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From Provence to Camargue

Cycling through Provence to the Mediterranean sea
  • Duration 8 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults
  • Theme coast, countryside
810€

Information : From Provence to Camargue

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Presentation

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
  • visiting Arles, famous town of the Romanesque period
  • cycling through the Alpilles and Camargue Nature Parks

Program : 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 two star hotel in the heart of Montélimar.

  • D2 From Montélimar to Montbrison

    38 km stage with total uphill 554 metres (level 3/5). Around 4hrs30.
    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 charming guesthouse with jacuzzi and sauna.

  • D3 Around Montbrison

    40 km stage with total uphill 420metres. About 4hrs.
    An outing without any great difficulty, but with a surprising variety of scenery. You will cycle through the alluvial plain of the Lez with its lavender fields and vineyards like the well-known Côte du Rhône. You will also discover a fine mediaeval built heritage in exploring the Priory of Aleyrac and the Monastery of Clarté Notre-Dame.

    Dinner and night in charming guesthouse with Jacuzzi and sauna.

  • D4 From Montbrison to Mollans sur Ouvèze

    43 km stage with total uphill 575 metres (level 3/5).About 4hrs30.
    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.

  • D5 From Mollans sur Ouvèze to Châteauneuf de Gadagne

    57 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.

    Dinner and night in the farmhouse accommodation.

  • D6 From Châteauneuf de Gadagne to Arles

    54 km with total uphill 300 metres (level 3/5). Around 4hrs30.
    Superb stage during which you cross the chain of the Alpilles1 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 Rémy2. Overlooking the plain of the Camargue and the celebrated town of Arles, Les Baux de Provence3, 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 Aqueduct4.

    Dinner and night at two star hotel in the heart of Arles.

  • D7 Around Arles

    53 km without uphill (level 2/5). About 3hrs30
    The route goes through the Rhône delta between the ‘Grand Rhône’ and the ‘Petit Rhône’ (the Rhône splits into two near Arles). It’s a remarkably level relief, with only distant salt dunes to break the line of vision over the marshes. You cycle along the Etang de Vaccarès (enclosed lake) in the Camargue Regional Nature Park, a land of bull and horse rearing, of course, but also of many birds…with something new to surprise you at any moment.

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

  • D8 Departure

    Departure
    Optionnal : Return by train to Montélimar followed by departure.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure everyday

In triple room

Adult : 810 €
Junior (12-17) : 810 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult : 850 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  850 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

1030 €

Solo traveller

1180 €

Tariffs low season

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

In triple room

Adult : 770 €
Junior (12-17) : 770 €
Baby (0-1) : 80 €

In double room

Adult :  810 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 810 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 80 €

In single room

990 €

Solo traveller

1140 €

What's included?

  • Half board (except first night in Montelimar and last night in Arles : B&B)
  • 2 or 3 star hotels, 3 star guest houses
  • Detailed roadbook and maps
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transfers

Optional

  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 110 €
    • Bike cart for child : 70 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 190 €
  • Return to Montelimar by train : 25 € per adult

What's not included ?

  • Parking for the duration of your holiday : to pay directly
  • Dinners in Montelimar and Arles
  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation 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.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

These circuits include half-board accommodation.

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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