France
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 04, 2016
  • From $3,898 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Hike, Bike, and Kayak on our France Vacation Package!

Run away with us on this all-inclusive, custom France bike tour and lose yourself in the inviting arms of Provence. Escape the real world and nourish your soul with a taste of Provence on an action-packed, small group adventure through France’s famed region of lavender, wine, chocolate and more. Hike, bike and kayak your way through the vineyards, quaint market towns, breathtaking gardens and former home of Vincent Van Gogh with our expert guides, all the while enjoying the best in regional accommodations and cuisine. Throughout these dreamy days, unwind as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service takes care of the details so all you have to do is savor la joie de vivre in the French countryside. Sante!

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Indulge in the ethereal pleasures of Provence on this seven-day, exclusive journey through the heart of the French countryside. A vibrant tapestry of fertile vineyards, ancient Roman ruins, colorful markets and the ubiquitous fragrance of lavender, honey and thyme fill the air as you pedal, paddle and hike your way through one of the world's most idyllic landscapes. Truly a feast for the senses awaits you on this luxuriating adventure with the leading providers of best-in-class travel.

  • Climb the chalky limestone hills of the Alpilles for a picnic and postcard-worthy panorama at Les Deux Trous
  • Pedal from Eygalières to Cavaillon, breaking for a sweet, fragrant Cavaillon melon sold at a roadside stand
  • Visit the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard aqueduct in Remoulins, a Roman engineering marvel
  • Peruse St.-Rémy’s famed open-air market for everything from local chocolates and cheeses to hand-made pottery and purses
  • Soak up some of the grandest views in all of Provence from the rocky promontory of Les-Baux-de-Provence
  • Reward yourself at the end of the day with a bouillabaisse and baguette avec fromage de chèvre paired perfectly with a glass of crisp rosé

 

Couple biking in Provence
Photo: Couple biking in Provence

Great trip with a wonderful guide, good hotels and spectacular biking. Loved every minute of the trip.

Melissa C Richmond, VA

The trip was an adventure beyond my expectations. I was sad to leave.

Heidi O New York, NY

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Avignon, France (AVN)

Day 1: Avignon/St-Rémy-de-Provence
France Active Adventure Vacations
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel de L'Image

On Day 1, we meet in Avignon in the morning.

We then take a short transfer to nearby St-Rémy-de-Provence, the birthplace of astrologer Nostradamus (1503) and our home for the next four nights.

From there, we start walking from St-Rémy and climb the Alpilles hill range up to the rock formation Les Deux Trous, where a picnic is organized, offering the most beautiful views.

Before and after our hike, we will visit the Roman monuments and excavations, as well as the former hospital where Van Gogh was admitted in 1889 after cutting off his ear lobe and attacking a fellow artist. He spent an important period of his artistic life here.

About Hotel de L'Image
A contemporary, refined hotel in the center of St. Rémy, famous for its private collection of photographs, dedicated gallery, projection hall and fully equipped photo lab. The outdoor pool is surrounded by a spacious private park.

Day 2: St-Rémy-de-Provence
Hiking on the Provence tour
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Hotel de l’Image

Mount up for your first bike ride and spend the day pedaling the base of the spectacular Alpilles hills, first exploring quaint Eygalières, after which you’ll soon have the option to cross the Durance River for a visit to the bustling town of Cavaillon, famous for its sweet, fragrant Cavaillon melons.

Return to St-Rémy via meadows of sweet-smelling vegetables and fruits.

Rest up and freshen up in your room before joining the group for a delectable supper.

Day 3: St-Rémy-de-Provence
Kayaking on the Provence vacation
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel de l’Image

We begin the day with a transfer to Remoulins and the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard aqueduct, an engineering marvel constructed by the Romans with stone blocks weighing up to six tons.

Walk to Collias, where – after lunch – we enter our kayaks to go down the Gardon River back to the Pont du Gard and beyond: what a great perspective, to see the acqueduct from below!

Once back in St-Rémy, whether you wish to relax in your room or take a stroll around town, the evening is yours to spend however you would like.

