Avignon, Arles and the Pont du Gard – 3 World Heritage Sites & Luxury Hotels!
On this bike tour you discover Provence and the Camargue – a land of light, colors and scents. Hence, many well-known painters have lived in Provence: Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne, and Chagall to name just a few. The Mediterranean climate is pleasant, the sun shines more than 3000 hours a year. People live outside, even during the short, crisp, and windy winter, and play “Pétanque” and drink their “Pastis”. A place of true inspiration that lead to a series of amusing books by Peter Mayle! Provence not only has an easy way of life, but it’s also one of the richest cultural regions in Europe. Numerous monuments testify to a long and great past since the Greek and Roman period going to the middle Ages and, even into the last centuries. And on this ‘de Luxe Tour’ you will spend the nights in the most elegant and charming hotels of 4**** or even 5*****.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1. Individual arrival in Villeneuve-les-Avignon
Come to Villeneuve-les-Avignon and settle down in your elegant 4**** hotel. At the reception you will receive your traveler documents. Afterwards take time to visit the historical town center of Avignon.
Day 2. Avignon – Arles (55 km).
We will meet you at 9:30am at the hotel to adjust your rental bike – if you have rented one – and to give you all the necessary information about your tour. Then you leave Avignon and cycle through the Little Crau and on to medieval village Les Baux de Provence which is situated high up on a rock. From here the view over the surrounding lands is just breathtaking. Finally you will arrive in Arles where a stroll through the historic city center is inevitable as to many Roman sights are waiting for you to be discovered. And the night you will spend in an outstanding 5***** hotel in a historical building.
Day 3. Arles – Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, approx: 40 km
Leave Arles southwards and ride through beautiful Camargue. You will cycle around Lake Vaccarès before having lunch time near a bull fight arena in the middle of nowhere. Take the time to observe some rare bird species and then ride on to Saintes Maries de la Mer on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean where your charming 4**** hotel is waiting for you.
Day 4: Saintes Maries – St. Gilles, ca. 40 km / 24 miles
Take a refreshing bath in the Mediterranean before leaving Saintes Maries de la Mer. The following stage takes you through the Camargue and along some rice fields. You will cross over the Rhone River with a little ferry boat and continue your way to St. Gilles with its Romanesque church and its famous crypt. And your romantic 4**** ‘gîte de charme’ is only a few kilometers from here.
Day 5: St. Gilles – Saint Hilaire, ca. 50 km / 36 miles
Leave Camargue behind you to get back to Provence. You will cycle on small roads through vineyards and orchards with a wonderful view of the Mont Ventoux to the Pont du Gard. And in your 4**** hotel in Saint-Hillaire you will rest for two nights..
Day 6: Saint Hilaire – Uzès – Saint Hilaire, ca. 40 km / 24 miles
On small roads and bike paths you are passing some charming small villages before arriving in Uzès, one of the most wonderful towns in Provence. Stroll through the medieval town center and visit the cathedral before heading back to your hotel in Saint-Hillaire. And on your way back you will also have the opportunity to swim in the Gardon River. So do not forget to take your bathing togs with you when you leave in the morning.
Day 7: Saint Hilaire – Villeneuve-les-Avignon, about 40 km / 24 miles.
This last stage of your bike holidays will bring you back to Avignon. In the morning you will ride through the gently hilly landscape of the Garrigue up to the famous wine town of Tavel. Take the time and make some wine tasting and then follow your way through the vineyards back down to the Rhone River and finally to your 4**** hotel in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.
Day 8. End of tour
After breakfast, journey home or extend your stay in Europe.
RATING Easy to Moderate
Mostly flat. You cycle on paved country roads and bike paths. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike. The only ascent of any relevance is to Les Baux de Provence, with 5 km of gentle rise.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest major airport is Marseilles. Regular trains depart from Marseilles St Charles Station to Arles.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
2019 Departure Dates: Every Saturday from mid-March to late-October
Season 1: 16.03.- 25.05. / 28.09.-26.10.
Season 2: 01.06.-21.09
|Price per person||CAD||$2190|
|Season 2 surcharge||$320|
|Half-board surcharge (dinner plan)||$540|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment