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The Arles Countryside
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Provence Self-guided trip: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2017
5 nights/6 days
Daily mileage: From 27 km (17 miles) to 70 km (43 miles)
Trip starts from and ends in Avignon
Accommodation in 3-star properties (Option A) or in 3- and 4-star properties (Option A+)
Level: 2/3 ( Easy/Moderate)
From 630 euros per person sharing a double room

The Arles Countryside — 5 nights/6 days

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On this cycling holiday, you will ride through Arles and its countryside
 
One of the highlights of this cycling tour is the village of Les Baux de Provence
  Perhaps our most popular cycling tour in Provence, The Arles Countryside is an itinerary designed to thrill. We know the very best way to be dazzled by Provence is to experience it on the seat of a bicycle, where nothing comes between you and the warm breeze blowing intoxicating aromas in your direction. If you think the charms of Provence are too good to be true, this tour will change your mind!

Be prepared to cycle uphill, downhill, and even back in time. The Alpilles region, with its cypresses and olive trees, may remind you of Greece, while the well-preserved Pont-du-Gard and the Arles Theater will take you back to ancient Roman times.

At your own pace, stop to visit abbeys, castles, gardens, vineyards, and whatever sites your heart desires. Further discover Provençal heritage at local cafés, markets, shops and museums. Prefer to admire buildings from the outside? You don’t have to stop until you reach your charming accommodations for the night.
 
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Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon

Arrive in Avignon at your leisure. We highly recommend an early arrival so you can have plenty of time to explore Avignon! Within the city’s medieval walls, you’ll find the Palais des Papes, among other gems. Your accommodations are located close to our bike outfitter, just outside the main city gate — a perfect spot from which to start your ride tomorrow!
Day 2: Avignon — Graveson (70 km/43 miles, 550 meters/1,800 ft of climbing)

Leaving Avignon behind, you'll bike through Gard vineyards and Provençal villages to reach the majestic Pont du Gard, France’s towering Roman aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a self-guided rider, you have total freedom to spend as much (or as little) time as you want touring this impressive 2,000-year-old wonder. You can also take advantage of the canoeing and swimming opportunities in the Gardon River that flows beneath the aqueduct.
Day 3: Graveson — Fontvieille (36 km/23 miles, 180 meters/595 ft of climbing)

You'll cycle through "La Montagnette," a scenic low-rise range of hills, to Tarascon where we suggest a stop to visit one of France's best-kept medieval fortresses. Also of interest is the Souleiado fabric museum, where the rich-hued patterns so typical of Provençal homes are created. On your way to Fontvieille, you'll find many restaurants and open-air cafés at which to have lunch. Or if you prefer, you can picnic roadside and acquire a firsthand understanding as to how the French countryside inspired so many artists throughout history.
Day 4: Fontvieille — Fontvieille (27 km/17 miles, 150 meters/495 ft of climbing)

Loop days are perfect for relaxing by the pool, but sometimes the loop really should not be skipped! Today’s loop will take you to Arles, one of Provence’s great cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A short ride leads you right to the middle of Arles’ lively streets and monuments, such as the Roman Theatre, that give the city the atmosphere of an open-air museum. Escape the busy streets and head back to quiet Fontvieille. Feel free to stop by a remarkably restored windmill made famous by Alphonse Daudet, whose best-selling book Letters from my Windmill prompted the creation of a museum there.
Day 5: Fontvieille — Avignon (40 km/25 miles, 310 meters/1,010 ft of climbing)

Today's route will take you through the low-rise mountain range called the Alpilles. Sprawling atop one of the hills is one of Provence's jewels : Les Baux de Provence. Although you’ll need to climb a bit to reach it, you’ll find it stunningly beautiful — there’s a reason it’s officially one of France's “most beautiful villages”. On a clear day, you simply must go on a tour of its medieval fortress, since it offers visitors unobstructed views over Provence all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Beyond Les Baux, you’ll reach Saint-Rémy — known for being Van Gogh’s home during some of his most productive years. Stop at the café he made immortal, or find a place out of the spotlight — it’s your call! Later, you’ll wheel back to Avignon.
Day 6: Departure from Avignon

After breakfast, depart Avignon at the time of your choice.
Booking & Pricing
From 630 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:


Option A: 5 nights in 3-star properties. All have a swimming pool (except in Avignon)

  • 630 euros in April and October. Single supplement is 255 euros
  • 650 euros in May, June and September. Single supplement is 265 euros
  • 670 euros in July and August. Single supplement is 290 euros

Option A+: 2 nights in a 4-star property in Avignon, 3 nights in 3-star properties. All have a swimming pool.

  • 760 euros in April and October. Single supplement is 380 euros
  • 790 euros in May, June and September. Single supplement is 405 euros
  • 890 euros in July and August. Single supplement is 455 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation as described above
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative in Avignon
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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