Prize Draw - 'Starry Nights in Provence' leisurely, self-guided cycling holiday courtesy of Cycling for Softies

October 2018 Prize Draw

Date published: 30 Sep 18

Starry Nights in Provence by Cycling for SoftiesFor this month’s prize, you have the chance to win a fantastic five-night half-board cycling break for two in Provence, France. Our partner Cycling for Softies curated this tour based on client feedback, taking the very best bits from a longer cycling tour to create a unique, leisurely experience with inspiration drawn from Van Gogh’s famous painting, ‘Starry Nights’.

You will cycle between beautiful Provençal villages and stay at luxury 4 and 5-star boutique hotels. You will also have the option to upgrade to an e-bike if you want to.

Begin in the beautiful town of St Rémy de Provence, with its historic square, winding streets and Van Gogh heritage. The next day, head toward the hilltop fortress of Baux-de-Provence. Here, the cobbled streets are lined with lovely cafés and the views from the medieval ‘Citadelle des Baux’ are magnificent.

Starry Nights in Provence by Cycling for SoftiesOver the next few days, you will cycle west to meet the Rhône river at the twin towns of Beaucaire and Tarascon (with its stunning castle not to be missed). The route then continues southwards, following small roads to Arles. You will head south into the Camargue Nature Reserve, which covers Europe’s largest river delta. The beautiful wetlands and salt water lagoons here are a haven for a wide range of wildlife.

Finally, you will return to St Rémy de Provence, taking you past Château de Barbegal and winding around the southwestern corner of the Alpilles.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 91 Comment(s)

  • gabu
    15 days ago
    that will be lovely
  • lwaxanatroi
    15 days ago
    What a fantastic opportunity, lovely prize
  • Stevenev
    15 days ago
    This would take me back to the last time in Provence- a school trip to improve our French. The lavender fields are still in my memory.
  • MessyJ
    15 days ago
    What a lovely idea for a holiday, would love to try it out!
  • chloeclogs
    15 days ago
    Would love to win this as I've always wanted to go and photograph the lavender fields with the stunning landscapes behind. cycling would be the best way to do it as every corner will have a different view.
  • BonnieFlora
    15 days ago
    I haven't been on a holiday for a very long time due to family commitments. I brought up my son then found myself bringing up my two grandchildren. We bought a caravan and we went camping just to let the children have a break, they are now all grown up and out making a life for themselves. Finding myself alone at 71 I wonder if I will ever get a holiday, but I'm afraid cycling is out of the question as I suffer from arthritis..
    Anybody else here find themselves in the same position ? How do you get around the obstacles I find myself facing. I would dearly love to visit France and any other continental coast.
  • Hermaj
    15 days ago
    Never been to Provence, but would love to go
  • LolaHola
    15 days ago
    I've never been to France but have always wanted to. Biking would be a great way to get fit and for my husband to lose weight!
  • Gertie
    15 days ago
    What a way to see a fantastic country
  • Traveller10
    15 days ago
    Would love to win but are there tandems availabe?!
  • Di58
    15 days ago
    Option of e-bike sounds great!
  • forestheather
    15 days ago
    Did someone say leisurely cycling? Sounds perfect!
  • Judand
    16 days ago
    Love France though it’s been a while since we visited and enjoy fairly easy cycling! This sound absolutely perfect for us!
  • liz.jones58
    16 days ago
    sounds perfect for me and my cycling mad husband
  • janeyb1
    16 days ago
    oooooh, lovely, haven't been on a bike since school (lonnnnnnnggg time ago)
  • Thelly
    16 days ago
    Sounds amazing. Been on one cycling holiday in Austria through this site - had an electric bike, so brilliant . Never been to this area and would so love to. Fingers crossed.
  • suejok
    17 days ago
    Would love this prize. Have lost weight and now trying to be more active. Tend to ‘hibernate’in the winter, but trying not to do that this year. Love France and need to get back on my bike!
  • Allie
    17 days ago
    Love this part of France. Would be superb to explore it on 2 wheels (perhaps with the helping hand of an e-bike).
  • Moondill
    17 days ago
    "Wheely" keen to try this holiday!
  • Seakay_1
    17 days ago
    This would be a perfect holiday for me - I would love to visit Provence and have always enjoyed gentle cycling, but since getting Fibromyalgia I've been put off considering these sorts of activities for fear of not being able to keep up. Having the e-cycle option available would remove all sorts of worries and allow me to enjoy the moment
  • JohnMac
    17 days ago
    yes please
  • baddowgirl
    17 days ago
    Starry Nights is one of my favourite paintings so much so that I had not seen an original until I visited New York 2 years ago. I did not realize it was part of the exhibition....I turned a corner and there it was! I couldn't believe it! Tears appeared in the corners of my eyes and apparently I was grinning from ear to ear! Would be amazing to cycle through the countryside that inspired the painting!
  • Jooles
    18 days ago
    Long sunny days and Starry Nights - fantastique!
  • prettypistol
    18 days ago
    wow! this really looks amazing. beautiful
  • SB
    18 days ago
    I am only a beginner on a bike but enjoy cycling and my very good friend has just moved to Provence so I would get to visit her too.