Pilgrims Trail by Bike
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.
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 Massif Central and the Causses to Anianes (45km) DAY 6 Cycle to St Guilhem le Desert then to Lodève (43km) DAY 7 Trip concludes
Every Sunday from 1 Apr to 31 Oct
*6 breakfasts, 4 dinners *6 nights accommodation in 2-3 star hotels and B&B's *luggage transfers *detailed route notes *emergency hotline number from 8am - 8pm