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Freewheeling from Arles to wild Camargue & flamingoes

Freewheeling from Arles to wild Camargue & flamingoes

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A land of wild and open spaces : this cycling adventure stretches from the Roman town of Arles to the Gypsy influenced Saintes Maries de la Mer on the Mediterranean Sea.

Along the way you’ll be immersed in the heart of the park of the Camargue: extended flatlands of rice paddies and salt pans, sparse farmhouses and windswept fields. White horses trot through the marshes, black bulls graze in their farms. Thousands of flamingoes and herons paint the skies in their graceful flight.

Through the Camargue you reach the secret beaches of one of the few remaining untouched coastlines on the Mediterranean.

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  • Roman Arles & the Gipsy Saintes Marie de la mer
  • Flat-as-a-pancake riding through the Camargue
  • Untamed wilderness under the flight of flamingoes
  • Bull farms and white Camargue horses
  • The very special atmosphere of the gypsy Saintes Maries de la Mer
  • Endless wild sand beaches on the Med sea 
  • 1 dinner & 1 picnic included

Day 1

Arles, the Roman Rome of Provence

arles roman rome of provence heart of the camargue and provence famous for bullfights

  • Arles
  • Access: Regular train lines from Avignon, Marseille city / airport > Arles
  • Your Provence cycling adventure begins in the heart of Arles. On the banks of the Rhône River, Arles harbours a remarkable wealth of Roman monuments, including its majestic coliseum, and emits a warm and authentic charm.
  • Dinner on your own and night in Arles.
  • Market on Wednesday & Saturday (famous one) in Arles

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 33 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 100m
      - 100m

Introduction to Camargue: wheat fields, rice paddies & vines

flamingo birds in wild camargue bull horses wild lands

  • Arles > le Sambuc ( 20.5 miles)
  • Biking across the Rhône River, the flatlands extend as far as the eyes can see: wheat fields, rice paddies, orchards and vines, country roads lined with small canals bordered by bamboo, poplar and willow. Between the hamlets of Gageron and Villeneuve you can go wine tasting at the Domaine de Valériole estate. You cycle through bull and horse farms that line the huge marshlands of the Vaccarès. Herons, ducks, and egrets, soar in the soothing blue sky. At the Mas de Capelière, an interesting nature path presents the different natural environments of the Camargue. 
  • Dinner included and night in Le Sambuc.

Day 3

    • Distance :
    • 35 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 50m

Pink Flamingoes and the Sea Wall

sea wall flamingo camargue saintes marie de la mer

  • Le Sambuc > Sea Wall > Saintes Maries (22 miles)
  • Picnic included
  • You continue due south, through vast expanses of rice paddies and marshlands, where you enter the heart of the Camargue Nature Park. The lagoons are untamed, harbouring clumps of the precious few plant species that can survive the salt-rich waters. You then bike along the sea wall, a thin strip of land in between nowhere and the Mediterranean Sea, where you can enjoy the sparkle of the sea in the most natural of settings, and the sight of one of the thousands of flamingoes that nest in the region. Soon you will catch a glimpse of the bell tower of Saintes-Maries de la Mer, and the white-washed homes of the town whose Gypsy spirit lies in the patron saint Sara: her raft drifted to these shores 2000 years ago from Palestine, her remains said to be in the church that dwarfs the rest of the town. 
  • Dinner on your own and night in Stes Maries de la Mer.
  • Market on Monday & Friday morning in Saintes Maries de la mer 

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 26 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 50m
      - 50m

