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France: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux & Avignon

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Cycle along the Alpilles mountains during one of the most glorious bike trips in Provence, France, passing river valleys, Renaissance villages, and Roman architecture.

Guided Biking

  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 41|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 22
4.9 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
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Starting From

10-day Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,345

7-day Bike Vacation Only

$3,295

Per person, double occupancy

France: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux & Avignon

Sprawling vineyards, river valleys, and alpine vistas… this picturesque route reveals the best of the region. Roll into Les Baux-de-Provence, a charming village set atop majestic bluffs. Trace the Durance and Rhône rivers along the Alpilles, pausing to wander cobblestone streets in Renaissance towns. Enjoy a spectacular visual and musical production at Carrières de Lumières, whose shows are set in an abandoned limestone quarry. Cycle through the gentle countryside that inspired Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and meet a local historian at the Saint-Paul Asylum, where the artist admitted himself. Stroll the Pont du Gard, an astonishing ancient aqueduct and impressive reflection of Roman architectural engineering. Feast along the way, indulge in wine tastings, home-hosted meals, and gourmet picnics. Discover why this tour surpasses all other bike trips in Provence, France.

What to Expect

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

  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 41|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 22
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Arles, the Camargue, and the Alpilles from the village of Les Baux.
  • Delve into the imagination of artist Vincent van Gogh on a private guided tour.
  • Treat your taste buds to authentic Provençal cuisine in the home of a noted pastry chef.
  • Roll through pastoral landscapes of olive groves, vineyards, farms, and villages, set against the lofty Alpilles.
  • Discover the Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet, a 12th-century monastery.
  • Stride across the Pont du Gard, the magnificent, UNESCO-cited Roman aqueduct.
  • Taste the delicious wines that have made the village of Lirac famous.
  • Join a local guide on a tour of Avignon, the “City of the Popes.”
  • Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular multimedia production at Carrières de Lumières.

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr67º/45º

May74º/51º

Jun82º/58º

Jul87º/61º

Aug87º/60º

Sep78º/57º

Oct68º/49º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr2.1 in

May2.5 in

Jun1.7 in

Jul1.3 in

Aug1.8 in

Sep2.6 in

Oct3.3 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Aix-en-Provence and one night in Paris in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
6 nights in 4-star French hotels Check Check
11 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Fri, Apr 23 to Sun, May 2 - 2021

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Depart home for France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Marseille (MRS) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the representative identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van to your Aix-en-Provence hotel (approximately 45 minutes, depending upon traffic). Important: If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the Marseille Airport, please proceed to the Information Desk in your arrival terminal (either A or B) and call 04 42 93 01 44 (number from within France). Outside of France, call +33 442 93 01 44.

The rest of the day is yours to explore the beautiful, 2,000-year-old “City of a Thousand Fountains” at your leisure. Listen to the soft murmur of those ancient fountains as you stroll its narrow winding streets, take in the bright colors and flavors in the markets, or linger with locals on crowded café terraces. VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Aix-en-Provence. Perhaps you’ll savor typical fare prepared with fragrant herbes de Provence from the hillsides for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence

VBT-Bicycle-Vacation-only guests: Meet at the first hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by 2:30 p.m. If you arrive by train into Avignon, take a taxi at your own expense (approximately 65 euros and about 30 minutes’ traveling time). If you are in Aix-en-Provence, you may take the VBT coach transfer to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence at no additional expense (approximately one hour). Please meet your VBT representative at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence.
Please contact the hotel to advise the staff of any travel delays or changes, and they will pass your message to your VBT trip leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT representative in the hotel lobby at 11:00 a.m. and transfer by bus to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (approximately one hour).

Your inviting hotel here has magnificent views over the Alpilles Mountains. You have free time to stroll into town for lunch on your own and relax on the hotel grounds as you settle in. Please note that rooms may not be ready until 3:00 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., meet your VBT trip leaders for a short introduction, followed by a safety and bike-fitting session and warm-up ride. Tonight, attend a welcome wine reception and dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Image, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast, (Pre-Trip and Air guests only), Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 12 km (7 miles)
Afternoon
Warm-up: 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Begin your explorations with a warm-up ride around Saint-Rémy-de- Provence.

