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Provence

The Mediterranean Cycle Route from Avignon to Sète

Discover the jewels of Provence and the Camargue along the Mediterranean Cycle route.

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Reference MED0701
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Moderate
  • March to November
  • Minimum age 12 years old
GPSGPS-app available
949€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • The Mediterranean cycle path leads through diverse and varied landscapes from Provence to the Mediterranean coast.
    You start the tour in Avignon, where the Palais des Papes looms among the medieval alleys. From there you gradually enter the Provence and reach the postcard village of St. Rémy-de-Provence, a small Provençal jewel. On the way you will be lulled by the sweet singing of cicadas and the pleasant smell of heather.
    Shortly afterwards you reach Arles and soon the Camargue. You encounter flamingos and herds of bulls and wild horses. In Aigues-Mortes you discover the reddish colors of the salt marshes.
    The Mediterranean Cycle Route continues along the sand dunes and coast to the bustling city of Montpellier. Continuing along the Mediterranean coast you reach Sète. Relax in front of a nice seafood dish on the fishing port and enjoy the end of your bike tour.

    Day 1

     
     

    Avignon

    Your bike trip begins in the heart of Provence. Discover Avignon, a city with exceptional architectural and artistic heritage. The walled city has a town center enclosed with ramparts. You might want to take a river cruise on the Rhone River or meaner the winding streets and cross the historic Saint Benezel Bridge. The city is filled with historical churches as well as modern day cafes.

    Day 2

     
     

    Avignon- Saint Rémy de Provence

    Bike
    56km
    You leave the "Cité des Papes" and cycle in the countryside. Pass through the village of Cavaillon, famous for its watermelon. The next part of the route will lead you to Saint Remy de Provence, a very typical provencal village. Have a nice walk into its small streets and enjoy the taste of Provence!

    Day 3

     
     

    Saint Rémy de Provence-Arles

    Altitude
    ±160m
    Bike
    34km
    You leave St Remy de Provence, a pitturesque village and ride along the Alpilles mountains to reach another typical village called "Les Baux de Provence". You cycle with a magnificent view over the moutains. This is the hardest part of the trip, we advise you to rent an electric bike if you are not used to cycle some hills. The next part of the route leads you towards Arles: enjoy the perfume of the olive trees along the way.

    Day 4

     
     

    Arles - Aigues Mortes

    Bike
    55km
    Leave Arles and its beautiful Roman amphitheater to gradually enter the Camargue region and observe the wild horses and pink flamingos. On a beautiful cycle path, you reach the majestic Aigues-Mortes and enjoy an unparalleled view of its 13th century ramparts. Enjoy a nice stroll through its medieval streets and don’t miss visiting the salt marshes of Aigues-Mortes.
       

    Guided tour of an aromatic plant farm 1h

    Discover how aromatic plants are grown organically: lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, verbena... Follow step by step explanations of soil preparation, cultivation and transformation of plants into essential oils.
    3,00 € / child
    3,00 € / teen
    6,00 € / adult

    Day 5

     
     

    Aigues-Mortes - Montpellier

    Bike
    36/50km
    Leave the fortified town of Aigues-Mortes on a beautiful cycle path before arriving at Grau-du-Roi. You can also add a detour to Port Camargue, the largest marina in Europe and have relax at the superb Espiguette beach.

    You follow the Mediterranean shore and enjoy the beaches and dunes, before reaching the vibrant city of Montpellier.

    Day 6

     
     

    Montpellier - Sète

    Bike
    52km
    Leave the beautiful Montpellier behind to set off on a very beautiful cycle path along the river Lez. Enjoy the views on the ponds, the pink flamingos, the horses... This bike pathsthen leads you directly to the marina of Palavas les Flots.

    Your cycle route continues along the sea shore to Villeneuve-les-Maguelone. Miles of beach, ponds and to top it off, a magnificent cathedral. Saint Pierre and Saint Paul de Maguelone cathedral rises like a stone vessel resting on the sands and ponds with a view of the vineyards!

    Enjoy a nice plate of seafood on the seafront at Frontignan and continue to Sète, with its lively fishing port.

    Day 7

     
     

    Sète

    Enjoy the liveliness of Sète port, built by Louis XIV to give the canal a gate to the sea. The charming hilly streets of this seaside town have inspired many artists. You leave after breakfast or you can extend your holiday toward Montpellier for an extra day of discovery.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You are accommodated in ** / *** hotels with all the necessary comfort after a day spent outdoor. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep staying in these 3-Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and the friendliness of the staff. Some pieces of accomodation have a swimming-pool. A hearty breakfast is included!
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category C

    You’ll enjoy a higher level of service in these 3-4 Star properties. Properties are selected for their high standards and impeccable service. This category is for guests looking for a higher-end vacation. Of course, breakfast is included daily.
    * 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
    • equipped : front rack pack, 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).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.
    If you expect to arrive at the next accommodation before 5 p.m., we recommend that you take an extra set of clothes with you in your bicycle bag.


    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 the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description


    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Avignon, Marseille Provence or Nîmes

    • By train: The train station of Avignon is well connected to the railway network and you can easily access the station from many cities in France and Europe. For instance from Paris: duration 2h40; from Lyon: duration 1h10; from Marseilles: duration 35 min. To plan your trip: https://www.thetrainline.com/?redirected=true


    Parking

    If you drive to Avignon, you can park your car in the car park in the city center (10€/24h).

    The location and contact details of the car parks will be given in your travel documents.


    Back to the starting point:

    You take the regional train if you want to return to your starting point. The trains are without reservation and accept bikes for free. The ticket is to be taken on site (full price 23€/adult approximately). There are several trains during the day. You will find the timetables in your travel documents.

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  • Reviews
  • 1 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    A wonderful bike tour despite the bad weather!

    On the 2024-05-09 by SOLO
    We have just returned to Canada after a vacation in Europe that included visiting friends and family, but also involved a self-guided bike trip from Avignon to Sete, organized by Le Vélo Voyageur. Daily rides were about 50k in length, and before leaving, we had visions of leisurely rides in spring sunshine in the south of France. Mother Nature had a different experience in mind! It was very very windy and we experienced winds every day sometimes between 50-70 km per hour, usually working against us or from the side. We also had some wet driving rain, including one day of very heavy downpours. However, thanks to the fact that we were riding e-bikes, we arrived at our lovely hotels each afternoon with enough time and energy to enjoy the towns and cities and all their roman and medieval histories. Our luggage was waiting for us and most of the hotels were situated very close to interesting sites. From the Palais de Papes of Avignon, to the Roman Amphitheater of Arles, to the medieval city walls of Aigues-Mortes, the history of the area was fascinating and amazing. Throw in rides through picturesque orchards, vineyards, and olive groves, a glorious ride through the Alpilles between Saint-Rémy & Les Baux (thank you ebikes!, as well as the flamingos and horses in the Camargue, and you have a wonderful combination of history and nature, all in the same route. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was well organized and everything went smoothly.
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