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France: Provence and Camargue, Avignon – Aigues-Mortes or vv

Duration: 7 Days
Price: from € 990
Level: Relaxed
  • Romantic Provence and wilderness of the Camargue

    A wonderful bike and boat tour from the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’ to the Mediterranean. You will visit Avignon and Arles with their cultural and architectural highlights and cycle through the landscapes famous for the beautiful light, that attracted travelers for centuries. It is here that Artists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne found their inspiration.

    Along the way you will discover picturesque Provencal villages, vineyards and fields of lavender. You will visit the Roman Pont du Gard and you will taste the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.

    The stunning nature of the Camargue. will be the background of the second part of your trip. You bike through cane fields and salt lakes with horses and flamingos to the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes.

    Itinerary: Avignon – Aramon – Vallabrègues – Arles – Aigues Mortes

  • Barge Caprice (22 passengers)
    The Caprice was built as cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1996. The last refit, dated 2009, brought its level to the today’s comfort standards. In the cozy lounge, where you can also enjoy your breakfast and dinner, you have a beautiful view.
    Accomodations
    The living area of the Caprice is air-conditioned and it is divided in two areas: a cosy restaurant (up to 22 seats) and the salon area with an open bar.
    The sundeck with nice seats is half covered.
    Cabins
    On the lower deck the Caprice has 11 cabins (3 Doubles, 8 Twins) measuring 7-8 m2. Each cabin has three fixed portholes (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.



    Barge Estello (20 passengers)
    L’Estello was built in 1937. It is a classic Dutch passenger barge that has been converted to today’s standards of comfort. The boat is 39 m long and 5.2. m wide. The inviting atmosphere aboard will make you feel immediately comfortable. The boat can accommodate a maximum of 20 passengers.
    Accomodations
    The living area of the Estello is air-conditioned and it is divided in two areas: a cosy restaurant (up to 20 seats) and the salon area with an open bar and comfortable sofas and armchairs
    The sundeck with nice seats is half covered.
    Cabins
    The estello has 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) measuring 7-8 m2. Each cabin has two portholes (one is in the bathroom), is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Avignon
    18.00 h Individual arrival and boarding after 18.00 h in Avignon. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.
    19.00 h The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled just before dinner-time.
    19.30 h Dinner

    Day 2 (Sun): Avignon
    Bike tour: ca 45 km / 27 miles
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h You cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous Provençal wine. After that you will cross the Rhône at the height of Roquemaure and cycle back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon following the course of the river.
    19.00 h Dinner

    Day 3 (Mon): Avignon – Aramon
    Bike tour: ca 40 km/24 miles
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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.
    19.00 h Dinner
    Overnight in Aramon with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

    Day 4 (Tue): Aramon – Vallabrègues
    Bike tour: ca 35 km/21 miles
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, a 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.
    19.00 h Dinner
    Overnight in Vallabrègues.

    Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues – Arles
    Bike tour: ca 60 km/36 miles
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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.
    19.00 h Dinner

    Day 6 (Thu): Arles – Aigues Mortes
    Bike tour ca 25 km/15 miles
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h 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 welcome by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.
    14.00 h After lunch you bike to the lock of Saint Gilles and from there you will sail to Aigues Mortes for the overnight stay.
    19.00 h Dinner

    Day 7 (Fri): Aigues Mortes
    Bike tour: ca 55 km/33 miles
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h Biking along 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.
    19.00 h Dinner

    Day 8 (Sat): Aigues Mortes
    8.00 h Breakfast
    9.00 h After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour

    *All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

  • Included in the price
    – 8 days / 7 nights
    – 7 x breakfast
    – 7 x dinner on board
    – Packed lunches for bike trips
    – Coffee and tea on board
    – Tour guide
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Climate-controlled cabins
    – Detailed route description, maps and info pack
    – Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    – Guided visit of Arles
    – Entrance to Pont du Gard

    Not included
    – Reservation fee € 15
    – Bike rental (incl. pannier and water bottle) € 85 per bike
    – Helmet rental € 15 per helmet
    – Transfers to/from docking places in Avignon and Aigues-Mortes
    – Personal insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion)
    – Drinks and expenses on excursions (not mentioned under included)

    Rental bicycles
    Rent of a bicycle is optional: The price for these rental bikes is € 85 per week.
    The bikes on board have different frames sizes with 27-gears Shimano Deore. There are fully equipped with 1 side-bag, 1 water bottle, 1 map holder/front bag, 1 padlock per bike and 1 repair kit for each couple.
    Helmet is not included. You can rent a helmet for € 15

  • Level of difficulty
    The trip is rated as level 2: Relaxed.
    These holidays are appropriate for anyone with good physical condition and basic cycling skills. Distances up to 50 kilometers per day. You spend about 5 hours on your bicycle. Short slopes with heights up to 100 meters.

    The trip starts in Avignon or in Aigues-Mortes
    In Avignon the barge is docked at the Boulevard de la Ligne.
    In Aigues-Mortes the ship will be docked at the avenue Pont de Provence, close to the railway station.
    We expect you on board on Saturday at about  18.00 hours.
    If you cannot arrive on time, will you please notify us by telephone or e-mail?

    CONTACT:
    Tel barges: +33(0) 671911794
    Tel Office: +31 (0) 299313071
    e-mail: info@eurosailtravel.com

    There is a good train connection between Aigues Mortes and Avignon. The duration of the tour is about 2 hours and the price is approx. € 15,00 (to be paid on site). For departure times and ticket prices please look on: www.tgv-europe.com.

    Please note: Tour operator for this tour is Zeppelin/Girolibero, Vicenza, Italy. Other conditions may apply to this tour.

    Mooring Avignon

    Avignon weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring Aigues-Mortes

    Aigues Mortes weergeven op een grotere kaart