Provence cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 30 October 2014

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Provence, including Ventoux, the Luberon, Vaucluse, Nice and Marseille. 

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Cycling from Chateauneuf du Pape to the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

France at its best – a leisurely bike ride for all abilities

Offered by:
Walk Inn Provence

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 86 65 00 20

Tour length:
7 days / 6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1080

This well-planned itinerary makes for a gentle cycling holiday perfectly suited to beginners, wine-lovers and history buffs. The self-guided ride starts in medieval Avignon before pedalling out to the famous Côtes du Rhône wine-making appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape. From here it's on to Uzès to see its centuries-old stone buildings and labyrinth of cobbled streets. Afterwards, the Mistral wind will push you south to the Pont du Gard – the most imposing bridge built during the Roman Empire. But that's not all. Continue towards Boulbon, a charming village nestled against the thyme-laden Montagnette hills, and on to ride in Van Gogh's footsteps to St Remy de Provence and then Roman Arles. Price includes 6 nights' B&B double occupancy, luggage transfers, hybrid bike rental, full road book and maps, and two evening meals. The tour is locally run from Avignon.

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Cycling from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d'Huez

A guided or self-guided ride conquering two of France's icons

Offered by:
Cyclomundo

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 50 87 21 09

Tour length:
5 nights/ 6 days

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From €845

Forget watching the Tour de France on television – experience some of the most famous climbs in south-western France for yourself on this 6-day journey from Mont Ventoux to Alpe d’Huez. Cycle up the 'Giant of Provence' – twice if you want! – and follow Cyclomundo's tried-and-tested Alps itinerary. Encounter mind-boggling vistas, gorgeous gorges, and the charming towns of Sault, Orpierre, Guillestre, and Briançon, among others. This is a challenging self-guided tour passing over such legendary cols as the Izoard and climbing the famous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez. The amazing views are an added bonus. Available self-guided or fully guided with on-road vehicle support. Price includes 5 nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, marked maps and route notes, a Garmin GPS unit (subject to availability). Bike rentals available on request.

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Cycling Gorges and Gentle Cols on the Alps/Provence border

Ride quiet backroads, gorges or Ventoux on this tailored holiday

Offered by:
Serre Des Ormes Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33(0)6 59 27 16 43

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Tailor made

Price:
€540

During the week that you spend with Serre Des Ormes, you'll explore historic towns, discover perched villages and enjoy the magnificent scenery of dramatic gorges and vibrant lavender fields. This is wonderful but relatively undiscovered cycling country nestled in between the southern Alps and the Luberon. The climax of the week is a pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux, which can either be climbed from the historic village of Sault or from the more challenging Bedoin side. But you can cycle as little or as much as you want here. Cycling holidays at Serre Des Ormes are tailored for your legs. You'll be taken care of with healthy, nutritious breakfast, homemade cakes, and plenty of R&R by the pool after a day on the bike. Delicious evening meals are made with local produce and served with French wine. This break includes 7 nights' B&B, evening meals with wine, aperitif and hors d'oeuvres, plus route guidance and GPX files for a week on the roads. Bike hire and airport transfers can be arranged. 

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Cycling Holidays in France with Luggage Transfers

Self-guided holidays that make cycling in France easy

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617 003

Tour length:
Varies

Level of difficulty:
Easy-Moderate

Price:
Varies

If you're looking for a cycling holiday with all the added extras taken care of – such as bike hire, baggage transfers, accommodation, breakfasts, route maps and notes – then check out Inntravel's range of self-guided rides. There are a range of destinations across France from which to choose – including wine routes, coastal rides, chateaux and historic hill-top villages. These French cycling holidays vary in length and budget, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a ride that suits you. There are holidays geared for leisure riders – couples, groups or friends, and families – in the Loire Valley, Brittany, the TarnAlsaceBurgundyBordeaux, the Canal du Midi, Dordogne, and Provence. Bonne route!

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Cycling in France – Custom Holidays

Choose your own cycling tour of southern France

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 74 92 63 14

Tour length:
5-22 days

Level of difficulty:
You decide

Price:
From €346

Tailor-made self-guided cycling or mountain bike tours of southern France for individuals or groups. Itineraries can be planned for all abilities and budgets. You choose where you'd like to go and for how long, and La Ligne Verte will do the rest. Holidays include as standard half-board (dinner and B&B), luggage transfer, transfers of persons when needed, maps and written route notes with information about interesting sites and events along the way.

