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from £1999 per person

Provence Prestige en Vélo Provence

from £1999

Updated for 2017

Provence Prestige en Vélo

Vineyards and olive groves

Updated for 2017

Provence Prestige en Vélo

Absorb the essence of Provence – sleepy villages, sun soaked vineyards, Roman ruins and the magnificent Pont du Gard. Easy cycling along quiet lanes and canal paths brings you to charming destinations where you are guaranteed a comfortable room and delicious food.

Holiday Highlights

  • Wonderful fortified city of Avignon
  • Magnificent Pont du Gard Aqueduct
  • Cycling through scented pines, vineyards and fields of sunflowers
  • Luxury accommodation and gourmet food
  • Dinner at Michelin Star restaurant in Les Beaux
  • Time to explore the delightful town of St Rémy at the end of your tour

What's Included

  • 5 days cycling
  • 6 nights in luxury hotels, half board
  • Gourmet meals
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Bike hire
  • Return transfer to station

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Avignon day 1

    Summary

    Arrive at the luxurious Hostellerie la Magnaneraie in the quiet suburbs of old Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Explore the old town centre or relax in the hotel gardens by the pool before enjoying a delicious meal in the attractive dining room.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Traditional reception area
    • Traditional reception area with seating
    • Modern family bedroom
    • Modern lounge area with piano
    • Traditional foyer area with staircase
    • Outside patio
    • Large two-basin bathroom
    • Large dining room

    Hostellerie la MagnaneraieLe Villeneuve-les-Avignon

    The La Magnaneraie Avignon is a former 15th century country-house located on the colourful heights of the historical village of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon and just 5 minutes from Avignon at the gates of the famous city of the Popes. 

    Hostellerie La Magnaneraie offers stylish and relaxing settings. The hotel features 32 rooms and suites with thematic interior design. The alleys of the garden are planted with trees and they look out onto the Abbey and Fort St André.

    Gourmet evening meals can be savoured on the restaurant's terrace upon reservation.

    The hotel also offers a swimming pool, bicycle rental service and massages upon request.

    Facilities

    • Swimming pool - heated
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Air-conditioning
    • Room service
    • There is free uncovered parking, with covered parking available at a small charge

    Board

    Cuisine

    Excellent restaurant offering a typically provençal menu.

  • 2

    Avignon to Collias day 2

    Summary

    It is a level ride to Remoulins before you cross the river beneath the Pont du Gard on your way to the Hostellerie le Castellas at Collias. Enjoy a small secluded pool and gourmet restaurant.

    Hotel
    • Small pool with hotel in background
    • Traditional hotel exterior
    • Herb garden
    • Seating area in garden

    Hostellerie Le CastellasCollias

    Hotel Le Castellas, a 17th century residence, is located on a small street in the heart of the village of Collias. Drawing on the placement of the houses, Madame Aparis has succeeded in turning the enclosed courtyard into an oasis of greenery, a garden a la Monet with a small swimming pool like a Roman bath tucked away creating a restful place for reading while relaxing on a lounge chair. From art deco to modern art and even Baroque art, each of the 13 guestrooms and suites in the Hostellerie Le Castellas will take you on an artistic journey through time. They are all decorated with originality and flair.

    Facilities

    • Gastronomic restaurant
    • Small outdoor pool
    • Sauna
    • Parking
    • Lounge bar
    • Terrace
    • Multilingual

    Board

    Cuisine

    The restaurant at the Hostellerie Le Castellas will awaken all your senses with a range of gourmet delights. Inside, the vaulted rooms made of stone from Vers Pont du Gard create a unique welcoming atmosphere. Outside, as soon as the sun is up, the tables are laid on the terraces, allowing guests to savour the beautiful surroundings.
     
    Starting with the buffet breakfast, you can taste the chef’s homemade jams, marmalades, cakes and fruit salads, all colourful, full of vitamins and deliciously tasty. An excellent way to start the day. Le Castellas will make any meal a moment of intense delight. The menu changes with the seasons, taking advantage of the best produce available.
     

    25 mi
    (40 km)

  • 3

    Collias to Tarascon day 3

    Summary

    Begin with a short climb before taking quiet lanes through the vineyards of the Costières de Nîmes. Pass the bullring in Redessan then cycle to Beaucaire and cross the River Rhône into Tarascon. After exploring one or both of these bustling riverside towns, it is just a short ride south for two nights in the rustic charm of your 5 star chambre d’hôte Mas des Comtes.

    Hotel

    Mas de Comtes de ProvenceTarascon

    The Mas des Comtes de Provence is a prestigious guesthouse in the heart of Provence. Originally a 15th century hunting lodge belonging to King Rene, amidst the orchards of Tarascon, you may enjoy its magnificent two hectares of gardens, the inner court yard, the vaulted salon with the great chimney, and the huge swimming pool.

    Facilities

    • Set in about four acres of beautiful grounds
    • Large swimming pool
    • Large vaulted reception room with fireplace
    • Air-conditioned bedrooms
    • Le Cigaloun restaurant set along the waterside

    Board

    Cuisine

    Good restaurant serving typical Provençal dishes created from local produce.

