France Bike & Boat / Provence

/France Bike & Boat / Provence

France Bike & Boat / Provence

2019 Tour Dates: Saturday Departures, April 4 to October 19

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Please book early! These trips fill quickly.

You can do this tour as either a Guided Tour and ride with the group and a leader, or as a Self-Guided Tour and ride at your own pace with a map and detailed route book.

On our Provence Bike & Boat Tour, your accommodation is a very comfortable live-aboard Barge. This France bike tour offers the chance to choose if pedaling 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). Daily you can look forward to typical dishes of the simple traditional French cuisine with local influences.

A wonderful tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes to Saintes Maries de la Mer and then gradually by boat towards Arles. After that you visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence, the Roman France of Pont du Gard and finally toast with the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Tour Difficulty

This is considered an easy tour and is totally in the lowlands during the three stages in Camargue. While the stages north of Arles present some rolling terrain. There is just one longer hill towards Baux de Provence. Most of the route is on bike paths and low traffic roads in rural and city areas. Short stretches are on unpaved roads. If some day you decide not to cycle, please be aware that between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. it is not possible to stay in the boat to enable staff to perform their duties quietly on board and respect their rest periods. If the boat is moving to a new destination, you are welcome to stay on the boat.

  • Difficulty: Relatively Flat
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid

Tour Highlights

  • See medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes
  • Rhone Valley
  • Van Gogh’s Provence
  • Traditional French cuisine
  • Roman France of Pont du Gard
  • Wines of Chateauneuf du Pape

2019 Price: €1130 Euros per person, value Season

based on double occupancy
Standard Season Supplement €230 (Apr 27 – Jul 13 & Oct 19)
High Season Supplement: €320 Euros per person (Aug 31 – Oct 12)
Single Supplement: €300 Euros Special Diet Supplement €50 (gluten-free and vegan diets)

Guided or Self Guided Option: The price remains the same for both options. This tour offers the chance to choose if pedaling 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).

Bike Rental: €85 Euros/hybrid bike, €195 Euros/Electric bike, €15 Euros/helmet

Price Includes:
  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • sheets and towels
  • detailed route description, maps and info-pack
  • tour leader on bike
  • harbor charges
  • coffee and tea on board
  • wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-pape
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, beverages on board, museums and everything which is not mentioned above.

Extra Hotel Nights: (prices are approximate & dependent on availability)
2/3* Hotels in Avignon: Double room: €65 per person/per night. Single room: €100 per person/per night. Breakfast included.
2/3* Hotels in Aigues-Mortes: Double room: €65 per person/per night. Single room: €100 per person/per night. Breakfast included.

“We got home from France on Tuesday and had a great time on the barge/bike trip! It completely exceeded my expectations. I went into it concerned about food allergies and whether we’d booked something that was physically beyond us. It turned out fine on all counts.”

~ Dan B. (Bike & Boat Tour of Provence, France)

Itinerary

Day 1 – Avignon

Individual arrival at 6 p.m. and boarding in Avignon. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Day 2 – Avignon Tour (40 km)

Navigate up to Avignon, the city of popes, and then cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du- Pape, following roads with low levels of traffic surrounded by vine- yards. In Châteauneuf- du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous provencal wine. After that you will cross the Rhone. You will cross the Rhone through Roquemaure and return to Villeneuve by following the course of the river.

Day 3 – Avignon–Aramon (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 (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 – Vallabreguès–Arles (60 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 (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 – Aigues Mortes, round tour (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 dip on the beach.

Day 8 – Aigues Mortes

After breakfast, depart the barge and end of tour services.

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