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BEAUX VOYAGES
Provence Tour- Cycling
Experience “A Year in Provence” in one week!  Savor it all, the
romantic hilltop villages, Van Gogh, Roman heritage, superb cuisine,
wine, high-end 3 and 4 star hotels.  You’ll smell the lavender and
aromas of this fabled countryside while cycling on your Provence tour.
Other tour operators charge the same or even higher fees for fewer days with
the same level of accommodations.  And of course they see less of Provence.  
We urge you to compare and then book your Provence tour with Beaux
Voyages and experience "Affordable Luxury".  Call
1-877-362-0045 or email
walt@beauxvoyages.com


"Personal touch unsurpassed.
Can't beat the price for value.
Can't beat the management team!"
Bill and Beth Foster

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1- Our group will meet in Avignon,
and from there we’ll shuttle to our hotel
in the magnificent provencal hilltop
village of Gordes.  After check-in we’ll
have bike fitting and a short orientation
ride before a welcome cocktail and a
superb group dinner.
Hotel- La Bastide de Gordes (4 star luxury)
Provence- Glanum Roman Arch
Provence- Gordes
Gordes
Day 2- Today we’ll begin our Provence tour by cycling to the other famous hill-top villages
of the Luberon, Roussillon, Menerbes, and La Coste.  The many red, orange and yellow
colors of the buildings in Roussillon attest to its former prominence as an ochre production
center.  Ochre dyes were produced here for years, and the scenic red rocks of the area
provided the raw materials.  A walk through this village is delightful, and it is one of our
favorites in France.  Don’t miss the great panoramic views of the surrounding region.  
Menerbes was made famous by the writer Peter Mayle.  The village is quiet, but one can
imagine the travails in the life of the transplanted English couple as described in “A Year in
Provence” and Mayle’s other books.  We’ll swing by the nearby corkscrew museum and
taste some local Luberon wines in their ample cellar.  La Coste, another pretty hill-top
village, was once the home of the Marqis de Sade, but you’ll see nothing sinister on our
visit.  You are on your own for dinner tonight, and we’d be happy to make restaurant
suggestions.
Hotel- La Bastide de Gordes (4 star luxury)
Provence- Roussillon
Roussillon
Provence- Gordes Market
Gordes Market
Day 3- We’re off today to our new home in St.
Remy de Provence.  We’ll ride through the
splendid Provencal countryside before stopping
at the Roman ruins of Glanum, some of the best
preserved in the world.  This once prosperous
Roman town was destroyed in barbarian
invasions in the 3rd century A.D.   The
Mausoleum and Arc Municipal are both in
excellent condition, and these were built during
the rein of Augustus Caesar, about 30 B.C.  We’ll
check into our hotel and get set for another
superb provencal dinner.
Hotel- Les Ateliers de linage (4 star luxury)
Glanum- Roman Tower
Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux de Provence
Day 4- Several famous people lived in St. Remy, including Vincent Van Gogh, who was in the convalescent
home here located at the St. Paul Monastery just south of the town.  The facility is still in operation today.  Van
Gogh lived and worked in St. Remy from May 1889 to May 1890.  Among the many paintings he did here was
perhaps his most famous, “Starry Night”.  A number of Van Gogh’s paintings are commemorated on panels
around the facility and the town, and it is a treat to stand on the spot were the artist painted a landscape and to
see both the scene he was looking at while painting and a print of the painting itself.  We’ll have a guided tour
of the facility by a local Van Gogh expert, and you will certainly understand and appreciate this controversial
artist and his work much more after today.  We’ll then pedal onward and upward to one of the top venues in the
region, Les Baux de Provence.  This medieval hill-top village is in a spectacular setting and the panoramic
views are exceptional.  We’ll then coast downhill towards our hotel in St. Remy where you are free to explore
the town and find a quaint restaurant this evening.  As always, we can offer suggestions if you wish.
Hotel- Les Ateliers de linage (4 star luxury)
Provence- Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
Day 5- We leave the charm of St. Remy today,
heading for our next adventure.  Along the way we’ll
visit the most spectaclar of Roman ruins, the Pont du
Gard.  This mammoth aqueduct bridge was part of the
system bringing water to the city of Nimes from Uzes, a
distance of 31 miles and which carried over 40 million
gallons of water per day.  The system fell into disuse
in the 4th century, but the bridge is immaculately
preserved.  The building blocks are huge, weighing as
much as 6 tons each.  No cement was used in the
construction, and the blocks are held together by iron
connector bars.  This is one of the top venues in
Europe.  We‘ll cycle over the actual bridge and head
towards our new home, the chateau d‘Arpaillargues
near Uzes.  Another fantastic group dinner awaits.  
Hotel- Le Vieux Castillon (4 Star luxury)
Day 6-  Today will reveal other treats of Provence, starting with the medieval town of Uzes and the artistic village
of St. Quentin-la-Poterie.  Jean Racine, France‘s greatest classical dramatist, lived in Uzes with relatives while a
young man.  A stroll through the old town section is a delight, highlighted by the well preserved Tour
Fenestrelle, or windowed tower, constructed in the 12th century.  Only 5 kilometers away is the village of St.
Quentin-la-Poterie, once a bustling ceramics center due to the high quality clay soil found in the area.  Although
the old workshops have been closed for years, current generation ceramics artists and glass blowers provide
an interesting art gallery atmosphere.  We’ll continue on toward the famous wine village of Tavel and we’ll taste
their rose wines, reputed to be among the best in France.  A splendid farewell dinner is on tap this evening.  
Hotel- Le Vieux Castillon (4 star luxury)

Day 7- Our tour wraps up after breakfast, and you’ll be shuttled to Avignon for your trip home.  You might wish
to spend an extra day there on your own, either at the beginning or end of your Provence tour.  We recommend
staying in the old town, and we’d be happy to help you arrange for a walking tour to see the old town including
the famous Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), home of seven consecutive Popes who lived in Avignon in
the 14th century, having been forced out of Rome.  The famous Pont d’Avignon, or Avignon bridge, is fun to
stroll upon, even if it ends in the middle of the Rhone river!  We’re certain the memories of your week on your
Provence tour will remain with you for a lifetime, and we look forward to hosting your next cycling adventure in
France.  

"Overall evaluation- 'Beyond Great!'. This trip far exceeded our expectations."
Jim Love

Departure Dates for 2010:
Call or email for info.

Prices:
2795 euros per person double occupancy (400 euros single supplement)




Included:
- Hotels (based on double occupancy- single supplement $400)
- All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 picnic lunch
- Use of bicycles, helmets, bike locks, day bags, etc.
- Daily bike routes led by experienced tour guides
- "Sag wagon" for those who don’t wish to cycle
- Refreshments daily along routes
- Entrance fees to museums and attractions specified in itinerary
- Gratuities for hotels and included meals
- All transfers from arrival in Avignon to departure in Avignon

Not Included:
- Lunches, except one picnic lunch
- 2 dinners on Days 2 and 4
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages at meals
- Orders off supplemental menus
- Flights from U.S. to Europe and return- Train tickets to and from Avignon

Note: Hotels of equal quality may be substituted for those specified above if necessary.  Beaux Voyages, Inc. retains the right to
cancel departures if a sufficient number of guests are not booked.  In that case your deposits will be refunded and we'll work with
you to try and schedule another departure.
Don't miss out-  book your tour today by calling 1-877-362-0045 or email
walt@beauxvoyages.com.  
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