Cycling vacation in Provence
Laid back week of cycling, sightseeing and wine tasting in southern France as a small group. Average distances 45kms with additional rides, if required.
Avignon Orange Uzes Pont du Gard Saint Remy Optional Mont Ventoux ride Les Baux Canal d'Arles Place de la République Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
US $2965US $2678ToUS $3200excluding flights
Single supplement $770.
Up to US $290 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 07 Oct
Late availability on these dates: 07 Oct
Description of Cycling vacation in Provence
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Small group tour, ideal for solos & couples:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. For those with limited time, a small group tour will save valuable time in planning, and on vacation.
1 Reviews of Cycling vacation in Provence
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 16 Jul 2023 by Jane Clark
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The scenery was fabulous and the rides themselves. I also really enjoyed the Roman settlement at Carnuntum & the Basilica at Esztergom
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be able to ride for good lengths of time ~ 2 days were long stretches plus do not book in July / August if you do not like heat! It didn’t bother me but others were affected.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
To some extent. Staying at the last two accommodations before Budapest would definitely help the proprietors. Cycling obviously benefits the environment by not using other forms of power I.fossil fuels
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetA core part of our company's commitment to responsible travel is to actively avoid (and discourage people from visiting) any establishment that participates in or condones the exploitation of animals. On this trip you'll visit Arles, where traditional bullfighting occurs at the famed Arles arena. Although non-fatal (the aim is to remove the objects placed between the bull's horns) we strongly recommend not attending given the stress it causes the animals.
On cycling trips, it is easy to use plastic excessively, especially in hot climates or during the summer months. Rather than use single-use plastic bottles we refill our water bottles from a large water drum kept on our support vehicle. We also encourage people to snack on fresh, seasonal fruits rather than processed fruits in plastic wrappers. As well as keeping a large water drum on our support vehicle we also take advantage of the French tradition of having a drinking water fountain in each village and refill our water bottles directly from the source.
Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation's impact on the environment is to travel by bike, avoiding the use of any energy or fuel. When we do use a vehicle we are committed to providing local experiences and as part of this philosophy during this trip we use local forms of transport wherever possible. Where we use private transport we stick to the small back roads which minimises the impact on locals using the main roads for daily routines. Where we do use a support vehicle, we will always ensure that it is an appropriate size to suit the cyclists it supports – no using a 16-seater minivan if we only have five people traveling.
On this trip we have joined up with a local Europe-based supplier who shares our commitment to responsible business, from waste and water management to ensuring we are leaving as minimal a foot (or rather tyre) print as possible. We ensure they are educated on all aspects of responsible business, and supported in making any changes they need to improve in this regard.
PeopleAn important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in your destination. On this trip, along with staying in locally-owned hotels/guesthouses, we visit small cafes and restaurants and buy locally produced crafts and locally grown fresh produce. This gives locals the opportunity to earn money directly and our travelers the chance to interact with local people in their everyday environment.
We also use only European cycling guides and support staff, as well as local guides in many destinations.
We source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience, rather than remain concentrated with tourism providers. This could be as simple as spending time in a local café, to cooking classes in a local home and shopping at small local stores. On this trip you have the opportunity to enjoy a walk across the famed Pont du Gard, where entry fees go directly towards the bridge's preservation. You’ll also visit the stunning Les Baux-de-Provence where old limestone quarries have been transformed into a cultural lightshow and enjoy an optional wine tasting at the world renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.
The role of females in cycling has often been that of support staff. To help combat this we try and ensure as many of our cycling trips as possible have a head female cycling guide.
All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by Europeans (most of whom live locally) including all our cycling guides, support vehicle drivers, local site guides, and accommodation providers. We provide our cycling leaders with a formal 4-day cycling training course so that they are up to speed with the needs of our travelers as well as building their skills.
Locals know where the best food, souvenirs, local crafts and entertainment can be found. This trip is operated by local Europeans and we ensure any shopping opportunities, from the larger centers like Avignon and Arles to the tiny villages we stop off at, offer authentic experiences that showcase the Provence's rich and unique culture and crafts.
Food and wine is often a highlight in Provence and we offer a variety of opportunities to sample the full range. From the renowned red and white wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region (we recommend the Grenache noir) to delicious Daube (Provençal beef stew) in Orange, or the ever-popular vegetarian ratatouille in Arles. If you're out shopping keep an eye out for the locally produced Marseille de Savon soap or queue up with the locals for jars of fresh jams and tapenade.
As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community. A bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load, providing a profound and lasting positive effect for the individual as well as their community. Bicycles for Humanity collect donated (used or new) bicycles, repair them if needed and send them to Africa. Along with donated bicycles each of the 40 ft shipping containers that Bicycles for Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop, providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it's placed, helping the community to move away from aid dependence.
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