Cycle Van Gogh’s Saint Remy
Hilltop town of Bonnieux
Sunflowers and Lavender fields
Pedal and Picnic through Provence
Riverside Vin Rouge of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Enjoy a cycling adventure through the landscapes and villages of Provence. The cafés and cobbled streets of Saint Rémy. Lavender scented country lanes, hill top villages and riverside dining at Isle Sur la Sorgue makes for a quintessential cycle discovery of France‘s most irresistible region.
Starting out in St. Rémy, the beloved second home of Van Gogh, you’ll pedal south through the Alpilles mountains and onwards through cycle friendly lanes, flanked by vineyards, olive groves and fields of sunflowers.
Venturing further east, after discovering the lands made famous by A Year in Provence, the route follows the Calavon Valley to the brightly coloured village of Roussillon. Finishing at the riverside town of L'Isle sur la Sorgue, the waterside cafes are the perfect place to toast the end of your your Provence adventure!
DAY 1: Arrive St Rémy de Provence
Provence cycling adventure begins St. Rémy de Provence, birthplace of
Nostradamus. Why Van Gogh chose St. Rémy as a second home is obvious, a town
bathed in light and colour: it is an artist’s dream. A charming town with
streets packed full of galleries, patisseries, and cafés it invites you to
relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Overnight: St. Rémy
DAY 2: St Rémy via Les Baux Loop
St. Rémy you can visit Saint Paul de Mausole, the monastery where Van Gogh
spent the last year of his life. Adjacent to the monastery is Glanum, a Roman archaeological
site, its massive limestone ruins a testament to over 2000 years of history.
Your route continues along the winding streets of the Alpilles Mountains until
you reach Les Baux de Provence, perched vertiginously atop a rocky crag.
Overnight: St. Rémy
Cycle: 46km Ascent: 190m Descent:
DAY 3: St Rémy to Oppede via Eygalieres
cycling trip continues eastwards to the lost village of Eygalières. Surrounded
by vast olive groves its beautiful stone houses line the hill up to the castle
ruins. Your ride continues through farmlands and endless orchards until you
cross the Durance river to reach the lively town of Cavaillon. Bursting with local
grocers and quaint boulangeries it is the perfect place to pick up a picnic. Just
outside town shaded by a centuries old plane tree is the perfect place for an
Cycle: 40km Ascent: 145m Descent:
DAY 4: Oppede via Bonnieux Loop
you’ll cycle through the landscapes of A Year in Provence, where hilltop
villages are joined by small country roads lined with 500 year-old shepherd’s
huts, cherry orchards, and truffle oak plantations. On reaching the village of
Bonnieux pause to explore its tiny squares and pass through the limestone
archway and up the cobbled steps to the 12th century church crowning the
village. Your next stop is the town of Ménerbes, with its massive stone homes
sitting vertiginously above a ledge, and its quaint streets and cafés. In the
centre of town is the wine and truffle museum, a delight for all the senses.
Cycling: 37k, Ascent: 220m, Descent:
DAY 5: Oppede via Gordes to Isle sur la Sorgue
cycle through Provence continues on the northern side of the Calavon valley to
Roussillon. Perched on the world’s largest ochre deposit, the houses are
painted in every hue of yellow, orange, and red, a rainbow with ochre pigment. After
a short, steep climb, the ride follows a landscape of pine and cedar forests
before descending to the clear green waters of Isle sur la Sourge. With an abundance of riverside bars and cafes, it's the perfect place to toast the end of your Provence adventure!
Overnight: Isle sur la Sorgue
Cycle: 56km Ascent: 280m Descent:
DAY 6: Onward Travel
on your onward travel plans, you may have time to further explore the riverside
cafes and lanes of L'Isle sur la Sorgue.
How to Book
You can start you cycling trip any day of the week between March and October. June, July and August can get very busy, so we'd suggest booking as soon as you have confirmed travel plans.
Time of Year
In spring, Provence is in full bloom. Sunflowers fill the fields into the
summer months when Lavender fills the air from Mid-June through to August.
Boasting 300 days of sunshine per year, the latter summer months heading in
August bring golden landscapes and beautifully warm days. During the months of July
and August, it can get very hot, so it’s worth considering making an early
start or taking a long lunch during the heat of the day.
Single rooms are available for a supplement and are subject to availability.
Grade & Terrain
This cycle tour is graded moderate. The 4 cycling days vary from around 35—55 km in length and include some climbing. The route follows country roads and bike paths.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
We supply you with a detailed route book which includes maps and directions as well as helpful hints such as restaurants, museums, vineyards, and where to find a bank machine. So the route is easily followed.
Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.Getting to St Rémy de Provence