Self-guided tour

Van Goghs Provence

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Key Features

France

Country

Provence

Region

self-guided

Trip Type

Beginner

Difficulty

Touring

Adventure type

3*

Accommodation

5

Nights

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Overview


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This pocket of Provenal perfection inspired Vincent van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with the beauty of the region, both natural and cultural, captured in more than 200 of his works. Our route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence, soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provenal countryside.

What's the plan

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in St-Rmy-de-Provence

Here you will meet our representative for a welcome meeting and to be provided with your bike. After this, you are free to explore the streets of St-Rmy-de-Provence. A good place to start is the Muse Estrine, with exhibits on Van Gogh as well as many other celebrated artists.

Day 2 | Optional round trip to Eygalires

Todays optional round trip takes you out into rural Provence to Eygalires, one of the most typically Provenal villages imaginable and a great place to stop and take in some stunning views of the Alpilles. Continuing on, you have the choice of continuing east towards Orgon, another charming village, or turning north towards Mollges for a shorter route back to St-Rmy-de-Provence.

Day 3 | Optional round trip to Baux-de-Provence

Another optional round trip is available today, looping westwards through the quaint village of Fontvieille before taking you up to the hilltop fortress of Baux-de-Provence. Here, the narrow, cobbled streets are lined with boutiques to browse and the views from the medieval Citadelle des Baux are magnificent. A long, leisurely descent takes you back into St-Rmy-de-Provence in no time at all.

Day 4 | Arles via Beaucaire and Tarascon

A flat ride today takes you west to meet the Rhne river at the twin towns of Beaucaire and Tarascon. Tarascons imposing riverside castle will make it clear that you have arrived. After crossing the river into Beaucaire, soak up the atmosphere with a coffee and a cake in a caf next to its harbour. The route continues southwards, following small roads to Arles where a delicious evening meal awaits.

Day 5 | Optional round Trip to Saint-Gilles

If the sights and sounds of Arles havent tempted you into a day exploring the town, why not hop in the saddle, cross from Provence to Languedoc and explore the Gard region. Our route starts by following the route of the Santiago-de-Compostela pilgrimage, past vineyards and cattle ranches. A stop in Saint-Gilles is recommend to recharge your batteries and visit its beautiful 12th century church, before a leisurely ride back to Arles.

Day 6 | Optional round trip to tang de Vaccars

Todays round trip is one for the wildlife lovers. Head south from Arles, into the Camargue Nature Reserve, which covers Europes largest river delta. The wetlands and salt water lagoons here are a haven for a wide range of wildlife, including but not limited to vibrant flamingos from April to September, wild white horses and a whole manner of plant life. Your route will take you to the shores of the tang de Vaccars, the largest of the lagoons, before returning to Arles. Pack your binoculars!

Day 7 | St-Rmy-de-Provence

Today you will return to St-Rmy-de-Provence for your final night. The route heads east out of Arles, taking you past Chteau de Barbegal and winding around the southwestern corner of the Alpilles. A stop in Fontveille to refuel before a flat run back to St-Rmy-de-Provence is suggested, although more intrepid cyclists may wish to take the route up and over Baux-de-Provence once again. Whichever route you choose, rest assured that another fine dinner awaits in St-Rmy-de-Provence.

Day 8

We say Au Revoir before transferring you directly to Nimes, Avignon or Marseille.

Other key

Highlights

  • Fully serviced bikes water bottle and accessories
  • Bed & breakfast basis as standard
  • 3 & 4 star accommodation (unless otherwise stated)
  • Tour information pack upon arrival
  • Detailed navigational material often including GPS maps
  • Local support whenever needed
  • E-bikes available on request
  • Flights and transfers not included as standard but available on request
  • Full financial protection through ABTA and ATOL

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