Bicycling the Best of Provence

Bicycling the Best of Provence

Explore the best Provence has to offer. Culinary highlights include a splendid Mediterranean feast of Côtes-de-Rhône wines, exquisite olive oil from a local olive press and more Roman ruins than you will find even in Italy. France's small country roads will lead through the secrets behind the local artisans savoir-faire. And we'll give you the chance to taste it all from special visits and markets right up to special dinner at a local chef's home. You'll also visit the places where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted a majority of their most well-known paintings. This trip gives you a superb view of both medieval and Roman masterpieces such as the theater and arena in Arles, the impressive Pont du Gard, the ancient Roman town of Aix-en-Provence and the medieval jewel of Uzès. A great bike tour for friends or couples where one partner likes to ride more than the other.

***If you prefer a longer tour, check out our 11-day option Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix-en-Provence***

Tour Dates & Prices

Private Room Fee
Sep 14-21, 2018
Guaranteed to Go!
Sep 28-Oct 5, 2018
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May 10-17, 2019
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Jun 7-14, 2019
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Sep 13-20, 2019
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Sep 27-Oct 4, 2019
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 55 km (34 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / France
  • Price / From USD$3995
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary


1 No cycling today.
2 20 mi / 32 km
3 31 mi / 50 km
4 40 mi / 64 km
5 26 mi / 42 km
6 45 mi / 72 km
7 33-63 mi / 53-101 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Côtes du Rhones wine villages, Van Gogh country, Informative wine tasting, Olive mill visit, Châteauneuf du Pape, Uzès, Pont du Gard, Arles, special dinner at a local chef's home, Saint Rémy, The best of Roman Provence
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; 5 dinners with wine & 7 breakfasts; special visits listed in itinerary

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
  • Begin/End
    Arles / Vacqueyras
  • Arrive / Depart
    Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
  • Total Distance
    328 km (214 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    55 km (34 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    Options for more or less riding. Several days have short distances and are on flat or rolling terrain with one or two moderate hills. A couple of days have more hilly terrain with some climbs of 2 to 3 miles.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Arles

Highlights: Roman monuments of Arles, gourmet dinner with a local chef

Meet today at our hotel in Arles on the banks of the Rhône River. The Romans bridged the Rhône here during the 1st Century B.C., and today the city has a well-preserved Roman theater and arena. The latter is still used for Provençal bullfights. This evening, we'll enjoy a special introductory meal together in a local chef's home.

DAY 2: Bicycle to St Rémy

Highlights: Market in Arles or Saint Paul de Mausole, charming St Rémy

This morning Arles puts on one of the largest outdoor markets in France. You'll have plenty of time to check it all out before taking a short but scenic ride to St Rémy. This afternoon you can start visiting St Rémy or take an optional loop ride that goes through quaint medieval Provençal towns including Maillane, home to writer Frédéric Mistral, a proponent of Provençal culture and winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for Literature.

DAY 3: Bicycle to Les Baux-de-Provence

Highlights: Les Baux, Roman ruins, Van Gogh sites

St. Rémy is where Van Gogh painted several of his most famous works during a year's residence in the local sanitarium. You'll appreciate the views that inspired him as we support a ride to Les-Baux-de-Provence and into the Alpilles hills. There is much to explore in St Rémy this afternoon including the Roman ruins of Glanum, Van Gogh's sanitarium and the great shopping in town.

DAY 4: Bicycle to St. Quentin la Poterie

Highlights: Pont du Gard, castle visit, ceramics of St. Quentin, olive mill visit

We'll start the day with an olive oil tasting at a local olive press located just a few kilometers outside St Rémy. On our ride today we will cross the Rhône at Tarascon where you can visit the perfectly preserved 15th-century castle. Our route will then continue north to the Pont du Gard which is arguably the most extraordinary Roman ruin in all of Europe. It dates to 20 B.C. when it was built to support the aqueduct that carried water from Uzès to the Roman town of Nîmes. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in St Quentin la Poterie a small town with a long tradition of pottery making going back to prehistoric times. The craftsmen of St. Quentin contributed their pottery making skills to decorate the Palais des Papes in Avignon in the 14th Century.

DAY 5: Rest day in St. Quentin la Poterie

Highlights: Optional bike ride to Uzès and local vineyards

Optional bike ride to Uzes and local vineyards. We'll be in St Quentin again tonight, so you can decide whether you want to ride today, relax by the pool, or enjoy exploring the winding streets of St Quentin. We will also offer a shuttle into medieval Uzès for those who wish. If you chose to get out on your bike, we'll take a loop ride south to Uzès and ride through rolling vineyard country.

DAY 6: Bicycle to Séguret

Highlights: Ceramics of St. Quentin, visit to Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône vineyards and villages

Today we head into the heart of the Côtes du Rhone vineyards with some of the most prestigious wines in the south of France including the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We'll have a beautiful ride through small villages and open countryside before arriving at Châteauneuf where you can get a cafe lunch on your own, or picnic at the castle, a former summer palace of the Avignon Popes, followed by an optional wine tasting of your choice at any of the countless local wineries. Our route continues on to Séguret surrounded by vineyards and set against the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains- our little paradise for the next two nights.

DAY 7: Vaison-la-Romaine and Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards

Highlights: Roman vestiges and medieval castle in Vaison, picturesque wine villages (Sablet, Beaumes-de-Venise), optional climb up Mont Ventoux.

