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5 Days Provence Secrets Sightseeing and Cycling Tour in France
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Self-Guided Cycling Tour in France

Discover the secrets of Provence on this tour. Cycle along the Gardon River from one Provencal village to another, getting immersed in the enchanting atmosphere of the South of France. 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. Get on your bike and view the gorgeous sights of Provence!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Type of transportation: cycling
  • Starts in: Collias
  • Ends in: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
  • Terrain: Flat with rolling countryside and possible short climbs
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day), moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 - 45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 74 - 85 miles / 119 - 137 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 100 EUR
  • Road bike: Available to rent / 100 EUR
  • Tandem bike: Available to rent / 25 EUR

Highlights

  • 3-day self-guided cycling
  • Cycling along charming villages of Provence
  • Starts in Collias and ends in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
  • Use of 1 GPS for 3 people and road book with maps
  • Hybrid bike rental during the tour
  • 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

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Accommodation

On this tour, you will be accommodated at various 2-stars, 3-stars, 4-stars superior hotels of charm.

Prices are based on double occupancy rooms that include private bath or shower. Single rooms are limited and are subject to supplemental charges. This is an extra charge over the quoted double room rate which is a shared rate. Single individuals who are not requesting single rooms will be booked into a double with another traveler of the same gender, whenever possible. If a share arrangement is unavailable, the supplement will be assessed prior to departure when Discover France has confirmed that there will be no additional travelers.

If alternative hotels of the same category / standing are fully-booked, there will be no change to the tour price. If the lack of room availability requires that Discover France books you to an inferior / superior category hotel or room, you will be notified in advance and given the option to accept or decline the change as well as any change in the tour price.

Notes: Solo travelers are welcome, but a higher solo supplement is applicable to cover costs that aren't shared such as bag transfers, orientation, etc.

Program

From Nîmes to Uzès, this cycling tour crosses the famous Pont du Gard. You will marvel at the beauty and engineering of this old Roman aqueduct. Spend some time in Saint-Rémy-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.

On your first evening (or morning), you’ll be met by a Discover France representative, who will get your trip off to a great start by ensuring you’re comfortable with the routes and your trip materials. They arrange all of your luggage transfers. And should any urgent issues arise, you have 24-hour access to a Discover France person through their local self-guided support hotline.

  • Level: Casual (for beginners and occasional cyclists) or hobby (for weekend riders and people with some cycling experience)
  • Average distance per day: 26.50 miles / 42.65 kilometers
  • Average elevation gain per day: 367.50 meters

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nîmes and transfer to Collias

Arrive in Nîmes where you will meet your guide either at the train station or at your hotel. If you arrive early enough, you will visit on foot some of the most beautiful sites of the city with the guide. Essential city highlights include Jardin de la Fontaine, the Maison Carrée, and the famous Arena of Nîmes, 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 River. You will have plenty of time to take a swim in the river or in the hotel pool.

  • Meals: Dinner (breakfast and lunch on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 2: Loop ride to Pont du Gard and Uzès

  • Distance: option 1 (21 miles / 33 kilometers) or option 2 (32 miles / 51 kilometers) 
  • Elevation gain: option 1 (330 meters) or option 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 Uzès, you will enjoy lunch under the arcades of the famous spice markets where time seems to have stopped.

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 3: Ride to Gardon River and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

  • Distance: 29 miles / 47 kilometers 
  • Elevation gain: 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 Rhône 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 in the beautiful village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where you will stay for two nights.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

Day 4: Loop ride to Les Baux-de-Provence

  • Distance: 24 miles / 39 kilometers 
  • Elevation gain: 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 Trésor 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!

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)
  • Accommodation: Various 2-star, 3-star, 4-star hotels

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own)

Notes: You can ask Discover France to design you a custom tour or simply take their maps and add miles to your route. Feel free to improvise, but know your limits and know what the symbols on the maps mean!

