Provence self guided cycling tour, Avignon to Cassis

This is a self guided cycle tour through Provence, from Avignon to the Med, with rides of around 60km a day and two rest days for exploring off the bike.
Avignon Alpilles mountain range Mouriès Aix-en-Provence Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume Cassis rest days in Aix and Cassis distances from 44km to 72km hybrid bikes available to rent baggage transfers
Price
1005To1390 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Option A: 2&3* hotels Option A+ 3&4* hotels (from 1325 euros).
Prices per person sharing a double include 7 nights with breakfast, luggage transfers, briefing, GPS, assistance if needed.
Hybrid, e-bike, road bike rentals available.
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Description of Provence self guided cycling tour, Avignon to Cassis

This self guided cycling tour meanders through beautiful Provence, starting in Avignon and finishing at the quiet town of Cassis, flanked by gorgeous coastline and bright blue seas. Cycle through the Alpilles mountain range, then pedal on past sunshine yellow homes in Aix-en-Provence and through landscapes painted by Cezanne and Van Gogh, before arriving in unspoiled Cassis. Although some other towns on the Mediterranean coast grab more of the attention, we picked Cassis as the highlight of this tour because it’s still a working fishing port, and full of character. We love places that resist the advances of time, progress and frantic modern life!

This week long tour comes with a warning, though. Numerous cyclists and wannabe painters have come to this corner of Provence to explore and ended up leaving their day jobs, buying a wreck to renovate and starting a new life here. After pedalling here for a week, you may want to do the same!

There is a choice of two standards of hotels on this tailor made tour. Breakfast, luggage transfers and a briefing are included. Hybrid bikes are available to rent.

Price information

1005To1390 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Option A: 2&3* hotels Option A+ 3&4* hotels (from 1325 euros).
Prices per person sharing a double include 7 nights with breakfast, luggage transfers, briefing, GPS, assistance if needed.
Hybrid, e-bike, road bike rentals available.
Make enquiry

Departure information

Start any day April 1st through October 25th

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery and the food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You do need to be semi fit!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local shops and cafes would have benefitted in the smaller, out of the way villages

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


4.5 stars. Only negative aspect was the hotel on the first and final night in Avignon, The Ibis, where the rooms were tiny, like being in a cabin and did make us worry about what was to follow! However, the other hotels were all fabulous but then we had to return to the Ibis for the final night which was a bit of an anticlimax!

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Planet

Travelling by bike, you are no longer an observer — you are an active participant in the local environment and culture.

We promise to use many quiet local roads for our routes. Travelling on small and quiet roads, this tour will allow you to experience part of the rural countryside and ride through famous and authentic villages that beautifully illustrate the multi-faceted Provençal character.

We promise a variety of locally produced and grown products will be accessible on our tours. During this trip you may get to experience the best of fine local produce by tasting traditional Provencal wines and dishes like Le Papeton d’aubergine or Tarte Chaude aux Abricots or by directly buying authentic Provencal food and produce, like the Cavaillon melon, Lavender, etc.

We recommend travel by train, a much more eco-friendly solution. To travel within Europe, we recommend taking trains over renting cars using or air transports. Trains are more energy-efficient and will minimize the CO2 emission per capita.

In cities, we recommend clients to use public transportation, or to walk or bike. City bike rentals are more and more widely available in big and medium-sized cities across Europe they are the best way to get around congested cities.

People

We promise to provide access to local Provencal arts and crafts and to give sponsors of the local economy the opportunity to display their goods to an international clientele.

We promise to support local and family run hotels and restaurants. Forget the non-descript and indistinguishable big chain hotels; we use genuine places with local charm. We relying on local guides and family-owned hotels, and we hope to ensure a warm, personalized welcome. We expect these properties to be run by people who have a passion for the Provence region, culture, gastronomy, and historical heritage. We use genuine places with local charm, blending harmoniously into the environment. Our hotels offer guests a pleasant, proper environment. Some of them have as few as two rooms, while others are small personal hotels.

We promise to team up with local bicycle renters throughout France. We value their expert work and most of our clients are renting bikes directly through them instead of bringing their own. This, of course, benefits the local economy.

We are based in France. This is where we live and work. Our office is located in the French Alps, just a stone’s throw from the Swiss border, and we ride the very same roads we recommend for our cycling vacations. As firm believers of sustainable development, we have established a friendly network of professionals, comprised mainly of local tour guides, small operators, and family-run agencies. Most of our people have created their own jobs/enterprises in order to live out their passion for the region and cultural heritage. All have extensive travel experience and have lived in various places before falling in love with the area they now call home. We promise that traveling with us guarantees you will be taken care of by dedicated professionals who chose to build their lives here.

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