Drives and Rides

These are some of the best routes for drives, rides and excursions in Provence, by train, bicycle, Vélorail or car. Long-distance train journeys are covered in the rail travel area of the site.

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Route des Cretes Gorges du VerdonThe Gorges du Verdon are a top tourist attraction in Provence and one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. This is the best way to visit the "Grand Canyon of France".

Wine-taster in ProvenceDriving through beautiful provençal scenery and tasting fine wine are both hugely enjoyable ways to spend your stay in France. So why not combine them and take one of our suggested wine routes?

The Blue Coast train line outside MarseilleThe Blue Coast train is the very best way to see the dramatic landscape west and north of Marseille, with its rugged hills and tiny villages snuggled in deep limestone calanques.

Bicycles on the island of PoquerollesYou can cycle for miles along Provence's picturesque backroads without seeing a car or village, and the region is ideal for exploring the scenery while enjoying superb weather, food and drink.

Mont Sainte VictoireStarting and ending in Aix, this route circles the mighty Sainte Victoire mountain that fascinated Paul Cézanne to the point of obsession. But you don't need to be an art buff to enjoy the rich and varied attractions on this ride.

Route des Cretes aerial viewThe route des Crêtes takes you on a magnificent ride between Cassis and La Ciotat, with 360 degree views over some of the most superb scenery in Provence all along the way.

mont ventoux summitThere are three routes to the top of Mont Ventoux: from Malaucène, Bédoin and Sault. This is a guide to what you'll see on each of them.

The Sainte Baume VelorailOne of the more unusual ways to tour Provence is by Vélorail, a sort of giant bicycle that runs along a railway track. Today around 50 Vélorails cross the country and there is one in Provence

gorges de la nesque cyclistsIf you are touring the lavender fields or the area round Mont Ventoux, the Gorges de la Nesque, around 26 km / 16 miles south of the Giant of Provence, are a spectacular excursion.

The Tourist Train of Central VarThe Tourist Train of Central Var runs from Carnoules to Brignoles, rolling, leafy landscapes tucked between Paul Cézanne's beloved Mont Sainte Victoire and the Gorges du Verdon.

bulls camargueWild, windswept and remote the Camargue presents a challenge to explorers. But, with its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos, it's a unique, richly rewarding experience.

bedoin mont ventouxCycling in the Mont Ventoux region doesn't need to mean struggling up and down the mighty Giant of Provence. We tried out an easy, gentle route around the mountain's southern foothills.

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