Day 1: Arrival in Provence
Arrival in Avignon. Check-in to your hotel. Free time to discover the old city. An English speaking team member will welcome you at the hotel for orientation and bike delivery in the evening. Dinner out on your own in a suggested local restaurant tonight. Night in AVIGNON
Day 2: Pont Du Gard and Uzes
You’ll cross the Rhône River to leave Avignon and pause to take in the stunning view of the old town, surrounded by ramparts reflected in the river. Very soon you enter the heart of the vineyard of the Gard, which is famous for the “rosé” wines (several wineries are on the route). Then appears, in all its majesty, the Pont du Gard, a real wonder of the ancient world, built by the Romans in the first half of the first century. From its height of 49 meters, it spans the river (swimming possible). At the end of the road, you finally reach Uzès, the medieval town with its small shaded squares, its mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries, and its maze of alleys in which it are so pleasant to stroll … Night in UZES
Moderate ride: 52 km. Total uphill: 522 m,
Day 3: Cycle Loop Tour Around Uzes
A loop tour from Uzes and back to your same hotel. You leave in the direction of the north of Uzes into a green area of scenic roads and light traffic. You will ride through small charming villages such as Vallabrix, Saint Quentin la Poterie. This is like ‘potters tour’ with the chance to visit ceramic shops and a museum. Return to the same hotel. *Note, if you are flexible, making this day a Saturday will let you experience the Uzes market day and let you see a fantastic Provencal market. Night in Uzes
Moderate ride: 40 km. Total uphill 455 m, total
Multi-sporting option: you can use this day to make a canoe-trip down the Gardon river (at your own expense), up to the majestic Pont du Gard. In this case consider +/- 20 km of roundtrip by bike, the total distance required to reach the river and come back to Uzès.
Day 4: To Arles via Tarscon
Travel to the town of Arles, passing through mostly flat countryside except in the gorges around the Gardon River. You first ride to Collias at the confluence of the Gardon and Alson rivers. From there to Ledenon, famous for wine production, and then Meynes and its old fortified village.
At Tarascon you can visit the Chateau and Souleiado Museum before going on to Arles. In Arles there is the extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena, antique theater, and many museums, among which is one devoted to Vincent van Gogh. Night in Arles. Most of this ride is flat but it starts out rolling. Night in Arles.
Moderate ride: 60 km. Total uphill 300 m,
Day 5: Les Baux de Provence and St Remy
You may want to spend some time in the morning visiting Arles before moving on to St Remy. The ride is not too long today, so in function of weather you can leave at your desire. You will pass the Abbey of Montmajour and up to Baux de Provence. Take some time to visit this site.
After you will descend to St Remy where you can visit the town and see where Van Gogh made over 150 paintings. Ride with hills at Les Baux. Night in St Remy.
Moderate ride: 30 km. Total uphill 465 m
Day 6: Loop Ride Around St Remy de Provence
Today, is a loop tour day which gives you a chance to take a day off if you desire. The ride starts out flat and goes to the north before turning to Eygalieres and the Alpilles where it becomes hilly. You will pass through vineyards and olive groves with the chance to visit and taste. *Note, if you are flexible, making this day a Wednesday will let you experience the St. Remy market day and let you see a fantastic Provencal market.
Overall this is a hilly ride but can be modified to be shorter cutting out hills. Night in St. Remy.
Moderate ride: 45 km. Total uphill 480 m
Day 7: Back to Avignon and the Palais des Papes
On to Avignon via Graveson and Barbentane where you can have lunch and visit the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet from the 10th century. Arriving in the afternoon, you can visit Avignon.
In Avignon old city tonight you are walking distance to the Palais des Papes, Place Horloge and Pont d’Avignon. Night in Avignon.
Moderate ride: 46 km. Total uphill 250 m.
Day 8: Departure Day
Today is departure day. You can take your time with breakfast and visitation of Avignon in the morning, before departing. Additional nights can be arranged.
After breakfast, free time in Avignon and departure.