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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-Provence, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Fontvieille, Eygalières, Maussane Les Alpilles, Tarascon, 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.
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.
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.
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).
1 night in a 2-star property with a swimming pool and 1 night in a 3-star property
2 nights in 3-star properties with character. One has a swimming pool, the other has a spa