Provence Backroads

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20369
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Barbentane, France
  • Ends Barbentane, France
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycling through stunning Provence scenery past olive groves and vineyards
  • Exploring the great towns of Arles, St Remy and Tarascon
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the landscapes made famous by Van Gogh
  • Enjoying the exceptional local cuisine
  • Soaking up the hospitality of small family run hotels
The "Provence Backroads" tour starts and ends in Barbentane. The "Provence Backroads" tour is a bicycle trip that takes 8 days taking you through Barbentane, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence and Tarascon in Spain and France. This is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

A leisurely cycle to explore the enchanting villages of Provence at handlebar level and delight in local gastronomic experiences. The sublime landscapes and pretty villages of Provence have been an inspiration for artists for centuries. To really appreciate the countryside the ideal means of travel through the region is by bike. Fields of lavender and poppies, old olive groves and vine covered hills, orchards brimming with fruit and crumbling farmhouses are characteristic of the landscape. Explore historic relics from prehistoric to Roman times, and take your time to soak up the sights and sample the wine and produce of the Cotes du Rhone and greater Provence. Splendid churches, medieval castles and picture-book Montagnette villages along the way provide an excuse for frequent stops. The two nights in St Remy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and the town where Van Gogh spent his last years painting some of his best works, are one of the many highlights of this inspiring cycling journey.
  • Day 1 : Arrival in Barbentane or Graveson
  • Day 2 : Through typical Montagnette villages to King René's town, Tarascon (20 or 27km/13 or 16.8mi)
  • Day 3 : Cycle to Arles (25.5km/16mi)
  • Day 4 : To Les Baux-de-Provence via Barbegal Castle (21km/12.5mi)
  • Day 5 : Cycle to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (27km/16.8mi)
  • Day 6 : At leisure in Saint Rémy-de-Provence
  • Day 7 : Return to Barbentane/Graveson (25 or 27.5km/15.5 or 17mi)
  • Day 8 : Trip concludes
  • 7 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities.
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners – breakfasts are continental style and generally consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses which usually include some regional specialties. There are usually, but not always, 3 choices for each course.
  • Dinners are based on the basic set menu available at the restaurant. These are usually of a high standard and often reflective of the local cuisine. However, it is usually possible to upgrade to the a-la-carte menu or a more superior set menu for an additional cost. Such an arrangement must be made directly with the hotel or restaurant.
  • Digital information pack including smartphone app with maps, roadbook and GPS Tracks
  • Luggage Transfer, 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess
  • 21 or 24 speed bike rental with helmet, panniers, pump, repair kit and lock (electric bike available on request - supplement applies). Child bikes are also available on request
  • Tourist tax
  • Emergency hotline
  • Travel to and from Barbentane/Graveson
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage
  • Excess luggage
  • Handlebar phone holder – we recommend bringing your own to follow the route more easily using the app
  • Printed documents are available - additional cost applies. Must be requested and will be provided locally at the joining hotel. Please ask our consultant for details.
  • Items of a personal nature
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We recently went on your self guided cycling holiday - Provence Backroads. It was truly a wonderful holiday. The bicycles were faultless - so comfortable and reliable, the maps were very detailed and quite easy to follow although... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Provence Backroads tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 29 July 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 29 July 2024, a deposit of 190 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Provence Backroads tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Provence Backroads tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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