Getaway between Provence and Camargue

A bicycle-touring trip to encounter the landscapes of the South of France

Highlights

Nîmes and Arles, Ancient and Roman heritage
Uzès and its famous Provencal market
The Pont du Gard, masterpiece of the Roman Empire
The Alpilles Regional Nature Park and its limestone landscapes
Les Baux de Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France
The wild landscapes and fauna of the Camargue
The gastronomy and easy living of Provence

The story behind the trip

Our travel advisor, David, who has lived near Nîmes for more than 10 years, was keen to share his best addresses for accommodation and restaurants and to introduce you to the most beautiful sites and routes in his region. It is now a done deal this stay of multiple atmospheres, colors and scents.

The easy living and diversity of the South of France by bike

From Nîmes, cycle through the Gard, Provence and the Camargue. A stay that combines exceptional natural sites and Ancient History.

This bike getaway around Nîmes allows you to discover the richness and variety of the landscapes and atmospheres of the South of France. By bicycle, you pedal gently between Gard, Provence and the Camargue. Along the way, you discover cities with a millennial history and you explore landscapes of a rare diversity. With a few pedal strokes, you are transported from the hilly and limestone landscapes of the Alpilles to the ponds, plains and green meadows of Camargue where water dominates the scene. On a route accessible to all, a bike trip rich in contrast, color and fragrance awaits you.

Throughout your cycling trip, you will pass through cities whose long history dates back to Antiquity. The cities of Art and History of Nîmes and Arles have a rich Ancient and Roman heritage. Along the way, you will also discover the charm of Provençal villages. Les Baux de Provence, classified as The Most Beautiful Villages in France, is the most picturesque. The winding alleys of the hilltop city of Uzès, the religious atmosphere of Saintes-Maries de la Mer, and the fortified city of Aigues Mortes famous for its saltworks with a thousand shades of pink, are also sure to dazzle you. And how could we not mention the Pont du Gard? A real architectural feat, the Roman aqueduct will reveal all its secrets during the second bike stage between Uzès and Tarascon.

To start your journey, the Gorges du Gardon and the Alpilles Nature Park welcome you. Sculpted in limestone, the landscape of the Alpilles alternates between rocky cliffs and hills carpeted with thyme, rosemary, pinewood and cedar. In summer, the song of the cicadas set the tempo to your bike getaway within these arid expanses. A place where all your senses are called upon!

The second part of this easygoing getaway crosses La Camargue, whose landscapes of meadows and marshes formed by the Rhône delta offer a unique setting. Untamed, this wetland is home to many animal and plant species. While pedaling on small roads and paths, you observe flamingos, white horses and bulls, the symbols of the Camargue. With its rice fields, vineyards, saltworks and long beaches, La Camargue reveals to you, by bike, a large mosaic of landscapes with water as the common element.

Gard, Provence and the Camargue are also the local products that carry the scent of the sun and breathe the mildness of the Mediterranean climate. In the typical Provencal markets, such as that of Uzès, one of the most famous in the region, you bargain-hunt among the lively, colorful and fragrant stalls of Provencal scents. Fruits and vegetables, olive oil, tapenade, fougasse, wines, goat cheeses, sausages, honeys and of course Provence herbs, there is something for everyone. To overcome the cravings during the stage, fill your panniers with these tasty provisions.

Carte - Évasion entre Provence et Camargue
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

NIMES

Welcome to Provence in the city of Nîmes, prefecture of Gard.
Take advantage of the end of the day to discover the city and its many wonders dating from the Roman Empire. Do not miss the must-sees of the city namely the arenas of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée and the Jardins de la Fontaine gardens.

Briefing Orientation

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From NIMES to UZES 45km 470m Niveau Loisir

You leave Nîmes by a pretty road lined with garrigues scrubland, vegetation characteristic of the Mediterranean regions. From this limestone plateau, you overlook the Gorges du Gardon. A tributary of the Rhône, the Gardon emerges a little further north, in the mountains of the Cévennes.
After this magnificent panorama, you cross the Saint-Nicolas bridge. You are now on the left bank of the Gardon up to Collias. In warm weather, a swim or a canoe trip from this village on the Gardon is worthwhile.

Uzès is on the horizon. Built on a promontory surrounded by vineyards, scrubland and olive trees, the main town of Uzège welcomes you for the evening and the night. Just before Uzès, lovers of sweets should not miss the Haribo museum.

  • For a few more km 75km 550m Niveau Forme

    Before reaching the Gorges du Gardon, you discover the Vaunage plain on a beautiful greenway.

Day 3

From UZES to TARASCON 45km 150m Niveau Loisir

Before leaving Uzès do not miss its Provençal market (Wednesday and Saturday), renowned throughout the region.Before mid-way, you encounter the Gardon and discover the Pont du Gard which overlooks it. Listed as a UNESCO Heritage site since 1985, the Pont du Gard is built on 3 levels. At a height of 48 meters, it is the highest known aqueduct bridge in the Roman world.

Up to Beaucaire, for about twenty kilometers, the rest of the route follows a peaceful greenway through the Gard countryside. Just before reaching the Rhône , you can go up to the troglodyte abbey of Saint-Roman. From the port of Beaucaire, you then go to Tarascon on the left bank of the Rhône.

  • For a few more km 60km 200m Niveau Forme
    After the Pont du Gard, you take a detour through the vineyards of the South of the Rhône valley. You get back to the greenway in Montfrin.
Day 4

From TARASCON to ARLES 50km 310m Niveau Loisir

Towards the Alpilles Regional Natural Park. Low-lying mountain range (its highest point culminates only at 498 meters above sea level), the landscape of the Alpilles, sculpted in limestone, surprises and fascinates.