Bull farms of the petit Rhône

horses bulls cycling in wild camargue by the med sea

  • Saintes Maries de la Mer > Pioch Badet > Saintes Maries de la Mer (17 miles)
  • 25 km of easy pedaling up the Petit Rhône riverbank: watch out for the lovely typical Camargue houses, with their reed and thatch roofs. Through the marsh flatlands, you cycle to the Pioch Badet Estate, from where you head south between the expansive ponds, to the Saintes-Maries: here a swarm of birds, there black grazing bulls… and farther white horses trotting through the sands. 
  • End of your Provence cycling adventure in Saintes Marie de la Mer after your last ride
  • Return: regular bus line Saintes Marie > Arles : see the Line 20 - bus schedule
  • Private transfer from Saintes Maries to Arles (45 min - from 90€ ): contact us 
  • Market on Monday & Friday morning in Saintes Maries de la mer
    • SELF GUIDED TOUR : 
      - The rates are per person, based on a double-bedded room (1 bed) 
      - Sup for a twin-bedded room (2 beds) in some hotels 
    • GUIDED DAY - A fixed rate: the price is the same from 1 to 4 participants with one guide 
       The rate for the guided day remains the same no matter if you are 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 persons 
    • BOTH are subject to availability
    • Go to the TRIP INFO section below :
      - to check the minimum person BASIS of this trip
      - to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement
      - if you're travelling SOLO: please contact us

    Sup per period
      • Unavailable
      • High + 50€
      • Low

    Choose your level of comfort according to your wish & budget !

    > For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged
    > See in our TRIP INFO section
    > Keep in mind that your trip is always subject to availability

    • Hotel Acacias ** - Arles

      Hotel Acacias ** - Arles

      The 2 stars Acacias Hotel entirely renovated has 33 modern and very comfortable rooms in the centre of Arles, the ideal place to rest and relax whilst staying in an exceptional location in the heart of the town.

    • Hotel Longo Mai - Le Sambuc

      Hotel Longo Mai - Le Sambuc

      The hotel LOngo Mai is a friendly & family-run small hotel, located in the heart of the Camargue : land of bulls & horses, paradise for bird-watchers.

      Traditionnal cuisine under the veranda of the restaurant

    • Hotel Le castelet - Stes Maries de la mer

      Hotel Le castelet - Stes Maries ...

      Ideally loacted on a quietd road in the heart of Saintes Marie de la mer village, Elsa and Frederic Molinier welcome you warmly in their small family-run hotel.

    • Hotel Le Forum *** - Arles

      Hotel Le Forum *** - Arles

      Only a short walk from the famous arenas and the Roman Theatre, facing the Van Gogh café, this beautiful restored old house welcomes you in one of its 38 indidivually decorated and air-conditioned rooms. Breakfast can be taken in the charming inner courtyard. Take a swim and relax!

      The perfect location for your stay in Arles.

    • Hotel Longo Mai - Le Sambuc

      Hotel Longo Mai - Le Sambuc

      The hotel LOngo Mai is a friendly & family-run small hotel, located in the heart of the Camargue : land of bulls & horses, paradise for bird-watchers.

      Traditionnal cuisine under the veranda of the restaurant

    • Mas des Salicornes - Stes Maries

      Mas des Salicornes - Stes Maries

      Situated within 10 mn walking from the city centre of Les Saintes Maries De La Mer, this recently renovated countryside hotel features a pool, restaurant & bar.

      All of the 24 air-conditioned guest rooms have a terrace and overlook the garden.

      The seasonal Salicornes’ restaurant serves typical cuisine from the Provence region, and you can enjoy an after-dinner drink at the bar.

    • Hotel Nord Pinus **** - Arles

      Hotel Nord Pinus **** - Arles

      For the more discerning traveller who wants something unique, set only a few steps from the Roman Arenes the mythical 4 star Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus features 26 individually beautifully decorated rooms, a treasure-trove of memorabilia of the era of Picasso, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret who populated the hotel in its original heyday. Enjoy a drink at the famous hotel bar where Fernandel already enjoyed his Ricard and watch the world go by on the Place du Forum...

    • Mas de Peint - Le Sambuc

      Mas de Peint - Le Sambuc

      Jacques Bon, the owner, raises horses & bulls on his farm. In this renovated 17th century farmhouse  - 5 star accommodation - you'll be welcomed in an authentic and refined "Camargue" atmosphere.

