Provence and Camargue Cycling Holiday

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  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Arles / Arles
  • Distance

    190 miles/305 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    019-110CFR
Price From £697

Overview

A fantastic cycling holiday through Provence and the Camargue, taking you to some of the region’s most iconic scenery and fascinating cities. See the famous wild horses of the Camargue, follow the banks of the River Rhone to the famous vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, marvel at the Pont du Gard and soak up the history in Avignon.

You’ll start and end the tour in Arles, a delightful city where Van Gough had his most productive period. Your cycle tour will take you on a clockwise route, first into the wetlands of the Rhone delta and then on to the wonderful beaches at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Turning north, you’ll visit the medieval fortress in Aigues Mortes and the Pont du Gard, the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe.

Cyclists heading towards a hilltop village in Provence

Freewheeling in Provence

You’ll visit Avignon, the capital of Provence and once the residential city of 7 successive Popes. A little further up the Rhone River you reach the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, hallowed ground for many wine connoisseurs. You’ll cover around 50km per day with most of the riding on quiet country lanes and the odd section on unpaved roads. The terrain is largely flat, although there are a couple of gentle uphill sections to contend with.

Itinerary & Map

You’ll cover around 50km per day with most of the riding on quiet country lanes and the odd section on unpaved roads. The terrain is largely flat, although there are a couple of gentle uphill sections to contend with.

 

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Day 1: Arrive Arles

Arles - Provence - France

Arles

Arrive in the historic French city of Arles. Your welcome briefing is scheduled for tomorrow morning so you should have time today to relax or explore the historic town of Arles on the Rhone River. Van Gogh spent time here and fell in love with the town – many consider the period he spent here to be his most creative. We suggest an evening stroll around this fascinating city.

Day 2: Arles – Aigues-Mortes, 40 miles/65 kms

Camargue Horses

Wild horses of the Camargue

Set off for your first day of cycling, leaving the city behind to enter the famous Camargue region, a nature-filled area of the Rhone delta. It’s a region best known for its wild horses, but you’ll also be able to find flamingos, wild bulls and a wetland landscape of salt lakes and cane fields. Stop in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to enjoy the sea-air before riding on to Aigues-Mortes with its medieval fortress.

Day 3: Aigues-Mortes – Nimes, 25 miles/40 kms

Roman Ampitheatre in Nimes - Provence

Roman Ampitheatre – Nimes

Today you will leave the coastal wetlands behind to cycle from Aigues-Mortes to Nimes. You’ll be following quiet country back roads to reach this city of culture and history, famous for its huge Roman amphitheatre and many other ancient remains.

Day 4: Nimes – Uzès, 28 miles/45 kms

Pont-du-Gard

Pont-du-Gard

You’ll discover more of the region’s rich Roman legacy today with a ride to the Pont du Gard, the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in all Europe. There’s time to take a refreshing dip in the River Gard before cycling on along quiet country lanes to the nearby Roman city of Uzès. Take an after-dinner stroll through the cobbled streets of the atmospheric old town.

Day 5: Uzès – Avignon, 31 miles/50 kms

Avignon - France*

Avignon

You’ll turn eastwards today to visit the capital of Provence, the beautiful city of Avignon. It’s a real treasure trove of history, and in the middle ages was actually home to the popes for nearly a century. Before you reach Avignon you’ll have the chance to break your journey in the ancient village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

Day 6: Avignon – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Avignon, 28 miles/45 kms

Chateauneuf-du-Pape - France

Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Today you’ll cycle into some of France’s most attractive wine-growing country. As you cross the Rhone en route to Châteauneuf-du-Pape you’ll be greeted by sweeping views, and will then follow the course of the Rhone to wind your way back to Avignon for a second night in this fascinating city.

Day 7: Avignon – Arles, 37 miles/60 kms

Les Baux de Provence - France*

Les Baux de Provence

Today you’ll complete the circle with a lovely ride back to Arles, where your adventure began. Along the way you will see some classic Provencal scenery including the picture perfect villages of Saint-Remi-de-Provence and Les-Baux-de-Provence – both immortalised in paintings by Van Gogh.

Day 8: Arles

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 06 April to 19 October

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2019 Prices
019-110CFR
Per person
06 Apr
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31 May
01 Jun
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21 Sep
22 Sep
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19 Oct
Comfort category
Double/twin £731 £797 £731                
Single £1031 £1097 £1031                
Triple £697 £763 £697                
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)

Supplements

Extra night Arles, double/twin, comfort (£69)
Extra night Arles, single, comfort (£109)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£65)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£154)
Helmet (£16)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear city bikes with comfortable gel saddle and upright riding position.
The bikes come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, water bottle, water bottle holder, odometer and lock plus one repair kit per room.

Electric bikes are also available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

See the gallery for images of all bikes available.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Arles: Hotel Le Rodin
Aigues Mortes: Hotel Saint Louis
Nîmes: Hotel Marquis De La Baume
Uzès: Best Western Uzès Pont Du Gard
Villeneuve Les Avignon: O’Cub Hotel

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Marseille or Montpellier and then a train or taxi to Arles

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 3.0
  • Date - 10/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
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    3.0
  • Service comment - GOOD
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - accommodation was average rather than good but not so disappointing as to merit poor
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for sending your feedback as it is much appreciated. With regards to the accommodation - this particular trip offers accommodation in our 'comfort category' and at this time we do not have a superior category. We will certainly feedback your comments to our local suppliers and if we do source more 'superior' hotels then we will add this as an option for the future. Many thanks again. The Flexitreks team