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Cycling in the Drome River Valley

Ride the quiet backroads of the undiscovered Diois

Offered by:
France Bike Trips

Phone number:
+33 (0)4 58 14 04 35

Tour length:
7 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy, moderate and challenging options

Price:
From €585

Ride the backroads of the beautiful Diois area of the Drôme Provençale. The area is a superb mix of the Alps and Provence, full of orchards, vineyards and sunflower fields, plus rolling hills of boxwood, pine and lavender. You'll ride alongside clear rivers and streams, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnics and swims, or stop in a sleepy hamlet or village for a coffee in a shaded café terrace. The Diois is also a major wine producing area, famous for the sparkling Clairette de Die. (Don't worry – you'll have plenty of opportunities for wine tasting). Price includes B&B accommodation, most evening meals, baggage transfer, detailed road book, maps and GPS tracks. Available guided or unguided.

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Cycling in the heart of Provence (4 days)

Potter through lavender fields, ancient villages and vineyards

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €339

Provence cycling mapThis 4-night break is the perfect way to explore Provence, hopping from lavender fields through olive groves and on to hilltop villages. The trip starts in Avignon – the majestic 'city of Popes' with its history of art and architecture. You'll then ride through the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (leave pannier space for a sample of Provence's finest wine!), and visit Orange and its historic theatre. From here it's on to one of France's most beautiful villages, Séguret, before reaching Mazan and the foot of Mont Ventoux (it's up to you if your legs can carry you to the top). The last stage takes you to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a former fishing village that's now renowned today for its antique shops. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire and accommodation included. Daily distance 25-42km a day.

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Cycling tour in Provence (4 days)

A short break to enjoy lavender fields, olive trees and sunshine

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €335

This 4-day self-guided biking trip in the heart of the Provence lets you first discover the old town of Orange and its ancient theatre, before taking you through lavender fields and olive trees in the idyllic Provencal countryside. It’s a slower pace of life here in southern France. Visit the fortified town of Grignan at your own pace to explore its impressive castle, plus take in the Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine, the town of Nyons, and all the charming villages en route. You'll cycle by vineyards (and  have time to stop for a tipple), plus ride through sunny villages where you can linger, relax over a local rosé, and enjoy some fresh goat's cheese, honey, olives, tapenade and sun-dried tomatoes. This is an ideal introduction to cycling in Provence, giving you all the best bits in a short break tailor-made by Bérangère and Eugénie at Le Vélo Voyageur.

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Cycling Ventoux to Antibes

From the lunar landscape of Ventoux to the glistening Med

Offered by:
Velovation

Phone number:
+44 (0)7954 812043 or +33 (0)7 71 04 04 29

Tour length:
6 days / 5 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
From £1450

This is a magical 6-day trip with 4 days of riding. Start your adventure on the slopes of one of the most iconic cycling climbs, Mont Ventoux, The Giant of Provence. From here, take in steep forested slopes and breathtaking views and quiet roads lined with the famous lavender fields and orchards. This is a wonderful Provence itinerary through the Gorge du Verdon with its crystal blue waters and cavernous ravines and cliff-hugging road, staying in two "Les Plus Beau Villages", some of the prettiest villages in the whole of France, along the wayAs you near the Mediterranean, pass through hill-top villages, deep ravines, and along perfect tarmac roads that defy gravity. What better way to finish such a ride than with a very well deserved celebratory beer on the beach and a dip in the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea? Price includes airport transfers, accommodation and meals, minibus-supported riding, lead rider, professionally qualified mechanics, breakfasts, water and soft drinks (on rides), GPS files and a high resolution photo package. If you prefer you can also hire bikes through Velovation too.

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Enjoy Starry Nights in Provence

Cycle through the landscapes of Van Gogh

Offered by:
Cycling for Softies

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7471 7760

Tour length:
4 or 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £1045

The beauty of this part of Provence inspired Vincent Van Gogh through the most productive period of his career, with both the natural and the cultural captured in more than 200 of his works. This route will let you experience your own starry nights in St-Remy-de-Provence. Soak up the colours and culture of Arles and explore the glorious Provençal countryside. Some highlights are soaking up the atmosphere of Arles from one of its charming cafes, explore the hilltop haven of Baux-de-Provence, with its vast panoramas, and go flamingo-spotting in the Camargue nature reserve. The price of this self-guided tour includes 3*/4* hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, 3 evening meals, luggage transfers, bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits, route maps and instructions, plus local support whenever needed. Electric bikes are available on request.