Cycling

For this tour, you should be an independent person, capable of reading a map, interpreting directions, and taking charge of your planning. Discover France is here to help you, but in the end, you will be the one out there on the road / trail and the more prepared you are mentally as well as physically, the more fun and better memories you will have! Use this tour as an excuse to increase your conditioning and fitness and take some time to read everything Discover France sends to you as well as do your own research.

Everyone travels at his or her own speed. In the bike rides, Discover France generalizes an average of 13 - 18 kilometers per hour on flat surfaces and 10 - 13 kilometers per hour on grade. Those times do include bathroom breaks, but not the time for lunch and visits. Everyone should allow time to stop and explore, visit sites, and check directions.

If you can ride a bike at 20 miles per hour, you cannot take a trip and expect to finish a ride in two hours. First, you need to allow time to check directions as you go, and then stop to visit. No less than four hours should be allowed to do any of the hikes and rides Discover France has in their programs on any day. Longer days will last as much as eight hours with stops and visits included.

Bicycle rental

Discover France includes hybrid bikes in the tour rate. Bicycle rentals are optional for all tours and are available for an additional charge. Bicycles are e-bikes or road bikes of very high quality. The brand may change from year to year, so you are responsible for inquiring about what type of bike and added gear is provided with your bicycle rental at the time you reserve it.

Bikes are delivered to each participant based on height. They are sized as close as possible but they remain rentals and may take some minor adjustments. The quality is top notch for rentals. Discover France's mechanics review every bike after each rental to prepare for the next use. While on tour, remember that you must know how to fix a flat tire. Discover France gives you the tools, but they are not on call to fix that. They will resolve any other mechanical issues if they should arise.

Any participant who chooses to bring his / her own bicycle is responsible for all mechanical issues and all transportation issues including traveling by train, which is difficult in France on the TGV. The bike you received is your responsibility once you are on the road. When the bike is at the hotel (inside or in the hotel's storage), the bike is under the hotel's responsibility. If you do not return the bike, break it or lose it, you will be invoiced for 400 EUR per hybrid / mountain bike or 1,200 EUR per road bike or e-bike. Each time, you have to check with the reception to know where to leave your bike.

Hybrid bike - SCOTT Sub Sport 20

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom rack time carrier, and compatibility with Snap-it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure. All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

Included with your bike rental:

  • Rear pannier containing: Helmet, lock, pump, and 2 spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit, tire levers, and patch kit
  • 1 water bottle (souvenir)
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)

Road bike - Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 6

Cannondale's carbon construction method uses precisely placed high stiffness fibers over a base of high tensile strength fibers and high impact resins to deliver an extremely lightweight and perfectly tuned stiffness, without sacrificing strength. Discover France has all sizes for you: XS, S, M, L, XL. The weight is approximately eight kilograms (18 pounds).

Included with your bike rental:

  • Saddlebag containing: Toolkit, tire levers, patch kit, 2 spare tubes, and 1 hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)
  • 2 water bottle (souvenir)

E-bike - Cannondale Mavaro Active 1

With its integrated rack, seamless assist, and comfortable upright position, the Mavaro is all about freedom. The freedom to enjoy weekend treks or trips to the store, the freedom to escape the car for the daily commute or the freedom to feel the wind in your face - effortlessly.

Included with your bike rental:

  • Rear pannier containing: Helmet, lock, pump, and 2 spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit, tire levers, and patch kit
  • 1 water bottle (souvenir)
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals (toe straps on request)

Tandem bike - Cannondale Tandem 29er

A more upright and adventurous model brings the strength, stability, and smooth-rolling comfort of 29-inch wheels to the two-up crowd.

Kid bike - Orbea MX 20 or 24

The Orbea MX 20 or 24 (or equivalent) is a truly functional bike for smaller riders who like a race-inspired style. With this bike, let your children ride totally safe.

