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Welcome to Provence! You've finally arrived to the French countryside of your dreams. After a round of introductions, you'll get fit to your Trek bike for the week by your expert guides. A light boulangerie-style picnic will be available during the bike fit to ensure you have enough fuel for the day! As soon as we are ready, we will depart for your first ride in Provence, bringing you to the small village of Eygalières. This little town possesses a quiet charm and a hilltop right above that makes for a wonderful view of the entire valley. Stop for some wine and cheese if you wish or just pause your ride long enough to enjoy the simple elegance of this hidden gem. Then you'll hop on your bike to roll through the enchanting countryside of this corner of Provence all the way to the hotel. The end of today's ride brings you back to the vibrant village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where the aroma of the pine trees will still likely accompany you into town as you swap the bucolic scenery for the delightful streetside cafés and restaurants. Tonight we will dine as a group in a casual local restaurant.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Eygalières Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 640 feet of climbing
Hôtel Sous les Figuiers
Lunch | Dinner
It's your first morning in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and there's an exciting, history-filled day in store! Heading out of town today you will ride on flat, quiet roads decorated by wheat and sunflower fields in the direction of Arles. This town of cobblestone alleyways and pastel houses on the banks of the Rhine river is known for inspiring Vincent Van Gogh. While exploring the town make sure to stop for a coffee in Café La Nuit (nowadays known as Café Van Gogh), depicted in Van Gogh's famous masterpiece "Terrasse de Café la Nuit". Next, we visit Fontvieille, an undiscovered gem nestled in a hollow of white stone quarries. Fontvieille gets its name from a small water source in town, but it's known as the land of mills; windmills, watermills, olive oil, and flour mills. Choose a favorite spot to take a break for a delicious boulangerie lunch that your guides have sourced for you. On the way back to Saint-Rémy you'll encounter the climb of the day, a perfect way to work through lunch! On the descent, we will stop for a moment to explore Glanum, the remains of an ancient Roman citadel and a reminder of the dense millennia-long history of this region. Tonight, take a stroll in town to discover your own favorite restaurant. Don't forget to take in "The Starry Night"; on a clear night, the views are comparable to those that Van Gogh painted so long ago.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Arles Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Arles Loop with add-on
Approximately 43 miles with 1,560 feet of climbing
Hôtel Sous les Figuiers
Breakfast | Lunch
This morning enjoy an extra pain au chocolat as the hills beckon you today. After accomplishing a couple of climbs early in the ride, while your legs are still fresh, you'll say hello to the gorgeous limestone mountain range, The Alpilles, on your way to Eyguières. This quaint Provençal town is known for its fountains and fortress castle. You'll stop for lunch and to explore, before setting off on a quiet route home. Back in Saint-Rémy, you're free to discover the town on your own this afternoon. We recommend paying a visit to Saint Paul's Mausoleum, Van Gogh's home for a year and the very spot where he painted his famous "Starry Night". Dinner is on your own in town again today, and, as always, your guides will be happy to recommend their favorite spots in town. You might want to pass by La Cave aux Fromages, an enticing cheese shop with a 12-century ripening cellar and a variety of cheese and charcuterie plates.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Eyguières Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Eyguières Loop with shuttle
Approximately 40 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing
Hôtel Sous les Figuiers
Breakfast | Lunch
Today's a little different, but we don’t think you'll mind. It's market day in St. Remy! Stroll the village and appreciate the fresh produce, cheese, and artisanal products in this quintessentially Provençal experience. Our ride begins at 11:00 AM this morning, allowing you to visit every corner of the market at your own pace. You'll begin with a climb to Carrières de Lumière, a unique art exhibit in an old stone quarry, displaying the multimedia version of the work of some of world’s greatest artists. Get ready for an immersive, full-sensory experience! After choosing to visit the exhibit, you'll hop back on your bikes and ride across the Alpilles and their impressive rocky massifs. You will soon pass by Les Baux-de-Provence, a historic town nestled right into the limestone. It’s a great opportunity for a lunch with an incredible view. We welcome you to roam around town and discover your ideal lunch spot. The way back is almost effortless and in no time you will be enjoying some relaxation at the hotel. Tonight we’ll walk together into town for a farewell dinner in celebration of a great week of cycling, exploring, and taking in all the Provence has to offer.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Les-Baux-de-Provence Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 1,250 feet of climbing
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Les Baux-de-Provence to Maillane Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Hôtel Sous les Figuiers
Breakfast | Dinner
Bid adieu to the fragrant French countryside this morning with an early morning loop to stretch your legs and take in the views one last time. Or, choose to relax in town over a longer breakfast and perhaps a morning walk. You'll bid your guides farewell at your hotel at 11:00 AM and board a private shuttle to Avignon TGV or Avignon Centre. It's been a wonderful, breathtaking, historic, and wow-filled week!
