|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||28 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Mar 22-Oct 25, 2014|
|Start city:||Avignon, France|
|End city:||Avignon, France|
"When God created the Sun, the Earth, the mountains and seas, and put them in place, he realised that a little of each remained. So he gathered the bits together to make a paradise and the Provence was born."
A nice and nearly true story, isn't it? 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, CÃ©zanne, Chagall ... The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. The people are living outside, even during the winter, and play "pÃ©tanque" and drink their "pastis".
Provence has not only an easy way of life, but is also one of the richest cultural regions of Europe. Numerous monuments testify a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going to the Middle Ages and, at least, to the last centuries. Avignon: the famous Papal Palace (world patrimony), the medieval town and its imposing wall; Glanum: Greek and Roman monuments; Les Baux: medieval town in the Alpilles; Tarascon: the greatest fortified castle of the Rhone valley; Arles: the whole city has been classified as world patrimony because of its numerous Roman and medieval monuments; Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: little village between the sea, the sky and the Camargue; St. Gilles: possesses a beautiful romanesque church with crypt (world patrimony); Pont du Gard: aqueduct over the Gardon river, the best conserved of the Roman empire, world patrimony.
And at last, there is the Camargue (nature reserve), the great delta of the Rhone river, where water, channels and seas attract thousands of birds - some of them are very rare; its symbols are the white horses and the black bulls. At least, we have to mention the quality of wine and food. During the cycle tour you will discover the good meals of the Provence and their Mediterranean flavour.
What you need to know:
The sun shines more than 300 days a year, so don't forget your sunglasses or your waterproof and windproof jacket ... just in case! Take out insurance. You can bring your own bicycle if you wish.
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Day 1: Avignon
Arrival at Avignon Centre in a 4-star hotel.
Day 2: Avignon to Arles (27-33 miles/45-55 km)
Personal welcome meeting at 9:30am and distribution of bikes and necessary documents. From hotel through Little Crau to St. Rémy de Provence, Les Baux (medieval village) and Arles (world heritage site).
Overnight in Arles
Day 3: Arles to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (27 miles/45 km)
Visit Arles, then ride through the Camargue to the lake Vaccarès, observe the rare birds, then to Saintes Maries de la Mer on the beach.
Overnight in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Day 4: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to St. Gilles (24 miles/40 km)
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, through the Camargue and the rice fields to St. Gilles (Romanesque church with crypt, world heritage site).
Overnight in St Giles.
Day 5: St. Gilles to Saint Hilaire (39 miles/65 km)
Cycling on small roads through vineyards and orchards with a wonderful view of the Mont Ventoux on to the Pont-du-Gard (World heritage).
Overnight near Pont-du-Gard.
Day 6: Saint Hilaire to Uzès to Saint Hilaire (24 miles/40 km)
On small roads and bike paths passing small villages to Uzès, one of the most wonderful towns of the Provence. A real must on this tour!
Overnight near Pont-du-Gard
Day 7: Saint Hilaire to Avignon (24 miles/40 km)
On little roads through vineyards back to Avignon.
Overnight in Avignon.
Day 8: Depart
End of the tour or you can choose to lengthen your holiday.
Saturdays: Mar 22-Oct 25, 2014
|Low season:||Mar 22-Jun 28; Aug 31-Oct 25, 2014|
|High season:||Jun 29-Aug 30, 2014|
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are available to rent for 5 Euros. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
The distance for this tour is about 260-280 km/162-175 miles, mainly on quiet paths and flat roads (but one slope of about 5 km/3 miles to Les Baux, but you can avoid this slope) that anybody can do.
In addition to our detailed road book and maps, you'll be guided by red signs with white arrows that help you to find easily the route all along the bike tour.
This tour is ideal for cyclists in average physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Avignon (AVN), Nîmes (FNI), Marseilles (MRS), Montpellier (MPL) or Paris (CDG), with high-speed train to Avignon(3+hours)
Nearest train station: TGV-station Avignon
Transfer from Marseilles, Nîmes or Montpellier airport and Avignon: €180/ride - must be pre-booked.
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With more than 40,000 monuments and 6,000 museums, France's history and tradition continue to thrive in Western Europe's largest country. Along with its history, France is at the forefront of modern development, a leader among European nations. A country of contrasts, France provides opportunities for all interests. Fashion, art and elegance prosper in the dynamic cities of Paris, Lyon, and Nice. Outside the cities, a variety of landscapes stretch over the remaining 80% of the country.
France's hexagonal shape is defined by the English Channel and Atlantic on the western coast with the Pyrenees and Alps sitting on the southwest and southeast borders. The Mediterranean Sea runs along the southern coast with the Rhine River flowing beside the German border. Visitors exploring the cities or countryside can bask in France’s pleasant climate, enjoying the stylish life, local wine and cuisine.
France is a land that we know very well, especially Prof. Dr. Dr.c.e. Josef Smets, the owner and manager of France-Bike. He studied french culture and history at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg and Montpellier where he is living since 1976. He teached these matters at Paris, Montpellier and Salzburg in Austria. He has published many papers and books about french history and culture. You can benefit of our specific know how about France.
So it is not astonishing that the major part of our tours takes place in France because no country of Europe possedes so many different and magnificent landscapes than France. And all know that one don't eat so good as in France. This is the reason why we want to propose tours that belong to the best of the cycle travel market in Europe. Our motto is: high quality and specific pleasure.
We don't want to organize tours without good hotels and excellent meals. You can be sure that you'll dine in restaurants belonging to the best of each town. Our tours are cultural and gastronomic tours. And you'll ride in the most beautiful landscapes of France discovering a particularly nice nature as Provence, the Camargue, the Lubéron, the Pyrenees, the Canal du Midi. And Loire, Périgord, Bordeaux, Atlantic, Burgundy, Brittany, Alsace ...
Our "classical" tours are well known
Canal du Midi, Pyrenees-Mediterranean, our tour in Provence and Camargue. You'll cross beautiful landscapes and have our "normal" high quality accomodations. Furthermore, the mild mediterranean climate with more than 3000 sun hours per year makes it (nearly) sure to ride without rain.
France-Bike wants to make surprises with new destinations and always with our usual high quality accomations, plus good weather.
Languedoc-Camargue is a very beatiful trip and also Provence-Lubéron and Lavender that leads you in some hidden and more unknown parts of the Provence; but how nice it is!
Provence de Luxe **** is our "king size" tour, you'll make a real dream tour in the nicest hotels of the Provence with divine dinners.
An other gastronomic highlight for epicures is the specific journey Gourmet days in Montpellier; we propose very nice hotels and very good restaurants.
And if you wish to learn to cook good and typical french meals by yourself, we recommend to book Provence - Cook, Taste, Ride.
We explore new regions of France: Périgord, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Brittany, Alsace and add new trips every year.
Make a virtual journey on our website. We would be glad to welcome you on one of our tours.
Your France Bike Team
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