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Cycling through Provence and Camarque with charme accomodations

Cycling: Provence

Cycling like God in France

Provence – France’s sunshine country with fertile, lush valleys, the Mediterranean coast, ancient and medieval cultural centres, the scent of herbs and the Provençal lifestyle. It is a great cultural landscape, which has attracted countless painters such as van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall with its unique light and its intensive colours. Apart from the wonderful and varied landscape Provence attracts with its history, art and architecture. The visitor is enchanted by famous architectural masterworks such as the papal palace in Avignon (world heritage), the Arena in Arles and the Pont du Gard (world heritage) as well as the Greek-Roman excavation sites of Glanum and the medieval city Les Baux in the Alpilles. The bike tour through the Camargue, the protected moor landscape in the Rhône delta, is another highlight. The famous pink flamingos and the white horses are the hallmarks of this landscape and a magnificent opposite to previous attractions. And over and over again we breathe the life of Provence: hustle and bustle in the cities, colourful markets, Spanish traditions, village life under plane trees and a breeze of southern calmness.

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Itinerary

Enjoy the city with the wonderful architectural monuments from Roman times. The great theatre and the triumph arch are historical witnesses from this epoch. The old town attracts with Provençal charm as well as small pretty shops and cafés.

The first stage takes you into the world-famous wine town Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A stroll through the town should not be missed/ You travel to the city of Avignon along the Rhône on cycle paths and without the bother of car traffic. We recommend a stroll through the old town (guided options include a guided tour of the city) with a visit to the pope palace.

approx. 50 km
245 – 250 m
270 – 275 m

Without any difficulty and once again with hardly any traffic you leave the town and cycle directly to St. Rémy, probably the most beautiful and certainly the most typical town in the Provence. Nothing surpasses the hustle and bustle, the blaze of colour and the richness of herb scents under the shadow-offering plane trees in the ancient alleys of the old town/ The effort of the ascent to the Alpilles is rewarded with great views of the Les Baux/ Because of the harmonic location of the village and because of the fortress ruins, Les Baux is also known as the “city in rock”. Chosen small paths and tiny streets take you to Arles. Roman culture and Romanesque heritage characterise the cityscape and the history of Arles. Arles was the second-biggest city of the Roman Empire; it is also the city of Vincent van Gogh. Your hotel accommodates you for the next two nights.

approx. 56 km
145 – 270 m
165 – 275 m

Half sea, half land – the Camargue is a unique natural landscape with brackish water lakes, vast salt steppes, wild horses and the famous pink flamingos. Small paths take you into the unique nature reserve. In Mejanes with the Arena you have the opportunity of travelling with a small train through unspoilt nature and to admire, with some luck, flamingos and wild bulls. The route takes you on almost traffic-free paths back to Arles (guided options include a guided tour of the city).

approx. 44 km

In the morning you will cycle through the cities Tarascon und Beaucaire which are disconnected because of the river Rhone. Sights of these cities are their castles from the 12th century. Many cafés at the canal are inviting you to make a break. In Nimes you can have a look at the buildings which are built by the Romans. On the one hand the arena, the Maison Carrée or the Tour Magne, but on the other hand also a lot of modern buildings, for example the Carré d´art from Norman Foster.

approx. 45 km
40 – 120 m
45 – 75 m

The fortress of Tarascon, located high above the Rhône, accompanies you for a while through the vineyards of Costières-de-Nimes. About noon you will already see Pont-du-Gard, the famous aqueduct from Roman times, world heritage as well. Aromatic plants such as lavender, thyme and rosemary accompany you into the pretty Provençal town of Uzès, which attracts with its magical, medieval charm. Among other places of interest, the unique market square, surrounded by arcades, is worthwhile.

approx. 45 km
75 – 230 m
95 – 165 m

Today the landscape changes once again/ The last stage takes you through the hilly landscape of the Garrigue, with its oaks and Mediterranean herbs. Later on, the vineyards and the lovely orchards of the Provence take over once again/ On the other side of the river you cycle through other famous wine regions of the Côte du Rhône (Lirac, Laudan) and reach the city of Orange again in the afternoon.

approx. 55 km
260 m
350 m

After breakfast individual departure or additional nights in Orange.

Map Provence and Camargue

Tour character

Apart from a few small ascents in the hilly landscapes of the Garrigue and the Alpilles, the route is easy and varied, suitable even for inexperienced cyclists. You mostly bike on small streets with less traffic and on asphalted paths.

