3 of the Best Cycling Tours in Provence

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published March 16, 2024

Provence is one of the best places to cycle a bike in the world, with quiet lanes, pretty villages, the Mediterranean coastline and mountains.


It could be argued that Provence is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This sun-kissed southeastern region of France, with the smell of lavender wafting through the air, is somewhere that seems to have it all. The glistening Mediterranean Sea to the south and the snow-capped mountains of the Alps to the North, the sounds of cicadas while you sip rosé on long evenings – it’s hard not to be bewitched by this part of the world. Cycling through Provence is magical, with tiny villages, coastal routes skirting the sea, and winding hills that lead away from civilization. Here are three of the Best Cycling Tours in Provence.

Cycle Provence

For a budget-minded, and leg-friendly, tour of Provence, this trip is happy to meander through the landscapes that inspired van Gogh, weaving through gently swaying fields and vineyards. The journey starts in Avignon and ends in Arles, taking eight days and passing through Provence, Avignon and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence with a small and friendly group. The trip includes accommodation in hotels, transport and breakfasts, with a knowledgeable guide to explain the history of the region. If you like scenic trail riding, historical sights and wine tasting, all in reliable Southern French weather, this tour should be perfect. From EUR 2,008.

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7 Day Cycling Tour of Provence in France

This is definitely one for the more serious rider. It  seeks out some of the most varied riding in Provence, taking in little-known roads and secluded villages, as well as the mighty Mont Ventoux, the scene of some of the biggest battles in the Tour de France. The tour is guided with all meals included, leaving you to just concentrate on pedalling and taking in the scenery. The six riding days can be fairly long – a loop around the Gorges du Verdon is 131km in the saddle – but a support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes, and water, as well as a full set of tools in case of a mechanical. From € 4,699.

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Highlights of Provence by Bike

Fort something even cheaper, this self-guided trip is just over a grand for eight days. You travel through Beaucaire, Uzes and Nimes, with hotel accommodation and breakfast organised in advance. A digital information pack is included, with a smartphone app with maps, roadbook and GPS Tracks, to help you find your way, while luggage is transported between destinations. There’s also a handy emergency hotline in case of any issues. As well as experiencing lush valleys and the Mediterranean coast, you’ll encounter architectural masterworks such as the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Arena in Arles and the Pont du Gard, as well as the Greek-Roman excavation sites of Glanum and medieval Les Baux in the Alpilles. A slow-paced and serene way to explore the region. From EUR 1,190.

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