Pilgrims Trail by Bike
- Exploring the sights of Avignon and Arles
- Soaking up the atmosphere in the historic centres of St Rémy de Provence, Lodève and St Guillem le Désert
- Experiencing cycling on a lesser trodden pilgrimage route through the beautiful landscapes of southern France
- Sampling exceptional cuisine and staying in charming hotels
Tour description provided by World Expeditions
The Via Tolosana, now more commonly known as the Way of Arles, was one of the four traditional pilgrim routes which could be travelled in two directions. Pilgrims from Spain and Portugal used it to travel to Rome, and pilgrims from Italy, Provence and Germany used it to travel to the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela. This self guided cycle between Provence and Languedoc lets you experience a less trodden pilgrimage route and absorb the incredible landscapes typical of southern France. Between Arles and Montpellier the route crosses the Camargue, the first wetland of France before continuing past olive groves and vineyards of Languedoc to the beautiful village of St Guilhem le Desert and finally Lodève. En route experience the fabulous hospitality of your hosts in a selection of hand picked hotels and enjoy the culinary treats for which the region is so famous.
- 6 breakfasts (continental style), 4 dinners - dinners are usually served in hotel dining rooms or a nearby restaurant. there is often a choice of entree, main and dessert and the cuisine is usually reflective of the local fare.
- 6 nights in comfortable and carefully choosen accommodation (2 nights charming chamber d’hôte, 3 nights 2 star hotels and 1 night 3 star hotel), twinshare with private facilities
- Luggage transfers
- Hybrid rental bike (giant) with all the equipment (helmet, multitool, pump, front and back panniers). tandem bikes available on request.
- Detailed route notes
- Emergency hotline number from 8am to 8pm
- Day 1 - Arrive Avignon
- Day 2 - Cycle to St Remy de Provence and then to Arles (55km)
- Day 3 - Cycle along small country roads to Saintes Marie de la Mer (45km)
- Day 4 - Cycle to the Medieval city of Aigues Mortes, then to Montpellier (65km)
- Day 5 - Cycle the foothills of the Central Massif and the Causses to Aniane (45km)
- Day 6 - Cycle to St Guilhem le Desert then to Lodève (43km)
- Day 7 - Trip concludes