Country:
France
Travelcode:
1FRPRO329_EN17

Provence - Camargue DELUXE

The picturesque Provence for epicures

  • This bike tour in Provence takes you through an amazing region in France- a place said to have been invented by painters, and who would argue with names like Monet, Matisse, Cézanne and of course, van Gogh.

    In Avignon, the route gently follows the flow of the Rhône River to historic Arles. Before reaching Arles, you will come across the famous Pont du Gard. This well-known Roman aqueduct is an official World Heritage Site. Built shortly before the Christian era, this bridge is both a technological and artistic masterpiece and stands almost 50m high. It is a marveled site.

    In Arles, Van Gogh painted and sketched over 300 drawings and paintings. Stretching from Arles to the sandy beaches of Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer and the aqua-blue waters of the Mediterranean is the national Parc de Camargue, which some 500 years before served as a gypsy campground. The creatures that now freely roam this land of dunes, marshes and lagoons are the famous white Camargue horses as well as striking black bulls and pink flamingos.

    Enchant yourselve by the personal charm of the exclusive hotels with their own individual story. In small dreamy restaurants the chef de cuisine creates new dishes and you have the option to explore cellars of famous vineyards.

    Tour profile:

    Route mostly on low traffic roads in rural and city areas. Short stretches are on unpaved roads. A couple of days present some short uphill sections with the only relevant ascent to Les-Baux-de- Provence (4 km of gentle ascent).

    Day 1: Orange

    Individual arrival at Orange. Free time to visit the Roman monuments as the theatre one of the best preserved of all Roman theatres.

    Day 2: Orange – Uzès, approx. 53 km

    The cycle path leads you through beautiful landscapes. Orchards, vineyards from the famous Côte du Rhône (Lirac, Laudan) untill St Laurent. Arriving at the charming medieval village overlooking the Alzon Valley, Uzès. Is a typical provencial Village with a wonderful market place.

    Day 3: Uzès – Pont du Gard – Avignon, approx. 51 km

    Small peacefully roads will take you to the spectacular site of Pont du Gard, considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Roman aqueduct was built to carry water across the River Gardon to the City of Nimes. The end of the day trip will be in Avignon.

    Day 4: Avignon – St. Rémy, approx. 27-52 km

    In Avignon you have time to visit the Roman monuments and the Palace of the Popes. You leave Avignon by small quiet roads and you are cycling towards one of the most beautiful villages in the region and very typical: St Rémy. Known for the aromas of wild herbs. St Rémy where Van Gogh has lived and where Nostradamus was born. The wines from Les Baux havegranted their own appellation status in the late eighties. You can enjoy the end of the day in the romantic small streets and places of St Rémy.

    Day 5: Roundtrip St. Rémy, approx. 42 km

    Today you’re cycling from St Remy to Les Baux. The remarkable pilgrimage site was built at 200 m high outcrop and is dominated by a ruined fortress.  It’s the area of Van Gogh and here he got the inspiration for a lot of his paintings. Wonderful landscape in the shadow of the Alpilles mountains.

    Day 6: St. Rémy – Arles, approx. 32 km

    Today you leave St. Rémy to cycle south, towards to the Mediterranean sea in the town of Arles, perched on the side of the Rhone with its well-preserved amphitheatre, countless medieval and Roman monuments.

    Day 7: Arles – Ste-Marie-de-la-Mer, approx. 43 km

    Passing Mejanes you will cycle towards the Mediterranean by the protected region of the Camargue. Here you can see white horses, flamingos and an exotic wildlife in this beautiful countryside. Transfer back to Arles by taxi at 5.30 p.m.

    Day 8: Arles – Orange

    After breakfast use the included train ticket to get back to Orange. Departure or extension of your stay at Orange.
  • DATES

    Arrival day: each Friday, Saturday & Sunday; March 24. - November 04.


    ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport: Lyon (LYS) , Marseille (MRS), Montpellier (MPL), Avignon (AVN), Orange (OAG)

    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking: There is the possibility of parking the car free of charge near the hotel (2 km from the hotel, approx. € 10,- per day).


