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Provence & Camargue: round trip

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tour description

Provence-Camargue

Enjoy an 8-day round trip to the sun, rosemary and thyme. Rich in natural attractions and imposing monuments, this magnificent landscape is in the south of France. Many of these sights are not only on your stage but also on the list of the world cultural and natural heritage of mankind! Discover Arles, a major trading center in Roman times. Admire the two-storey amphitheater, still today it offers 25,000 people and is used as a bullfighting arena. On beautiful cycle paths, you cycle from Provence to the Camargue, which extends for the most part between the two estuaries of the Rhone. Look forward to this huge landscape conservation area, a rich bird world, colorful flamingos, wild herds of white Camargue horses and the purple-flowered tamarisks. Discover the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct on your bike route. It was formerly used for the water supply of the town of Nimes, today you can cross the river Gardon on this historic building with fantastic views. On the way, you can also enjoy the many good opportunities and taste the typical regional dishes such as fish soup (Bouillabaisse), stews with beef goulash, Taureau (bull meat), garlic lettuce (Aioli) and delicious salads such as Salade Nicoise

1. day Avignon Arrival

Arrive early enough, as Avignon has a lot to offer. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic old town, which is still surrounded by a massive 12th-century city wall. In any case visit the Pope`s Palace, one of the world`s cultural heritage sites and the most imposing sight of the city. 

2. day Avignon - Arles 45 km

In the morning at approx. 09:30 am you will be greated by a staff member at the start hotel, handed over your rental bikes if booked. You cycle past numerous fruit plantations and with a small detour you can also visit St. Rémy de Provence. Then you go up to Les Baux, which was impressively built on the cliffs of the Alpilles. From Les Baux, head down gently to Arles, where the rich cultural heritage and the numerous Roman sites make a long-lasting evening walk unavoidable.

3. day Arles - St. Maries de la Mer 45 km

Visit the impressive Romanesque church of St-Trophime d'Arles, which was a cathedral for six centuries, before the bishop's seat moved to Aix-en-Provence in the course of the French Revolution, before returning to the saddle. Today pure nature is on the agenda. Your cycling trip will lead you southwards and soon into the Camargue swamp and lake landscape. You drive around the lake of Vaccarès, make a cozy picnic at a bullfighting arena in the middle of nowhere and finally continue your journey until you reach the beach of the Mediterranean and your overnight place Saintes Maries de la Mer.

4. day St. Maries de la Mer - St. Gilles 40 km

Today's rather moderate stage gives you the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea in the morning. Or visit the pilgrimage church with the alleged relics of Saint Sara, from whose top you have a magnificent view over the Camargue to the one and the Mediterranean to the other side. Your next cycling tour will take you through the western Camargue to the ferry, which will translate you over the small Rhône. On small roads and through rice fields, we head to St. Gilles with its abbey church with the famous Romanesque portal, which is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

5. day St. Gilles - Pont Du Gard (area Remoulins) 50 km

The fragrance of the herbs of Provence in the nose today you cycle on easy-waved bike paths 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. Afterwards we continue a few kilometers to the nearby Saint-Hilaire where you will spend the night.

6. day Round trip Uzès 40 km

On small side streets, through fruit orchards and lonely villages, you will embark on a round trip to Uzès, one of the most beautiful towns in Provence. Visit the beautiful cathedral and stroll a little through the picturesque side streets. Even the baths should not be forgotten today, since the nearby banks of the Gardon on the way back always offer opportunities for a dip in the cool water. At the end of the stage, you will return to Pont du Gard and then your hotel in Saint-Hilaire.

7. day Pont Du Gard (area Remoulins) - Avignon 50 km

Unfortunately, the last leg of your cycling trip is already on the agenda. This can be seen in the morning on the way to Tavel somewhat hilly. But no fear. Even before you reach the hometown of the well-known rose wine of the same name, the road descends again and you gently descend down into the valley. In Tavel, of course, you have the opportunity to have a wine tasting. And since Avignon is not so far, you can perhaps even transport one or other bottle on the bike. Soon you will reach the banks of the Rhone and the Ile de la Barthelasse. From here it is only a few kilometers to the center of Avignon, where your cycling tour ends.

8. day Avignon Departure

After your breakfast, regrettably, the trip is over.
You can book additional nights and extend the stay in Avignon by a few days. 

prices & services

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Provence & Camargue: round trip
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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.

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duration:
8 days
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
beginners-intermediate
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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.

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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.

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prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

14.03. – 11.04.2020

26.09. – 31.10.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 795,00 €
Single room 1.015,00 €
 

Season 2

18.04. – 20.06.2020

05.09. – 19.09.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 855,00 €
Single room 1.075,00 €
 

Season 3

27.06. – 29.08.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 885,00 €
Single room 1.105,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
80,00 €
 
electric bike
160,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Avignon Cat. A
Double room 80,00 €
Single room 130,00 €
 

bookable additional services

half board
230,00 €
Travel services
  • 7 overnights in well-kept hotels on national 2**/3***/4**** - level incl. breakfast
  • max. 1 piece of luggage per person
  • personal infomeeting
  • Safety vest
  • detailed travel documents
  • own marked route
  • Service Hotline

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worth knowing

Worth knowing about your Provence - Camargue Tour

Below you will find specific information about the Provence and Camargue 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 detailed information on the website of the Deutsche Bahn.

train shedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

You can park your car free of charge for the duration of your bike trip at the two regular start hotels outside the city centre, "La Ferme" or "Lavarin" (about 5 km from the center of Avignon). If you like to stay in the center of Avignon and park the car in the hotel car park, parking is charged in the amount of appr. EUR 12.00 per day.

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/Extra costs

Alternative travel dates are available for groups of minimum 4 persons without surcharge, for 3 persons with a surcharge of 60 euros per person, for 2 persons with a surcharge of 90 euros per person.
The surcharge for a single traveler is 180 euros (for your special tour date).

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 days 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.

Travel insurance

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.

tour highlights

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.

Papstpalast 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.

Bridge Pont St. Bénézet

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.

Saint Rémy de Provence

Les Baux

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.

Les Baux

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.

Saint Maries de la Mer

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.

Pont du Gard

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