Cycle Provence

8 Days | Cycle through Provence’s vineyards, villages and UNESCO World Heritage sites

4.5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews submitted.
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Ride your way through neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and past verdant forests on an eight-day active cycling adventure through Provence. This journey through Southern France is the perfect blend of scenic trail riding, historical sightseeing and indulgent wine tasting. Visit the serene gardens of St Remy to see where Vincent van Gogh created his famous works, savour regional red wines at a vineyard outside Avignon and walk the cobbled streets of Les Baux to the top of the limestone cliffs. With a handful of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Roman history and serene landscapes where wild horses roam free – what more does a European cycling adventure need?

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Provence including France
Start
Avignon, France
Finish
Arles, France
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
France
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
AMXC
This trip generates 11 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycle through the same landscapes that inspired some of Vincent van Gogh's greatest masterpieces, like ‘Irises’ and the iconic ‘Starry Night’.
  • Pass by fragrant fields on the way to the spectacular three-tiered city of Pont du Gard – this Roman aqueduct is a UNESCO World Heritage site and if it’s quiet, you’ll even get to ride the bridge!
  • Search for wild white horses outside Camargue as you cycle to the Mediterranean Sea. The lakes of Camargue are also a bird spotters paradise, home to more than 400 species of birds.
  • Encounter rich Roman history and architecture in the historic towns of Arles and Orange. You’ll see Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman Amphitheatre and one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in Europe.
  • Stop in at famous vineyards outside Avignon and savour the delicious, regional French wines of the area. You deserve a reward after days of riding, don’t you?
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip covers quite some distance and you’ll be cycling up to 60 km a day on varied terrain with a few hills. As well as the ability to confidently ride a bike, you'll need a moderate level of fitness to enjoy all activities.
  • On this trip, you have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Provence including France

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Orange Roman Theatre
  • Pont du Gard Entrance
  • Saint Remy - Van Gogh Asylum visit
  • Arles Amphitheatre
  • Castle Visit - Les Baux de Provence
Add on activities
  • Avignon - Pont d'Avignon (Bridge of Avignon) - EUR5
  • Avignon - Palais des Papes - EUR15
  • Avignon - Museum of the Petit Palace - EUR6
  • Avignon - Museum Calvet - EUR6
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Wine tasting - Free
  • Orange Triumphal Roman Arch - Free
  • Orange Art and History Museum - EUR6
  • Uzes - Cathedral - Free
  • Saint Remy - Glanum Archaelogical Site - EUR8
  • Saint Remy - St Paul de Mausole Monastery - EUR8
  • Mont Ventoux Cycling Extension (Including road bike hire & transport)) - EUR150
  • Arles - Musee de Arles Antique - EUR8
  • Arles - Reattu Museum - EUR8
  • Arles - Vincent Van Gogh Foundation - EUR10
  • Les Baux de Provence - Carriere des Lumieres - EUR14
  • Les Baux de Provence - St Vincent Church - Free
  • Saintes Maries de la Mer - Boat Tour 90 minutes - EUR16
  • Saintes Maries de la Mer - Ornitology Park - Flamingos - EUR8
  • Saintes Maries de la Mer - Cathedral Rooftop Climb - EUR2

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
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. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed bookiing. Please ask your agent for more details at the 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.
5. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
6. We are unable to offer private transfers from/to Nice Airport. Please refer to the Joining/Finishing Point Instructions for further information about arriving/departing for this tour.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews submitted.
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Karen · Traveled September 2023
Great trip! As a 53-year-old who is fairly healthy (walking, recreational cycling) I found most days on the bike to be comfortable and relaxing, but there were a few short steep uphills (where I just walked my bike for the final 30 seconds or so) during the first two days, and a longer but less steep uphill on the day after Saint Remy, which was challenging but do-able. I only wish Intrepid would offer a shorter version of this trip (or similar trips). I loved, loved this trip, but it's daunting for someone like me with limited vacation time and only a casual cyclist to commit to a tour like this too often.
Review submitted 23 Mar 2024

Catherine · Traveled August 2023
A well paced, highly enjoyable cycling vacation going through small villages, bike paths, country roads, and occasionally some roads with traffic. Really enjoyed our group. Ali and Andreas were terrific tour leaders.
Review submitted 24 Sep 2023

Ron · Traveled July 2023
I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in cycling around the world, we had a fantastic experience.
Review submitted 04 Aug 2023

Frank · Traveled July 2023
Trip was very well organised. Andrea Alessandrini was an excellent tour leader and did his ultimate best to make it a safe and pleasent trip for everyone. Cycling is a great way of traveling, I am considering to do another tour. The only remark (I already told Andrea) is that it was not made possible for me to book a single room. My son therefore joined me, to help me out. But two members of the group were having a single room anyway so I don’t really understand. Safie who did the transport was also doing a real good job and was also very nice. And the group was a bunch of interesting prople from different continents. Great experience !!
Review submitted 04 Aug 2023

Wendy · Traveled July 2023
Intrepid bike tour Provence, above and beyond what I expected. Intrepid staff amazing! New people I met on bike tour great! Would do this ride again, art. History and good food great company while riding.
Review submitted 03 Aug 2023
Cycle Provence
From
ZAR  35,925