Provence Secrets - Pont du Gard

Discover the secrets of Provence on this tour. From Nimes to Uzes, this cycling tour crosses the famous Pont du Gard. You will marvel at the beauty and engineering of this old Roman aqueduct.
Cycle along the Gardon river from one Provencal village to another, getting immersed in the enchanting atmosphere of the South of France. Spend some time in St Remy de Provence to learn more about Vincent Van Gogh and his life in Provence. The itinerary will also take you to the charming villages of Fontvieille, Collias and Les Baux de Provence.
This cycling tour is accessible to everyone so you can enjoy this active vacation in the Gard even if you are not used to cycling regularly!

Price from : 850 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Provence
Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Level : Casual or Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :  

Arrive in Nimes and transfer to Collias

Arrival in Nimes where you will meet our guide either at the train station or at your hotel. If you arrive early enough, you will visit by foot some of the most beautiful sites of the city with the guide. Essential city highlights include Les Jardins de la Fontaine, the Maison Carree and the famous Arena, which will illustrate the rich history of this Roman city. Your guide will then drive you to your hotel in the village of Collias, a secret location along the beautiful Gardon Rive. You will have plenty of time to take a swim in the river or in the hotel pool.

Day 2 :  

Loop ride to Pont du Gard & Uzès

Option 1 : 21 Miles - 33 Km  Option 2 : 32 Miles - 52 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 330 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 470 Meters 

On your first day, the most beautiful places in northern Provence will reveal themselves to you. First you will start with a visit to the impressive and majestic Pont du Gard. This ancient Roman aqueduct overlooks the Gardon River at a height of more than 165 feet!
Cycling on to the charming town of Uzes, you will enjoy lunch under the arcades of the famous spice markets where time seems to have stopped.

Day 3 :  

Ride to Gardon River and St Remy

Distance 1 : 29 Miles - 47 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 287 Meters 

Leaving Collias, you will cross the Gardon River and its fabulous canyon to discover a magnificent panorama.
You will then reach the banks of the Rhone River where the medieval castle of Beaucaire stands, a fortress that still bears witness to its distant and glorious past.
Cycling through the medieval town of Tarascon, you will finally arrive to the beautiful village of St Remy de Provence where you will stay for 2 nights.

Day 4 :  

Loop ride to les Baux de Provence

Distance 1 : 24 Miles - 39 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 383 Meters 

Through the olive groves, your route will take you to the charming village of Fontvieille where Alphonse Daudet lived and wrote his finest writings such as Lettres de Mon Moulin and Le Tresor d'Arlatan.
After a short break under the trees, you will reach one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence. This picturesque village and its medieval fortress overlook the Alpilles (a small mountain chain referred to as the little Alps) from the top of a rocky outcrop. The intoxicating perfume of Provencal villages is there: small squares, shaded terraces, narrow streets and charming boutiques!

Day 5 :  

Leave Provence

After breakfast you will be transferred to Avignon (transfer included) where you can add extra nights or catch a train to Paris.

Average / Day :
Distance : 42.75 Km / 26.50 Miles - Elevation gain : 367.50 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

The Hotel Restaurant Le Gardon is located in the picturesque village of Collias in the heart of the Gardon valley, a renowned haven of peace and a centre for outdoor activities such as swimming, climbing, walking, cycling and canoeing. Ideally situated midway between Uzès, 1st Duchy of France and the Pont du Gard, an exceptional example of roman architecture, the hotel offers outstanding panoramic views of the foothills of the Cévennes and the imposing Mont Ventoux, and is surrounded by olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards.


Day : 3, 4

An oasis of calm and cool, located a few minutes walk from the center of Saint-Remy, once home to Van Gogh and Nostradamus. In our old, clad dry stone mas, built in the middle of the 19th century, come encounter the real sweet life, an atmosphere of serenity, calm and conviviality which assures prefect stay in a place over a hundred years old.Our rooms all personalized, with their Provencal "boutis" (bedcovers), bear a name that symbolizes Provence or the history of the Mas. Most have been recently renovated to provide you with the utmost in comfort: air-conditioning, bath and shower, private toilets, mini bar, hairdryer, bath robes and refined welcoming products await you. It's up to you to choose from the names of our 14 rooms with their typically Provencal accent : la Crau, la Manade, Lis Aupiho, Lis Oulivades, la Jasse... with a private garden and magnificent view of the Alpilles and surrounding countryside.


Day : Post-tour Night

Situated in a historical building dating back to the XVIth century, Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon offers an extremely quiet and serene environment.Initially a religious school for Jesuits, the Cloister saw its function changed over the centuries to a military hospital, and a home for the elderly.After a thorough renovation in 1990, the building is now a prominent cultural center and a four star hotel. Rooms and facilities are found both in the ancient cloister, and in the splendid modern extension designed by the famous French achitect from Nouvel.


Day : 1, 2

The 17th century residence, Le Castellas, is located on a quaint street in the heart of the village of Collias. The surrounding restored buildings of Le Castellas create a serene interior courtyard for guests to enjoy. The wisteria covered terrace is an ideal spot for breakfast or dinner to savor the Chef's traditional and flavorful creations.


Day : 3, 4

A 4-star viewed through a different lens. In the center of Saint Remy de Provence, one of the most charming hotels in Provence, the Hotel Les Ateliers de l'Image was established around the theme of photography to which it has dedicated a gallery, private collection, projection hall, and fully equipped photo-labs....


Day : 1, 2

The Hotel Restaurant Le Gardon is located in the picturesque village of Collias in the heart of the Gardon valley, a renowned haven of peace and a centre for outdoor activities such as swimming, climbing, walking, cycling and canoeing. Ideally situated midway between Uzès, 1st Duchy of France and the Pont du Gard, an exceptional example of roman architecture, the hotel offers outstanding panoramic views of the foothills of the Cévennes and the imposing Mont Ventoux, and is surrounded by olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards.


Day : 3, 4

Adorable, secluded ans charming hotel, surrounded by a picturesque garden beautifully located at the base of the Alpilles. Just a short walking distance from a historic centre which will overwhelm you with its serenity and absolute tranquility. Staff of Canto Cigalo would like to warmly welcome you for a stay of your dreams within the tranquillity of Provence.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 4 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included (1 dinner included, basic version).
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 850 € 190 € 1290 €
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Standard 950 € 210 € 1430 €
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Upgraded 1290 € 250 € 1790 €
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*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 100 €
    Performance 150 €
    Premium 210 €
Electric Assisted Bike 100 €
Tandem Bike Rental 25 €


Arrival city is Nimes, which accessible via train from Paris Gare de Lyon (3hrs ) or Paris CDG airport (3.5 hours). . Departure from Avignon; same return travel time to Paris.