This is one of the most famous and popular regions in France and there is a reason for that!
People have lived here in Provence for thousands of years. It flourished under the Romans and was the center of ecclesiastical power in the 14th century when the papacy resided in Avignon. Its wealth of landscape, culture and history is unique, as is its light, fragrance, and cuisine. Here you can enjoy cycling with all your senses!
|Start/Finish:||Aix-en-Provence // Aix-en-Provence|
|Duration:||9 days vacation, 7 riding days|
|Route:||safe and well-maintained cycle paths, forest roads and roads|
|Accommodations:||charming, carefully selected hotels|
|Rest day:||Les Baux-de-Provence
|Highlights:||Étang de Berre, Arles and Avignon, The Camargue, Pont Du Gard, Châteaunef-Du-Pape, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Abbey Notre Dame de Sénanque, Château de Gordes, Luberon|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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|DAY 1:||Arrival in Aix-en-Provence
The adventure begins! At 4 o'clock in the afternoon you will meet your fellow travelers and the tour guides at the tour start hotel.
|DAY 2:||Aix-en-Provence - Les Baux-de-Provence
We leave beautiful Aix-en-Provence, ride west and soon reach the Étang de Berre, the largest inland lake in France. Here, a jump into the cool water or a café au lait on the beach is tempting before we reach the small, ancient village of Miramas-le-Vieux at the northern end of the lake. We can see it perched on a hill from afar and look forward to strolling through the medieval alleys and grabbing a bite to eat. From here, it's not far to our destination for the day, Les Baux-de-Provence, a small village overlooked by a huge, ruined castle.
|DAY 3:||Les Baux-de-Provence
On our first rest day, we will make an excursion to the nearby town of Arles, which is one of the most attractive towns in Provence. Under the Romans it experienced its greatest flowering and to this day it has lost none of its splendor. Especially the amphitheater and the other Roman buildings are very impressive. Just behind Arles begins the famous Camargue with its flamingos and white horses. Of course, we will not miss this unique nature experience!
|DAY 4:||Les Baux-de-Provence - Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
The day begins with a climb, we cross the small mountain range Les Alpilles, whose bare limestone peaks look like they are covered in snow when the sky is blue. North of it is the small town of Saint-Remy-de- Provence, where Nostradamus was born, and Vincent van Gogh lived for a year. It is worthwhile to linger here for a while. In the afternoon we reach Avignon, which captivates us with its beautiful old town, the Pope's Palace and of course the famous bridge. Our accommodation is on the other side of the Rhône, in the charming and quiet village of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.
Near Avignon is the Pont du Gard, one of the most famous Roman buildings in France and of course we do not miss it. This 2000-year-old aquaeduct is a masterpiece of Roman architecture and an absolute feast for the eyes! The way there is also beautiful, as we ride along the rivers Rhône and Gardon, while the way back takes us through extensive vineyards.
|DAY 6:||Villeneuve-lès-Avignon - Gordes
We follow the Rhône upstream a little further and admire the ruins of the former papal summer residence in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which was built about 800 years ago. We then head east, crossing lonely and mostly flat stretches of land before the foothills of the Monts de Vaucluse tower up before us. In a secluded valley and surrounded by lavender fields is the Abbey of Notre Dame de Sénanque. It looks as if it has fallen out of time and we let ourselves be enchanted by it before we move into our quarters a few kilometers further on, in Gordes.
Gordes is a nice place to stay, there is a lot to see, especially the huge 1000-year-old castle attracts everyone's attention. Still, we will ride our bikes, of course, because there's something unique to discover just 10 kilometers outside of Gordes. The ochre rocks of Roussillon shine so intensely that it seems almost unreal. On a short hike, you can admire them from all sides.
|DAY 8:||Gordes - Aix-en-Provence
On the last day, we reach the highest point of the tour, because the mountain range that stands in our way forces us up to over 700 meters. Thanks to e-bikes, however, crossing the densely forested Luberon is no problem; in fact, it's a lot of fun. South of the mountains flows the Durance, which we also cross. Then we cycle unhurriedly in the direction of Aix-en-Provence, where our wonderful tour ends.
|DAY 9:||Departure from Aix-en-Provence
After a generous breakfast, you will start your journey home in a relaxed manner. Or you can stay a little longer in Provence and enjoy the sweet air of the south.
Price for rider in double room
|Own Bike||$ 3.420,-|
|Riese & Müller Charger|
Riese & Müller Charger Mixte
Riese & Müller NEVO
|Single room supplement||$ 620,-|
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|27.04. - 05.05.2023|
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|20.09. - 28.09.2023|