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French F1 Grand Prix 2018

Ride through Provence to see the return of the French GP

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285021 or +44 (0)1788 568371

Tour length:
5 or 7 day options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £795 for 5 days or £1100 for 7 days

After a 10-year absence from the racing calendar, 2018 marks the comeback of Grand Prix to French soil. This tour allows you to enjoy Provence as you ride towards the Paul Ricard circuit to enjoy the race at the culmination of the ride. With a huge variety of experiences along the way you will explore wonderful and unusual landscapes, from the Gorges du Verdon in the Haute Provence, the heartland of Provence Verte and on to the Mediterranean sea. This tour includes some of Provence's most spectacular riding, along a mix of quiet colourful country roads and great off-road tracks. You will arrive at the circuit in time to see both qualifying and the race itself.

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Hidden Provence Cycling Holiday

Explore roads less travelled in popular Provence

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Price:
From £835 (self-guided), £970 (guided)

Tucked behind the glamour of the French Riviera is a slightly wilder and remote Provence where the lower mountains of the Alps seem within easy reach. The north of Provence contains some dramatic landscapes: deep gorges, wooded slopes and an intricate network of valleys connecting smaller and sleepier towns, villages and hamlets. This week-long tour – available fully guided or self-guided – allows you to visit this area with carefully prepared routes, starting from a high vantage point at Verdon with fantastic vistas in all directions and opportunities to splash about in cooling blue waters of the Med. From here back to the starting point you'll explore quiet lanes and hidden tracks as well as having time to visit some special spots on foot or in the water, such as the beauty of Cotignac or a take a bike ride out to the tranquillity of Sillans-la-Cascade and its 42-metre high waterfall. Prices include a welcome briefing, 6 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support.

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Hilltop to Harbours

Ride from one side of Provence to the other on this 14-night adventure

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:

+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
14 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £1655 (self-guided), £1885 (guided)

This 14-night tour which crosses the length and breadth of Provence, giving you a real opportunity to get to know the region and its people. Gaze over Azure blue seas and dramatic wild gorges while pedalling at a steady pace, and ending the day by diving into the refreshing waters – choose from rivers, lakes, the sea or your hotel pool. This tour featured short riding days and a really varied and interesting itinerary to give you plenty of time to explore the landscapes, small towns and villages, and to take time out from your cycling to enjoy other activities such as boat trips or visits to historic chateaux. The itinerary put together by Andy and Jane is mainly along easy, quiet lanes, including an old coastal railway line, but there are a couple of more adventurous days on offer too (although these can tailored to your energy levels). Offered guided or self-guided, the prices include a welcome briefing, 14 nights' B&B, some lunches, transfers, high quality bikes and support. 

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Historic Monaco Grand Prix 2018

A chance to combine cycling and the thrill of racing in Monaco

Offered by:
VéloRoo

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 65 95 30 97 France or +61 (0)411 047 828 Australia

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Moderate to challenging

Price:
AUD $3990

The Monaco Historic Grand Prix gives you the chance to experience first hand beautiful historic racing cars as they roar around the world-famous street circuit. This is the way racing used to be without the modern electronic gadgetry that helps drivers whizz around the harbour in F1. This unique tour allows you to sample the grand prix as part of a thoughtfully varied cycling tour that will see you climbing 100 "lacets" hairpins in a day and experiencing descents through forests surrounded by mountains with the blue Mediterranean sea in the background. The weekend is spent at the racing, including a chance to ride the course on your bike, with great access and views. The price of this tour includes accomodation, meals and entry to the two days of racing.
2018 dates: May 7-14

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Impression of the Camargue: The Rhône to the Mediterranean

Culture, architecture and natural beauty in Van Gogh's Provence

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
6 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £835

Carmargue map InntravelFrom Roman monuments such as Arles’ amphitheatre to scenery that inspired Van Gogh, Avignon’s papal palace and the pink flamingos of the Camargue natural park – you’ll find all this and more near the mighty Rhône as it nears the Mediterranean. This self-guided cycling holiday promises a wide variety of cultural experiences, as well as all the natural delights of quintessential Provençal landscapes, such as olive groves and sunflower fields framed by the dramatic hills of the Alpilles, and into the Rhône’s luxuriant delta. Known as the Camargue, it's a wetland area of untamed beauty that is home to thousands of birds, including iconic pink flamingos. The 5-day itinerary is made up of short, gentle, flexible routes that allow you ample time to appreciate your surroundings.

