2020
Cycling Tour Provence & Camargue

Cycling Tour Provence & Camargue

Lavender Fields and Roman Cities

  Orange – Arles – Orange

  • Roman History in Orange and Arles
  • Pure Nature in the famous Carmarque
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Bestseller!

8
days

50
km / day avg.

On this cycle tour in the Provence and Camargue regions, you will enjoy both the beauty of the Provençale hinterland and the raw charm of the Camargue. Enjoy the unique mood of the light, top-ranking culture from all epochs and the simple genius of the regional cuisine. Exquisite wines that are renowned around the world are produced here while lavender is farmed on far-reaching fields. Definite highlights of this tour include Orange, Arles and Avignon as well as the well-known Pont-du-Gard aqueduct.

Cycling Tour Provence & Camargue
  • Booking Code
    FR-OO7
  • Start / Destination
    Orange
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 305 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 45 and 55 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
Amphitheatre, Orange
Amphitheatre, Orange

Day 1: Individual arrival in Orange

Your journey’s starting point is the culture-rich town of Orange. Its intricate roman triumphal arch in particular, as well as the Amphitheatre – one of the few that still contain the rear wall of the stage – are well worth visiting. By the way, this town has nothing to do with oranges, but rather with the Dutch royal family, which used to own the eponymous medieval principality.

Avignon
Avignon

Day 2: Orange – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Avignon, approx. 50 km

A population of 2000 but still world-famous: this is how the village of Châteauneuf, renowned for its superb wines, presents itself. The Papal Palace of Avignon, today’s final destination, is the largest gothic palace in the world and hardly missable. The Saint Bénezet bridge, with its remaining five (out of a total of 22) arches, is a unique architectural monument and well-known through a children’s song: “Sur le pont d’Avignon,…”

Les Baux
Les Baux

Day 3: Avignon – Arles, approx. 55 km

Initially, today’s stage will lead you to the little town of St. Rémy, which many visitors consider to be the prettiest town in the Provence. The smell of fresh thyme and melissa lingers in the air. Once you have traversed the Alpilles, you will reach the rocky town of Les Baux. Its region is known for excellent olive oils. Your destination for today is the Van Gogh town of Arles, which was also the former capital of the Kingdom of Burgundy.

Flamingos in the Carmargue
Flamingos in the Carmargue

Day 4: Excursion to the Camargue, approx. 45 km

Today you will explore the famous estuary of the Rhone. A unique flood plain landscape has formed here at the border between land and sea, which offers a habitat to countless plants and animals. Of course the most famous animals are the white horses, black bulls and flamingos. Needless to say, there is also agriculture. There are vast rice paddies for example. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is an old place of pilgrimage, which already inspired van Gogh.

Beaucaire
Beaucaire

Day 5: Arles – Nîmes, approx. 50 km

Today you will leave Arles and follow the Rhône to Beaucaire and Tarascon, which are only divided by the river. A majestic castle thrones on each bank of the river. The buildings in Nîmes on the other hand don't represent neighbourly rivalry, but form a connection between different time periods – almost two millennia lie between the Roman amphitheatre and Norman Foster’s Carré d’Art.

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

Day 6: Nîmes – Pont du Gard – Uzès, approx. 50 km

The smell of lavender will accompany you all day. After only a few kilometres of cycling you will already be able to spot the cultural highlight of your journey on the horizon - the famous Pont-du-Gard, a Roman aqueduct, which once transported fresh water to Nîmes. You will continue cycling leisurely to Uzès, a charming small town, which has a market square surrounded by beautiful arcades.

Near Uzès
Near Uzès

Day 7: Uzès – Orange, approx. 55 km

The last stage of your journey will lead you through varied landscapes: Initially, you will be riding through a hilly area full of oak trees and herbs, after which you will resume cycling past orchards and vineyards. Caderousse, a small village reinforced by a wall, is your last stop before returning to Orange.

Market in Orange
Market in Orange

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your cycling holiday in Provence and Camargue ends with your individual return journey home. If you wish we can extend your stay in Orange.