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Provence with Youngsters
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
7 nights/8 days
Daily mileage: From 21 km (13 miles) to 36 km (22 miles)
Trip starts from and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in 3-star properties and guesthouses of character
Level: 1 (Very Easy)
From 885 euros per person sharing a double room
For children, it is possible to rent an "extension bike" or a trailer

Provence with Youngsters — 7 nights/8 days

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For this cycling tour, we can provide you with trailers and extension bikes
 
On this cycling trip, we’ve kept the mileage to a minimum so that you can enjoy time with your family
  Almost every corner of Provence is scenic and safe for cyclists, but the everchanging hilly landscape can pose a challenge for even the most seasoned riders. Don’t despair — whether your tots are too small to manage small climbs or you simply wish to avoid them for your own comfort, we have the perfect itinerary to realize your dream of pedaling through the countryside of Provence.

“Provence with Youngsters” has been designed specifically for families with young children, but we’ve welcomed riders of all ages on a route consisting of mainly flat, quiet roads. The short distances allow you plenty of time to stop at your leisure, whether to grab a snack, visit a local artisan’s workshop, or enjoy a bit of history. The loop days can be spent relaxing off-bike, if you choose!

Accommodations have been carefully selected for their family-friendliness, and we offer a wide assortment of rental equipment to meet your needs: trailers, kid's bikes, and extension bikes for up to two children.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

Arrive in Avignon and check in to your centrally located hotel. If you have time, we recommend getting acquainted with this gem of a city, whether you explore the expansive Popes’ Palace or stop by the merry-go-round in the Place de l’Horloge
Day 2: Avignon — Graveson (27 km/17 miles, 95 meters/310 ft of climbing)

After breakfast, we will transfer you to Barbentane (a 15-minute drive) for your bike outfitting and briefing. From Barbentane, your route for the day will follow very quiet roads along the Rhône River and irrigation canals. At times, you will bike along the Montagnette, a miniature mountain topping out a 170 m (510 ft). On top is Frigolet Abbey, founded in the 10th century. On your way to Graveson where you'll overnight, you'll bike through small and quaint villages, each calling for a stop!
Day 3: Graveson — Graveson Loop (23 km/14 miles, 80 meters/265 ft of climbing)

Today's loop takes you through farmland between La Montagnette and the Alpilles. This is the heart of Provence, where ancestral traditions are kept alive through festivals featuring the carreto ramado, a cart drawn by forty decorated horses. Artisans still craft traditional wares, and you can visit a perfume-maker, a santon-maker (a santon is a handcrafted figurine modeled after real-life characters), and a candlemaker. A water garden and museum are also worth visiting.
Day 4: Graveson — Graveson Loop (36 km/22 miles, 110 meters/360 ft of climbing)

Your destination is Tarascon, where you can visit one of France's best-kept medieval castles. It’s also home to the Souleiado Museum (where colorful Provençal fabric has been made since 1806) or the house of Alphonse Daudet’s fictional Tartarin de Tarascon. If today is a Tuesday, make sure to take a stroll through Tarascon's market to discover local specialties such as dried ox-sausages, tapenade (olive-based sauce), pogne, or fougasse (different types of bread).
Day 5: Graveson — Maussane-les-Alpilles (29 km/18 miles, 175 meters/575 ft of climbing)

Your itinerary will skirt around the Alpilles mountain range en route to Fontvieille, a village founded by stone carvers. There, you'll be able to see the inside of one of the four windmills that overlook the village. Daudet's windmill has been remarkably restored, and the inner workings are truly fascinating! Further along the road, you may want to stop by the village des santons, a small-scale recreation of Provençal daily scenes using 400 carefully posed santons.
Day 6: Maussane — Maussane (Short Option: 25 km/15 miles, 190 meters/625 ft of climbing; Long Option via Les Baux: 32km/20 miles, 335 meters/1,110 ft of climbing)

Follow a path through olive groves and typical vistas on a Roman road once used to transport salt inland from the Camargue. This "Via Aurelia" linking Arles to Aix-en-Provence features a few gems along the flat-terrain route, like Les Baux de Provence, an optional side journey. Getting to this hilltop village requires some extra climbing, but if you can manage, you’ll find the quiet medieval streets worth your while! We also recommend taking a tour of its castle simply for the unobstructed view over Provence and the Mediterranean Sea — on some days, you can see all the way to Corsica! You may also enjoy the unusual "Cathedrale d'Images" (we would not do justice to this site by trying to describe the indescribable). An olive oil mill and a santon museum can also be found on today’s ride.
Day 7: Maussane — Arles — Avignon (21 km/13 miles, 100 meters/335 ft of climbing)

This 20 km itinerary takes you to Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gateway to the Camargue is known for its Roman gems, like the massive theatre-arena. Small streets and shaded squares are sure to entice you to discover this remarkable city on foot, unless you want to ride the "little train" for a guided tour! On Saturdays, the big open-air colorful market should not be missed. From Arles, you will head back to Avignon via the train and a 20-minute bike ride.
Day 8: Departure from Avignon

After breakfast, you may visit Avignon at your leisure. Depart Avignon at the time of your choice
Booking & Pricing
885 euros per adult sharing a double room. Kids' rate is based on age and will vary depending on available rooms (limited inventory of family rooms).

This price includes:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation (5 nights in 3-star hotels and 2 nights in a guesthouse of character). All have
    a swimming pool (except in Avignon)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative in Avignon
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Avignon to Barbentane on Day 2
  • Train ticket from Arles to Avignon on Day 7
  • 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

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Adult hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 95 euros per bike. Kids' bikes are available at the following rates:
    •   Mountain bike (10 years old or younger): 60 euros
    •   Extension bike: 60 euros
    •   2-seat trailer: 70 euros
For further information or reservations:
Please book 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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