Tour de Provence Roman – Cycling Holiday Provence
This Cycling Holiday Provence is for the romantics, cyclists and Francophiles. But this tour is also ideal for the French historians and cultural zealots. The Tour de Provence Roman, as the name suggests, is a cycling holiday in Provence France that traces the very early history of region, visiting famous historic towns including Arles, Uzes and Orange. And no visit to Provence is complete without a stop at the famous Pont du Gard in Avignon and we uncover some secrets at this amazing site on our guided visit.
A Cycling Holiday Provence is a lifelong memory. It’s no wonder that some of the greatest artists in history have based their work on the panoramas of Provence. You can discover why on this sweeping circular route through the best of southern France.
Tour dates are in May and October, and are timed to avoid the real heat of the Mediterranean summer (see more Provence weather information). Our cycling groups are limited to 16 and have 2 guides both fluent in French and English, together with a support van that’s never far away. This cycling tour is graded relaxed to moderate (2.5/5), with some hills and distances sometimes near 60kms in a day. You can request a detailed cycling tour Provence itinerary below (bottom right).
Provence offers quintessential French villages, stunning fields of lavender, distant snow capped mountain peaks, and famous star studded seaside towns of the Cote d’Azur. We know you will love this itinerary, check out the highlights listed below.
This cycling holiday in Provence focusses on the Roman heritage sites in Provence, but as with all our tours there are plenty of food, wine and cultural experience included. Choose from 5 dates in 2016.
Cycling Holiday Provence Roman 2018 & 2019 Dates:
2018: 2 – 8th Sept
2019: 12-18th May; 23rd-29th June; 8th-14th Sept
- Visit the incredibly well preserved Roman Theatre at Orange
- The must do Pont du Gard – a World Heritage Site
- A tasting at the famous winery Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe
- See where & why famous artist Vincent Van Gogh spent time at Arles and St-Rémy
- Fun of cycling in a small group of fellow riders
Itinerary at a glance
Transfers for our first night in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, an optional warm up ride and the first of many gourmet dinners.
We cycle toward Orange, with a tour highlight tasting at the cellar door of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe vineyard. We arrive in Orange early enough to take an included tour of the 10AD ampitheatre, as well as a dip in the hotel rooftop pool. Cycling distance 49kms
A day of cycling past the Cote D'Rhone vineyards and centetries old villages, including the magnificent medieval city of Uzès & the village of Arpaillargues with the outstanding Chateau d’Arpaillargues, now a beautiful hotel where we stay for two nights. Cycling distance 50kms
A highlight day with a loop ride to Pont du Gard, an optional swim and canoe ride under this amazing structure, and a picnic nearby, with a return ride to Arpaillargues. Cycling distance 32kms
We cycle over the Pont du Gard today heading to our overnight town of ancient Arles, complete with a number of Roman sites as well as a Van Gogh museum, and much more! Cycling distance 56kms
Slightly longer and hillier ride but with ample rewards, including the hilltop village of Les Baux, and the famous St-Rémy-de-Provence for lunch, onto L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for our final night’s celebration dinner. Cycling distance 58kms
Breakfast, exchange emails with new friends and our final farewell and onward transfers after a memorable cycling holiday in Provence!