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Higlights of the Provence

Highlights of the Provence, group tour

Cycling through the sunny country of France…

Fertile lowlands, cultural centres from Antiquity and the Middle Ages, fragrant herbs and the Provencal way of life – all this is life in the Provence! Except for some small ascents in the hill country de Garrigue and in the Alpilles, we can look forward to an easy and diversified tour.

Total length: approx. 305 bicycle kilometres


26.05.12 till 02.06.12

Travel beginning: on Saturdays

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)

09.06.12 till 16.06.12

Travel beginning: on Saturdays

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)

16.06.12 till 23.06.12

Travel beginning: on Saturdays

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)

01.09.12 till 08.09.12

Travel beginning: on Saturdays

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)

08.09.12 till 15.09.12

Travel beginning: on Saturdays

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)


1. Day: Orange

Individual arrival and overnight-stay.

2. Day: Orange - Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Avignon (approx. 50 km)

The first stage leads us into the world-famous wine town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and further on to Avignon, where the historic town and the Pope’s palace await us.

3. Day: Avignon - Arles (approx. 55 km)

We cycle towards Saint-Remy, the most typical of towns in the Provence, and - after a slight ascent in the Alpilles - enjoy a marvellous view of Les Baux (“city in the rock”). Finally we reach Arles, where numerous monuments recall the glory of its Roman past.

4. Day: Arles - Camargue - Arles (approx. 45 km)

In the unique natural environment of Camargue we behold vast salt steppes with wild horses and magnificent rosy-coloured flamingos. Accommodation in Arles.

5. Day: Arles - Beaucaire/Tarascon (approx. 50 km)

We continue to ride through the region of the so-called small Camargue, where white horses and wild bulls border the way to Saint-Gilles. At length we cycle through lovely rice- and wine-fields towards today’s milestone, Beaucaire/Tarascon.

6. Day: Beaucaire/Tarascon - Uzès (approx. 50 km)

The fortress of Tarascon, which lies high above the river Rhône, follows us for a while through the vineyards. By noon we already catch a glimpse of the Pont-du-Gard, the renowned aqueduct of Roman Times and World Heritage Site. Aromatically scented plants, such as lavender, thyme and rosemary, are our steady companions as we cycle into the pretty medieval town of Uzès.

7. Day: Uzès - Orange (approx. 55 km)

At first we ride through the hilly landscape of Garrigue, which is covered with Kermes oak trees and Mediterranean herbs, and then through mellifluous vineyards and orchards back to Orange. The historic town will once again enchant us with its Provencal charm as we round off our day with a glass of wine.

8. Day: Orange

Individual departure or extension of trip.