Provence und Camargue De Luxe
This trip is really something special, because it connects luxurious accommodation with two magnificent landscapes in the South of France! You stay very stylish 6 times in 4 star hotels and Gites de Prestige in Avignon in the heart of the old town as well as in Arles in a 3 star hotel in a historic building. Do not forget your bathing suit, because almost all hotels are equipped with swimming pool. Cycle Tour through one of the most beautiful regions of Europe Provence and Camargue. The land of light, colours and scents. For these reasons, many well known painters have lived in the Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, Chagall ... The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. People are living outside, even during the winter, play "pétanque" and drink their "pastis". Provence has not only an easy way of live, but is also one of the richest cultural regions of Europe.
1. day Villeneuve-les-Avignon Arrival
Arrive early enough, because Avignon has much to offer. Admire and visit the Pope's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and stroll through the pretty old town streets, which are still surrounded by a massive medieval city wall. Your 4 **** star is located in the heart of the city or in Villeneuve-les-Avignon.
2. day Villeneuve-les-Avignon - Arles 55 km
In the morning at appro. 09:30 am you will be greated by a staff member, handed over your rental bikes if booked and soon you start cycling. You ride along the Rhone and pass Little Crau to St. Rémy de Provence. Glanum is famous for its Greek and Roman monuments. Further on you cycle to the medieval village Les Baux until you reach your destination for tonight – Arles, where the whole city has been classified as world patrimony, because of its numerous Roman and medieval monuments. Today you stay in very stylish 3-star hotel in a historic building. But luxury is not missing, even a swimming pool the hotel has to offer.
3. day Arles - Saintes Maries de la Mer 40 km
A varied day awaits you. By bike you can quickly reach the flat, magical landscape of the Camargue. You cycle to the lake Vaccarès and through the bird sanctuary up to Saintes Maries de la Mer with its Romanesque fortified church. Let the day end cozy end at the comfortable 4-star hotel and enjoy a dip in the swimming pool of the hotel.
4. day Saintes Maries de la Mer - Saint Gilles 40 km
Through ample rice fields you roll to St. Gilles. You should visit the abbey with it´s famous romanic portal and the crypt. You will then cycle to the nearby 4-star Gite de Charme Hotel with swimming pool.
5. day Saint Gilles - Saint Hilaire 50km
The fragrance of the herbs of Provence in the nose you cycle through the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône to the famous Pont du Gard. In large arches, the ancient Roman aqueduct (World Heritage site) spans the Gardon River and delivers superb photographs. Continue to Saint-Hilaire d'Ozhilhan to your excellent 4 star Gîte de Charme hotel with swimming pool where you will stay for two nights.
6. day Round trip Uzès 40 km
On the side streets, through orchards and lonely villages, you will be on a round trip to Uzès, one of the most beautiful towns in Provence. Visit the cathedral and stroll a little through the picturesque side streets. You should never forget the bathing-baths today, as the nearby banks of the Gardon on the way back offer opportunities for a cooling down. At the end of the stage you will again reach the Pont du Gard and your hotel in Saint-Hilaire.
7. day Saint Hilaire - Villeneuve-les-Avignon 35km
In the end, you will be crowned with a ride through the flat vineyards, where the famous rose wine is produced. Stunning little villages like Castillon du Gard and the Rhône, the Rhone island and above all Avignon, where you will stay in the 4 star hotel.
8. day Avignon Departure
Today, after breakfast, your beautiful journey ends in southern France. On request, an individual extension in Avignon is also available.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
15.03. – 24.05.2020
28.09. – 31.10.2020
25.05. – 27.09.2020
bookable additional services
- 7 overnights in stylish hotels on national 4****/5***** level incl. breakfast
- max. 1 piece of luggage per person
- free car park at the start hotel outside of Avignon (for an overnight in Avignon centre: parking costs approx. 15,- € per day, in July 18,- € per day)
- Safety vest
- detailed travel documents
- Service Hotline
Worth knowing about your Provence - Camargue Tour
Below you will find specific information about the Provence and Camargue De Luxe tour and surroundings. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Avignon can be reached by train. You will find information on your connection on the website of the Deutsche Bahn.
Parking facilities at the hotel
The 4 **** hotel in Avignon is subject to chargeable car parking, approx. 15 euros per day (in July 18 euros per day). Pre-reservation is not necessary. Free parking is available at the hotel Villeneuves-Les-Avignon.
Conditions of cycle paths
Nearly 100% of the routes are asphalted, partly they follow hiking trails.
The stretches are flat, some slightly hilly. A longer climb to Lex Baux is a good 5km long, but can be avoided. A further climb in the Camargue leads over a nature trail and is well 10km long.
Available rental bikes
If you have booked bicycles, you will receive unisex bike (Giant) with a 21-speed gearbox without a back-pedal brake, 7/8-speed bicycles with a back-pedal brake or electric bicycles with freewheel. The equipment includes a double luggage bag for the day luggage with easy mounting on the luggage rack, lock, card holder and a repair set for small breakdowns, e.g. for patching the tube. Technical assistance is provided for larger breakdowns.
Alternative Travel Dates
With 4 and more booking persons you can start this bike trip on every day of the week, extra supplement 60.00 EUR per person, with 3 persons supplement 90.00 EUR
If you are the only person who will travel on your travel date there will be a surcharge of 180.00 EUR
Cycling in france
For cyclists in France a striking dress code is prescribed. Since October 1, 2008, you have to wear a reflective warning vest at night outside of localities, as well as on days with poor visibility. Otherwise you will be fined up to 135 Euros. The measure is an initiative of the French Government.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Pope`s Palace Avignon
The Pope's Palace at Avignon (Palais des Papes) was the residence of various popes and counterpopes between 1335 and 1430. The palace is part of the world heritage site with the old town of Avignon.
Bridge Pont St. Bénézet
The bridge Pont St. Bénézet is a world-famous landmark of the city of Avignon and together with the nearby Pope's Palace, it counts to UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a length of 900 meters the bridge was one of the longest in Europe. It originally consisted of 22 arches, four of these are still preserved today.
Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy is the birthplace of Nostradamus (1503-1566).
Also the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) spent the years 1889/90 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. He was treated here in the psychiatry of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. During this period, a series of paintings, including the famous "Night of the Night", were created. Further paintings such as "The Irrational Garden" in Saint-Rémy represent the sanatorium in which Vincent van Gogh lived.
The old town complex and castle ruins of Les Baux are one of the great attractions of the Provence. The Les Baux complex is high above fertile valleys with olive groves and grapevines on a limestone plateau that is almost 1 km long and 200 m wide. Visitors first enter the suburb with its narrow streets and picturesque stone houses, which have been rebuilt in recent decades.
Saint Maries de la Mer
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a charming place of welcome, tradition and pilgrimage, built between heaven and sea, where the Rhone merges with the Mediterranean.
From the village center you can reach the dunes, the fine sandy beaches, the extensive marshes with its reed groves and the manades (bull and herd of horses). Fascinated by the vast nature, you can admire the gliding and sailing flights of the birds influenced by the violent winds on a walk or horseback ride.
The winemaking tradition of the region dates back to the 5th century BC. The Greeks laid the first vineyards, which were further expanded under the Romans. Since it was located on an important connecting axis between the Oppidum Roquemaure and Nimes, Tavel offered the best conditions for the development of viticulture.
Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is a Roman aqueduct bridge. It is one of the most important preserved Roman bridge constructions in the world and is one of the most important sights of southern France.