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Impressions of the Rhône

Find out what inspired Van Gogh during this gentle 3-day itinerary

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
3 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £428

Impressions of the Rhone mapThe Roman amphitheatre and catacombs of Arles and the remains of the Roman town of Glanum near St-Rémy-de-Provence combine with the medieval castle at Tarascon and the stunning façade of the 12th-century St Gilles Abbey in Fontvieille to make this gentle three-day self-guided ride a real treat for lovers of history and architecture. As you cycle from Tarascon and around Arles, you'll also recognise the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh during the most prolific year of his life. From Provençal landscapes to the fringes of the Rhône’s delta, these flexible routes allow you explore at your own pace, saving time and energy to enjoy the region's excellent cuisine and its fine, fruity Costières de Nîmes wines.

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Legendary Cols Tour

Fully supported opportunity to conquer Europe's most prestigious cols

Offered by:
Forever Cycle Tours

Phone number:
+44 (0)20 3289 6100

Tour length:
11 days, 12 nights

Level of difficulty:
Very challenging

Price:
From £2750 (discount for non-cycling partners)

Conquer 5 legendary cols in one tour: the Stelvio, Alpe d'Huez, the Galibier, the Ventoux and the Tourmalet, plus many others en route as you ride through the French Alps, the Italian Alps, Provence and the Pyrenees. This is a 10-night fully supported tour starting in Milan and finishing in Toulouse. It's designed to allow the amateur rider the chance to demolish cycling's ultimate bucket list in a holiday of a lifetime (but still climb at your own pace). Highlights include the 48 hairpins of the classic Passo dello Stelvio ascent, standing on the podium at the top of Alpe d'Huez, ethereal vistas from the top of the Galibier, and the chance to take the 3 ascents challenge up Mont Ventoux; finish by conquering the Tourmalet. Price includes 10 nights half-board in quality hotels, meals with plenty of carbs, and overland transfers in a luxury 21-seater coach (pretend you're in Team Sky). Non-cycling partners more than welcome. Bike hire can be arranged too.
2018 dates: Jun 28 - Jul 9

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Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2018

A beautiful ride to the most famous Grand Prix in the world

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285021 or +44 (0)1788 568371

Tour length:
5 or 7 day options

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From £795 for 5 days or £1100 for 7 days

This is a really unusual tour and offers the chance to explore a beautiful stretch of the Med coast taking in the Massif des Maures, passing the Esterel and the French Riviera en route to Monaco. The cycling is generally moderate, allowing you time to explore villages, experience the Riviera lifestyle or choose lesser known trails. There's a 7-day and a 5-day package: the 7-day tour includes Provence's Massif des Maures and its coastline and gives you the option of a non-cycling day to add some relaxation to the tour; the 5-day tour starts with the Sainte Maxime to Cannes stage of the longer trip. Both culminate at the Grand Prix itself. The price includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches on cycling days, luggage transfers, all routes, high quality bikes and support vehicle.
Dates for 2018: May 21 (7-day tour) or May 23 (5-day tour)

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Mont Ventoux & Provence Long Weekend

A weekend to savour tackling the mighty Ventoux

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
4 days / 3 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£595

Climb one of the greatest Tour de France climb of them all on this fully supported weekend in Provence. In addition to the Géant de Provence, you'll ride other sublime routes in the south of France. Rides can be tailored to your ability. Maximum group size of 8. Price includes transfer of bikes and bags from/to London/south-east England or from your French airport or train station, 3 nights’ accommodation in a lovely small, character-filled hotel with a pool outside of Bedoin, on the flank of the mountain. Bike hire can be arranged. Full van support. All you need to do is ride.
Dates for 2018: September 28th- October 1st (please ask about availability on other dates)

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Mont Ventoux Breakaway

The Giant of Provence for time-poor cyclists and weekend visitors

Offered by:
44|5 Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 45 73 06 04

Tour length:
2 days / 2 nights; there's also a 3-day option

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
From €395

The Ventoux Breakaway is ideal for time-crunched climbers who want to bag an ascent of Mont Ventoux, plus enjoy one more day of riding – and make it back to work on Monday. There is a basic 2-day option, plus a 3-day option that sees a Ventoux climb sandwiched between two guided rides in the heart of Provence (longer options also available). This is a great introduction to this beautiful part of southern France. Ventoux is an infamous Tour de France climb, but even if you aren’t a fan of cycle sport, this mountain presents an awesome challenge and, unlike the big cols of the Alps and Pyrenees, Ventoux is smack bang in the middle of ‘civilisation’, and there are virtually no other mountains of any size nearby. This makes it simple to access and within easy reach of Avignon, Nîmes, Montpellier, Arles, Aix-en-Provence or Marseilles.

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