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Provence

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

£1,100 P.P.
France

Provence

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£1,100 P.P.
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This lovely self-guided cycling holiday in France combines beautiful Provence landscapes with historical towns and cities and has a distinctly Roman feel to it.
 
Your cycling takes you from the town of Orange through St Laurent, past the famous aqueduct, Pont de Gard to Avignon. Plenty of time to savour wines from the famous vineyards you'll be cycling past, including Côte du Rhône and Les Baux. You'll visit the romantic town of St Rémy, famous for its aromas of wild herbs. Van Gogh lived in St Rémy and along with the wonderful surrounding landscape in the shadow of the Alpilles you'll see what provided the inspiration for many of his paintings.
 
Cycling southwards towards the Mediterranean the route will take you through Arles, perched on the Rhone with its well preserved amphitheatre. You'll pass countless medieval and Roman monuments and through the protected region of the Camargue, home of the wild white horses and an array of exotic wildlife, providing a memorable finale to your cycling holiday.
 
Our French cycling holidays are all about good food, comfortable accommodation and beautiful cycling routes which create a memorable cycling holiday experience. You'll stay in carefully selected small 2 and 3 star hotels and guesthouses and a warm welcome will greet you each evening, offering a little luxury after a day in the saddle.
 
This holiday is available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday departures for a minimum of two people. We book all your accommodation, transfer your luggage and provide you with cycling routes and a detailed itinerary. Just contact us with your preferred dates.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling to the romantic town of St Rémy
  • Visiting Arles, perched on the Rhone with its well preserved amphitheatre
  • Riding to the famous Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge
  • Sampling wines from the famous vineyards of Côte du Rhône and Les Baux
  • Visiting the conservation area of the Camargue, home of wild white horses and exotic wildlife
  • Finishing the tour on the beautiful coastline at St-Marie-de-la-Mer

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Orange

After making your way to your first night’s hotel, you will be provided with your bikes (should you be hiring) as well as your route notes and maps for the trip. You will be welcomed by a local representative who will brief you on the week to come, and go through your route notes. This gives you the opportunity to ask any last minute questions. Depending on flight times, you may have the opportunity to visit the Triumphal Arch and Roman theatre. Music and art festivals often take place here making for a great night out.

Day 2
Orange to Uzès
34 Miles / 54 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today, you will cycle through a lovely landscape of orchards and vineyards, from the area where the famous Côte du Rhône red wine is made, to St. Laurent. Your overnight stop will be in Uzes, an attractive old town with narrow streets and a wonderful market place which is located on a hill, overlooking the River Alzon.

Day 3
Uzès to Avignon (via Pont du Gard)
30 Miles / 49 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Small peaceful roads will take you to the spectacular site of Pont du Gard, considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Roman aqueduct was built to carry water across the River Gardon to the City of Nimes. On the way you will pass fields of lavender, synonymous with Provence’s landscape. Today’s final destination will be Avignon where you should try to visit the Pope’s Palace.

Day 4
Avignon to St. Rémy
20 or 35 Miles / 32 or 56 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast (if you didn’t have time yesterday) you should have time to visit Avignon’s Roman monuments and the Palace of the Popes. You’ll leave Avignon by small quiet roads and ride towards one of the most beautiful villages in the region: St Rémy, known for the aromas of wild herbs. This is where Van Gogh lived and where Nostradamus was born. The wines from Les Baux are also worthy of note, having been granted their own appellation status in the late eighties. You can enjoy the end of the day in the romantic small streets and squares of St Rémy.

Both options are gentle, just one longer in distance. The shorter one allows you to go out of Avignon along the Rhone river whereas the longer option takes you through lots of little villages. The shorter option is also for those who want to take their time and enjoy a morning in Avignon or spend the afternoon in the charming village of St Remy.

