To the Cevennes and through the Ardèche-Canyon. Going up the beautiful valley of the river Rhone in France, you reach Bagnols-sur-Cèze where you leave the Rhone and arrive in the Cevennes foothills. The Cevennes feature many stunningly wild landscapes in which the Ardèche-Canyon is certainly the highlight. In 1994 near Vallon Pont d'Arc at the bottom of this amazing canyon researchers found what could be the oldest cave in the world. The prehistoric Chauvet-Cave is over 31,000 years old and approximately 420 paintings and engravings have been found. And the cave is now open to public. Tickets can be bought on internet in advance. Once again, France-Bike is raising the stakes, not only does this bike tour feature breathtaking landscapes and highly interesting culture and history, but we have also found the most classy and stylish hotels in the region. As usual with France-Bike, our restaurants on the tour serve real treats ranging from regional specialties to 'Haute cuisine'.
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
Day 2: Avignon > Bagnols-sur-Cèze, ~35 km
Your welcome meeting is at 9:30am at the hotel reception. Then you will cycle across the biggest island in the Rhone through flourishing orchards to Roquemaure and continue on through the Rhone valley to Bagnols-sur-Cèze.
Day 3: Bagnols-sur-Cèze > Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, ~50 km
Crossing the amazing landscapes south of the Ardèche-Canyon you will cycle to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, located at the northern entrance to the gorges where the Ardèche river flows through a natural rock arch (see picture above).
Day 4: Vallon-Pont-d'Arc > Joyeuse > Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, ~45 km
Today you either can make a round trip on your bicycle that will lead you through the foothills of the Cevennes featuring several magnificent villages such as Joyeuse. Or you can rest from the saddle and discover the Ardèche Canyon with a canoe. The supplement for a canoe tour is about 22 €/person for 90 minutes and 35 €/person for a day trip.
Day 5: Vallon-Pont-d'Arc > Ardèche Canyon > Pont-Saint-Esprit, ~50 km
This day will be the highlight of the tour since you will cycle through the entire Ardèche Canyon. Today is the most “sporty” day with some longer climbs (and descents!).
Day 6: Pont-Saint-Esprit > Orange > Avignon, ~50 km
On this last cycle day you are pedaling on smaller roads down the Rhone valley and through vineyards back to Avignon.
Day 7: Departure or extra nights
6 nights in carefully chosen 3*** hotels, some with swimming-pool
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
France-Bike signs along the route
GPS tracks (on request)
France-Bike security vest
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every Sunday
season I (790 €/person in double)
season II (+90 €/person)
number of participants: min 4
supplement 80 €/person for 3 persons
supplement 120 €/person for 2 persons
supplement 240 € if solo traveller
"arrival any day“
possible 4 persons minimum without supplement
supplement of 80 €/person for 3 persons
supplement of 120 €/person for 2 persons
note : the supplement for "minimum of participants” and “arrival any day” are not added twice but 1x per person
route (2)-(3): ~230 km/145 miles
mainly on quiet paths and flat roads, particularly “sporty” on day 5 in the Ardèche Canyon but we also propose electric bikes
how to get there
by car: highway to Avignon
by train: train station Avignon
by plane: to Marseille, Avignon, Nimes or Montpellier
free at the hotel outside the town center, other hotels on request
from Montpellier, Marseille or Nîmes airports to Avignon with France-Bike bus for 300 €/ride
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