    29 mi
    (47 km)

  • 4

    Day trip from Tarascon day 4

    Summary

    Explore the many canals, stopping off at the port of Beaucaire and the typical Provençal village of Vallabrègues. Extend the journey to visit the Abbey of St Michel de Frigolet before returning via the Celtic village of Aramon. Second night in the beautiful Mas des Comtes.

    20 mi
    (32 km)

  • 5

    Tarascon to Les Beaux en Provence day 5

    Summary

    After visiting the Olive ‘Boutique’ at the Château d’Estoublon, climb to les Baux en Provence and settle into the beautiful Baumanière les Baux en Provence Hotel, with plenty of time to explore the charming medieval village or spend the afternoon relaxing in the hotel grounds. Tonight’s dinner is in their excellent restaurant.

    Hotel
    • Traditional hotel exterior with landscaped gardens
    • Pool with sun loungers with mountainous backdrop
    • Modern outside dining area with lake
    • Modern outside dining area

    La Cabro d’OrLes Baux en Provence

    Set in a magnificent garden at the foot of the sculptured cliffs of Les Baux de Provence, savour the unpretentious, informal luxury of this 5 star Provencal house for a privileged moment of relaxation, focusing on gastronomy and well-being in the land of cicadas, grapevines and olive trees.

    Facilities

    • The spa has bright luminous treatment rooms opening onto the patio providing facial and body treatments, massages, Hammam, fitness studio and sensory pool
    • Enjoy an energetic swim in the large outdoor pool or just relax on the sunbeds on the terrace
    • The hotel also boasts a gastronomic Michelin star restaurant

    Board

    Cuisine

    In its fresh and lively decor, the dining room and terrace of the Cabro d’Or offer an ideal setting to delight in the honest, refined cuisine of the chef, Michel Hulin.

    21 mi
    (34 km)

  • 6

    Les Beaux en Provence to St Rémy day 6

    Summary

    Take a short ride to St Rémy to seek out the haunts of Van Gogh, or visit the Roman sanctuary of Glanum. Alternatively you could take a more challenging 24 mile ride across the Alpilles to Maussane and Eygalières. Then head to your accommodation, the 5-star spa hotel, Le Vallon de Valrugues. There’s time to settle in before enjoying another wonderful dinner.

    Hotel
    • Modern double bedroom

    Vallon de ValrugesSt Remy en Provence

    The Vallon de Valruges is a 5 star hotel and spa with 48 rooms and suites, elegant and personalised, partly renovated in 2010. The hotel is ideally located in a quiet area just 600 metres from the centre of Saint Remy de Provence.

    Facilities

    • Spa
    • Excellent restaurant
    • 5 star hotel
    • Lovely pool
    • Air-conditioning
    • Bar
    • Laundry

    Board

    Cuisine

    Eat gourmet food and drink vintage wines in the period splendour of the dining room or have a more relaxing meal on the terrace.

    24 mi
    (39 km)

  • 7

    St Rémy day 7

    Summary

    Many of our clients spend their final day exploring St Rémy. The town offers a delightful labyrinth of narrow medieval streets with boutiques, bistros, museums and art galleries, or we offer a choice of cycling circuits before a final night of relaxation at your hotel.

Route & Location

Customer Reviews

100% rating based on 4 reviews

Recent reviews

  • Good overall. Taxi Robin was not booked for the final day of our holiday. He was unaware of us.

    5 out of 5

    Belle France Response: Thank you for your feedback, I checked your booking to see if we had booked and although we had sent him the request he had not replied and we had missed that so I do apologise for this. I do hope that did not make you too late for your train and if you had to pay for a taxi please send us the details so that we can make a refund.

    I do hope that you enjoyed the bottle of champagne that we had ordered for your first night accommodation to celebrate your special occasion.

    Kind regards

    Lorna

  • Service rating : pretty responsive
    Product : very good. Shame the cycle distances were so uneven..big slog on day 1, then almost nothing afterwards.

    4 out of 5

  • Service rating : Everything worked out as planned.
    Product : Some of the written instructions were a little sketchy but we considered it to be a bit of a scavenger hunt and we eventually made it to our desired destination. For instance, the directions from Pont du Garde to La Begude St Pierre made no mention of the fact there would be a barricade across the road which we would have to crawl under...we eventually decided that was what we had to do and we guessed right.

    5 out of 5

  • Service rating : First time dealing with this company and we were pleased with the service.
    Product : Some beautiful hotels and memorable food and well researched quiet rural roads and tracks to cycle along. Bikes were fine but chains a bit loose!

    5 out of 5

    Belle France Response: So glad that you were pleased with our service, hotels and route and we really hope to hear from you again. If you had told us about the loose chains on the bike we would have sent our mechanic out to tighten them for you. Hope it didn't affect the cycling.

    Lorna

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  • From£1999per person

  • (First Class)

    Outward Depart St Pancras International station, change at Lille Europe, arrive Avignon late afternoon. Taxi transfer to hotel not included (20 minutes, about 25€).

    Return Transfer to Avignon station included, change trains at Lille Europe, arrive St Pancras International station late evening. Own travel station transfers not included.

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