You can take a day off the bikes and relax at the hotel or pedal our loop ride to Vaison-la-Romaine and the nearby quaint villages known for their wines. Vaison offers some great insight into Roman and medieval life and architecture with its Roman ruins, archaeological museum, and imposing castle. The rest of the loop continues through wine country and Provençal villages with the giant Mont Ventoux set in the background. For those who want to push their limits there is also the opportunity to ride up to 100 km (62 miles) and ascend Mont Ventoux, the most illustrious Tour de France climb! You also have the option to take on Mont Ventoux (49 km) and forgo the loop ride. Regardless of what you decide it's guaranteed to be an amazing day!

DAY 8: Tour ends with shuttle to Avignon TGV Train Station

Highlights: Bon Voyage!

We will shuttle you to the Avignon Train Station and send you on your way home, or to continue your travels!

  • Meals: Breakfast




  • Everything was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing!

    Marilea S.
    San Diego, CA
  • If you like to cycle then you''d love this tour. I loved being able to stop and explore at my own pace.

    Beth A., Ottawa, ON
  • One of the best vacations I''ve ever had!

    Aimee C., Kalispell, MT - June 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Fun, beautiful, stimulating, cultural, enriching...

    Gary F., Ft Collins, CO
  • I loved the trip in Provence and my bike. Do you ever sell your bikes?

    Marci R., San Rafael, CA
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? There were many memorable moments and experiences - pehaps my birthday picnic beside the river looking up at the Pont du Gard - and then cycling across it - was a favourite. I also enjoyed the many interactions with French folks along the way who were good humoured and patient with my fractured French.

    Diane C., Gabriola, BC, Canada
  • This is my first bike tour and my first trip to France and I loved both! It was so nice to take a trip and have someone else take care of most of the details. I look forward to another bike tour in France in the very near future...thanks for the wonderful experience!

    Prati W.
    New Berlin, WI
  • Great tour. Excellent guides, great hotels, routes were scenic. Felt taken care of the entire time. Love the arrows. Takes all the guess work out of following the routes.

    Richard D., Atascdero, CA
  • I had high expectations for this trip, and it exceeded my expectations.

    Bonnie J., Loveland, CO
  • This was a TERRIFIC way to see this particular area! I am inspired to take more and longer cycling trips. Tour support was excellent!! LOVED those arrows and the generally open-scheduled days. Thanks everyone, for a wonderful adventure!

    Leslie Z., Alameda, CA
  • It was fabulous! I have never been on a tour before but I have been encouraging others to have this experience.

    Alan G., Rockford, IL
  • This was our 1st bike tour & we are ready to book another!! Terrific vacation

    Phil C., Littleton, CO
  • The Provence region was even better than we had hoped. I enjoyed the ancient towns, castles and Roman ruins and meeting the French people.

    Ron J.
  • Wonderful biking, fabulous landscapes, picturesque villages and towns, extraordinary food and wine. I cannot wait until my next tour with ExperiencePlus!

    Madonna M., Eugene, OR
  • I'm hooked on bike touring! I loved all the small French towns that we visited - places I never would have found if I was on my own. I liked being able to get away from the tourist crowds and really experience Provence!

    Mike O.
    Florissant, MO
  • Bikes are excellent, guides outstanding in all ways, great staff in the office and the trip well planned for hotels, routes, food, etc. We can''t believe the amount and quality of personal help and care we received from all the office staff!!! We love Provence.

    David B., Fort Collins, CO - September 2017
  • It was a wonderful trip -- I''m talking about ExperiencePlus! to all my friends! Thank you.

    Turdy D., Harbor Springs, MI
  • Bicycling on the quiet lanes through the olive groves and vineyards and then when we bicycled in the areas where we came around a bend to see a beautiful castle a top a hill. It must be said that having the chalk markings on the route is incredible. I love Experience Plus for that. Of course, the food and wine experiences too.

    Josephine C., Hilo, HI
  • We look forward to our next tour with Experience Plus! We enjoyed the people we met on the Provence tour. A very compatible group, the guides were excellent and the routes were superb!

    Ludmila S., Prospect, KY
  • The best way to see and experience Provence - scenery, history, food, wine! Thank you!

    Dennis D., Calgary, Alberta - June 2017
  • We returned to Cheyenne last night after a wonderful trip and wanted to thank you for a truly great trip.

    Sandra S. & Bob P., Cheyenne, WY
  • Well organized, personable and friendly leaders, awesome rural bike routes with stunning scenery, quality accommodations.

    John B., Oakland, CA
  • A fabulous experience! Thank you.

    Ellen L., Boulder, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The hilltop towns of the Luberon and the variety the routes provided day to day. At times it felt as if we were riding in a totally different country from day to day.

    Gayle R., Whitefish Bay, WI
  • I really loved the Provence trip!!

    Susan C., Charlotte, NC -June 2017
  • It is one of the great joys of our lives to be able to do your tours.

    June W.
    Saint Paul, MN
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The last stop - accommodations, food and wine, riding routes. A fun biking vacation.

    Carol D., Fort Collins, CO - September 2017
  • A wonderful trip with terrific guides, fantastic lodging, good bikes, fun and interesting people, and good connection to local culture.

    Ann R., Winona, MN
  • Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

    Lisa E., Fort Collins, CO - September 2017
  • Fabulous mix of biking through villages of Provence and special cultural adventures planned by people who know what they are doing.

    Sherry B., Newton, MA
  • In ten years of active travel, with a variety of companies, this was among the best trips we have taken. We were simply stunned by Provence. And our tour leaders, being native Europeans, were superlative. Just the best. Period.

    Paul R., Baltimore, MD
  • Great cycling, food and wine. Provence is beautiful , the local people are so charming and friendly.

    Jane M., Dallas, TX
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