Cycling Holidays In France >> Provence: Avignon to the Camargue (6 nights)


Overview



Level 2 - Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience and a reasonable level of fitness.


Cultural centres of Avignon and Arles, and landscapes which inspired Van Gogh
Immense variety of scenery and historical interest
Time to appreciate the Roman heritage of Arles
Easy-paced cycling on gentle terrain
Abundant bird and animal life of the Camargue
6 nights’ bed & breakfast in 2/3 star hotels (2 with pools) plus three evening meals



This tour offers a huge variety of interest. Starting from Avignon with its array of historical buildings - the Papal Palace, the renowned Pont d'Avignon and the city walls - you move south via Tarascon and some typical Provence countryside to Arles, which always amazes the first-time visitor with the wealth of its Roman remains, not least the incredible Arena, an amphitheatre in the style of the Colosseum in Rome.

Two optional rides from Arles take you into the northern part of the Rhône delta. The area of the Camargue is internationally important as a base for migratory birds, but perhaps best known for its wild horses, flamingos, and bulls.

Turning north you have a ride through the 'Alpilles', the small hills between Arles and St Rémy-de-Provence, where the air is rich with the scent of thyme and rosemary and where Van Gogh drew inspiration from the fields of sunflowers, poppies and olive groves. After St Rémy you return to Avignon via some charming , lively villages. Order a pastis while you watch the locals enjoying a game of pétanque on the square.


Climate and Terrain

Terrain & Distances
The route is mostly on flat terrain with some undulating stretches on Day 5.

Cycling distances: 24-35 miles (38-56km)

Climate
High Summer daytime temperatures are in the range 28-31°C (82-87°F) with Spring and Autumn lower at
19-23°C (67-74°F) . Rainfall is low. Evening thunderstorms can occur in high Summer.




 
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