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.

Meeting with our local guide

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 485m Niveau Loisir

You ride through the garrigues scrubland, characteristic Mediterranean vegetation. The sounds, the scents, the atmosphere of the south permeate you.

During this stage you will find a cool breeze on the banks of the Gardon and its gorges. We also recommend taking a swim or a canoe trip on the Gardon to enjoy these landscapes. A tributary of the Rhône, the Gardon has its source a little further north, in the mountains of the Cévennes.

On your way, don’t miss the Haribo Museum if you have a sweet tooth.

Uzès, end of this stage, welcomes you for the evening. Built on a promontory surrounded by vineyards, scrubland and olive trees, the main town of Uzège offers a very pleasant charming stopover.

  • For a few more km 75km 651m Niveau Forme

    This elongated variant of the route invites you from the start of Nîmes to cross the Vaunage plain by bike. A beautiful greenway has been created there. Then you quickly encounter the Gorges du Gardon.

Day 3

From UZES to TARASCON 45km 97m 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 234m Niveau Forme
Day 4

From TARASCON to ARLES 23km 28m Niveau Facile

From Tarascon, you take the direction of Arles.

You leave Tarascon via the Beaucaire bridge and its small river port. You ride peacefully to Arles on small marked roads, between plains and vineyards. A few canals intersperse the route to remind you that the Rhône is never very far. The Roman city of Arles then offers itself to you after passing the tunnel under the motorway bridge. A relatively short itinerary today to give you time to discover the city of art and history of Arles, renowned for its extraordinary heritage.

  • For a few more km 55km 390m Niveau Loisir

    Variant towards the Alpilles mountain range, outside the ViaRhôna route. Discovery of Saint-Rémy de Provence, the “capital” of the Alpilles and Baux de Provence. 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 the authentic Provence. In Fontvieille, you will discover the Saint-Pierre mill, symbol of the work of “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.

  • For a few more km 70km 568m Niveau Forme

    Variation towards the Alpilles massif, off the Via Rhôna route. Discovery of Saint-Rémy de Provence, the “capital” of the Alpilles and the Baux de Provence. Don’t miss this site classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. The song of the cicadas and the smell of cedar and thyme will confirm that you are driving in the authentic Provence. After Les Baux de Provence, you take a diversion along small roads through the olive groves at the foot of the Alpilles and passing through Les Mouries. It’s magical!
    In Fontvieille, you will discover the Saint-Pierre mill, symbol of the work of the writer Alphonse Daudet in “Letters from my mill”. Founded in 948, the Benedictine Abbey of Montmajour is not to be missed at the end of the stage.

Day 5

From ARLES to SAINTES-MARIES-DE-LA-MER 41km 16m Niveau Loisir

  • For a few more km 65km 23m 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 17m 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 45m 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 52km 245m 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 292m 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 1005€/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 CASA MARINA hotel du Canal Aigues Mortes

Starting from 1055€/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 Hôtel Remparts Aigues Mortes

Starting from 2320€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner with topo maps
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    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

    appareil GPS TwoNav Cross

    • 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.


    Touring Bike

    SCOTT SUB SPORT 20

    Reassuring and comfortable geometry.

    Shimano 27-speed

    Disc brakes

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • A handlebar bag
    • A 20L rear bag
    • 1 lock
    • 1 multi-tool
    • 1 repair kit including:
      • Lot of patches
      • An inner tube
      • A set of tire levers
    • 1 pump
    • 1 odometer counter
    • 1 gourd

    Ebike

    EBIKE SCOTT SUB TOUR ERIDE

    All the pleasure of cycling without too much effort and accessible to all.

    Shimano Disc Br-MT200 brakes

    Bosch ActivePlus 500w motor

    Weight 25.60 kg

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • A handlebar bag
    • A 20L rear bag
    • 1 lock
    • 1 multi-tool
    • 1 repair kit including:
      • Lot of patches
      • An inner tube
      • A set of tire levers
    • 1 pump
    • 1 odometer counter
    • 1 gourd
    Vélo electrique scott eride

    Child bike

    CHILDREN’S BIKE: 8 to 10 years old; 135-145cm

    Agile and handy bike and 100% safe for nice family rides

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • A 20L rear bag
    • 1 lock
    • 1 multi-tool
    • 1 repair kit including:
      • Lot of patches
      • An inner tube
      • A set of tire levers
    • 1 pump
    • 1 odometer counter
    Vélo enfant scott 24"

    Getting here

    Departure city : NIMES

    Coming by car

    • at 6h from PARIS
    • at 5h15 from BORDEAUX
    • at 2h30 from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Nîmes train station - 3h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Nîmes airport
    • Marseille Provence airport
    • Montpellier airport
    • Lyon Saint Exupéry airport

    Arrival city : NIMES

    Coming by car

    • at 6h from PARIS
    • at 5h15 from BORDEAUX
    • at 2h30 from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Nîmes train station - 3h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Nîmes airport
    • Marseille Provence airport
    • Montpellier airport
    • Lyon Saint Exupéry airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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