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A Short Escape from Avignon to Arles

Poppies will make your bike ride colorful during the blooming season 4
Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France Heading to Tarascon and its castles Avignon's Palace of the Popes, a UNESCO world heritage site Poppies will make your bike ride colorful during the blooming season
Poppies will make your bike ride colorful during the blooming season

A Short Escape from Avignon to Arles

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  • PriceFrom 390 euros
  • DAY2 nights / 3 days

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Description 

This shorter version of our Alpilles Tour will allow you to marvel at some of Provence's best-known sites. 

This trip is perfect for travelers who would like to give biking a try without necessarily committing to a week-long bicycle vacation. It is also an ideal short escape for sun-deprived city dwellers! Avignon is a mere hop away from major European cities. You may read about ways to access Avignon.

Our loop will take you around the Alpilles on very quiet roads. You'll bike through some of France's prettiest villages, such as Saint-Rémy-de-ProvenceLes-Baux-de-ProvenceFontvieilleEygalièresMaussane Les AlpillesTarascon, and Arles.

If that’s not enough inspiration, we suggest reading a 3-page article in the New York Times detailing the reasons this tour is so special.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Provence, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Avignon — Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Any day except Sunday) 20 km/12 miles; 75 meters/250 ft of climbing

 

Meet with our local representative bright and early to begin your cycling tour! Your short ride will lead you to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a sunny town made famous by Vincent van Gogh’s painting of a café.

D2Saint-Rémy-de-Provence — 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 both easy trails and small roads, you'll be biking through gorgeous scenery! Ride along the foot of the mountain range, pass vast fields of olive trees, and cycle through vineyards. You can stop for a wine tasting, if you choose! You may also opt to take a detour on a longer route option up to the hilltop town of Les-Baux-de-Provence. It’s a bit of a climb, as you’ll note in the route profile below! Your destination is Arles, a city whose amalgam of historic sites dating from the Roman era earns it its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

D3Arles — Avignon and Departure 53 km/33 miles, 165 meters/545 ft of climbing

 

Leaving Arles behind, you'll bike through Fontvieille, where Alphonse Daudet's windmill is located. Continue on to Tarascon and its castle, one of France's best-kept medieval fortresses. Tarascon is home to Souleiado, a Provencal fabric maker whose patterns bring joy to any home. After that, begin your return trip to Avignon. Riders who wish to visit the Frigolet Abbey and Barbentane may do so by opting for the longer route that will take them through "La Montagnette" (the small mountain).

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 1 night in a 2-star property with a swimming pool and 1 night in a 3-star property

  • 390 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 115 euros
  • 405 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 120 euros
  • 415 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 125 euros
  • Option A+
  • 2 nights in 3-star properties with character. One has a swimming pool, the other has a spa

  • 475 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 125 euros
  • 500 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 140 euros
  • 515 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 145 euros

These prices include:

  • 2 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
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • 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 50 euros per bike.

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