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Gare d`Orange
    The hotel is approx. 15 minutes away from your starting hotel. You can take a taxi for approx. € 15,-

    Current train connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train

    Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
  • Included services:

    • 7 nights in rooms with private facilities incl. breakfast
    • daily luggage transportation
    • taxi transfer Saintes-Maries de la Mer - Arles
    • train ride Arles - Orange
    • maps and information material per room
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    24.03. - 04.11.17

    Extras

    Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults  
    0-1,99 years -100%
    2-11,99 years -50%
    12-16,99 years -10%
       
    Bicycle & equipment  
    21-speed-bike 87
    E-bike 140
       
    Additional night
     
    Orange 4* (dbl/sgl) 105/174

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR
  • We have selected really special hotels/lodges which provide you an authentic holiday experience. Mostly in affectionately restored, historical buildings with a design which is typical for the region. The hotels offer a high level of comfort combined with quite a special personal mark. A special highlight are the restaurants typical for the areas which offer often a regional, high level kitchen.


    Orange: Hôtel Arène Kulm***
    Set in the historic centre of Orange, this 18th-century residence offers a restaurant serving homemade cuisine. The hotel is ideally located for exploring the famous Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth Cathedral and the Gallo-Roman ruins.

    The spacious and air-conditioned guest rooms have an elegant décor. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safe. The Restaurant & Bar, Bistro Arene serves Mediterranean cuisine with fresh, local, seasonal products. Enjoy your afternoon at the hotel own swimming pool.

    Uzes: Hôtel Entraigues****
    This former town mansion was built in the 15th century and remodelled in the 17th century.  Acquired in 2013, it has been fully restored to its original condition. Day to day, the hotel combines hospitality with top notch services and sustainable development. From the gourmet breakfast to the evening buffet, the hotel works mainly with local organic products.

    Outdoor swimming pool, terrace with panoramic view, lift, lounges, reading area, patio, free Wi-Fi, safe, mini-bar with selection of wines, reversible air-con, large high definition LED screen TV with multiple channels, garage - all those facilities are waiting for you...

    Avignon: Hôtel de l’Horloge****
    This beautiful 19th century stone building is in a prime location, with its doors opening directly onto the Place de l’Horloge in Avignon.

    The Hôtel de l’Horloge reflects all the atmosphere of Avignon in the charm of its rooms. They are decorated in warm tones, with different materials coming together to offer refinement, authenticity and comfort. Wood, wrought iron, sea grass and wicker combine harmoniously to guide us to a feeling of complete contentment. Some rooms are also equipped with a terrace. At the Hôtel de l’Horloge , you will enjoy the cosy, chic atmosphere and the pleasure of partaking of the rare elegance of the Provençal way of life.

    Saint Remy en Provence: Hôtel Gounod***
    Located in the heart of the Regional Park of the Alpilles, in the Provençal village of Saint -Remy de Provence, the Gounod Hotel offers you a charming place full of history and inspiartion. It is here, in this former Post relay from the 18th century that Charles Gounod, the famous author of the Ave Maria, stayed and created the opera Mireille in 1863.

    Behind the building you can discover a unique place: the garden offers you a beautiful terrace, stone alleys leading to the swimming pool, spa, meeting room. It is a haven of peace in the heart of the village.

    Arles: Grand Hôtel Nord Pinus****
    Located in central of Arles, near the Arenas and the Cloister of Saint-Trophime, the Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus is full of character. This stylish and vibrant hotel features beautifully decorated rooms.

    Colours and light have been used to create a soft and nostalgic atmosphere at the Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus. The carefully decorated rooms feature all modern amenities including a flat screen TV, satellite and Canal+ channels, and free WiFi access. You can relax with a drink in the warm atmosphere of the hotel bar, or on the terrace on the Place du Forum.


    Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.
  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon puncture resistant tires.

    You can choose between the following bikes:
    • 21-speed bikes
    • E-bikes

    with 28" tires in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.

    All bikes are equipped with a rear rack pannier (saddle bag) and a handlebar bag/room.


    E-bike

    By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

    With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
    Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.


    Bicycle breakdowns

    can happen even with new wheels and by best servicing. Should a repair not be possible, please contact our service number! In a few hotels/guest houses we have some bikes on stock if you need to change them during the trip.


    Private bicycles

    You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, spare tube and lock. Please check all functions of your bicycle carefully upon arrival.

  • 4,5 Amnon L. | 12.06.2017 Provence - Camargue DELUXE

    Few problems in our trip

    We are both English speakers and did all our corresponding in English. At the hotel we got the package in German. After a lot of Help from your assistant Marietta we got the maps in German and the route description in English. They were not identical ...
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 2
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 1
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 4
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 4
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