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Provence and Camargue

4-day bike trip in the heart of Camargue

This 4 days tour will have you biking inside the Camargue and its wild beauty. You will discover its animals, its salt marshes but also its wonderful coast.

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Reference P0403
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • April to November
  • Minimum age 10 years old
GPSGPS application available
369€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This 4-day bike trip will have you discover to the treasures of Southern France and the Camargue. Stroll through Arles and its quaint city center, visit its Roman amphitheater before leaving for the Camargue with a first stop in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. On your way you will see white horses, flamingos and bulls that embodies the region.
    Dive into the region Camargue by stopping at the pond of Vaccarès or by visiting the ornithological park of Pont-du-Gau. The next day, you will ride through the countryside to reach Aigues Mortes, a fortified city famous for its purple salt marshes, which can be visited by mini-train.
    The last stop of this cycling trip allows you one last time to be immersed in the very special atmosphere of Camargue before returning to your starting point: Arles.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arles-Saintes Maries de la Mer

    Bike
    40km
    Stroll into the streets of Arles and visit its arena and amphitheater. Leave the city using a cycle path to proceed into Camargue where you will enjoy a dry and wild nature. Meet white wild horses and bulls in the countryside!
    You finish the day in "Les Saintes Maries de la Mer", a beautiful and typical village from the region. Have a walk in the marina and enjoy the beautiful lights of the sunset.

    Day 2

     
     

    Bird park loop

    Bike
    18km
    The smallest loop will lead you deep inside the Camargue region. Discover "Mas" (typical regional houses) but also "manades" (where you can practise horseriding). Finish your day at the ornithological parc called le Pont du Gau. It is a must see for birds lover! You can discover a lot of gorgeous pink flamingos and many other species of birds for an marvellous experience!
     

    Vaccares pond loop

    Bike
    64km
    By choosing the long option, you will discover Vaccarès pond, a perfect place to experience the regional fauna and flora. First cycle along the seashore and enjoy the view before riding all around the pond.
    You can choose to complete your day by trying horseriding or boating.

    Day 3

     
     

    Saintes Maries de la Mer- Aigues Mortes

    Bike
    35km
    You follow the road along the vineyards and reach today Aigues Mortes, a fortified town. You can enjoy a walk inside the city and visit its salt marshes. Do not miss the visit by small train to discover the process of collecting salt. You will enjoy the purple waters full of salt but also the beautiful view over Aigues Mortes ramparts. You have to opportunity to continue riding to the sea by reaching Le-Grau-du-Roi at the end of your step.

    Day 4

     
     

    Aigues Mortes-Arles

    Bike
    55km
    You leave the small city of Aigues Mortes and its salt marshes and cycle on the ViaRhôna. You ride along the "Petit Rhône" and proceed into Camargue. One last time, you can observe the wild animals of the area. The natural landscapes will disappear little by little as you reach the beautiful city of Arles. it is time to say goodbye to the region... unless you decide to extend your stay!
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You'll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-3 Star hotels that give you a pleasant rest after your day biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.

    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You'll get a good night's sleep when you stay in these 3-Star hotels of Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty breakfast is included!
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).


    Le Vélo Voyageur App

    Like a sat nav, the route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. Discover and enjoy every moment of your trip by following the directions and listening to the descriptions of the point of interest on your way.

    Following the itineray becomes easy as a child's play and you can enjoy the trip instead of concentrating on the maps.
    Your cycling holiday also includes practical information from our partners and all the latest news.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download the Le Vélo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. During the trip, once the app dowmnloaded, your phone can be off-line


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Lyon, Avignon, Montpellier or Marseille + regional train.

    • By train: trains from Paris Gare de Lyon station (direct or with 1 channge) The duration of the trip is around 3h55.
      You can take a regional train from Lyon. The duration of the trip is about 2h30.From Marseille, you can take a regional train, durantion : 49mn. To plan
      your trip, https://www.oui.sncf/.


    Parking

    If you drive to Arles, you can park your car at the free parking at Arles station (avenue Paulin Talebot). All details will be given in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:


    You pick up your bikes in the morning between around 10 am. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.



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  • Reviews
  • 1 bike travelers reviews 4.00 / 5

    “ Découverte nature en Camargue ”

    On the 2019-07-29 by Greta&Roberto
    Taureaux en liberté, blancs chevaux sauvages et enfin de centaines des flamands roses qu’on peut côtoyer au Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau; dizaine de kilomètres sans traces de l’activité de l’Homme; du vent (beaucoup de vent!), main invisible qui peut t’aider ou ralentir; quatre jours de découvertes d’une nature préservée.
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