Provence and Camargue Cycling Holiday

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.

Avignon

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.

Provence and Camargue Cycling Holiday

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.

Avignon

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

This holiday also operates in reverse, see the Camargue and Provence route.

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.

Day 1 : Arrive 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - end of trip

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

Bikes

The regular bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear speed 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.

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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