Breathtaking scenery and excellent cycling await you on the first full day of your Provence bike trip. After breakfast, roll into the heart of the Alpilles to Les Baux-de-Provence. Stop at some interesting sites along the way, such as the ancient fortress of Les Baux, which sits on an 800-foot (243.8-meter) rocky plateau.

The beautiful village of Les Baux has many lookouts with stunning views of Arles, the Camargue, and the Alpilles. As you walk through, pause at the architectural accomplishments of its church, château, town hall, hospital, chapels, houses, and doorways.

Have lunch on your own here. Afterward, experience an extraordinary visual and musical production at Carrières de Lumières, whose spectacular multimedia shows are set in an abandoned limestone quarry. Then, cycle back toward Saint-Rémy-de-Provence through the gentle countryside that inspired van Gogh to create more than 150 paintings.

Tonight is free for you to stroll Saint-Rémy’s narrow cobblestone streets, browse the enticing shops, and admire the ancient restored houses with their Renaissance façades. Dinner is on your own in one of the local restaurants.

Please note: For those who begin the tour on Wednesday, your scheduled guided tour with local historian Mathilde Duvillier followed by dinner at the home of VBT friend Odile Mifsud, a well-known pastry chef, will take place today (Day 2-Thursday). For those who begin the tour on Sunday, your scheduled Mathilde tour and Odile dinner will take place on Tuesday (Day 3).

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Image, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 9 – 42 km (6 – 26 miles)
Morning
Saint-Rémy to Les Baux Loop: 32 km (20 miles)
OR
Saint-Rémy to Les Baux: 9 km (6 miles)
Afternoon
Les Baux to Saint-Rémy: 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle into the heart of the Alpilles to Les Baux-de-Provence, situated on a rocky plateau. If you wish, you may add an extra loop in the Alpilles before lunch. You may cycle back to the hotel or return by support vehicle after lunch on your own.

After breakfast, prepare for what may be the most beautiful cycling of the entire week. You’ll ride through pristine Provençal countryside, passing olive groves and the soaring Alpilles. A small chain extending from the Luberon, the Alpilles are not very wide but rise dramatically out of the Rhône Valley. Their foothills are flanked by the Durance and Rhône rivers.

As you cycle, you can stop to wander through timeless villages. Perhaps you’ll explore Eygalières and its lovely stone-built homes lining small winding streets. While here, you might walk to the top of the village to view the panorama, and enjoy a picnic lunch on your own in a cool field, shaded by olive or almond trees. If you’re up for a more ambitious riding day, our longer option offers even more delightful scenery.

Later, meet up with your trip leaders and walk to meet local historian Mathilde Duvillier by the Saint-Paul Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh admitted himself. Madame Mathilde will guide your small group to many of the places pictured in the artist’s works during his time here, enabling you to relate the scenes directly to them. You’ll also venture inside the sanitarium to see the carefully reproduced layout and furnishings of van Gogh’s room.

After another short walk, you arrive at the home of VBT friend Odile Mifsud, a well-known pastry chef. Here, you’ll enjoy a home-cooked dinner, flavored by the herbs of her native Provence and the rich tradition of her family cuisine.

Please note: For those who begin the tour on Wednesday your scheduled dinner on your own will take place tonight (Day 3-Friday). For those who begin the tour on Sunday, dinner on your own is on Monday (Day 2).

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Image, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 17 – 62 km (11– 38 miles)
Morning
Saint-Rémy to Eygalières: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Saint-Rémy Loop: 17 km (11 miles)
OR
Saint-Rémy Loop Plus: 43 km (27 miles)

What to Expect: Start to cycle through the pristine Provencal countryside, passing olive groves and the Alpilles mountains. Consider a stop in Eygalières to explore this Provencal village, buy a picnic lunch or try one of the local restaurants and don’t forget to walk to the top of the village to enjoy the panorama.

Cycle through the countryside to the Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet after breakfast this morning. Set in a pine forest, this revered site dates to at least 1133.

