Provence and its most beautiful villages

The charm of small villages in Provence

Highlights

The "Loveliest Villages in France" of Provence.
Landscapes of Dentelles de Montmrail massif.
A step on the road of the lavender.
The regional natural reserve of Alpilles.
Glanum archaeological site near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
The Popes' Palace of Avignon and the Saint-Benzet bridge, the famous "pont d'Avignon".

From Orange you ride onto small roads and discover some of the most beautiful villages in Provence: Gordes, Roussillon, Les Baux de Provence, Séguret.

The charm of small villages in Provence !

Often perched, with their houses regrouped around the castle, Provencal villages dominate the surrounding vineyards, and plains. They offer unique landscapes. The sun radiates over the stones weathered by time, inviting you to the simple pleasures of strolling under the shade of plane trees and cooling off with fresh water from the fountains. Along your trip, enjoy 6 villages classified as “Most beautiful villages of France”: Séguret in the Haut-Vaucluse, Venasque in the Comtat Venaissin, Gordes, Roussillon, Ménerbes in the Luberon and finally Les Baux de Provence in the heart from the Alpilles massif. Your efforts to reach these villages will be rewarded each time!

Carte itinéraire vacances en Provence à vélo d'Orange à Avignon
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

ORANGE

Welcome to Provence

You meet up with our guide at your hotel for a briefing before you start your trip! Enjoy a free evening in Orange, its magnificent Theater Antique and many restaurants.

Briefing Orientation

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

* Some ESSENTIAL packages offer only a telephone orientation. Read your package documentation or ask your advisor.

Day 2

From ORANGE to SEGURET 42km 240m Niveau Loisir

This first day is relatively easy, only the Mistral could play tricks on you! Your itinerary first takes you to the Romanesque Piolenc chapel and the charming village of Sérignan du Comtat. Homeland to Pierre-Henri Fabre, it makes an ideal stop to enjoy its architectural and natural heritage. You then head to the Dentelles de Montmirail massif where the village of Séguret is perched. Classified among the “Most beautiful villages in France”, enjoy its medieval character as you walk in the cobbled streets, lined with old houses. It offers a magnificent view on the Rhone valley and the Comtat plain, covered with vineyards.

  • For a few more km 50km 240m Niveau Forme

    You enter the Massif d’Uchaux area. A unique atmosphere emerges from this land with its Mediterranean forest, a gorgeous green setting where all your senses are solicited. You then reach the village of Rasteau which is of Côtes du Rhone designation, well known by wine lovers.

Day 3

From SEGURET to VENASQUE 45km 584m Niveau Loisir

You ride on the Dentelles de Montmirail hillside and reach the wine-making villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras. The vines gradually give way to olive and cherry tree fields, especially around Carpentras, where its top range cherry is known as Cerise des Monts de Venasque. Further along the way, make sure to stop at Saint Didier to taste the nougat Sylvain. After this tasty break, you only have a few kilometers left and a climb to reach the hilltop village of Venasque, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. Perched on a rocky spur with steep sides, at the mouth of the Nesque gorges, this ancient medieval city overlooks vineyards, garrigue and cherry trees. Its charm will surely make an impression!

  • For a few more km 53km 737m Niveau Forme

    Enjoy a few additional kilometers to reach the village of Bédoin, a mandatory passage for all passionate cyclists wishing to face the mythical slopes of Mont Ventoux. On Monday mornings you can also enjoy its typical market.

Day 4

From VENASQUE to COUSTELLET 40km 582m Niveau Forme

The beginning of the ride is hilly and well worth the effort! The landscapes are sumptuous. Perched on its rock at the entrance of the Monts de Vaucluse, the village of Saumane de Vaucluse marks the entrance of the Luberon. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the plain, planted with olive trees and Mediterranean species before riding down to Fontaine de Vaucluse. It is where La Sorgue, the most beautiful river in the department,takes its source. Take a walk in this enchanting place and enjoy freshness on hot days. You then ride in the valley at the foot of the famous village of Gordes.

