Cycling holiday in Provence and Camargue
Provence bike tour. A 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?
Between History, Nature and Lifestyle
The Provence bike Tour: 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” like in Marseille. If you are a wine enthusiast try visiting chateau. Red, rosé, white wines you’ll found what you are looking for. 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 Popes Palace (Unesco world heritage), the medieval town and its impressive city wall; Glanum: Greek and Roman monuments; Les Baux: medieval town in the Alpilles; Tarascon: the greatest french 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 heritage site); Pont du Gard: aqueduct over the Gardon river, the best conserved of the Roman empire, world patrimony. And finally our cycle tour takes you to Uzès one of the most beautiful towns in Languedoc.
On top of all with our itineraries you will cycle through the national park and nature reserve Camargue, the great delta of the Rhone River, where water, channels and the Mediterranean sea 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 beauty of the vineyards. During the cycle tour you will discover the amazing meals of South of France and their Mediterranean flavours.!
- The papal city of Avignon and its famous “Avignon bridge”
- The olive groves and the citadel of Baux de Provence in the Alpilles massif
- The Roman city of Arles at the gates of the Camargue
- The majestic Pont du Gard on the road to Uzès, a typical Provencal city
Arrival in the 4**** hotel with excellent cuisine in very quiet area (with swimming-pool), 3 km from
Avignon Centre; parking free.
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.
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.
Through the Camargue and the rice fields to St. Gilles (Romanesque church with crypt, world
patrimony). 3*** Hotel with a very good restaurant.
On little roads and through wine yards to the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct, world patrimony), and
Remoulins, 3*** Hotel with excellent restaurants.
On small roads and through nice landscape you are riding to Uzès, one of the most beautiful villages in
Languedoc! Then back to the 3*** hotel in the area of Remoulins.
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.
We take care of transporting your luggage to the next accommodation so that you fully enjoy your daily ride.
You leave your luggage at the reception desk before your departure.
At the end of the afternoon, you recover them in the next accommodation (at the reception or directly in your room).
Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 hand luggage.
We remind you that rental bikes are equipped with saddlebags to be used to bring your belongings useful for the day.
Your travel pack corresponds to the documents or numeric files that you receive before your trip (usually one month before) and upon your arrival at the first accommodation.
- A welcome letter with the main practical information:
- The time slot for luggage transport
- Details of the delivery and recovery of rental bikes if necessary
- Your local contact and telephone number(s) in case of emergency
- Any additional information
The travel book including a map with the route (at the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
The voucher(s) to be given to the service provider(s) (only if requested)
On request and depending on the tours:
The “Evazio” application to download to your Smartphone for a “GPS” guidance. This guidance is visual (reading of the track on the Smartphone’s screen) and vocal.
The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
The loan of a GPS device with pre-loaded tracks
GPX traces of every step for use with your own navigation device
On this tour, you can choose on reservation:
- A hybrid bike suitable for touring and for the course
- An electric bike adapted to the route
With its equipment:
- 1 rear bag
- 1 handlebar bag
- 1 repair kit (for 1 or 2 bikes)
- 1 lock (for 1 or 2 bikes)
- 1 charger (for the electric bike)
For the youngest, we can propose depending on age and size
- A child bike
- A baby seat
- A trailer
- A bike trailer
The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.
At the end of the course, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.
This tour is available in a “superior” version :
The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:
- Comfort : The trip mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and guesthouses.
- Superior : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guesthouses.
- Luxe : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars or equivalent
Our assistance remains available for the duration of your stay.