Discover historical cities, Mediterranean beaches and the untouched wildernesses of the Camargue.
You'll start the bike tour in elegant Montpellier. This typical Mediterranean city is not far from the blue sea and its sandy beaches. The center of Montpellier is full of medieval monuments and of those from the Renaissance and Classicism periods. Its university of medicine is the oldest in France. Lovely squares and many restaurants and cafés invite you to appreciate the Mediterranean way of life. This tour then takes you on to Sommières, a nice medieval town on the Vidourle River crossed by a 2000 year old Roman bridge. A little paradise and lovely villages await you after Sommières, this region is called "Vaunage". Its inhabitants were Protestants and lead a bloody rebellion against the "not so sunny" Louis XIV from 1703 to 1705 and unfortunately paid a heavy tribute. On the way onto Nîmes, with its numerous roman monuments, you ride through vineyards and the Mediterranean scrubland landscape called the "Garrigue". After the Roman town you will ride along the Rhône-Sète Canal through the untouched saltmarshes and inland lakes of the Camargue to the medieval walled town of Aigues-Mortes. From Aigues-Mortes, you ride along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea back to Montpellier.
Day 1: Arrival in Montpellier
Come to Montpellier and settle down in your stylish 4**** hotel. Relax in the hotel’s swimming-pool or make a first sightseeing tour to discover all the medieval monuments.
Day 2: Montpellier > Sommières, ~35 km
Ride into impressive landscapes and pass little villages on your way to Castries with its elegant castle, the so-called "Versailles of Languedoc". Then pedal on to Sommières, a little medieval town where a Roman bridge crosses the Vidourle River.
Day 3: Sommières > Nîmes, ~30 km
Today you cross the famous Vaunage region, where the Protestants fought against King Louis XIVth troops from 1703 to 1705 with heavy losses. Romantic villages accompany you to Nîmes, the "Rome of Gaule". Visit the old town and the numerous Roman monuments. And your marvelous 4**** hotel is an institution in Nîmes!
Day 4: Nîmes > Aigues-Mortes, ~45 km
Today’s way leads you through the "Little Camargue" and along the Rhône-Sète Canal to Aigues-Mortes, a totally preserved medieval town, surrounded by water, Camargue and the salt tables. And in your outstanding 5***** hotel you will spend the following two nights.
Day 5: Aigues-Mortes > Camargue > Aigues-Mortes, ~20 km
Different options are possible today. You can discover untouched Camargue by bike or boat, visit the nearby salt marshes or take a walk along the imposing city wall of Aigues Mortes. From here the view over the surrounding lands is just breathtaking. And the Mediterranean beaches are only a few kilometers away.
Day 6: Aigues-Mortes > Montpellier, ~40 km
You'll ride along the Mediterranean coast line with its sandy beaches. Stop for a drink in the busy little fishing port of Le Grau du Roi before arriving in the seaside resort of La Grande Motte and its architecture, which was certainly futuristic when built in the 1960s. And finally you will follow the small river Lez northwards to get back to your 4**** hotel in the heart of Montpellier.
Day 7: End of the tour
6 nights in carefully chosen 4**** and 5***** hotels (1x 3*** in Sommières)
6x copious breakfast
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps
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 (1150 €/person in double)
season II (+170 €/person)
season III (+270 €/person)
route (1)-(2): ~170 km/106 miles
on quiet and mostly flat roads that anybody can do
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, exit Montpellier
by train: station Montpellier, direct from Paris with TGV
by plane: airport Montpellier, direct from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen and Stockholm
in public parking near the hotel for ~22 €/day, reservation is not possible
extra nights are available on request, prices depending on season
if you book halfboard, the dinner in Sommières is not included
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