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Sunny Provence / Camargue by Bike + Boat

Multifaceted and dreamy at the same time

map Provence - Camargue by Bike + Boat

Route

Tour profile / level 2

The route is completely flat in the two stages of Camargue, while north of Arles it goes a bit downhill and uphill. There is a more challenging climb towards Baux de Provence, but then you will enjoy a wonderful panorama. The tour is mostly on minor roads with little traffic, but some short stretches are on roads with more traffic that you can’t avoid. Two boat trips are also included.

From Avignon to Aigues-Mortes

Day 1: Avignon
Individual arrival and boarding after 6 pm in Avignon. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Day 2: Avignon, round tour, approx. 30 km
Today we’ll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical garrigue landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before going back we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let us discover the historic centre of Avignon.

Day 3: Avignon – Aramon, approx. 40 km
In the morning navigation till the town of Aramon, where you will start pedaling. The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Overnight in Aramon with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

Day 4: Aramon – Vallabrègues, approx. 35 km
You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône. Along country roads you will arrive to Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers. You will cycle to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.

Day 5: Vallabrègues – Arles, approx. 55 km
This stage brings you to Saint Remy de Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus. This village is also famous for having hosted Van Gogh in the days of his mental illness. In the end you move onto the Alpilles, with Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village lodged in the rock itself. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees accompanies your journey.

Day 6: Arles – Aigues-Mortes, approx. 25 km
Today the whole morning is dedicated to visit Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with beautiful Roman ruins. You will also have the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town. After lunch you reach the lock of Saint Gilles and from there you will sail to Aigues Mortes for the overnight stay.

Day 7: Round tour Aigues-Mortes, approx. 55 km
Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will reach in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

Day 8: Aigues-Mortes
After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.

From Aigues-Mortes to Avignon

Day 1: Aigues-Mortes
Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Aigues-Mortes, medieval town, ancient military and commercial port on the Mediterranean.

Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round tour, approx. 55 km
Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will reach in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

Day 3: Aigues-Mortes – Arles, approx. 25 km
You will sail for a couple of hours up to Saint Gilles and then cycle to today’s destination: Arles, known for the richness of its antique and Roman patrimony. The city fascinates you with its hidden treasures. Getting lost among its small alleys will be like entering a picture by Van Gogh. In the afternoon you will also have the opportunity to be welcome by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.

Day 4: Arles – Vallabrègues, approx. 55 km
This is a breathtaking stage, which brings you to the Alpilles, with the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and then to Saint Rémy de Provence. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees will accompany the trip. In the evening you will moor in Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône.

Day 5: Vallabrègues – Aramon, approx. 35 km
Along country roads you will arrive to Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers. You will cycle to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon navigation to Aramon for the overnight with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

Day 6: Aramon – Avignon, approx. 40 km
The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Back to Aramon in the afternoon you will sail to Avignon, the city of the Popes. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Day 7: Round tour Avignon, approx. 30 km
Today we’ll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical garrigue landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before going back we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let us discover the historic centre of Avignon.

Day 8: Avignon
After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Normally you will follow the Rhone River and the Rhone-Sète Canal. For organizational reasons, due to weather conditions or according to regulations of local authorities, some changes in the itinerary may occur before and/or during the vacation. High and low water, as well as logistical obstacles such as (unpredictable) maintenance works over bridges or locks may change the daily routes or moorings and may even require a bus transfer. The decision is made solely by the captain.

Services

  • 7 nights in cabin with shower/toilet 

  • Full board (breakfasts, self-packed lunches, coffee & tea on board and 6x dinners)

  • Coffee and Tea on board

  • Port and harbour charges 

  • Welcome drink

  • Sheets and towels

  • Complimentary set

  • Multilingual tour leader/guide on bike 

  • Guided sightseeing tour Arles

  • Some short walking tours

  • Helmet rental (to be reserved in advance)

  • App with route descriptions, points of interest and GPS data, digital tour information.

  • 1x cleaning of the Cabin

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   06.04. - 13.04.24
    from Avignon
    S2   20.04. - 27.04.24
    from Avignon
    S3   04.05. - 11.05.24
    from Avignon
    S3   18.05. - 25.05.24
    from Avignon
    S3   01.06. - 08.06.24
    from Avignon
    S3   15.06. - 22.06.24
    from Avignon
    S2   29.06. - 06.07.24
    from Avignon
    S2   13.07. - 20.07.24
    from Avignon
    S2   27.07. - 03.08.24
    from Avignon
    S2   10.08. - 17.08.24
    from Avignon
    S4   24.08. - 31.08.24
    from Avignon
    S4   07.09. - 14.09.24
    from Avignon
    S4   21.09. - 28.09.24
    from Avignon
    S4   05.10. - 12.10.24
    from Avignon
    S3   19.10. - 26.10.24
    from Avignon

    Extras

    Bicycle & equipment
    27-speed-bike 110
    E-bike 270
       
    Extras
    Gluten free or dairy free meals 50

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome on Board!