  • For a few more km 30km 574m Niveau Loisir
Day 5

GORDES AND ROUSSILLON LOOP 46km 653m Niveau Loisir

Today, the route takes you through no less than three of “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. After warming up, you climb the hill to the village of Gordes. Behind a curve, the village and a magical landscape appear. After a well-deserved break in this fabulous site, you reach Roussillon. Built at the top of an ocher cliff, this village offers a perfect harmony of colors. Its stones, roofs and facades are imbued with the same red tones as the surrounding landscapes. A short walk on the Ocher Trail is definitely worth the time. You then ride on the foothills of the Monts du Luberon and reach Ménerbes the third village. It holds a breathtaking view of the Luberon and the Monts de Vaucluse. Admire its small streets with 18th century mansions and old houses. You can visit its unusual Tire-Bouchon (corkscrew) Museum and taste the Côtes du Luberon wines in the sumptuous Maison de la Truffe et du Vin.

Day 6

From COUSTELLET to SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE 42km 209m Niveau Loisir

From the Monts du Luberon a flat route takes you to Saint Rémy de Provence at the foot of the Alpilles massif. You ride through the town of Cavaillon, known for its famous melon and its fruit market. It also harbors intriguing remains: cathedral and unique synagogue with Provencal architecture. After the Durance river, you approach the Alpilles chain and its regional natural park. Along the way, the small village of Eygalières invites to a contemplative break. The village overlooks vast fields of olive trees, green valleys and vineyards. In this décor worthy of a Provence postcard, you see beautiful properties and “Mas” restored with taste. Enjoy the rest of the day in Saint Rémy de Provence and its many riches: culture, heritage and fêtes Provençales.

Day 7

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE LOOP 37km 288m Niveau Loisir

From Saint Remy de Provence this loop takes you to the heart of the Alpilles and to Les Baux de Provence, one of the “most beautiful villages in France”: From its rocky plateau, this medieval village holds all the charm of Provencal villages: small squares, terraces in the shade, narrow streets, artists and local artisans shops. Also a strategic place, it dominates the whole valley and a splendid sight from La Sainte Victoire to the Cévennes mountains.Before you leave, make sure visit La Carrière des Lumières, only a few steps away.

  • For a few more km 54km 424m Niveau Forme

    Riding on small roads, discover the Alpilles. This small limestone massif is remarkable by the presence of many Mediterranean species offering a diversity of colors and incomparable landscapes. Its fauna is equally diversified… a real delight for lovers of nature and Provence.

Day 8

From SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE to AVIGNON 43km 200m Niveau Loisir

You head North to Avignon, the city of Popes. On your way, you ride through the Barbentane forest and the Montagnette massif on which stands the Abbey of St Michel de Frigolet. It takes its name from the word thyme, “ferigoule” in Provençal, which grows everywhere on the surrounding hills. Enjoy some of its local specialties: the “Reverend Father Gaucher’s elixir” and Frigolet liqueur with beautiful golden green colors, made with Montagnette herbs. Your route takes you over the Rhône before reaching Avignon. You will be under the charm of its old streets, restored medieval walls and immense Palace of Popes.

Day 9

AVIGNON

End of stay after breakfast

chambre gamme essentielle

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example

Starting from 875€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Chambre confort Hôtel Londres

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example

Starting from 905€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Chambre avec parquet et cheminée La Maison Jules Chambre d'hôte à Tours

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Jardin Hôtel du château de Mazan halte vacances à vélo

Starting from 1255€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditionalguide

GPS included Travel with Abicyclette France

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)/ Twonav Anima hiking GPS /
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day and touristic information)
  • French topo maps of the area (IGN 1/100 000e) to have a global view of your itinerary

You can also

 

On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Bike trailer

Abicyclette remorque enfant voyage à vélo

Getting here

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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