After your visit, you may shuttle or cycle to the Pont du Gard. Whichever you choose, you’ll cross the Rhône River and arrive in the Languedoc region. Built by the Romans in the first century BC (and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985), the Pont du Gard is just one segment of a 31-mile-long (49.9-km) aqueduct built to transport water from a spring in Uzès to the city of Nîmes. Remarkably, the structure was built entirely without mortar, using stones that weighed up to six tons. Consisting of three levels, this bridge appears surprisingly delicate despite the massive stones used in its construction. Much of the aqueduct has deteriorated over time, but this most impressive span still stands. Park your bike and walk across this stunning architectural achievement.

After exploring the Pont du Gard, shuttle to your next hotel, in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Once settled in, you have time to relax, perhaps in the hotel’s pool or shady terrace, before gathering for an authentic Provençal meal at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 17 – 69 km (11 – 43 miles)
Morning
Saint-Rémy to Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Abbaye to the Pont du Gard: 33 km (21 miles)
OR
Castillon-du-Gard to the Pont du Gard Plus: 17 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle through the beautiful and flat countryside of the Rhône Valley. You’ll start climbing uphill as you approach the Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet. After your visit to the abbey, you may board the support vehicle to the Pont du Gard or continue riding across the Rhône River, arriving in the Occitan region. If you desire a longer ride, pedal through Vers en route to the Pont du Gard.

Sleep in this morning, then linger over breakfast before cycling southeast toward Avignon, the fabled “City of the Popes.” Leave your bike inside the city walls and stroll the timeless cobblestone streets. Your small group will meet a local guide for a walking tour of this ancient city.

Take a break from your bike to explore by foot. The rest of the day is yours to traverse Avignon on your own. City highlights include the former papal residence—the immense Palais des Papes (Papal Palace). Now a museum, this Gothic building was fortified with walls up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) thick. Or perhaps you’ll walk the surviving section of the Pont d’Avignon. Built in the 12th century, this bridge originally spanned the Rhône but has suffered frequent collapses from floods. Only four of its original 22 arches remain. You may also wish to buy some local pottery or a Provençal fabric tablecloth. Try lunch at one of the local bistros, or enjoy a picnic by the river.

In the afternoon, cycle or shuttle back to the hotel.

Tonight is free for you to explore the historic town of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 13 – 28 km (8 – 17 miles)
Morning
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon to Avignon: 13 km (8 miles)
Afternoon
Avignon to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon: 15 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle southeast toward Avignon and leave your bike inside the ancient city walls. Cycle back to the hotel through the flat island of La Barthelasse, if you wish.

Today’s ride takes you into the Gard district on the right bank of the Rhône River. Your route follows the agricultural plain of the river, planted mainly with apples, melons, pumpkins, asparagus, and market-garden produce. Leaving the river valley, you’ll cycle through typical Provençal landscapes, vineyards, and the charming village of Lirac, renowned for its red-wine vineyards for more than 2,000 years. Here, you’ll visit an old château’s farm and enjoy a picnic prepared by your trip leaders. You’ll also sample some local wine in the cellar’s tasting room.

En route back to the hotel, cycle through the village of Tavel, famous for its rosé wine. Here, you may stop for an optional tasting in a wine cellar.

Tonight, exchange stories of your Provence bike trip as you celebrate with your fellow travelers during a special farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 60 km (12 – 37 miles)
Morning
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon to Chateau de Manissy: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Tavel to hotel: 20 km (12 miles)
OR
Lunch to Tavel to hotel Plus: 41 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle through beautiful and flat agricultural land along the Rhône Valley. Then, head away from the river, traversing a low ridge to Chateau de Manissy on the Route des Vignobles. After a picnic lunch and wine tasting here, you can take the support vehicle back to the hotel or cycle back, passing through Tavel en route. The longer option goes to Lirac before cutting through a forested plateau, making an additional loop to Tavel before returning to the hotel.

VBT-Bicycle-Vacation-only guests: After breakfast, transfer to the Avignon TGV train station, arriving at approximately 9:10 a.m. Your tour ends here.

Important: Train departures from the Avignon TGV train station prior to 9:30 a.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel to the train station at your own expense (approximately 35 euros, with a travel time of about 20 minutes).

