Provence cycling tours, tailor made
Description of Provence cycling tours, tailor made
Welcome to the land of lavender: sun-kissed Provence makes for a great cycling destination. The south of France region is both scenic and historic, and the pace of this holiday is relaxed enough that you can take your time browsing the market, or lingering over lunch.
This is a leisurely cycling holiday, covering distances around 20 miles with each ride. Your luggage is transported for you to the next stop, leaving you unburdened to explore. Highlights could include the historic city of Avignon with its famous bridge or the well preserved Roman theatre at the city of Orange. Don’t miss Vaison la Romaine, an extremely atmospheric medieval town with Roman ruins on its doorstep.
Don’t forget that Provence is a wonderful wine region, too, land of Côte du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape – so stop at the family run vineyards for a tasting, or order a glass at dinner – it pairs wonderfully well with Provençal cuisine, of course. The village Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself, where every other house seems to do tastings, might be the best part of your trip.
PlanetWe've been delivering holidays by bicycle for over 30 years, encouraging this environmentally friendly activity is at the absolute core of our business.
Our destination managers in the Cotes du Rhone region provide all cyclists with a refillable water bottle and share some top tips on how to support the local environment. Ideas such as turning off lights when leaving a room, considering if you need clean towels and bedding regularly and taking no more than one shower daily when possible. We also encourage our clients to stick to marked trails and to take away any waste when stopping off for a picnic or to explore the local area.
At our head office in the UK we recycle paper, card, plastic and metal cans and we always try to use fully recyclable materials for our printed travel documents and marketing communications. We encourage all our staff to cycle when they can and are part of the Cycle to Work scheme. We also like to take part in charity bike rides together each year.
PeopleEach year when we purchase new equipment, we will donate our previous bikes and accessories to local businesses and charities in the local area. We also work with World Bicycle Relief to support bike-led charity projects in developing nations.
All our tours encourage cyclists to get off the beaten track and discover the lesser-known parts of the Cotes du Rhone, visit small wine producers and eat in local restaurants. We also work with local suppliers to organise activities that support the local economy wherever possible and offer advice on bartering to offer a fair price for both the client and the vendor.
Our cycle experts and destination managers will also advise our clients to respect local cultures and traditions when visiting the area and its historic or religious sites, including appropriate dress. They will also discuss other ways you can consider your impact on the community such as asking for permission before taking someone’s photograph and learning a few words in the local language – often hello, goodbye and thanks is a good place to start.
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