Castle Life in Provence

CASTLE LIFE IN PROVENCE


Departure from Avignon, Aix, Marseille


Self-drive motorcycle tour


Length: 5 days


Day 1: MARSEILLE / AVIGNON / MAZAN (35 km)

Arrival on your own in Avignon, Aix en Provence TGV station or Marseille Airport in the morning. France on Wheels Assistance will be there and welcome you. You will fill the renting contract.

Departure to Avignon downtown.

Avignon city tour by foot recommended, including the Pope’s Palace.

Road in direction of Mazan, a small village located 30mn from Avignon.

Accommodation at the Hotel Château de Mazan 4****, former Marquis of Sade residence.

Le Castle was built around 1720, during France’s early Regency Period. The most notorious individual within these four walls was, of course, the Marquis de Sade. It was here, in 1772, that the Marquis organized the very first Theatre Festival in France. The plays in which he personally performed were shown in both Mazan and Lacoste castles. In early 2001, the Castle was bought, who after a year and half of renovation work, turned it into a real “Hôtel de Charme”. The Mazan Castle’s features a gastronomic restaurant, L'Ingénue, which serves traditional cuisine.



Day 2: MAZAN / ST REMY / LES BAUX / ARLES / MAZAN
(150 kms)

Road towards St Remy de Provence, a nice village nested in the Alpilles Mountain, in heart of Provence.

Little city tour recommended to discover it.

Situated in the heart of the Alpilles, Saint Remy is one of the "must-sees" in Provence. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, its ancient streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses... you will soon be seduced by Saint Rémy's charm! While strolling through the narrow winding streets you will discover fantastic old fountains, shady squares, picturesque restaurants and elegant boutiques.
The beauty of the countryside and the quality of light has inspired many artists, writers and painters. Without a doubt, the most famous was Vincent Van Gogh who produced more than 150 paintings of the countryside surrounding Saint Rémy de Provence.

Continuation in direction of Les Baux de Provence.

With titles such as "Listed resort", "Town of Outstanding Taste" and one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", Les Baux de Provence is continuing to strengthen its image as a prestige location within the Alpilles regional country park. The village of Les Baux de Provence is unique because it has a slightly more magical atmosphere and is slightly more famous than other places.

Road to reach Arles passing by Fontvieille and the wonderful mill of M.Daudet

Arrival in Arles and walking tour in the city

Arles is a city in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhone department. A large part of the Camargue is located on the territory of the commune, making it the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory. Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in 1888–1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. An international photography festival has been held in the city since 1970.

Return in Mazan in late afternoon.


Day 3: MAZAN / BEDOIN / VAISON LA ROMAINE / VENTOUX / MAZAN
(130 kms)

An impressive day and superb roads are scheduled today.

Road towards some little charming villages in the Comtat Vessaissin, Popes originally property in the XIVth Century.

Proceed toward Vaison La Romaine and visit suggested of the roman ruins.

Then, you will climb the famous Mont Ventoux by the North Malaucene side.

The Giant of Provence classed by Unesco : Reserve of the Biosphere, rises at 1912 meters of altitude. From its summit you can discover splendid panoramas, even the Mediterranean Sea if the weather is clear ! 

Proceed to Sault village, a region of lavender, and with a tasting at a “Nougat” factory.

Situated on the border of a great wooded plateau, blooming with lavender, Sault is a very appealing health resort perched at 776m of altitude.

After the visit of the nougat factory, road in direction of Mazan on a scenic road.


Day 4: MAZAN / LUBERON / MAZAN (200 km)

Road towards Gordes and Luberon Valley.

We suggest a stop to visit the Senanque Abbey.

Notre-Dame de Senanque is a Cistercian abbey near the village of Gordes. The Senanque Abbey was founded in 1148 under the patronage of Alfant, bishop of Cavaillon, and Raymond Berenger II, Count of Provence, by Cistercian monks who came from Mazan Abbey in the Ardeche.
Continuation by a little road to reach Roussillon, Bonnieux, Apt then the Alps of the Haute Provence and the village of Banon for an amazing stop.

Continuation towards Forcalquier, between the Lure and Luberon Mountains. You will discover the famous “Pastis” drink. 

Return in Mazan by nice roads and landscapes.


Day 5:  MAZAN / DEPARTURE

Morning on your own for shopping or personal tour in Avignon.

Road to the Avignon or Aix en Provence TGV station or to the Marseille Provence Airport for your home return journey.


Starting from: 1.300 € p/p (2 persons, 1 motorbike & 1 double room)


For detailed itinerary, contact us.

Bikes available for this tour:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON: Electra Glide, Softail Classic, Dyna Switchback, Dyna Low 1200 T.

BMW: K1600 GTL, 800 GS or GT, 700 GS Low, 1200 GS.
HONDA: GoldWing 1800
INDIAN: Road Master.

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