France, Italy

Cycle Provence & Tuscany

Pedal through the picturesque landscapes and quaint villages of Provence and Tuscnany


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Enjoy the best of European cycling on this 15 day adventure in Europe’s premier cycling destinations – Provence and Tuscany. Wind your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and through forests on this active cycling adventure through Provence. This journey through Southern F...

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Day 1Avignon
Bonjour! Welcome to France and the first leg of your Provence and Tuscany cycling adventure. Today is arrival day and there are no activities planned for today except for a welcome meeting at 6pm. We spend very little time in charming Avignon, the former seat of the Roman Catholic world, so if you want to experience more of this beautiful city we recommended arriving early to perhaps pay a visit to the historic Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon, or simply take some time to explore the leafy streets of this French city. Your agent can arrange additional accommodation at the time of booking. Riding distance: none
Day 2Orange
After breakfast there will be a bike fitting session for the group followed by a short test ride to ensure everyone's equipment has been set up properly. Depart Avignon and cycle approximately 32 kilometres on quiet and flat country roads en route to Orange. Along the way, pass through the famous wine region of Chateauneuf du Pape and stop to enjoy a vineyard visit. Sample (in moderation) some of the red wine the region is so famous for then continue on the road to Orange. Note that the terrain will become a little more hilly as you approach Orange. After checking in to the hotel in Orange and cleaning up, head out on an orientation walk of this compact town, visiting the Arc de Triomphe d'Orange and the outstanding Roman Theatre, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Europe. Ride distance: approx. 32 kms/20 miles, mostly flat with a 100m climb near the end, approx. 250m/820ft of elevation gain.
Day 3Uzes
Leave Orange behind and ride the quiet roads south to the delightful walled Provencal commune of Caderousse. Here, cross the mighty Rhone river and pass the medieval village of Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres, cycling past the vineyards producing Lirac wines, the favourite wines of historic kings and the papal community in Avignon. Continue west through wine country and on to the legendary Pont du Gard, widely considered to be one of the world’s best preserved examples of a Roman Aqueduct. Towering high above the Gardon River, this three-tiered stone masterpiece never fails to impress. On a quiet day there may even be an opportunity to ride across it! After visiting the Pont du Gard we proceed west to the small town of Uzes with its graceful circuit of boulevards and cute cafes. Ride distance: approx. 70 kms/44 miles, undulating with approx. 630m/2065ft of elevation gain
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Cycle Provence & Tuscany

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Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019


Enjoy the best of European cycling on this 15 day adventure in Europe’s premier cycling destinations – Provence and Tuscany. Wind your way past neat rows of vineyards, beneath towering aqueducts and through forests on this active cycling adventure through Provence. This journey through Southern Fran...
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Active Adventures,Cycling


Bicycle(e-bike option available),Support vehicle,Local bus (Transport from Arles,France to Florence,Italy is not included in the cost of the trip)

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Physical preparation

This is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the heat and terrain adding to the physical effort. It is also important that you are bot...
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Joining point

Hotel O'Cub

Joining point description

The Hotel O'Cub features a rooftop terrace overlooking the Rhone River and Avignon. The simple rooms include air-conditioning and wifi.

Joining point instructions

ARRIVING BY PLANE: Avignon-Caumont Airport is the nearest airport and is located about 8 km southeast of Avignon. Taxis from the airport to the Hotel O’Cub will cost approximately EUR 30 and take 20 minutes. However, being such a small airport, there are limited services. You may find more options...
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Finish point

Casa San Tommaso

Finish point description

This relaxed hotel in an 18th-century building is ideally located for your stay in Pisa, being just a 5-minute walk to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Quaint, bright rooms feature exposed timber beams and terracotta floors, and some come with stone walls. They all include free Wi-Fi, minifridges, TV and ...
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Finish point instructions

DEPARTING BY TRAIN: Pisa's Central train station is located 2 kms from the hotel. The mostly flat walk will take you approximately 25 minutes. If you prefer, a taxi will take approximately 15 minutes depending on traffic, and cost around EUR10-15. Please ask the hotel to assist with arranging a taxi...
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Important information

1. IMPORTANT. The transport between Arles and Florence on Day 8 is NOT included in the cost of the trip and needs to be organised separately. Please see Day 8 on the itinerary for more details. 2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can...
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Group leader

All Intrepid cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of t...
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We take safety seriously on all our trips, but cycling tours deserve a few special considerations. HELMETS: Helmets are compulsory and we do not allow anyone to ride without one (including our own staff!). You can bring your own, or purchase one that meets international safety standards on the gro...
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Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specif...
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Why we love it

Cycle through the same landscapes that inspired some of Vincent van Gogh's greatest masterpieces

Is this trip right for you

This trip covers quite some distance, with cycling for up to 60 kilometres a day on varied terrain with a few hills, especially in Tuscany so you’ll need only a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break fo...
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All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or l...
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Money matters

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European coun...
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What to take

Packing for a cycling tour isn’t that different from any other adventure. But if you want to be comfortable and warm, here are a few bike-specific tips. • Helmet – these are compulsory, but if you don’t have your own you can sometimes purchase an approved and well-fitted one at the start of the tr...
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A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use...
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Emergency contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Operations Team can be reached on the number listed below: For general contact details please use the following page: While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday exper...
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Responsible travel

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing ...
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The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and...
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Accommodation notes

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used ...
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Transport notes

IMPORTANT Transport from Arles (France) to Florence (Italy) is NOT included in the cost of the trip. There is a myriad of transport options (bus, train, flight) depending on when you want to leaves Arles/arrive in Florence. The quickest option is usually to take a train/bus to Marseille then fly d...
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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When trav...
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Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and pr...
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Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important tha...
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Cycle Provence & Tuscany