Pedal through the picturesque landscapes and quaint villages of Provence and fall in love with romantic Tuscany on this active cycling adventure.
Enjoy the best of European cycling on this 15 day adventure in Europe’s premier cycling destinations – Provence and Tuscany.
Wind your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and through forests on this active cycling adventure through Provence. This journey through Southern France is an idyllic blend of scenic trail riding, historical sights and wine tasting. Visit the serene gardens of St Remy to see where Vincent van Gogh created his famous works. Savour regional red wines and walk the cobbled streets of Les Baux and marvel at the stunning views from atop its limestone cliffs.
Encounter the picturesque hills and olive groves of Tuscany on this cycling adventure from Florence to Pisa. Be rewarded after a day of pedaling through quaint villages with a delicious slow-cooked Tuscan dinner in Barga. Explore the frenetic streets of Pisa before laying eyes on a certain lopsided tower. Visit one of the oldest bakeries in Italy for a taste of their delicious biscotti. Wander the ramparts of the imposing Verrucole Castle in Garfagnana.
Cycle through the same landscapes that inspired some of Vincent van Gogh's greatest masterpieces
Encounter rich Roman history and architecture in the historic towns of Arles and Orange
Stop in at famous vineyards outside Avignon and savour iconic French wines
Pass by fragrant fields of lavender en route to the spectacular three-tiered city of Pont du Gard
Search for wild white horses outside Camargue as you cycle to the Mediterranean Sea
Pedal through the rolling green hills, vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany on this classic journey from Florence to Pisa
From Lucca's tree-lined city walls, follow the gentle Serchio River to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
Retrace the steps of Leonardo da Vinci around his home city, Vinci
Sample the local Tuscan delicacies and a glass (or two!) of vino after a rewarding day in the saddle
Sit and watch the world go by with a cappuccino at Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
Get away from tourist crowds and experience the 'real Italy' in Garfagnana
This trip covers quite some distance, with cycling for up to 60 kilometres a day on varied terrain with a few hills, especially in Tuscany so you’ll need only a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day (or perhaps have had too many vinos).
As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path there are no technical cycling skills required – but given the hills involved we do suggest practicing riding downhill so you are comfortable with this once the trips begins.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
You'll be spending your nights in hotels all the way, ranging from comfortable to basic level, but they'll always be authentic and a great opportunity to interact with the locals and fellow travellers. As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
The weather in this region can be varied depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. As this is a 15-day trip, a large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings.
If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.
1. The transport between Arles and Florence on Day 8 is NOT included in the cost of the trip and needs to be organised separately. Please see Day 8 on the itinerary for more details.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. This trip includes an option of an electric-motor assisted bicycle (e-bike) at an additional cost. Please inquire at time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
Our Cycle Provence & Tuscany trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.
This tour was as described. Lots of fun, sun, eating and cycling. Some days were quite challenging but there was no pressure to do anything you did not want to do and there was always encouragement and help from tour leaders Walter and Kent. Excellent holiday and will do more cycling tours with Intrepid and may even do this one again.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2018