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Biking from Provence to Camargue

Cycling through Provence to the Mediterranean sea
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme coast, countryside
1030€

Information : Biking from Provence to Camargue

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A holiday which offers the pleasure of crossing Provence to get to the sea. The route we have chosen takes in modest provençal villages whose discrete charm conceals a marked cultural and architectural heritage.
The lavender, olive and holm oak trees that typify southern French landscapes are soon to be seen. Then little romanesque village churches, chapels in the middle of the fields and castles which dominate the small valleys. Further south, the route crosses marshy plains and approaches the Alpilles range at the foot of Saint Rémy de Provence, whence it climbs towards the heights of the Baux de Provence. On the descent towards Arles you'll see two celebrated sites: the Tower of Fontvieille and the Roman Aqueduct.
The final stage takes us through the Rhône delta amidst the languid waters that meander through the marshes on their way to the Mediterranean.

You'll love

  • arriving at the Château of Grignan after a route through fields of lavender and olive orchards
  • having a break at Mollans sur Ouvèze in the heart of Drôme Provençale, at the foot of the lofty Mont Ventoux
  • Baux de Provence
  • visiting Arles, famous town of the Romanesque period
  • cycling through the Alpilles and Camargue Nature Parks

Program : Biking from Provence to Camargue

  • D1 Arrival in Montélimar

    Things to see :
    Broad Provençal streets, nougat producers, the Castle of the Adhémar family (powerful nobles).
    After eating out, night and breakfast in 3star hotel in the heart of Montélimar.

  • D2 From Montélimar to Montbrison sur Lez

    34 km stage with total uphill 400 metres (level 2/5). Around 3hrs30.
    The first part of the route takes you into the Pre-Alps (foothills) of Provence. The scenery becomes increasingly Mediterranean and the villages you go through are typically Provençal, with broad café terraces and shady squares beneath leafy plane trees.
    You’ll soon notice the lavender fields. olive trees and holm oaks so characteristic of the southern countryside. And modest Romanesque chapels in the middle of fields. châteaux overlooking valleys…notably the soaring castle of Grignan once graced by the presence of the Marquess of Sévigné. celebrated French woman of letters – literally!

    Dinner and night in a charming guest house with jacuzzi, sauna and hammam !

  • D3 From Montbrison to Mollans sur Ouvèze

    43 km stage with total uphill 575 metres (level 3/5).About 5hrs30.
    With no shortage of charm and attraction, this outing takes you across some diverse and beautiful countryside, the sort of unspoilt Provence one dreams of. Enjoy yourself: taste the olive oil, bite the fruit, inhale the scent of lavender or take a sip of wine. Simple villages of authentic character invite you to park your bike and enjoy ferreting around in the nooks and crannies.

    Dinner and night in three star hotel with its own pool.

  • D4 From Mollans sur Ouvèze to Isle sur la Sorgue

    55 km stage with total uphill 200 metres (level 3/5). Around 4hours.
    Just the kind of roads you’d like to ride along for hours…this is authentic Provence with the sort of sights and perfumes that stay with you for years. Leaving the hilly greenery of the Drôme you begin to cross the Comtat Venaissin with its broad vineyards soaking up the sun at the foot of Mont Ventoux. After exploring the aptly named Perne-les-Fontaines (no less than 40 springs and wells!), you’ll enjoy the cool ride along the Canal de Carpentras.
    At the end of your ride you cycle through a market gardening area then you’ll maybe the chance to have a summer evening stroll round the abundant fresh food market in Velleron before to arrive to the charming city of Isle sur la Sorgue, an island surrounded by canals called "Venice of the Comtat Venaissin"

    Dinner at a restaurant and night in a 3star hotel with a roof pool.

  • D5 From Isle sur la Sorgue to Arles

    62 km with total uphill 300 metres (level 3/5). Around 5hrs30.
    Superb stage during which you cross the chain of the Alpilles which has recently been named a a Regional Nature Park in recognition of its unique beauty and interest.
    Among the best moments of the day we must mention the lovely town of St Rémy. Overlooking the plain of the Camargue and the celebrated town of Arles, Les Baux de Provence, listed village on the plateau of Grès in the heart of the Alpilles, is perhaps reminiscent of the Luberon.
    The descent towards the town founded in Roman times takes you through other well-known sights such as the Tour de Fontvieille and the Roman Aqueduct.

    Catered dinner and night at 4star hotel in a quiet district of Arles.

  • D6 From Arles to les Saintes Maries de la Mer

    39 km with total uphill 5 metres (level 2/5). Around 2hrs30.

    This is one of the shortest stage of the holiday. You leave Arles to enter the Camargues Regional Nature Park. At the Domaine de Méjanes you may like to do a little horse-riding, then you go along the side of the Etang de Vaccarès. You are in the heart of the Camargue amid horses, bulls and innumerable migratory birds, including those majestuous pink flamingoes. Then it’s Les Saintes Maries and the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Why not make the most of those fine sandy beaches on either side of the port of Gardian.

    Dinner out and night at 3star hotel in les Saintes Maries.

  • D7 Around les Saintes Maries : Along the Dyke to the Lighthouse of La Gacholle

    26 km without uphill (level 2/5). About 2hrs30

    Breathing the good sea air, you cycle along the digue à la mer1 (embankment or dyke) across the southern border of the Camargue Regional Nature Park!

    There are several points from which you can get to the fine beaches that are quieter than those near the town. Then there’s a small exhibition at the Phare de la Gacholle (lighthouse), well worth a visit.


    Dinner (not included) wherever you choose. Night at the hotel.

  • D8 Departure

    Breakfast then transfer back to Arles.

    Option :

    1/ Train to Montelimar : 25 € per person

    2/ Taxi transfer to Montelimar : + 190 € up to 6 persons

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In double room

Adult : 1080 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  1080 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In triple room

Adult : 1025 €
Junior (12-17) : 1025 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

1380 €

Solo traveller

1590 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In double room

Adult :  1030 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 1030 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In triple room

Adult : 980 €
Junior (12-17) : 980 €
Baby (0-1) : 80 €

In single room

1330 €

Solo traveller

1540 €

What's included?

  • 4 halfboard and 3 B&B nights
  • Charming guest house, 3 and 4star hotels
  • Transfer back to Arles
  • Detailed roadbook and maps
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transfers

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 120 €
    • Bike cart for child : 80 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 190 €
  • Return to Montelimar by train : 25 € per adult
  • Taxi transfer back to Montelimar (up to 6 persons): 190 €

What's not included ?

  • Private paid parking at the first hotel, to be paid on the spot
  • Dinners in Montelimar and les Saintes Maries
  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Cycle holiday going from place to place, unaccompanied.
  • Daily stages between 38 and 54 kilometres, from 3 to 4hrs30 at your own pace.
  • Total daily uphill between 0 and 575 metres
  • Altitudes: between 50 and 400 metres.
  • Route along narrow country roads
  • Suitable for road or trail/country bikes

Organisation

  • These outings are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. We transport your luggage between lodgings, and your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end. We also provide logistical and technical support .
  • On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take your time and relax...
  • Accommodation is in either 2 or 3 star guesthouses or hotels chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting. These circuits include half-board accommodation.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.
 

Access

By car

Highway A7 exit Montélimar Nord or Sud

By air

Lyon St Exupéry Airport or Marseille Provence Airport

By train

Montélimar railway station. The accommodation is next to the railway station (10 mn on foot)

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