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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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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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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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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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, return flight from/to London (discounts for non-UK guests); 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 2017: September 8-11 (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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Mont Ventoux Custom Trips

Have a trip to Ventoux planned for you – all you do is pedal!

Offered by:
La Vie en Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0) 7984 065329

Tour length:
Tailored

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
£400 per day for staffed and fully equipped van and custom-fitted box trailer. Accommodation tailored for you.

Take on the Ventoux challenge with a custom trip planned for you. Pick your dates and La Vie en Velo can tailor a package to your requirements, based at a great hotel (with pool) on the flank of Ventoux itself. Ideal for groups (everyone from charity riders to family groups and corporate rides welcome), prices include baggage and bike transfers from the UK (or a French airport or train station). Full on-road van support. Ride Ventoux and take in the best of Vaucluse while you're there. Plenty of flexibility to tailor trips just for you and your group. Accommodation, bike hire and full route notes can all be worked into your trip.

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Mont Ventoux to Luberon Cycling Holiday

Discover the delights that hide in the shadows of Ventoux

Offered by:
La Ligne Verte

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

Tour length:
5-7 days

Level of difficulty:
Active

Price:
7 days: €893

Discover the splendid places that hide in the enormous shadows of Mont Ventoux. Cycle through Provencal villages, along Cote du Rhone wine routes, through the canyon of the Gorges de la Nesque, explore the 2000-year-old village of Vaison-la-Romaine, visit Abbaye de Senanque, and watch in awe as the river Fontaine de Vaucluse surges by in the Luberon. This is an active self-guided cycling holiday, with the option of climbing Ventoux. Baggage transfer, accommodation and some meals included. Group discounts available.

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