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Provence, France Cycling Route

Length: 154 km. - 3-4 day ride
Start Point: Avignon, France
End Point: Avignon, France
Surface
Conditions:
Narrow paved roads
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Description: Create unforgettable memories while cycling through the region of Provence situated in Southeastern France. This picturesque route begins and ends in Avignon. Enjoy quiet country roads that wind through vineyards, olive groves, forests and lavender fields, which inspired many of Van Gogh's well-known paintings. This trip gives you an impressive view of Roman and medieval historical monuments as you pedal from one charming village to the next. Provence is a paradise for touring cyclists, especially during the months of May and September.

En route suggested attractions:
  • The Palais des Papes is one of the largest Gothic buildings in all of Europe and was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.
  • Enjoy the view of Avignon's famous bridge built in the 12th century.
  • Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most extraordinary Roman ruins in all of Europe.
  • In Arles, don’t miss the well preserved Roman Theatre and arena as well as the Arles outdoor market.
  • Les Baux-de-Provence is known for being one of the most beautiful villages in France. Les Baux is situated on a spectacular 250-m high rock plateau with stunning views in all directions.
  • Discover the vibrant community of Saint-Rémy de Provence, filled with fountains, gardens and tree-lined streets.
Cautions:
Rolling terrain with some short steep climbs. In Avignon, Arles and Saint-Rémy de Provence light to moderate urban traffic.
Accommodations:
For a list of hotels, please click on each town name below.
To find other accommodations, click here.
Restaurants: A limitless variety of cafés, bistros, bakeries and markets dot the route offering local specialties. The Pont du Gard site has a number of restaurant options to suit everyone’s taste.
Events: Click here for a complete list of festivals and traditional celebrations in Provence.
Additional Information: Flying options are to / from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle & Orly Airports or Marseille Provence Airport.

Trains are a great way to travel in France and Europe. Avignon can be reached by train from Paris or Marseille.

Useful information when travelling with your bike by train can be found here.

Bike rental and delivery service throughout France.

In Avignon, bike rentals are available at Provence Bike.

For general information about Provence, click here.

For all your travel needs, visit: caasco.com/Travel

For travel insurance, visit caasco.com/travelinsurance

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