• Travelcode: 312

    Provence home-based tour

    Discover one of the most beautiful areas of Southern France...

    • Provence is like a living museum of the Roman heyday. But the Middle Ages have also left traces here, with a precious presence of buildings, churches and castles. Orange has around 30.000 inhabitants, and in the town you will find, amongst other things, the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in France together with a Roman Triumphal arch. You will be residing in the family hotel Le Glacier, which is situated in a quiet spot by a market square and the entrance to the pedestrian area of the old town.

      Restaurants and shops are to be found side by side everywhere in these small streets. On Thursday morning you can experience a real Provence market. Before your departure, you will be sent a suggestion of five light cycling day tours. The routes go through vineyards, olive groves and sunflower fields and, just to mention a few, the Pope’s old town, Avignon, the vineyard town Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and other less known yet charming sleepy provençal countryside towns.

      Tour profile / level 2

      The route is mostly flat, with some hilly parts and stretches. The cycle paths are mostly paved but a good condition is definately good. Mostly you cycle on side roads, some times on cycle paths and main roads.

      Day 1: Orange

      Individual arrival to Orange. Use the day to discover the city of Orange while walking through the city in the evening.

      Tour routings / route suggestions

      You can find our suggestions for the nicest bike tours in the surroundings below. It is up to you, which ones you choose and combine...or if you do something completely different. In your travel documents you will find further information about the region and tipps and tricks for your cycle tour!

      Route 1: Bédarrides - Châteauneuf du Pape, approx. 43 km

      The person in charge of your bicycles will deliver them to you at the hotel on the morning after your arrival. The day tour will follow small roads on an easy terrain and it will be marked with our own arrows. The first stops are the country towns Jonquières and Bédarrides, with many shops, cafes and restaurants. If you wish to have something light and local, buy some food and drinks you can then eat at the picnic area by the roman bridge at Bédarrides. The next town is called Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and it is here, in the 1300s, the Pope used to get his wine when he stayed in Avignon. Wonderful wine is still made here today and there will be many opportunities to visit wine producers and wine shops on the way.

      Route 2: Beaumes de Venise und Vacqueyras, approx. 52 km

      Today’s cycling route takes you east towards the wine areas of Beaumes-de-Venise and Vacqueyras. Beaumes-de-Venise produces red wine and noble dessert white wine with Muscat grapes. In Vacqueyras they specialize in red wine. Both country towns have small shops, restaurants, cafes and wine shops. The terrain is relatively easy, but does go slightly uphill before Beaumes-de-Venise.

      Route 3: Avignon, approx. 31 km (Attention - no round trip!)

      This tour takes you to Avignon. On the way there, you will go through the small towns of Caderousse, Roquemaure og Villeneuve-les-Avignon, where you will have a chance for refreshments and to enjoy the sights. At the end of the tour you will cycle into Avignon, where you can visit the famous unfinished bridge Pont d’Avignon (you might remember the song ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse..’?) and the fantastic palace of the Pope from the 1300s. The bridge was opened in 1184 and is actually called Pont Saint Benezet. Today only a part of the bridge remains. To get back to Orange, you will have to take a local train from the railway station in Avignon, taking the bike with you. Alternatively, should you feel particularly energetic that day, you can cycle the same way back.

      Route 4: Uchaux und Sérignan du Comtat, approx. 28 km

      The day’s leg takes you up to the wooded areas north of Orange. The landscape is barer than the other legs, but the terrain is easy with no significant hills. We recommend the country town of Sérignan-du-Comtat for lunch. Here you will find the statue of the scientist Jean-Henry Fabre (1823-1915) in front of the town hall and you can visit a museum in his old house. Jean-Henry Fabre’s field of interest was insects. His great scientific accomplishment is that he managed to document the importance of insects for flowers. Moreover, he was a poet and a humanist.

      Route 5: Camaret - Sainte Cécile les Vignes, approx. 46 km

      Flat and varied tour which takes you through the cosy country towns of Camaret-sur-Aigues with its beautiful fort walls, Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes and Rochegude. We recommend taking this tour on a Saturday morning, so that you can also enjoy the little weekly provençal market in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes.

      Day 4/5/6/7/8: Orange

      Individual departure from Orange. Look back at some wonderful holidays...
    • Travel information

      ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Lyon (LYS) , Marseille (MRS), Montpellier (MPL), Avignon (AVN), Orange (OAG)

      From the different airports you can use the train to the Gare d’Orange. The train station is approx. 15 minutes walk down to the hotel Le Glacier (1,2km) or you take a taxi.

      Current train connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: The hotel has a limited number of parking spaces, upon availability. There is a reservation possible, price € 8,-/day. Public parking spaces are available near the hotel.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Gare d’Orange

      From the train station you can either take a 15 minute walk down to the hotel Le Glacier (1,2km) or you take a taxi.

      Current train connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train

      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included services:
      • 3-7 nights in rooms with private facilities incl. breakfast
      • dinner on the first day (if you booked min. 5 nights) incl. 1 glass of wine
      • maps and information material per room
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      01.04. - 01.11.19 4 days daily
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      Extras

      Bicycles & equipment (price depending on how many nights you stay)
      8-speed (freewheel) 58-130
      E-bike 76-148

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Hotel Le Glacier***

      35 rooms and as many different rooms, such is the challenge of this accommodation, family owned for three generations.

      Located in the city center of Orange, the Mont Ventoux, Avignon and the A7 atoroute, it is both ideal for your holidays and business trips ...

      Affiliated to the Logis motorcycle theme, Nathalie and Philippe Baudoin offer valuable advice for all lovers of two wheels: maps and tours available, closed and secure place to store your bikes ...

      All the rooms are conducive to disorientation by these or cozy Provencal style. Modernity is waiting for you with amenities such as air conditioning, satellite TV, internet WIFI etc ...

      Enjoy the nooks and crannies Hotel wrapping around the flower-filled patio.

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      8-speed-touring bikes (brand: Vélo de Ville) with freewheel; equipped with a handlebar bag and a pannier bag

      OR:

      E-bike
      With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electric bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness levels. Acclivity can be handled easily.


      Private Bikes
      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.


    • 5,3 29.09.2018 | Martin M. Provence home-based tour

      Provence stay at home tour

      Enjoyed tour, lovely hotel in Orange (Le Glacier) with very friendly and helpful staff. The only thing we didn’t like was the meal on the first night. Evening meal was not included but on the first night we were given vouchers for 18 euros each to take ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      3,9 25.05.2018 | Arnold H. Provence home-based tour

      Home-based tour in Provence, France

      This tour appears to have been co-ordinated by a Norwegian company. The biggest problem initially was that while useful route descriptions were provided NO LOCAL MAPS AND NO ROUTE MAPS WERE GIVEN. Other issues included (1) the apparent absence of a local ...
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 3
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 4
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more

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