PONT DU GARD & SAINT REMY
Come explore Provence's Roman Ruins, Van Gogh's final home, and beautiful countryside by bike with us!
2017 per person price
|Classic Tour||940 €|
|Classic+ Tour||1100 €|
|Deluxe Tour||1690 €|
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
|2 Nights Hotel le Colombier in Remoulins||www.hotel-restaurant-remoulins.fr|
|2 Nights Hotel du Soleil in St Remy de Provence||www.hotelsoleil.com|
|CLASSIC + PACKAGE|
|2 Nights Hotel la Belle Vie in St Hiliaire||www.labellevie-hotel.com|
|2 Nights Hotel Gounod in St Remy de Provence||www.hotel-gounod.com|
|2 Nights Le Vieux Castillon in Castillon du Gard||www.vieuxcastillon.com|
|2 Nights Atkiers d'Images in St Remy de Provence||www.hotel-image.fr/|
Upon your arrival at the Avignon train station, you will be met and transferred to your first hotel, in the small village of Saint Hilaire d’Ozilhan. In the heart of typical Provencal countryside, and surrounded by vineyards, you will love the beauty of this part of France. At the end of the afternoon, our Trip Manager will meet with you to check your bike fitting, and to go over your trip package with you. Wander through the village and perhaps taste some wine at one of the local wineries, before your first dinner, included this evening. (Please note, the Deluxe itinerary starts in the neighbouring village of Castillon-du-Gard).
Today you have a beautiful loop ride through the garrigues and pine forests of the Cevennes region to the west. The loop takes you through St Quentin la Poterie, a charming Provencal village, with a history of pottery making and that has become home to many artists today. Continue on to the town of Uzes, with its picturesque Place aux Herbes, its restored Renaissance facades, and perhaps climb up the steps to enjoy the view from the impressive Ducal Palace. Your return ride takes you past incredible Pont du Gard, an exceptionally well-preserved 2000-year old Roman aqueduct (and UNESCO Heritage site). The three arched tiers of this aqueduct-bridge, above the Gardon River, nestled amongst olive trees and wild rosemary, are quite beautiful, and have become one of the most-photographed sites in Provence
You leave Saint Hilaire, heading to the small Provencal town of Aramon, where at one time the powerful and beautiful Diane de Poitiers (mistress to the King of France) ruled as seigneur. The village had one of the most important ports of the Rhone in history, and its bridge is where you will cross over the Rhone River. Then detour slightly northwards to ride through the village of Barbentane, where you can take a moment to visit the beautiful Italian Renaissance-style chateau (still inhabited by the Marquess of Barbentane), and perhaps stop for some lunch. Your ride takes you around the Montagnette hill, but if you wish, take the option up into the “Montagnette”, with its typical Provencal flora and fauna, to see the Abbey Saint Michel de Frigolet, and perhaps buy a gift in the shop, still run by the monks. Finish along orchard-dotted plains into St Remy de Provence. Your dinner this evening is included.
Your final day of riding is spectacular, bringing you through olive groves and vineyards to the fortified village of Les Baux de Provence. There is a big climb in the morning, but it will be worth it! And of course you get the glorious downhill afterwards. Take your time to visit the chateau, looking down on the gorgeous Alpilles mountain range as a backdrop, and also the sound and light show in one of the old bauxite mines, with a different artist as its theme each year. You may also wish to stop for an olive oil or wine tasting along the route... Decide if you want the long or short option, to leave more or less time to relax in St Remy for your final afternoon. St Remy is where Van Gogh was incarcerated in the Saint Paul de Mausole hospital for a year (and where he completed an astonishing 150 paintings!), but it is also worthwhile visiting the Roman archeological site of Glanum.
After a final breakfast, we will transfer you from your hotel back up to Avignon for your further travels. Bon Voyage!