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Eyragues Loop
Approximately 13 miles with 400 feet of climbing
Hôtel Sous les Figuiers
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Discover Provence bike tour, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Paris (CDG). From Paris, take a TGV train to Avignon, either from the TGV station at Charles de Gaulle Airport or from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Please consult www.voyages-sncf.com to book your tickets.
Alternatively, you may fly into Marseilles (MRS) or Nice (NCE) and take a train to Avignon. Avignon (AVN) also has a small airport with local flights. Please note that there are two train stations in Avignon--the TGV and the center station (Gare d'Avignon-Centre). The TGV station is approximately five miles from the center station downtown. If you happen to arrive at the Avignon Centre train station, there is a frequent shuttle bus that runs between the two stations that costs a few euros per person, which usually takes 10 minutes, and runs approximately every 20 minutes. Taxis are also available at the center station for the 10-minute ride for approximately 20 euros. Train schedules are available and tickets can be booked directly online at www.SNCF.com or using our in house travel agent services. (Please note the train schedule changes frequently. Please consult the SNCF site for the most up-to-date schedule.)
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you in the bus parking located in the north exit of the Avignon TGV Station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. To find the north exit, follow signs to: Sortie Nord, the car rental area (location voitures) and to Parking P1. Exit the station and descend all the way to the car rental area. After a private shuttle of around 30 minutes, you will arrive in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a quiet village in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of Provence. From here, you will be set up on your Trek bike, have lunch, and start your first ride
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hôtel Sous les Figuiers(+33 4 32 60 15 40), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel for approximately 100 euros.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at the Hôtel Sous Les Figuiers. After saying goodbye to your guides, you will take a private coach to the Avignon TGV or central station (approximately 30 minute shuttle). You can take a train to Paris or any other destination from either station. Please do not book any train before noon to accommodate possible delays due to traffic.View our post hotel recommendations
April, May, June, September, and October in Provence usually bring clear, warm, and pleasant days with cool evenings. August days can be hot, as can the beginning of September, but it does cool off in the evenings. While less likely in the summer months, rain is always a possibility so be prepared with the proper rain gear in order to best enjoy your Discover Provence bike tour. Packing List
If you are planning on extending your Provence vacation and exploring the walled city of Avignon, there are a number of must-sees. Palais des Papes stands as the largest Gothic palace in Europe. With the arrival of the popes in the 14th century, for a period known as the Avignon Papacy, the Palais des Papes was home to the Sovereign Pontiffs. One must also visit the nearby Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that was used to bring Uzès spring water to Nîmes. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
Paris is home to many of the world’s best-known monuments and museums. A backdrop of many famous photos, the Arc de Triomphe sits majestically at the top end of the Champs-Elysées. You can go to the observation deck for an expansive view down the world-famous boulevard from Napoléon’s huge triumphal arch—the largest in the world. The Arc isn’t the only site that offers a great view of the city, however. Other monuments where you can enjoy impressive vistas include the white dome of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, and of course at the summit of the most famous monument in Paris—la Tour Eiffel. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:
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