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Nîmes, the Pont du Gard and its secrets

A cycling trip to discover the wonders of the Gard

Highlights

The Pont du Gard, masterpiece of the Roman Empire
Nîmes, ancient and Roman heritage
Short and accessible stages
The canoe ride in the Gardon gorges
The hilltop town of Uzès and its famous Provencal market
The gastronomy and easy living of the Gard

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 Gard by bike: exotic, ancient and sunny

Departing from Nîmes, this bike trip invites you to discover the historic riches and the beauty of the Gard landscapes under the Southern France sun

The Pont du Gard, a must-see site listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, retraces its history through this route. From its construction to its key role in transporting water to the city of Nîmes, this stay will reveal all the secrets of the famous ancient aqueduct bridge.

Nîmes is the city where your cycling trip in the Gard begins and ends. Its long history intimately linked to the Roman Empire shaped its architecture and city planning. The amphitheater, the Maison Carrée, the Castellum, or even the Jardins de la Fontaine are unmissable sites that take you back to the origins of what is known as the “French Rome”.

Along the way, you will also discover the charm of Provencal villages. The hilltop city of Uzès is elegant. You just have to wander for a few moments in its winding and colorful alleys to be aware of this. On its Provencal market, one of the most famous in the region, smell the scent of sunshine and taste the regional products. Fruits and vegetables, olive oil, tapenade, fougasse, wines, goat cheeses, sausages, honeys and of course Provence herbs, there is something for everyone.

The real star of the trip is the Pont du Gard. A bit like a lighthouse that guides boats in the storm, the Roman masterpiece will illuminate part of your bicycle adventure in the Gard. In the Vers quarry, you discover the stone deposits that allowed its construction almost 2000 years ago. Near Uzès, at the Eure spring, you find the source that supplied water to the city of Nîmes thanks to a prodigious aqueduct 50 kilometers long and whose keystone was the Pont du Gard.

Leaving from the charming village of Collias, a canoe ride in the Gardon gorges offers you a beautiful tête-à-tête with the highest aqueduct bridge in the Roman world. It is a fun and refreshing stroll in a sumptuous setting. Then on the way back to Nîmes, you cross the Gardon by crossing the Pont du Gard by bike this time. An opportunity to admire one last time and from another angle this majestic ancient masterpiece.

Consisting of 3 stages by bike, this exotic and sunny stay which combines nature, culture and gastronomy is waiting for you!

Carte Nîmes, le Pont du Gard et ses secrets
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 COLLIAS 29km 350m 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 Gardon gorges. A tributary of the Rhône, the Gardon rises a little further north, in the Cévennes mountains.
After this spectacular panorama, you cross the Saint-Nicolas bridge. You are now on the left bank of the Gardon to Collias. A small village on the banks of the Gardon, Collias exudes a fresh and untamed atmosphere.

In the afternoon, change of scenery. A canoe ride on the Gardon awaits you. Refreshing and fun, this pleasant 8 km stroll takes you to the Pont du Gard. The opportunity for a quick swim and a first tête-à-tête with the Roman masterpiece.

Canoe ride between Collias and Pont du Gard

After the morning stage, enjoy a canoe descent between Collias and Pont du Gard. It is an opportunity to contemplate the Pont du Gard for the first time but also a fun and refreshing activity in the magnificent setting of the Gardon gorges.

Day 3

COLLIAS, BOUCLE D'UZES ET DE LA VALLEE DE L'EURE 28km 300m Niveau Loisir

You leave for a pleasant loop north of Collias. At the start of the stage, shortly after Saint Maximin, you enjoy a beautiful panorama over Uzès. Then the Eure valley welcomes you. In the 1st century, the Romans tapped the water in this valley to supply the city of Nîmes. The water was brought there by an aqueduct of about 50 kilometers (offering an inclination of 25cm per kilometer!) Which crossed the Gardon on the Pont du Gard.
On the way back, you will discover Uzès, a magnificent hilltop town dominating Uzège and famous for its Provencal market. Before leaving Uzès, a snack break at the Haribo museum is a must for those with a sweet tooth. You return to Collias by a small road winding between the vineyards.

In Collias, many outdoor activities are possible to complete your day if you wish: swimming, hiking over the Gorges or Via Ferrata for example.

  • For a few more km 38km 390m Niveau Forme

    Before reaching Uzès, you will discover Saint-Quentin la Poterie. The pottery tradition of this elegant Provencal village dates back to the Middle Ages. Even today, artisan potters and ceramists perpetuate this ancestral know-how.

Day 4

From COLLIAS to NIMES 39km 400m Niveau Loisir

After a few kilometers of cycling, you reach the quarry of Vers. Nearly 2000 years ago, it was in this stone quarry that the Romans drew from the rock to build the Pont du Gard. Nearby, the Pont du Gard allows you to cross the Gardon. From the bridge, make the most of the magnificent panorama by remembering the history of the place. 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.
Then, a greenway guides you to the stone quarry of Sernhac. Many remains from the Roman era await you, notably the famous aqueduct tunnels. As a symbol, you finish the stage at the Castellum divisorium in Nîmes. In Roman times, this monument established the culmination of the aqueduct which carried water from the Eure spring to Nîmes.

Day 5

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 cambre d'hôtes d'Elise à Collias

Starting from 450€/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 le Gardon à Collias

Starting from 550€/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 Hostellerie Castellas à Collias

Starting from 1105€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Bed & Breakfast Range

Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.

*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments

Accommodation example
Chambre d'hôtes la Maison Rousseau à Nîmes Maison Leonie à Collias

Starting from 525€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a double room
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance
  • Application fee
  • Day 1 : Welcome meeting
  • Day 2 : Canoe trip from Collias to Pont du Gard
  • A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • 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

Price does not include

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

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

Ville de départ : NIMES

Venir en voiture

  • à 6h de PARIS
  • à 5h15 de BORDEAUX
  • à 2h30 de LYON

Venir en train*

  • Nîmes train station - 3h depuis Paris

Venir en avion

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

Ville d'arrivée : NIMES

Venir en voiture

  • à 6h de PARIS
  • à 5h15 de BORDEAUX
  • à 2h30 de LYON

Venir en train*

  • Nîmes train station - 3h depuis Paris

Venir en avion

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

* Abicyclette Voyages vous accompagne à la demande, en incluant des solutions de transport.

Comment revenir au point de départ ?

  • Navette privée : voir les tarifs détaillés ou nous consulter

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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