Day 4: St-Rémy-de-Provence
Biking in Provence
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel de l’Image

Take a morning stroll through the vibrant market in St.-Rémy, where a tantalizing array of stalls offers everything from local wines, olive oils, chocolates, and cheeses to fabrics, shawls, and tablecloths.

Then – on your bike – cross the chalky limestone hills of the Alpilles en route to Les-Baux-de-Provence, a deserted village perched on a rocky promontory, boasting one of the grandest views in all of Provence.

The sounds & light show Carriéres des Lumières is a must!

Return the same way, or do an extended loop ride via the Roman acqueduct of Barbegal and Fontvieille.

Day 5: Ménerbes
Provence France Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hostellerie du Roy Soleil

A short transfer from St-Rémy brings us across the Durance River to Robion in the Lubéron region, where we start our walk, passing through ancient stone villages like Maubec and Oppède-le-Vieux.

In the afternoon, ramble in the picturesque hills, as we explore the impressive cedar forests near Bonnieux, or simply relax in the comfort of your next hotel.

Home for the next 2 nights will be Ménerbes, once the home of famed author Peter Mayle.

About Hostellerie du Roy Soleil
Located in the most prestigious area of Le Lubéron, at the foot of the restored village of Mènerbes, Hostellerie Le Roy Soleil presents an impeccable Provencal-style décor and colors with sweeping views overlooking the village.

Consisting of a 17th century farmhouse, it has been lovingly restored. Modern cuisine is served under vaulted ceilings in the dining room and on a flower-decked terrace.

Day 6: Ménerbes
Lavender in Provence
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Hostellerie du Roy Soleil

Today we do a pretty biking loop through the Lubéron, first heading for Gordes, perched against a hillside. Our next destination is Roussillon, where you have the opportunity to walk along the ochre-colored hills of the Carrières d’Ocre.

We proceed to the fortified village of Bonnieux, rising steeply in picturesque tiers of houses. Those not afraid of an extra hill can return to Ménerbes by a different route, stopping at Lacoste and its castle ruins, the former home of the infamous Marquis de Sade.

We gather this evening for a gourmet farewell banquet in the restaurant of our hotel.

Day 7: Avignon (departure)
Provence France Tours
Meals Included:  B

After our last breakfast together, your guides will offer a shuttle to Avignon at the time of your preference.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 04, 2016
  • From $3,898 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Sep 4, 2016
  • Sep 25, 2016
  • Oct 9, 2016
  • Apr 30, 2017
  • May 21, 2017
  • Jun 11, 2017
  • Sep 3, 2017
  • Sep 24, 2017
  • Oct 8, 2017

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Avignon.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Hotel Mercure Pont d’Avignon at 8:30 a.m. After a short transfer to St-Rémy-de-Provence, the hiking begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the train station, airport, or the hotel of your choice in Avignon (45-minute transfer).
Activities

Hiking:

  • Day 1 mileage options: 6 / 9
  • Day 3 mileage option: 5
  • Day 5 mileage options: 7 / 11

Biking:

  • Day 2 mileage options: 23 / 30 / 34
  • Day 4 mileage options: 18 / 32
  • Day 6 mileage options: 25 / 34 / 40

Kayaking:

  • Day 3 mileage option: 8
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • All activities, ferry crossings, etc.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Meals not designated.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Our guides, took wonderful care of us.

Doug H, Redmond, WA

Very good. The guides were especially attentive and yet flexible as needed.

Teresa R, Boulder, CO

Outstanding tour and beautiful area.

Mike H, Floyds Knobs, IN

The trip route was well laid out and was visually spectacular.

Myrna L, Calgary, AB

Spectacular! It was a private trip and they made it perfect.

Jerome M, Hastings on Hudson, NY
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The Roman archaeology: the stunning amphitheater, ruins along narrow medieval streets, historic churches and shady terraces are only a few reasons why Van Gogh had his most prolific period at Arles.
  • 2. The fashions: shop for brightly-colored tops, elegant long skirts and matching accessories at the lively market in St-Rémy-de-Provence.
  • 3. The farms: they’re a great place to get closer to nature, savor delicious products and learn about an interesting and traditional way of life.
  • 4. The pink flamingos: see these matchstick-legged creatures meandering freely at the nature reserve of The Camargue, a wind-swept river delta bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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