 515 euros per person sharing a double room

The Alpilles Tour — 3 nights/4 days

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Our Alpilles cycling tour starts from Avignon and takes you through the Alpilles region of Provence   Celebrated by poets and writers such as Frédéric Mistral and Alphonse Daudet, painted by Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Chabaud, and many others, the Alpilles mountain range has long been the source of artistic inspiration! What makes it truly fascinating is its diversity — fragrant valleys, vineyards, and olive trees give way to wooded areas and hilltop villages. Our route will take you on very quiet roads around the Alpilles. You’ll bike through some of France’s prettiest villages: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence, Fontvieille, Eygalières, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Tarascon, and Arles, among others!

This trip is ideal for riders who are “on a schedule” as well as families with kids, as daily mileage doesn’t exceed 35 miles (unless you opt for the longer route to Les Baux on Day 2).
 
This cycling tour will take you through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pont-du-Gard
 
Itinerary
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.

  • 515 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 155 euros
  • 530 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 160 euros
  • 560 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 170 euros

Option A+: 3 nights in 3-star properties with character. Two hotels have a swimming pool and the other has a spa.

  • 610 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 170 euros
  • 625 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 175 euros
  • 650 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 190 euros

These prices include:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative in Avignon
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Adult hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 60 euros per bike.
For further information or reservations:  
Please book it online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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