    On this trip you will be accommodated either in the CAPRICE or the ESTELLO. Enjoy the trip and relax on board after a long day of cycling.


    CAPRICE

     

    The Caprice was built as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger ship in 1996. In 2009 she was freshly renovated and brought up to date. >>more


    ESTELLO

    The Estello is a Dutch barge built in 1937, completely modernized to sail as a passenger ship along French rivers and canals. >>more

    Bicycle


    Important notice: Own bikes are not allowed on board!


     

    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    The offered bikes are citybikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

    You can choose between the following bikes:

    • 27-speed-hybrid-unisex-bike
    • 9-speed E-bikes unisex
    • child seat, child trailer, tagalong

    The rental bikes are equipped with a spacious waterproof side bag, lock, handlebar bag or card holder. Each room receives a repair kit.


    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelcs

    By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the Great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain. E-Bikes are great development and let people of different fitness levels enjoy a ride together.

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    Arrival -Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Avignon
    Nearest airport: Marseille Provence (MRS)
    Nearest train station: Avignon center
    In Villeneuve-lés-Avignon, l’Estello is located at the dock near the Philippe le Bel tower at the end of Rue di Vieux Mulin.

    Aigues Mortes 
    Nearest airport: Marseille Provence (MRS)
    Nearest train station: Aigues Mortes
    In Aigues Mortes, l’Estello is located on Quai des Bateliers at Avenue du Pont de Provence. 

    Other airports: Montpellier Mediterraneìe (MPL), Nimes Garons (FNI), Lyon Saint Exupeìry (LYS), and Avignon Caumont (AVN).
    For more information on the locations of the ships, please refer to your travel documents. More information about tickets and connections can be found >>here.


    Arrival by car

    Avignon
    Parking Oratoire: Remparts de l’Oulle, 28 Bis, Rue Joseph Vernet 84000 Avignon; monitored underground parking, open 24h. Tel : +33 (0)4 90 86 97 09, Price approx. € 20,-/day; approx. € 80,- per week.
    Parking du Palais des Papes: Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, supervised parking open 24h. Tel. +33 4 90 27 50 36. price approx €18,-/day

    Aigues Mortes 
    Free on l’Avenue du Pont de Provence street (where ship is moored) or public parking around city walls. Guarded parking, price € 12,-/day. Reservation is not possible, payment at the pay machine before leaving.

    There are no guarded garages in Aigues Mortes. For more information, please contact: +33 (0)4 66 53 73 00 or info@ot-aiguesmortes.fr.


    Transfer

    Avignon - Aigues Mortes: train Avignon - Lunel (approx. 1-1,5 hours, € 15,-); then via taxi Lunel - Aigues Mortes (approx. 30 minutes; € 30,-)


    Participants

    Minimum: 12 guests
    Maximum: 20/21 guests (Estello/Caprice)


    Additional information

    This tour offers the chance to choose if pedalling alone (taking advantage of a very detailed route description) or with the whole group, following the tour leader. When booking the tour you need to specify which option is chosen (i.e. if guided or self guided).

     

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    Travel stories

    5,5 of 6 Stars | 22
    An excellent tour with a fun group of people. Our seniors group were a little nervous of taking on a level two but with only occasional bike pushing, no ebikes, we managed. Our food, cooked by Rose was so delicious and appropriate for the region...S.R. 10/18
    5.8 13.09.2022 | Sarah Joanna H. Sunny Provence / Camargue by Bike + Boat

    Fantastic France

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in the Camargue and Provence . The guide and crew could not have been more accommodating and were also great fun. My elderly mother enjoyed the comfort of the boat and joined us for some sightseeing whilst the rest ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5.0 12.09.2022 | Jane R. Sunny Provence / Camargue by Bike + Boat

    Camargue and Provence 2022

    Wonderful trip with an amazing guide (Alex). Food and accommodation was excellent and a lovely group of people to travel with. My only problem was that I was not provided with all the information before the tour (a critical email with App details and ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 2
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5.2 19.08.2019 | Arnott G. Provence - Camargue by Bike + Boat

    Fabulous Fun along the Rhone !

    Had a fabulous week with some wonderful companions and super hardworking crew on the Caprice.. Filipo and Sara made sure that the boat ran smoothly and Sara’s excellent cooking was a special treat. Helmut our tour guide was informative and patient and ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 6
    • Route description 4
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    4.3 02.07.2019 | Rob H. Provence - Camargue by Bike + Boat

    Provence 2019

    The trip was okay. being from Boston, we hoping to have a good mix of people from around the world. The boat had group from Boston (very nice people). The sister boat was another group for the Boston area. Also note we were told helmets were extra, ...
    • Overall satisfaction 3
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 4
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 3
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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