A dream-like bike tour in the loveliest hotels in the heart of the Provence!
Discover our most classic 'de-Luxe-Tour' from Avignon to Arles. Stay overnight in the finest 4**** hotels and let you inspire by Provencal way of life. The stage distances are morderate to give you all the time to discover. And as you stay two nights in each hotel a day off is also possible. And the tour highlights are numerous: Avignon and the famous Papal Palace, St. Rémy de Provence with the Roman monuments of Antiques and Glanum, an ancient Greek town created 500 years before Christ, Les Baux de Provence, a medieval hill top village in the Alpilles with astonishing views over the Camargue and Tarascon, the biggest fortified castle in the Rhone Valley. And finally Arles, where the whole city has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site because of its numerous Roman and medieval monuments. And lastly you'll discover the untouched wilderness of the Camargue in the Vaccarès nature reserve.
Day 1: Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Arrive in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and settle down in your splendid 4**** hotel with park, swimming pool and exceptional restaurant. Visit Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, its historical center, and the biggest French Chartreuse abbey.
Day 2: In & around Avignon, ~20 km/12 miles
At 9:30am we’ll be there to give you all the information about the tour and your bike. Then you ride out of town and through orchards along the Rhône River to Barthelasse Island. Cross the island and cycle along the river bank to historical Avignon. Visit the town center with the famous Palais des Papes and ride back to your hotel on the other side of the river.
Day 3: Villeneuve-lès-Avignon - Saint Rémy, ~30 km/19 miles
You ride through the Little Crau countryside on small roads to St. Rémy de Provence crossing lovely villages such as Barbentane, Graveson and Maillane. In Saint Rémy you’ll stay two nights in an exceptional 4**** hotel with its large Mediterranean garden, swimming-pool and delicious restaurant.
Day 4: Saint Rémy - Tarascon - Saint Rémy, ~40 km/25 miles
Today you can choose what you want to do. We recommend you to visit the Greek and Roman monuments at Glanum and Les Antiques. Then cycle to Tarascon with a well-conserved medieval center and an impressive castle on the Rhone River.
Day 5: Saint Rémy - Arles, ~30 km/19 miles
There are two different ways to cycle to Arles. The sporty version leads you up over the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Les Baux de Provence. From the hilltop, you’ll have a great view over the entire Camargue. The alternative route is flat and leads you along the foot of the Alpilles on small roads and through orchards and rice fields to Arles. The town is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will spend two nights in the beautiful 4**** hotel.
Day 6: Arles & the Camargue, ~40 km/25 miles
Today you have plenty of time to visit this exceptional town and its Roman and medieval monuments. You can also ride out to the nature reserve of Mas du Viguerat.
Day 7: End of the tour
Return transfer to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon with our France-Bike bus. End of the tour or continue your holiday.
6 nights in very stylish 4**** hotels
6x copious breakfast
transfer Arles - Villeneuve-les-Avignon after the tour
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 day
season I (1150 €/person in double)
season II (+100 €/person)
season III (+ 200€/person)
route (1)-(2): ~160 km/96 miles
on flat and quiet roads and paths that anybody can do
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, Nîmes, Marseille and Montpellier
free at the hotel in Villeneuve-les-Avignon and ~15 €/day at the hotel in Avignon, on request
from Montpellier, Marseille or Nîmes airports to Avignon with France-Bike bus for 220 €/ride
single room and extra nights are available on request, prices depending on season
we can reserve a table at the 2** Michelin Restaurant Jean-Luc Rabanel in Arles, supplement 80 €/person, on request, only for half board customers.
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