The Gard, Alpilles and Côtes du Rhône

The antique and natural charms of Provence

Highlights

The Palace of the Popes and the famous Avignon bridge
Châteauneuf du Pape and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône
Orange and Arles, ancient and Roman heritage
Uzès and its famous Provencal market
The Pont du Gard, masterpiece of the Roman Empire
The Alpilles Regional Nature Park and its limestone landscapes
Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages of France

Provence by bike: sweet, antique, untamed, wonderful ...

Departing from Avignon, you cycle through Provence, from the Côtes du Rhône to the Gard, from Arles to the Alpilles, from Les Baux to Avignon. You cross the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, cities steeped in ancient history and the Alpilles Regional Nature Park.

This bike stay will take you on a loop around Avignon. It takes you on a discovery of Provence, between Vaucluse, Gard and Bouches du Rhône. By bike, you cycle among the prestigious vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, wander through cities with history more than a thousand years old and ride over the surprising limestone landscapes and fragrant hills of the Alpilles. Cradled by the song of the cicadas, this Provençal getaway leads you to meet its inhabitants. Warm and inexhaustible, the Provencals reveal the secrets and traditions of the region with their melodious southern accent. Under the beautiful southern France sun, your cycling trip in Provence is revitalizing.

All along the route, you pass through cities whose tumultuous history dates back to Antiquity. Avignon, the papal city, Orange, the city of Princes or even Arles, city of Art and History have inherited a rich ancient, Roman (amphitheater, triumphal arch …) and medieval heritage. Along the way, you will also discover the charm of Provençal villages. Les Baux de Provence, classified as Most Beautiful Villages of France and whose reputation is well established, is the most picturesque. Uzès, Saint-Quentin la Poterie, Beaucaire, Eygalières and Saint-Rémy de Provence also have assets to seduce you. And how not mention the Pont du Gard? True architectural prowess, the Roman aqueduct delivers all its secrets to you during your cycling trip between Uzès and Arles.

The Rhône Valley unfolds its vineyards over more than 200 kilometers. This bike trip is also an opportunity to discover its most prestigious appellations and its most beautiful landscapes. In its farmhouses and castles, Châteauneuf du Pape invites you to take a refreshing break and tasting to sample its wines made from thirteen grape varieties. A sure way to refuel pleasantly!

The Alpilles Regional Nature Park offers travelers a setting that contrasts with the expanses of vineyards and the plain of the previous stages. A low-lying mountain range, the Alpilles fascinate and surprise its visitors. Sculpted in limestone, its landscape alternates between rocky cliffs and hills lined with thyme, rosemary, pinewood and cedar. A place where all your senses are called upon!

Carte Le Gard, les Alpilles et les côtes du Rhône
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

AVIGNON

Day on your own to discover the city of Avignon, in particular its Palace of the Popes and its famous Saint Benezet bridge.

Meet at your accommodation with our guide for a briefing before the start of your stay!

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.

Day 2

From AVIGNON to ORANGE 47km 220m Niveau Loisir

You leave the papal city from the north along the banks of the Rhone to the vineyards of the most famous appellation of Côtes du Rhône wines. Indeed, the charming wine routes lead you to the famous village of Chateauneuf du Pape where you will undoubtedly enjoy a tasting in its many cellars and visit the Wine Museum. Following this gourmet break, you have a few kilometers left to reach Orange and its Antique theater.

Day 3

From ORANGE to UZES 55km 430m Niveau Loisir

You leave Orange towards the West. You quickly reach the banks of the Rhône. A few kilometers further, you will visit two remarkable appellations of Cotes du Rhône wines: Lirac and Tavel, well known for its rosé wine.
The rest of the stage is more challenging. The road rises in the middle of the garrigue (scrubland) landscapes. And as a bonus the beautiful panoramas of the Gard countryside. Also, good descents allow you to take a breather in this roller coaster scenery.
At the end of the stage, you reach Uzès via the Eure valley.

  • For a few more km 62km 500m Niveau Forme

    Before reaching Uzès, you will discover Saint-Quentin la Poterie. The pottery tradition of this elegant Provençal village dates back to the Middle Ages. Even today, artisan potters and ceramists carry on this ancestral knowledge.

Day 4

FROM UZES TO ARLES 55km 150m Niveau Loisir

At the start of the stage, you go to the Pont du Gard. Take the time to admire this architectural masterpiece dating from the Roman period. Then, until Beaucaire, you ride on a greenway through the Gard countryside. Just before returning to the Rhône, you will discover the troglodyte abbey of Saint-Roman. In Tarascon, you pass to the left bank of the Rhône. The great river is your traveling companion to Arles.
Once in Arles, make the most of the end of the day to visit the extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena or the Roman theater.

Day 5

From ARLES to SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE 35km 360m Niveau Loisir

Towards the Alpilles Regional Nature Park. Low-lying mountain range (its highest point culminates only at 498 meters above sea level), the landscape of the Alpilles, sculpted in limestone, surprises and fascinates. Short and hilly, this stage is enlivened by many tourist attractions. Founded in 948, the Benedictine Abbey of Montmajour is one. Then, in Fontvieille, you will discover the Saint-Pierre mill, symbol of the book Letters from My Windmill by the writer Alphonse Daudet. Nestled in the heart of the Alpilles, between limestone cliffs and fragrant hills, Les Baux de Provence are on your way. Do not miss this site classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France. End of the stage in Saint-Rémy de Provence, a small dynamic town considered to be the capital of the Alpilles.

  • For a few more km 65km 510m Niveau Forme

    After Les Baux de Provence, you ride towards the village of Eygalières, one of the most picturesque villages in the Alpilles.
    Through the massif lined with garrige, the route is untamed and tortuous.

Day 6

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 7

AVIGNON

End of your cycling trip after breakfast.
Have a safe journey home!

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
Hôtel la Taverne de Sophie à Uzès Hôtel de la Muette Arles

Starting from 790€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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
Hôtel hostellerie provençale à Uzès Hôtel Calendal Arles Hôtel le mas des carassins

Starting from 920€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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
Hotel Arène Orange Hôtel Entraigue Uzès Hôtel Artalan Arles Hôtel de l'image à Saint Rémy de Provence

Starting from 1465€/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, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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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

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Getting here

Meeting Point

Avignon, Vaucluse

Avignon by car

From Paris on the A6 et A7 :  690km 6H15
From Lyon on the A7 : 230km 2H15
From Bordeaux on the A62 : 580km 5H30
From Rennes on the A7 : 960km 8H40

Avignon by train*

TGV station Avignon

30 minutes from Marseille
1H05 from Lyon
2H45 from Paris (direct train)

Avignon by plane*

Airport in Avignon
Airport in Marseille
Airport in Lyon

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

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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