Cycling holiday in Provence and Camargue

Trip Code : Cyclo 07

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling tour

Location

Avignon - Arles - France

Duration

8 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

40 to 50 km per day

Departures

Every Saturday from March 16 to  October 26Every other day with extra charge (if less of 4 people)

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • March 16 to April 19 :  760 €
  • April 20 to June 28 : 820 €
  • June 29 to August 30 : 850 €
  • August 31 to Sept 27 : 820 €
  • Sept 28 to Oct 26 : 760 €

Including services

  • 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 2, & 4 stars (in double / twin room)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 85 €
  • Electric bike : 165 €
  • Full half board : 230 €
  • Departure not on saturday (less that 4 people) : 60 to 180 € per pers
Tour description

Self guided cycling holiday in Provence and Camargue.

“When God created the sun, the earth, the mountains and seas, and put them in place, he realised that a little of each remained. So he gathered the bits together to make a paradise and the Provence was born.” A nice and nearly true story, isn’t it? Provence and Camargue: The land of light, colours and scents. For these reasons, many well known painters have lived in Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, Chagall … The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. The people are living outside, even during the winter, play “Pétanque” and drink their “Pastis”. Provence has not only an easy way of live, but it is also one of the richest cultural regions of Europe. Numerous monuments testify a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going to the Middle Ages and, at last, to the last centuries. Avignon: the famous Papal Palace (world patrimony), the medieval town and its impressive city wall; Glanum: Greek and Roman monuments; Les Baux: medieval town in the Alpilles; Tarascon: the greatest fortified castle of the Rhone valley; Arles: the whole city has been classified as world patrimony because of its numerous Roman and medieval monuments; Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: little village between the sea, the sky and the Camargue; St. Gilles: with its beautiful Romanesque church with its crypt (which has also been declared world patrimony); Pont du Gard: aqueduct over the Gardon river, the best conserved of the Roman empire, world patrimony. And finally our tour takes you to Uzès one of the most beautiful villages in Provence.

On top of all that you will discover the national park and nature reserve Camargue, the great delta of the Rhone River, where water, channels and seas attract thousands of birds – some of which are very rare; its symbols are the white horses and the black bulls. Finally, we have to mention the quality of the wine and the food. During the cycle tour you will discover the amazing meals of Provence and their Mediterranean flavours.!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Avignon.

Arrival in the 4**** hotel with excellent cuisine in very quiet area (with swimming-pool), 3 km from
Avignon Centre; parking free.

Day 2: Avignon - Arles, approx. 45 km

Meeting at the hotel reception around 09.30 a.m. We will provide you with more information on the tour
and will give you your bikes - if rented.
From hotel through the Little Crau to St. Rémy de Provence, Les Baux (medieval village) and Arles
(world patrimony). Charming 2** hotel in historical building of the 17th century.

Day 3: Arles - Saintes Maries, approx. 40 km

Visit Arles, then ride through the Camargue to the lake of Vaccarès, observe the rare birds, then to
Saintes Maries de la Mer on the beach. 3*** Hotel with swimming-pool.

Day 4: Saintes Maries - St. Gilles, approx. 40 km

Through the Camargue and the rice fields to St. Gilles (Romanesque church with crypt, world
patrimony). 3*** Hotel with a very good restaurant.

Day 5: St. Gilles – Pont du Gard, approx. 45 km

On little roads and through wine yards to the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct, world patrimony), and
Remoulins, 3*** Hotel with excellent restaurants.

Day 6: area Remoulins – Uzès – area Remoulins, approx. 40 km

On small roads and through nice landscape you are riding to Uzès, one of the most beautiful villages in
Provence! Then back to the 3*** hotel in the area of Remoulins.

Day 7: area Remoulins – Avignon, approx. 50 km

On little roads through wine fields to Castillon du Gard and Tavel to the Rhone river and to Avignon.
4**** Hotel. Give back the bikes.

Day 8: Departure or extension.

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