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, verify with your trip leaders the time of your transfer from your Paris hotel to the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport tomorrow, then bid them goodbye. You will transfer to the Avignon TGV train station via private coach, arriving at approximately 9:10 a.m. At approximately 10:00 a.m., continue by TGV high-speed train to Paris, about a three-hour journey. Upon arrival in the “City of Light,” you are met by a VBT representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel. VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Paris.

Accommodation: Hotel Rochester Paris
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast*, transfer to the Paris Charles De Gaulle airport for your return flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Apr 25 to Sat, May 1 - 2021

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Meet at the first hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by 2:30 p.m. If you arrive by train into Avignon, take a taxi at your own expense (approximately 65 euros and about 30 minutes’ traveling time). If you are in Aix-en-Provence, you may take the VBT coach transfer to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence at no additional expense (approximately one hour). Please meet your VBT representative at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence.
Please contact the hotel to advise the staff of any travel delays or changes, and they will pass your message to your VBT trip leaders.

Your inviting hotel here has magnificent views over the Alpilles Mountains. You have free time to stroll into town for lunch on your own and relax on the hotel grounds as you settle in. Please note that rooms may not be ready until 3:00 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., meet your VBT trip leaders for a short introduction, followed by a safety and bike-fitting session and warm-up ride. Tonight, attend a welcome wine reception and dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Image, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Included Meals: Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 12 km (7 miles)
Afternoon
Warm-up: 12 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Begin your explorations with a warm-up ride around Saint-Rémy-de- Provence.

Breathtaking scenery and excellent cycling await you on the first full day of your Provence bike trip. After breakfast, roll into the heart of the Alpilles to Les Baux-de-Provence. Stop at some interesting sites along the way, such as the ancient fortress of Les Baux, which sits on an 800-foot (243.8-meter) rocky plateau.

The beautiful village of Les Baux has many lookouts with stunning views of Arles, the Camargue, and the Alpilles. As you walk through, pause at the architectural accomplishments of its church, château, town hall, hospital, chapels, houses, and doorways.

Have lunch on your own here. Afterward, experience an extraordinary visual and musical production at Carrières de Lumières, whose spectacular multimedia shows are set in an abandoned limestone quarry. Then, cycle back toward Saint-Rémy-de-Provence through the gentle countryside that inspired van Gogh to create more than 150 paintings.

Tonight is free for you to stroll Saint-Rémy’s narrow cobblestone streets, browse the enticing shops, and admire the ancient restored houses with their Renaissance façades. Dinner is on your own in one of the local restaurants.

Please note: For those who begin the tour on Wednesday, your scheduled guided tour with local historian Mathilde Duvillier followed by dinner at the home of VBT friend Odile Mifsud, a well-known pastry chef, will take place today (Day 2-Thursday). For those who begin the tour on Sunday, your scheduled Mathilde tour and Odile dinner will take place on Tuesday (Day 3).

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Image, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 9 – 42 km (6 – 26 miles)
Morning
Saint-Rémy to Les Baux Loop: 32 km (20 miles)
OR
Saint-Rémy to Les Baux: 9 km (6 miles)
Afternoon
Les Baux to Saint-Rémy: 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle into the heart of the Alpilles to Les Baux-de-Provence, situated on a rocky plateau. If you wish, you may add an extra loop in the Alpilles before lunch. You may cycle back to the hotel or return by support vehicle after lunch on your own.

After breakfast, prepare for what may be the most beautiful cycling of the entire week. You’ll ride through pristine Provençal countryside, passing olive groves and the soaring Alpilles. A small chain extending from the Luberon, the Alpilles are not very wide but rise dramatically out of the Rhône Valley. Their foothills are flanked by the Durance and Rhône rivers.

As you cycle, you can stop to wander through timeless villages. Perhaps you’ll explore Eygalières and its lovely stone-built homes lining small winding streets. While here, you might walk to the top of the village to view the panorama, and enjoy a picnic lunch on your own in a cool field, shaded by olive or almond trees. If you’re up for a more ambitious riding day, our longer option offers even more delightful scenery.

