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Cycling through Provence to Arles
  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme countryside
760€

Information : Across Provence

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A holiday which offers the pleasure of crossing Provence to get to the city of Arles. The route we have chosen takes in modest provençal villages whose discrete charm conceals a marked cultural and architectural heritage.
The lavender, olive and holm oak trees that typify southern French landscapes are soon to be seen. Then little romanesque village churches, chapels in the middle of the fields and castles which dominate the small valleys. Further south, the route crosses marshy plains and approaches the Alpilles range at the foot of Saint Rémy de Provence, whence it climbs towards the heights of the Baux de Provence. On the descent towards Arles you'll see two celebrated sites: the Tower of Fontvieille and the Roman Aqueduct.
 

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  • arriving at the Château of Grignan after a route through fields of lavender and olive orchards
  • having a break at Mollans sur Ouvèze in the heart of Drôme Provençale, at the foot of the lofty Mont Ventoux
  • visiting Arles, famous town of the Romanesque period
  • cycling through the Alpilles and Camargue Nature Parks

Program : Across Provence

  • D1 Arrival in Montélimar

    Things to see :
    Broad Provençal avenues, nougat production, the Castle of the Adhémar family (powerful nobles).
    After eating out, night and breakfast in 3star hotel in the heart of Montélimar.

  • D2 From Montélimar to Grignan

    26 km stage with total uphill 500 metres (level 2/5). Around 3hrs30.
    The first part of the route takes you into the Pre-Alps (foothills) of Provence. The scenery becomes increasingly Mediterranean and the villages you go through are typically Provençal, with broad café terraces and shady squares beneath leafy plane trees.
    You’ll soon notice the lavender fields. olive trees and holm oaks so characteristic of the southern countryside. And modest Romanesque chapels in the middle of fields. châteaux overlooking valleys…notably the soaring castle of Grignan once graced by the presence of the Marquess of Sévigné. celebrated French woman of letters – literally!

    Dinner at a restaurant and night in charming 3star hotel.

  • D3 From Grignan to Mollans sur Ouvèze

    55 km stage with total uphill 650 metres (level 3/5).About 5hrs30.
    With no shortage of charm and attraction, this outing takes you across some diverse and beautiful countryside, the sort of unspoilt Provence one dreams of. Enjoy yourself: taste the olive oil, bite the fruit, inhale the scent of lavender or take a sip of wine. Simple villages of authentic character invite you to park your bike and enjoy ferreting around in the nooks and crannies.

    Dinner and night in three star hotel with its own pool.

  • D4 From Mollans sur Ouvèze to Isle sur la Sorgue

    55 km stage with total uphill 200 metres (level 3/5). Around 4hours.
    Just the kind of roads you’d like to ride along for hours…this is authentic Provence with the sort of sights and perfumes that stay with you for years. Leaving the hilly greenery of the Drôme you begin to cross the Comtat Venaissin with its broad vineyards soaking up the sun at the foot of Mont Ventoux. After exploring the aptly named Perne-les-Fontaines (no less than 40 springs and wells!), you’ll enjoy the cool ride along the Canal de Carpentras.
    At the end of your ride you cycle through a market gardening area then you’ll maybe the chance to have a summer evening stroll round the abundant fresh food market in Velleron before to arrive to the charming city of Isle sur la Sorgue, an island surrounded by canals called "Venice of the Comtat Venaissin"

    Dinner at a restaurant and night in a 3star hotel with a roof pool.

  • D5 From Isle sur la Sorgue to Arles

    55 km with total uphill 300 metres (level 3/5). Around 4hrs30.
    Superb stage during which you cross the chain of the Alpilles1 which has recently been named a a Regional Nature Park in recognition of its unique beauty and interest.
    Among the best moments of the day we must mention the lovely town of St Rémy2. Overlooking the plain of the Camargue and the celebrated town of Arles, Les Baux de Provence3, listed village on the plateau of Grès in the heart of the Alpilles, is perhaps reminiscent of the Luberon.
    The descent towards the town founded in Roman times takes you through other well-known sights such as the Tour de Fontvieille and the Roman Aqueduct4.

    Dinner at leisure and night at 4star hotel in a quiet district of Arles.

  • D6 Departure

    Option : Return to Montelimar by train.
    Departure.

Tariffs high season

FROM JULY TO AUGUST, DEPARTURE EVERYDAY

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult : 790  €
Junior (12 - 17) : 790 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 60 €

IN TRIPLE ROOM

Adult : 750  €
Junior (12 - 17) : 750 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 60 €

IN SINGLE ROOM

970 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

1120 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

IN DOUBLE ROOM

Adult : 760  €
Junior (12 - 17) : 760 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 60 €

IN TRIPLE ROOM

Adult : 725  €
Junior (12 - 17) : 725 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 60 €

IN SINGLE ROOM

940 €

SOLO TRAVELLER

1120 €

What's included?

  • Half board (except first night in Montelimar and last night in Arles : B&B)
  • 3 and 4star hotels,
  • Detailed roadbook and maps
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transfers

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 85 €
    • Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 60 €
    • Child seat : 8 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 130 €
  • Return transfer by train : 25 € per adult

What's not included?

  • Dinners at Montélimar and Arles
  • Public paid parking close to the first hotel, to be paid on the spot
  • Beverage and extra
  • Round trip transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycle holiday going from place to place, unaccompanied.
  • Daily stages between 25 and 55 kilometres, from 3 to 5hrs30 at your own pace.
  • Total daily uphill between 0 and 650 metres
  • Altitudes: between 50 and 400 metres.
  • Route along narrow country roads
  • Suitable for road or trail/country bikes

Organisation

  • These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage between lodgings, and your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We also provide logistical and technical support .
  • Accommodation (3 and 4star hotels) chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Access

By car

Highway A7 exit Montélimar Nord or Sud

By plane

Lyon St Exupéry or Marseille Provence airports

By train

TGV station : Montélimar

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