French Pedals Provençal: Discover Les Alpilles, a Previous French Cycling Holiday Secret

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French Pedals introduce their new cycling holiday in Les Alpilles, Provence, France. This cycling holiday in France is ideal for Spring, early Summer or Autumn. French Pedals have a free bottle of champagne with all 2012 bookings made by 14/4/12.

Les Alpilles, south of Avignon as far as Arles, bounded by the Rhone and Durance rivers is largely unknown to people wanting a cycling holiday in France. This French region offers the very best when thinking of France- warm sun when the wind is cold at home, warm hospitality, great food and wine together with a number of true gems discovered and explored en route.

Gems such as Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France, where an afternoon and evening is spent, Saint- Remy de Provence, (two nights stay) with its splendid inner- town and one where Van Gogh painted. An excellent time to visit St. Remy de Provence is on Whit Monday, 28/5/12, when the Fete de Transhumance takes place- thousands of sheep, donkeys and goats tour the town prior to going off for their summer grazing in the Alps. A cycle to the local lake just above St. Remy de Provence is a special place for a picnic.

Village fêtes are frequent in Les Alpilles. They are active, spectacular events totally different to those experienced in other countries. Weekly markets have a distinct “buzz”, a time when friends meet up in the open air bar and where there is laughter, good humour and generosity of spirit. In particular, the market at Eygalieres should not be missed.

Arles, another gem, is also on this cycling tour. A famous Roman capital of France, Arles has an impressive Roman amphitheatre, Les Arenes. Many displays and “spectaculars” take place here. Van Gogh painted in Arles too, his “Night Café” is considered to be one of his masterpieces, and the café still remains in Arles.

Glanum, one of most significant historical sites in France is easily visited on this biking holiday.

The cycling is through orchards, vineyards, and quiet country roads, enhanced by the scents of wild thyme, sage, oak and pine forests. The sight of a Borelli's eagle soaring in the warm air currents is a definite possibility.
French Pedals trialled the route, using members of its “young in spirit”, “mature in years“ team- Bob Davidson, Director, said, ”Les Alpilles is an excellent region for a cycling holiday when you want blue skies, sun, and warm hospitality. A swim before breakfast or cool off in the pool before dinner is a great way to start or end the day. This cycling holiday is suitable for all cycling abilities.Late summer, autumn, spring and early summer are ideal times to enjoy this region”.

Easy access to this beautiful region is made by TGV to Avignon- there are flights to Avignon, Beziers or Marseilles (with onward rail connection to Avignon).

The 7 nights cycling holiday is in 2 star, family run hotels. Accommodation, breakfast, evening dinner, bike hire (hybrid bikes) and helpful route directions are included.
Price:£737/person (two people sharing a room).

Extra nights are available in the former papal capital of Avignon. The famous bridge is well worth visiting where a multilingual commentary is available. The main square, place de l'Horlogue is typically “French” implying all the very best connotations associated with France. Papal buildings add much to the sense of history found in Avignon.

French Pedals offers great value for money cycling holidays in Normandy, and Provence. It is a member of the Travel Trust Association and thus offers clients full financial protection.

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