Later, meet up with your trip leaders and walk to meet local historian Mathilde Duvillier by the Saint-Paul Asylum, where Vincent van Gogh admitted himself. Madame Mathilde will guide your small group to many of the places pictured in the artist’s works during his time here, enabling you to relate the scenes directly to them. You’ll also venture inside the sanitarium to see the carefully reproduced layout and furnishings of van Gogh’s room.

After another short walk, you arrive at the home of VBT friend Odile Mifsud, a well-known pastry chef. Here, you’ll enjoy a home-cooked dinner, flavored by the herbs of her native Provence and the rich tradition of her family cuisine.

Please note: For those who begin the tour on Wednesday your scheduled dinner on your own will take place tonight (Day 3-Friday). For those who begin the tour on Sunday, dinner on your own is on Monday (Day 2).

Accommodation: Hotel de l’Image, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 17 – 62 km (11– 38 miles)
Morning
Saint-Rémy to Eygalières: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Saint-Rémy Loop: 17 km (11 miles)
OR
Saint-Rémy Loop Plus: 43 km (27 miles)

What to Expect: Start to cycle through the pristine Provencal countryside, passing olive groves and the Alpilles mountains. Consider a stop in Eygalières to explore this Provencal village, buy a picnic lunch or try one of the local restaurants and don’t forget to walk to the top of the village to enjoy the panorama.

Cycle through the countryside to the Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet after breakfast this morning. Set in a pine forest, this revered site dates to at least 1133.

After your visit, you may shuttle or cycle to the Pont du Gard. Whichever you choose, you’ll cross the Rhône River and arrive in the Languedoc region. Built by the Romans in the first century BC (and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985), the Pont du Gard is just one segment of a 31-mile-long (49.9-km) aqueduct built to transport water from a spring in Uzès to the city of Nîmes. Remarkably, the structure was built entirely without mortar, using stones that weighed up to six tons. Consisting of three levels, this bridge appears surprisingly delicate despite the massive stones used in its construction. Much of the aqueduct has deteriorated over time, but this most impressive span still stands. Park your bike and walk across this stunning architectural achievement.

After exploring the Pont du Gard, shuttle to your next hotel, in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Once settled in, you have time to relax, perhaps in the hotel’s pool or shady terrace, before gathering for an authentic Provençal meal at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 17 – 69 km (11 – 43 miles)
Morning
Saint-Rémy to Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Abbaye to the Pont du Gard: 33 km (21 miles)
OR
Castillon-du-Gard to the Pont du Gard Plus: 17 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle through the beautiful and flat countryside of the Rhône Valley. You’ll start climbing uphill as you approach the Abbaye St. Michel de Frigolet. After your visit to the abbey, you may board the support vehicle to the Pont du Gard or continue riding across the Rhône River, arriving in the Occitan region. If you desire a longer ride, pedal through Vers en route to the Pont du Gard.

Sleep in this morning, then linger over breakfast before cycling southeast toward Avignon, the fabled “City of the Popes.” Leave your bike inside the city walls and stroll the timeless cobblestone streets. Your small group will meet a local guide for a walking tour of this ancient city.

Take a break from your bike to explore by foot. The rest of the day is yours to traverse Avignon on your own. City highlights include the former papal residence—the immense Palais des Papes (Papal Palace). Now a museum, this Gothic building was fortified with walls up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) thick. Or perhaps you’ll walk the surviving section of the Pont d’Avignon. Built in the 12th century, this bridge originally spanned the Rhône but has suffered frequent collapses from floods. Only four of its original 22 arches remain. You may also wish to buy some local pottery or a Provençal fabric tablecloth. Try lunch at one of the local bistros, or enjoy a picnic by the river.

In the afternoon, cycle or shuttle back to the hotel.

Tonight is free for you to explore the historic town of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 13 – 28 km (8 – 17 miles)
Morning
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon to Avignon: 13 km (8 miles)
Afternoon
Avignon to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon: 15 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle southeast toward Avignon and leave your bike inside the ancient city walls. Cycle back to the hotel through the flat island of La Barthelasse, if you wish.