Prices and events

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Orange
  Season 1
19.03.2022 - 03.06.2022
04.10.2022 - 17.10.2022

Saturday, Monday
Season 2
04.06.2022 - 27.06.2022
07.08.2022 - 03.10.2022

Saturday, Monday
Season 3
28.06.2022 - 06.08.2022

Saturday, Monday
Highlights of Provence, 8 days, Cat. Charme, FR-PRRHP-08D
Base price
1'319.-
1'399.-
1'499.-
Surcharge single room 649.- 649.- 649.-

Charm category: see "Your hotels"

Season 1
Mar 19, 2022 - Jun 3, 2022
Oct 4, 2022 - Oct 17, 2022
Saturday, Monday
Season 2
Jun 4, 2022 - Jun 27, 2022
Aug 7, 2022 - Oct 3, 2022
Saturday, Monday
Season 3
Jun 28, 2022 - Aug 6, 2022
Saturday, Monday
Highlights of Provence, 8 days, Cat. Charme, FR-PRRHP-08D
Base price
Surcharge single room
1'319.-
649.-
1'399.-
649.-
1'499.-
649.-

Charm category: see "Your hotels"

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Rental bycicle 21-gear unisex
Electric bycicle
99.-
235.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services and extras

Services

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays in the selected category (incl. breakfast)
  • If half board: menu or buffet 
  • Welcome briefing (English, German)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents (English, German)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price 
    included
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 

Optional:

  • You can bring along your own bike, please note that our rental bikes are perfectly adjusted to the route and have insurance.
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Orange train station
  • Marseille or Lyon airport
  • Parking with costs at the hotel

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.  
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

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Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
5 stars
Fritz Luck CH | 15.06.2016
Fizzi
Camargue war eine leichte Enttäuschung, wenig zu sehen und sehr kommerziell (Ricard). Entdecken besser auf eigene Faust.
5 stars
Stefan Gasser CH | 14.05.2016
Charme Veloreise Provence
Die Organisation der Reise, die Auswahl der Hotels und insbesondere der Restaurants waren perfekt. Die Mietvelos sind gut, aber nicht Spitze (wenig überzeugende Lenkertasche). Die Streckenführung über Land waren überwiegend sehr schön; die An- und Ausfahrt zu den Hotels in den Städten etwas schwierig. ohne GPS-Unterstützung hätten wir uns wohl vielfach verfahren, weil die Routenmarkierung in den Städten weitgehend fehlt. Fazit: alles sehr gut, aber GPS sehr zu empfehlen.
Eurotrek AG answered:
Günther Lämmerer
Es freut uns sehr, dass Ihnen Ihre Reise gefallen hat. In der Provence müssen in den Städten teils während der Saison die Kleber öfters erneuert werden.Wir prüfen gerne wie schnell man Verbesserungen bie den Lenkertaschen und den Markierungen in den Städten umsetzen kann.
2 stars
Hans Müller CH | 22.09.2015
Enttäuschend
Wir haben diesen Frühling eine Veloreise rings um den Bodensee gemacht mit und freuten uns an der wunderbaren Streckenführung mit den gut unterhaltenen und markierten Radwegen. In Frankreich dagegen war es schwierig, die Wege zu finden und vor allem mussten wir auf noch so schmalen Radwegen stets ein schnelles Auto erwarten. Das liess oft keine Entspannung zu. In den Städten wurde es richtig gefährlich, der Verkehr war katastrophal. Die Hotels waren zwar gut, aber wir vermissten den «Charme», den wir gebucht haben, kein einziges Hotel lag ausserhalb einer Stadt. Immerhin waren wir an den beiden letzten Tagen von Tarascon nach Uzès und von Uzès nach Orange zufrieden mit der Streckenführung und wir konnten auch die Landschaft geniessen. Der Gruppenführer von Rückenwind mit Namen Marc war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das war das Positive. Trotzdem könnte ich eine Radtour in Südfrankreich nicht weiter empfehlen.Mit freundlichen Grüssen. Hans Müller
Eurotrek AG answered:
Günther Lämmerer
Es tut uns leid, dass diese Reise Ihre Erwartungen nicht erfüllt hat.Unsere Touren in der Provence führen soweit als möglich auf ruhigen Nebenstrassen. Dadurch ist aber auch die Wegleitung bedeutend aufwendiger als auf einem gut ausgeschilderten oder baulich von den Strassen getrennten Veloweg. Ich bin selbst schon durch die Provence geradelt und hatte den Eindruck, dass man im grossen und ganzen ohne viel Verkehr durchkommt. Aber Sie haben Recht: gerade grössere Städte wie Avignon oder Arles haben Verkehr, dies lässt sich leider nicht vermeiden.Bei der Lage der Hotels ist es schwierig alle Wünsche unter einen Hut zu bringen. Sobald wir Hotels weiter ausserhalb wählen, kommen Rückmeldungen, dass die Unterkunft zu weit vom Zentrum entfernt ist.Gerade bei den „Charme“-Touren möchten wir diesen Problemen aber entgegenwirken, indem wir die Hotels auf unserer Homepage und im Katalog veröffentlichen.Wir würden uns freuen, wenn wir Sie wieder mal auf einer unserer Reisen begrüssen dürfen, damit Sie sich von der Qualität unserer Reisen überzeugen können. Gerne beraten wir Sie dazu auch persönlich.

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