Avignon, Arles and the Pont du Gard - 3 World Heritage Sites & Luxury Hotels!
On this bike tour you discover Provence and the Camargue - a land of light, colors and scents. Hence, many well-known painters have lived in Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, and Chagall to name just a few. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. People live outside, even during the short, crisp, and windy winter, and play "Pétanque" and drink their "Pastis". A place of true inspiration that lead to a series of amusing books by Peter Mayle! Provence not only has an easy way of life, but it’s also one of the richest cultural regions in Europe. Numerous monuments testify to a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going to the middle Ages and, even into the last centuries. And on this ‘de Luxe Tour’ you will spend the nights in the most elegant and charming hotels of 4**** or even 5*****. That's cycling holidays with France-Bike.
Day 1: Villeneuve-les-Avignon or Avignon
Come to Villeneuve-les-Avignon and settle down in your elegant 4**** hotel. At the reception you will receive your traveler documents. Afterwards take time to visit the historical town center of Avignon.
Day 2: Villeneuve-les-Avignon or Avignon - Arles, ~55 km/33 miles
We will meet you at 9:30am at the hotel to adjust your rental bike - if you have rented one - and to give you all the necessary information about your tour. Then you leave Avignon and cycle through the Little Crau and on to medieval village Les Baux de Provence which is situated high up on a rock. From here the view over the surrounding lands is just breathtaking. Finally you will arrive in Arles where a stroll through the historic city center is inevitable as to many Roman sights are waiting for you to be discovered.
Day 3: Arles - Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, ~40 km/25 miles
Leave Arles southwards and ride through beautiful Camargue. You will cycle around Lake Vaccarès before having lunch time near a bull fight arena in the middle of nowhere. Take the time to observe some rare bird species and then ride on to Saintes Maries de la Mer on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean where your charming 4**** hotel is waiting for you.
Day 4: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - Saint Gilles, ~40 km/25 miles
Take a refreshing bath in the Mediterranean before leaving Saintes Maries de la Mer. The following stage takes you through the Camargue and along some rice fields. You will cross over the Rhone River with a little ferry boat and continue your way to St. Gilles with its Romanesque church and its famous crypt. And your romantic 4**** 'gîte de charme' is only a few kilometers from here.
Day 5: Saint Gilles - Saint Hilaire, ~50 km/31 miles
Leave Camargue behind you to get back to Provence. You will cycle on small roads through vineyards and orchards with a wonderful view of the Mont Ventoux to the Pont du Gard. And in your 4**** hotel in Saint-Hillaire you will rest for two nights.
Day 6: Saint Hilaire - Uzès - Saint Hilaire, ~40 km/25 miles
On small roads and bike paths you are passing some charming small villages before arriving in Uzès, one of the most wonderful towns in Provence. Stroll through the medieval town center and visit the cathedral before heading back to your hotel in Saint-Hillaire. And on your way back you will also have the opportunity to swim in the Gardon River. So do not forget to take your bathing togs with you when you leave in the morning.
Day 7: Saint Hilaire - Villeneuve-les-Avignon or Avignon, ~35 km/22 miles
This last stage of your bike holidays will bring you back to Avignon. In the morning you will ride through the gently hilly landscape of the Garrigue up to the famous wine town of Tavel. Take the time and make some wine tasting and then follow your way through the vineyards back down to the Rhone River and finally to your 4**** hotel in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.
Day 8: End of the tour or extra nights
7 nights in 4**** hotels
7x tourist tax
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 - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every day
season I (1190 €/person in double)
season II (+100 €/person)
route (1)-(2): ~260 km/165 miles
mainly on quiet paths and flat roads that anybody can do, one long hill of ~5 km/3 miles to Les Baux, one climb to Tavel on day 7
how to get there
by car: motorway A7, exit Avignon-Nord
by train: direct from London to Avignon with Eurostar, or direct from Paris to Avignon with TGV
by plane: airport Avignon, Montpellier, Marseille or Nîmes
free at the hotel in Villeneuve-les-Avignon or 15 €/day in Avignon (18 €/day in July), on request
from Montpellier, Marseille or Nîmes airports to Avignon with France-Bike bus for 220 €/trip
is available on request from 400 €, prices depending on season
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