On this France-Bike tour from Avignon to Montpellier you discover 2000 years of history. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Arles and Nimes and discover the Middle Ages in the papal Avignon and the Crusader’s fortress Aigues-Mortes before you get to the young and dynamic metropolis Montpellier. And the variety of landscapes will astonish you. Start in the Rhone Valley and ride through the landscapes of Garrigues and the wild canyon of the Gardon. In the South of Nimes starts the Camargue, immerse yourself in a world dominated by bull herds, white horses and pinks flamingoes and then reach the sunny golden beaches of the Mediterranean on your way to Montpellier.
Day 1: Arrival in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Come to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and settle down in your very nice 3*** hotel. Afterwards take the time for a walk through Avignon and visit the world famous ‘Palais des Papes’.
Day 2: Villeneuve-lès-Avignon - Uzès, ~45 km
At 9:30am there is the welcome meeting with someone of the staff. You will pick up your bike - if you have rented one - and all the necessary documents. Then you will leave Avignon and cycle towards Tavel and Uzès.
Day 3: Uzès - Nîmes, ~30 km
Today’s ride leads you along breathtaking landscapes to the Gard River and on to the Pont du Gard, the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges ever built and one of the best preserved, too. From here you ride on to Nimes, which has a very rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire. Take the time to discover the Amphitheatre, the Maison Carrée, the Gardens of the Fountain and many other sights. Nimes will astonish you.
Day 4: Nîmes - Arles, ~45 km
Today’s ride from Nimes to Arles is like a trip back to Roman times, as you are cycling from one former Roman colony to another. The stage leads you through vineyards and orchards to the Rhone River and on to Arles, which is not less worth visiting than Nimes. Cultural highlights like the Gallo-Roman theatre, the Arena and the Church of St. Trophime are waiting for you.
Day 5: Arles - Aigues-Mortes, ~50 km
Within some minutes the landscape around you will totally change when you are riding out of Arles southwards. Welcome in the Camargue, the marsh land between the two arms of the Rhone River. Passing by white horses and black bulls you will come to the Rhone-Sète-Canal which will take you to Aigues-Mortes with its impressive medieval city walls.
Day 6: Aigues-Mortes - Montpellier, ~40 km
You'll discover the coast, the sandy beaches and the Rhône-Sète Canal meandering through the lakes. 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. Later in the day you will arrive in Montpellier, where your 3*** hotel welcomes you.
Day 7: End of the tour or extra nights
You can return to Avignon by train or leave from Montpellier after breakfast.
6 nights in carefully chosen 3*** and 4**** hotels (some with swimming-pool)
6x tourist tax
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 (760 €/person in double)
season II (+90 €/person)
season III (+120 €/person)
"arrival any day“
possible for 4 persons minimum without supplement
supplement of 80 €/person for 3 persons
supplement of 120 €/person for 2 persons
route (2): ~210 km/130 miles
mainly on quiet paths and flat roads that anybody can do, on day 2 and day 3 there are some smaller hills
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, Nîmes, Marseille
near the hotel on request for ~10 €/day
from Montpellier to Avignon direct by train for ~25 €/person or with France-Bike bus on request for 260 €/ride, no transfer on Saturday from end of June to end of August, other transfer possible on request
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