      In the charming dining room, you can watch the chef preparing a fine meal, in a friendly atmosphere, just like at home.

      Swimming pool, terrace and an infinite property of private grounds in the wild Camargue marshlands.

    • Hotel Vila de la mar - Stes Maries

      Hotel Vila de la mar - Stes Maries

      Located in the heart of the village of Saintes maries and 100 m from the beach, the Vila of the Mar is a charming 4* hotel, mixing design and nature with a chic mind in a relaxed and family atmosphere.

      The rooms – decorated “design & vintage” - have a fully equipped terrace.

      You will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool - heated in summer and covered in low season -, the spa … and the private beach just 5 minutes from the hotel

    • Hotel Jules Cesar ***** - Arles

      Hotel Jules Cesar ***** - Arles

      Formerly a Carmelite convent, entirely refurbished and decorated by M. Christian Lacroix, the 5 star Hôtel Jules César is located right in the centre of Arles. It features 50 spacious, air-conditioned rooms, a heated outdoor swimming pool, beautiful garden and even a cloister dedicated to Lacroix.

      Provencal cuisine is served in the Lou Marquès gastronomic restaurant.

    • Mas de Peint - Le Sambuc

      Mas de Peint - Le Sambuc

      Jacques Bon, the owner, raises horses & bulls on his farm. In this renovated 17th century farmhouse  - 5 star accommodation - you'll be welcomed in an authentic and refined "Camargue" atmosphere.

      In the charming dining room, you can watch the chef preparing a fine meal, in a friendly atmosphere, just like at home.

      Swimming pool, terrace and an infinite property of private grounds in the wild Camargue marshlands.

    • Hotel Les Arnelles - Stes arie de la mer

      Hotel Les Arnelles - Stes arie d...

      Nestled in the heart of the Camargue Nature Park, the Prestige hotel Les Arnelles is in complete harmony with its natural surroundings.

      Wooden pontoons between reeds lead to the 12 rooms and their small terrace.
      You will be welcomed in this atypical setting where rest and relaxation await.
      The hotel proposes horseback riding and a swimming pool.

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. basis and subject to availability

    • Most prices are based on a 2-person booking ( with shared accommodation for a hotel)
    • You will be able to select the exact number of traveller(s) when completing your reservation form
    • If you're travelling SOLO : please contact us
    Treat yourself and go for the E-BIKE option !
    • Provence is hilly, and most of the prettiest villages are “hilltop”, meaning you have to climb to get there...
    • Our E-bike becomes a WONDERFUL COMPROMISE: while still pedaling, you can access to a perched village without being a great cyclist. You can also accompany a more athletic spouse or friend
    • Have a look at our E-bike section 
    • Rates : per E-bike 
    Order your trip's GPS FILES !
    • You can order the GPS FILES of your cycling trip
    • So you can track every turn and mile you pedal using your smartphone or your own GPS device .
    • Sup of 25 €uros
    • IMPORTANT : select just 1 GPS fee for 1 traveller
    Repatriation insurance - 1 week trip
    • Repatriation insurance : applicable for all clients visiting the Europe-Schengen region that includes France
    • Rate : for a maximum trip of 1 week = 7 days
      Supplement for a trip above 7 days
    • See the insurance contract here 

    TRIP rates 

    The rates are per person, on a 2 pers. minimum reservation basis ( shared room), and subject to availability

    INCLUDED

    • 3 nights double occupancy with private facilities
    • 3 breakfasts
    • 1 picnic
    • 1 dinner
    • Luggage transfers days 2 to 4
    • 3 days hybrid bike rental 
    • Our Road Book with detailed itineraries, including highlighted maps
    • 1 road map of the region

    NOT INCLUDED

    • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary & drinks
    • Insurance
    • Entrance fees into museums
    • Items of personal nature
    • SINGLE supplement
      Simple accommodation : 90 €uros
      Comfort accommodation : 115 €uros
      Charming accommodation : 360 €uros
      Prestige accommodation : 400 €uros
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