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Provence: The Alpilles

Travel by bike and be inspired by Provence’s scenic rolling hills blanketed by vineyards that date back to ancient Rome and along the Rhône River to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct and UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll also learn about Avignon, a city once cherished by popes, and how the commune of Saint-Remy was the muse for van Gogh’s Post-Impressionist masterpiece, Starry Night.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

2016 departure dates now available below!

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Provence: The Alpilles

Stunning alpine vistas and verdant countryside, thousands of years of rich history, a well-deserved reputation for sumptuous food and fine wine…it’s all right here, in Provence. And you can experience it all in little more than a week on this comprehensive bicycling vacation. On a blend of guided tours and on your own, you’ll view breathtaking Roman and medieval monuments, stroll cobbled lanes once trod by artists and popes, and enjoy some of the most scenic cycling you’ll ever encounter. You’ll also dine in local homes, sip the region’s wine and experience local life up close in true VBT style!

Cultural Highlights

  • Drop your jaw at the breathtaking views from the beautiful village of Les Baux
  • Cycle through gentle countryside that inspired Vincent van Gogh to create more than 150 paintings
  • Tour Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the company of a local historian
  • Dine in the home of a French pastry chef
  • Explore the 12th-century Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet
  • Walk across the ancient Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Savor a picnic and wine tasting at a local farm
  • Visit fabled Avignon, the “City of Popes”

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills. Suitable for novice cyclists and ideal for experienced cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 18 – 45 Miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 5 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Avignon May 75°  Jun 82°  Jul 87°  Aug 87°  Sep 78°  Oct 68°
Average Rainfall (in.) – Avignon May 2.5  Jun 1.7  Jul 1.3  Aug 1.8  Sep 2.6  Oct 3.3

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4-star French hotels
  • 10 meals – 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3- and 4-star French hotels
  • 12 meals – 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Aix-en-Provence – 2 nights for only $295* • Post-trip: Paris – 2 nights for only $395

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Pre-Trip Extension is $245, single supplement $195.

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception with local wine
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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2016 departure dates are available! Click on 2016 under "Departure & Return Dates" and start planning your 2016 vacation today!


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