Cycling in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet
    • France - Provence
    • 4 days
    • Cycling
    • Self-guided
      • From March to November
    • 2 - 10 travellers
      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming
      • Prestige
      • Trip code : A1203

About the Cycling in Van Gogh's Provence: short and sweet trip

About your cycling trip in Provence

Your Provence cycling holiday: This self guided short cycling break links the towns of Saint Rémy and Arles, towns of art and light. Along seldom-used roads and accompanied by the scents of thyme and rosemary, you’ll ride along the traces of Van Gogh in the plains and hillsides of Provence, through olive groves and vineyards.

During this short break cycling holiday, you will pass hidden stone farmhouses and Romanesque chapels, Roman ruins and perched medieval villages. Under the jagged limestone ridges of blue hues, and in the valleys of pine forests and aromatic herbs, you will discover the picturesque villages of Eygalieres, Maussane and it olive oil producers. And cross the Alpilles mountains to reach the beautiful perched medieval village of Les Baux de Provence. And finally the Roman city of Arles !

Highlights of the trip

  • Easy cycling in the heart of the countryside through Van Gogh landscapes
  • The vast olive groves of the perched medieval village of Les Baux
  • The Roman city of Arles
  • 1 dinner included
  • Small charming villages of Eygalières and Maussane
  • The cafés and restaurants of Saint Remy de Provence
  • The vineyards and olive groves blanketing the plains

  • Choose your type of accommodation,  extra rides, an e-bike, etc .. Click on BOOK
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Cycling in Van Gogh's Provence, short and sweet: Day by day 

Day 1 - St Remy de Provence, home of Van gogh region

cafe saint remy de provence van gogh great market of provence great light of provence

  • Your trip begins in St Remy de Provence, an artists' town where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life. Explore the artsy Saint-Rémy de Provence and its environs, the museum of Van Gogh's paintbrush. Head into the sunlit hills to discover the remains of the Roman town of Glanum. 
  • Dinner included & night in Saint Remy de Provence
  • MEALS included: Dinner

  • We recommend : 
    . Have an extra night in the beautiful medieval city of Avignon, and don’t miss the famous Pope’s palace !
    . Spend an extra night in St Remy, to enjoy the great Wednesday & Saturday morning market, and the lovely town of St Remy

  • Market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy

  • Access: Regular bus line Avignon > St Remy - See the schedule

Day 2 - Cycling at the foot of the Alpilles

Van gogh olives groves monastery frigolet

  •  Ride - Saint Rémy > Eygalières > Saint Remy 
    29km / 18 miles - Ascent: +50 m / Descent: -50 m
  • Your cycling trip starts by following the base of the Alpilles mountains to the east, first on small roads and then on a track leading into the vines. You reach the picture-perfect Provençal village of Eygalières, off the beaten tourist path, whose main square offers a few restaurants and cafés for a midday break. Heading northbound on tiny roads you reach the sleepy village of Mollégès before returning to St. Rémy through the heart of the countryside.
  • Night in Saint Rémy de Provence
  • MEALS includedBreakfast

  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday morning in St Remy de Provence
  • Market on Friday morning in Eygalières

Day 3 - Biking towards the perched Baux de Provence village

cycling van gogh les baux de provence saint remy fontvieille estoublon

  • Ride - St Rémy > Fontvieille > Les Baux > Maussane  
    28km / 17.4 miles - Ascent: +250 m / Descent: -300 m
  • Your continue towards St. Etienne-du-Grès, and the Romanesque chapel of Saint Gabriel. From here you follow alongside the imposing silhouette of the Alpilles, among olive groves and almond trees. After lunch or picnic in Fontvieille, you will visit the elegant Château d’Estoublon estate, and sample their olive oils and fine wines. Riding into the heart of the Alpilles, you reach Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village built atop a vertiginous rocky spur, and listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France".
  • Night in Maussane
  • MEALS included: Breakfast

  • Big market on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in St Remy de Provence
  • Small market on Monday & Friday morning in Fontvieille

Day 4 - End of your Provence cycling holiday in Arles, the Rome of Provence

  • arles roman city coliseumMaussane > Arles
  • Morning transfer to Arles. End of the trip in Arles.
    Take the time to stroll in Arles - on the banks of the Rhône River - that harbours a remarkable wealth of Roman monuments, including its majestic coliseum, and emits a warm and authentic charm.

  • Great market on Wednesday & Saturday (big one) mornings in Arles

    We recommend : 
    . Add an extra night in Arles, and enjoy the "Provencal Rome", rated by the UNESCO, with its famous market on Saturday morning
    Enjoy a half-day safari in Camargue ! Pick up in Arles at 9am or 2pm 
    4 hours excursion in a 4x4 car through the Camargue with an english-speaking guide. You drive through the flat lands of the Camargue and observe wild horses, native bulls, pink flamingoes and birds.  You stop in a "manade" (a typical bull farm), and have a  free half hour in Saintes Maries de la mer. Saintes Maries is a charming little town located by the Med sea, with whitewashed homes, a beautiful fortified church, and is renowned in the  gypsy community with the yearly pilgrimage. See all details in the Book - Extension section
  • Return: regular train lines Arles > Avignon and Marseille city-airport on the SNCF website

Trip info

The rates are per person,

  • on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis (shared room),
  • and is always subject to availability
  • If you travel SOLO : please contact us 

INCLUDED

  • 3 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Luggage transfers days 3 to 4
  • Day 4: Transfer from Maussane to Arles
  • 2 days of HYBRID bike rental 
  • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
  • 1 road map of the region
  • GPS files
  • 24/7 phone assistance

NOT INCLUDED

    • All lunches not noted-included in your itinerary
    • Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks
    • Items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement

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        • France - Provence
        • 2 adults (2x550€)
        • 0 children (0x550€)
      • 4 days
      • Simple
    Total 1100€
    Deposit 360€
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