From Mas-Blanc des Alpilles to Saint-Rémy de Provence, the “capital” of the Alpilles, you follow a greenway. Nestled in the heart of the Alpilles, between limestone cliffs and fragrant hills, Les Baux de Provence are on your way. Do not miss this site classified among the most beautiful villages of France. The song of the cicadas and the scents of cedar and thyme confirm that you are riding in authentic Provence. In Fontvieille, you will discover the Saint-Pierre mill, symbol of the work Letters from My Windmill by the writer Alphonse Daudet. Founded in 948, the Benedictine Abbey of Montmajour is not to be missed at the end of the stage.
City of Art and History, Arles has a rich historical heritage that you have the leisure to discover during a stroll before your dinner.

  • For a few more km 70km 400m Niveau Forme

    After Les Baux de Provence, you make a detour by small roads crisscrossing the olive fields at the foot of the Alpilles. Magical !

Day 5

From ARLES to SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER 50km 50m Niveau Loisir

  • For a few more km 75km 50m Niveau Forme

    Once in Saintes-Maries de la Mer, a path between the sea and the marsh allows you to reach the Gacholle lighthouse. The site houses an exceptional ornithological station. You return to Saintes-Maries de la Mer by the same path by the sea. You can adapt the mileage as you wish.

Day 6

From SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER to AIGUES-MORTES 57km 20m Niveau Loisir

At the beginning of the stage, at the exit of Saintes-Maries de la Mer, you cross the Petit-Rhône on the Bac du Sauvage. Then you progress in the middle of a landscape made up of rice fields, ponds and meadows where the bulls and Carmargue horses bask in the sun. The Scamandre nature reserve is an opportunity for a stroll before continuing your cycling tour.
As you approach Aigues Mortes, the green meadows give way to vineyards. It is an invitation to taste “sand wine”, the wine specialty of the Camargue made from grapes grown in sandy soil.
At the end of the stage, the Canal du Rhône à Sète takes you to the fortified city of Aigues Mortes, dominating the salt flats, offering a sublime palette of colors.

  • For a few more km 85km 20m Niveau Forme

    Departing from Aigues-Mortes, continue to the huge Espiguette beach, well known to locals, via the Rhône canal at Sète and the seaside resort of Grau du Roi to enjoy a swim. You return calmly by the same path to Aigues Mortes.

Day 7

From AIGUES-MORTES to NIMES 60km 150m Niveau Loisir

At the exit of Aigues Mortes, take the time to contemplate or climb to the top of the Tour Carbonnière set in the middle of the ponds. Built at the end of the 13th century, this watchtower was intended to protect the medieval city of Aigues Mortes. Between Congénies and Caveirac, you pedal on a pretty green way across the plain of Vaunage. You can still see some white horses and bulls there. The vineyard and the fields of olive trees complete this pretty scene. Then Nîmes welcomes you. Take the opportunity to discover or rediscover the ancient sites of the city.

  • For a few more km 65km 200m Niveau Forme
    In the middle of the stage, you will discover the medieval city of Sommières. It is rich in historical curiosities.
Day 8

NIMES

End of stay after breakfast.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Hôtel Ibis de Nîmes Hôtel la Taverne de Sophie à Uzès Hôtel du Viaduc à Tarascon Hôtel de la Muette Arles Hotellerie du Pont Blanc à Saintes-Maries de la mer Hôtel Carrière Aigues Mortes

Starting from 900€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Chambre d'hôtes la Maison Rousseau à Nîmes Hôtel hostellerie provençale à Uzès Hôtel Provence à Tarascon Hôtel Calendal Arles hotel du Canal Aigues Mortes

Starting from 1020€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Hôtel Jardins Secrets à Nîmes Hôtel Entraigue Uzès Hôtel mas de Provence Tarascon Hôtel Artalan Arles Hotel auberge cavalière Saintes-Maries de la Mer Hôtel Remparts Aigues Mortes

Starting from 2015€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Homemade and fully tested itineraries
  • Routes selected for their cycling and touristic interest entirely tested and away from traffic
  • Accomodations selected for their hospitality, atmosphere, services and quality meals
  • A flexible organisation to suit you needs and wishes: You choose the date you want to you leave on! We check the availability of each accomodation to make sure it is possible.

Close assistance
  • One of our guides greets you on your first day. He will hand out all the needed documents for the trip (hotel vouchers, maps of the area,GPS, practical guide), get you settled on your bikes (for rental bikes).
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • A Luggage transfer service which respects your hours of rest (we pick them up after 10:00 and deliver them before 16:00)

Follow your itinerary anyway you like – modern, practical, traditional

GPS for cycling trips

  • We loan you a GPS so that you can easily follow your itinerary without having to look for your way around (bike support included)
  • A practical cycling guide with all the useful information (addresses, highlights for the day, topo maps, and touristic information)

 


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On our guided tours (for groups on demand), we accompany you every step of the way
  • One of our state qualified instructor and professional cycling guide accompanies you every step of the way
  • Full board (all meals covered unless asked otherwise)
  • A picnic buffet set up for lunch with a wide choice of fresh and local produce

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de notre parc de vélo Scott Sub Cross 20

Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
Présentation de nos vélos électriques

Children Bike

20″ or 24″ bike

Vélo enfant 24 pouces pour vacances à vélo

Getting here

Meeting point

Nîmes, Gard (30)

Coming by car

From Paris by the A6 and A7 : 715km 6H30
From Lyon by the A7 : 250km 2h30
From Bordeaux by the A62 : 530km 5h00
From Rennes by the A7 : 985km 9h00

Coming by train

TGV station in Nîmes

1h00 from Marseille
1h20 from Lyon
3h00 from Paris (direct train)
4h50 from Bordeaux (direct train)

Coming by plane

Airports in Nîmes, Marseille, Montpellier and Lyon

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil

Other

  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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