The Carmargue area of Provence is a wonderful area to take an easy self-guided cycling holiday. “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, Cézanne and 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 “Pétanque” and drink their “Pastis”. On this biking vacation, you shall see numerous monuments which testify to a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going to the Middle Ages and, at least, to the last centuries. 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.
Avignon – Hotel Lavarin
Arles – Hotel Amphitheatre
Saintes Maries – Mas des Salicornes
Saint Gilles – Hotel Le Cours
Remoulins – Hotel Colombier
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrival in your hotel in a very quiet area (with swimming pool), approx. 5 km/3 miles from Avignon Centre.
Meeting at the hotel reception around 09.30 a.m. for an explanation on the tour and distribution of bikes – if rented. Then cycling from the hotel through the Little Crau to St. Rémy de Provence, Les Baux (medieval village) and Arles (world patrimony).
Visit Arles, then ride through the Camargue to the lake of Vaccarès, observe the rare birds, then to Saintes Maries de la Mer on the beach. Hotel with a swimming pool
Through the Camargue and the rice fields to St. Gilles (Romanesque church with crypt, world patrimony). Tonight you stay in a nice hotel with a very good restaurant.
On little roads and through wine yards to the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct, world patrimony), and Remoulins.
On small roads and through nice landscape you are riding to Uzès, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence! Then back to the Pont de Gard.
On little roads through wine fields to Aramon, then along the Rhone river and Durance river to Avignon. Hotel. Give back the bikes.
Visit Avignon (medieval town, the famous bridge, the PopePalace, world patrimony). Individual departure or extension.
By Plane to Avignon, Nimes, Marseilles and then by train to Avignon.