Included with your bike rental:

  • Helmet
  • 1 new bottle
  • 2 tire levers, 1 spare tube, patch kit, and multi-tool

GPS and route books

Discover France provides, at the orientation, a roadbook with cue sheet (step by step itinerary), detailed maps, and regional information. Discover France is proud to be a leader in providing complete and even advance technology on their self-guided and custom-guided tours that allow their clients to use the best equipment possible. They invested in GPS units a few years back and have some simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices available on nearly all of their tours.

Garmin GPS are included on all tours. Since 2008, Discover France had mainly chosen Garmin for their GPS (or equivalent brand in some countries). They change the units every two years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices, they are available on all of their 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. One GPS is provided for every three people. The GPS you received is your responsibility. In case you lose, break it or do not return it, you will be invoiced for 300 EUR.

Discover France roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that they have planned and laid out. They have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of their customers over many years (since 1997) to make the road books even better.

The road books include colored-maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions (step by step). Discover France tries to give you enough information to interpret the route without giving you too much information that makes you read all the time and not enjoy the ride. It is a delicate balance!

Tour support

Even on a self-guided tour, Discover France is behind the scenes working and they are available to you if you need help. In their two offices in the Loire Valley and in the South of France, they are on standby via phone for all of their travelers no matter where they are in France. This support service is available during daylight hours when the clients are out on the routes.

They will help customers arrange alternative transfers if the weather is bad or if someone is sick and can't participate in the day's activity. They can also iron out any problem with hotels you may encounter when you arrive. Moreover, they can help if a bike problem should arise and help with additional services you may need during your trip.

Surface / trail / road conditions

All assumed to be in good condition; no technical experience is needed and not an added difficulty factor. You will also find plenty of road signs and indications to keep you on course and roads are easily identified on maps included with the roadbook.

Luggage transfer

Bags are transferred for the self-guided trips via pre-arranged transportation with the hotel. You will need to have bags packed and left at the checkout desk by 09:00, or it will be noted what time bags must be dropped. Check for any bag limits. Bags are dropped at the hotel by 17:00 (latest time). Discover France has never lost a bag - don't worry about that!

Child policy

Children are welcome at many of the hotels, but kids under the age of 10 may require special equipment such as trailers or child tandems. If so, Discover France recommends parents to have some prior experience at home with these tools. Keep in mind that some of the routes and tour activities may not be very interesting for children. Discover France recommends discussing the proposed routes with them to determine whether the route is suitable for kids.

Health requirements

Ask yourself if you are fit enough to do the trip you are contemplating and enjoy yourself along the way. Discover France's cycling tours require a minimum level of fitness, so please call them. While on tour, please remember you’ll have access to their local support contacts, but if you are unable to finish the day’s ride, they will send a support van. Of course, that’s just another opportunity to have a beer at a local cafe, smell the flowers, etc.

Location

This cycling tour will take place in France. It will start in Collias and end in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The route will cover places such as Uzès, Tarascon, Fontvieille, and Les Baux-de-Provence.

Provence

With its lavender fields, white-blanketed mountains such as Mont Ventoux and its picturesque ancient villages, it can be argued that Provence is the loveliest region of France. Historians, artists, but also wine enthusiasts rush to this region for its culture, breathtaking scenery and the delicious Provencal gastronomy.

Food

Food is the best part of travel in France! This is certainly no time to go on a diet, but as you will learn in France, many wonderful things can be enjoyed in moderation. The tour offers cuisine of the region and suggestions for places to visit and specialties to enjoy will be available. For meals that are included, if you have a special need, please let Discover France know in advance and they will make every effort to meet those needs. In nearly every case, beverages are not included with meals (your individual purchase).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3-day self-guided cycling
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Use of 1 Garmin Oregon GPS for 3 people
  • Use of a detailed roadbook (including detailed maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary, and cue sheets)
  • Orientation in person with a local guide
  • Technical and emergency support (available at all times)
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Transfers from Nîmes to Collias and from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Avignon
  • 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Other meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any personal items

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The arrival city is Nîmes, which is accessible via train in three and a half hours.

Arrival by train

The arrival city is Nimes, which is accessible via train from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon in three hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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