Day 5
Loop Ride - St-Rémy to Les Baux
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today’s loop ride will take you via Les Baux. This village is located on a ridge and offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside. In The Ville Morte, or upper town, you will see ruined houses which have been, in part, carved out of the rocky escarpment. Nearby, The Val d’Enfer (Valley of Hell) is also worth a visit.

Day 6
St. Rèmy to Arles
20 Miles / 32 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

From St-Rèmy, you’ll head towards the Mediterranean Sea to the bustling town of Arles located in the north of the Camargue. Its Roman amphitheatre and theatre are still used for cultural events and bullfights. Perched on the side of the Rhone, it’s easy to see why Van Gogh painted here!

Day 7
Arles to Ste-Marie-de-la-Mer - Bus back to Arles
23 Miles / 37 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today, you’ll cross the River Rhone from Arles to the low-lying Camargue, the 780 sq/km delta of the mighty Rhone, where cream-coloured horses, black bulls, flamingos and other rare birds live. After exploring Ste-Marie-de-la-Mer, you will be transferred back to Arles to celebrate the end of a very enjoyable week.

Day 8
Departure from Orange
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will return to Orange by train. For those of you who have brought your own bikes, you can easily pop them on the train, then sit back and enjoy the landscape. After arriving into Orange, it’s time to say au revoir to this charming region of France.

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The Cycling

Terrain

You’ll be riding predominantly along quiet, sealed roads and country lanes. The majority of roads are shared with vehicle traffic but this is never usually busy or fast moving. 35% of the route will see you riding on a mixture of mixed-use cycle paths and cycle lanes. You will find your second day of cycling the most difficult in terms of distance and climbs, but the cycling for the rest of the week is fairly flat and easy going with some gentle slopes here and there. 100% on tarmac, the route is suitable for both hybrid and road bikes.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs and possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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Dates & Prices

2021 Departures available between (and inclusive of) 19 Mar and 31 Oct.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Departures – £1135 per person

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Departures – £1100 per person

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Duration
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Price
£1,100.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in small 2 and 3* hotels and chambres d‘hôtes

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) Transfer from St-Marie-de-la-Mer to Arles (Day 7)

G) Train ticket from Arles to Orange (Day 8)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Travel to first hotel on arrival day

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Meals not stated in the itinerary

G) Personal clothing and equipment

H) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

I) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

J) City tax (to be paid locally) – between €0.80 and €1.50 per adult per day

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Orange on arrival and onwards at the end of the trip. Please aim to arrive before 17.30 if possible.

The Channel ferry services and Euro Tunnel make driving a straightforward option. Parking may incur an additional charge depending on which hotel you are booked into. Please ask for details of parking when booking. If you‘re planning to take the train you can catch the Eurostar from London St-Pancras to Paris Nord (Just over 2 hours) and from here catch the metro to Paris Gare de Lyon.

Alternatively,the most convenient airports for you to fly into from the UK is Lyon (LYS) or Marseille (MRS). EasyJet fly to both Lyon and Marseille from London Stansted (STN) and London Gatwick (LGW). From Lyon, it takes around 2 hours on the train to Orange and around 1.5 hours from Marseilles. From both Lyon and Marseille airport it’s around 25km to the train station, and regular shuttle busses operate between the airport and train station every 20 minutes. You should aim to arrive in Lyon or Marseilles before 18.00 as the last train to Orange departs around 19.30.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any arrangements so that we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

Accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be en suite in 2 and 3 star hotels and chambre d‘hôtes. Triple rooms are available on request and subject to availability.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to rent. These bikes are typically hybrid bikes with semi-slick tyres, 21 gears, and a relaxed riding position. If you do decide to rent we can include a helmet on request; please request helmets when making your booking. If you choose to rent an e-bike, there will be a 250 Euro deposit required on arrival, which can be paid using a credit card. This will be fully refunded when the bikes are returned undamaged. Rental bikes come with pannier racks and bags, emergency repair kit including spare inner tubes, bike pump and bike lock. GPX files are usually available on request (please contact our office for more details).

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