Today’s ride takes you into the Gard district on the right bank of the Rhône River. Your route follows the agricultural plain of the river, planted mainly with apples, melons, pumpkins, asparagus, and market-garden produce. Leaving the river valley, you’ll cycle through typical Provençal landscapes, vineyards, and the charming village of Lirac, renowned for its red-wine vineyards for more than 2,000 years. Here, you’ll visit an old château’s farm and enjoy a picnic prepared by your trip leaders. You’ll also sample some local wine in the cellar’s tasting room.

En route back to the hotel, cycle through the village of Tavel, famous for its rosé wine. Here, you may stop for an optional tasting in a wine cellar.

Tonight, exchange stories of your Provence bike trip as you celebrate with your fellow travelers during a special farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel La Magnaneraie, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19 – 60 km (12 – 37 miles)
Morning
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon to Chateau de Manissy: 19 km (12 miles)
Afternoon
Lunch to Tavel to hotel: 20 km (12 miles)
OR
Lunch to Tavel to hotel Plus: 41 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: This morning, cycle through beautiful and flat agricultural land along the Rhône Valley. Then, head away from the river, traversing a low ridge to Chateau de Manissy on the Route des Vignobles. After a picnic lunch and wine tasting here, you can take the support vehicle back to the hotel or cycle back, passing through Tavel en route. The longer option goes to Lirac before cutting through a forested plateau, making an additional loop to Tavel before returning to the hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to the Avignon TGV train station, arriving at approximately 9:10 a.m. Your tour ends here.

Important: Train departures from the Avignon TGV train station prior to 9:30 a.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel to the train station at your own expense (approximately 35 euros, with a travel time of about 20 minutes).

Included Meals: Breakfast

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  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart home for France. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Marseille (MRS) Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags. This helps the representative identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative or driver, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will welcome you to France and arrange for your transfer via taxi or van to your Aix-en-Provence hotel (approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic). Important: If you are delayed in meeting your VBT representative at the Marseille Airport, please proceed to the Information Desk in your arrival terminal (either A or B) and call 04 42 93 01 44 (number from within France). Outside of France, call +33 442 93 01 44.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations for what to see and do in Aix-en-Provence.

Use the rest of the day to relax or begin exploring the city.

Accommodation: Hotel Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, spend the day exploring this intriguing city on your own. As you begin your day, perhaps visit some of the museums, such as the Musée Granet or the Musée des Tapisseries. Aix is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains,” and you’ll discover why when you stroll to the Old Town along the Cours Mirabeau, where most of them flow and cascade.

Discover the architectural and cultural treasures of Aix-en-Provence simply by walking around this beautiful town. Some of the smallest streets of the ancient Roman town have kept their evocative names, offering a glimpse into the city’s 2,000-year-old past. Dine on typical fare prepared with fragrant herbes de Provence from the hillsides, listen to the soft murmur of ancient fountains, take in the bright colors and flavors in the markets, or linger with locals on crowded café terraces. Or you might venture into the countryside to experience the beauty of Aix landscapes immortalized by the city’s most famous native son, painter Paul Cézanne.

Accommodation: Hotel Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast

Take another day to discover Aix-en-Provence.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Accommodation: Hotel Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence
Included Meals: Breakfast

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2021 Post-Trip Extension - Paris

2 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $345

  • 2 nights at the Hotel Rochester
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Today, see for yourself why this city has inspired poets, lovers, emperors, and artists for centuries. Visit Montmartre and its charming cafés and artists’ colony, along with the Moulin Rouge, made famous by Toulouse-Lautrec in his vivid and colorful artwork. Make a stop at the Eiffel Tower or one of the magnificent museums, such as the Musée Picasso or the Musée d’Orsay. Take a stroll through the Tuileries Gardens on your way to the Louvre. You can walk to many of the major sights from your centrally located hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Rochester, Paris
Included Meals: Breakfast

Take another day to discover the incomparable treasures of the “City of Light.”

Accommodation: Hotel Rochester, Paris
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast*, transfer to the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for your flight home**. Please ensure that you are waiting in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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