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France: Provence and Camargue, Avignon – Aigues Mortes

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

  • TOUR DATES 2019 – CAPRICE/L’ESTELLO: Weekly, every Saturday

    Value: April 6 -20; July 20 – Aug 24
    Standard: April 27 – July 13; Oct. 19
    High: Aug. 31 – Oct. 12

    Cabin Type Max passengers    Price
    Twin 
    Single

    1
    € 990 / € 1220 / 1310
    € 1290 / € 1520 / € 1610

     

    Check availability here and book

  • Barge Caprice (22 passengers)
    The Caprice was – like many other vessels – built as a cargo ship and later on converted into a passenger ship in 1996. The last refit (2009) brought its level to standards of modern comfort. In the pleasant air conditioned lounge you have a wonderful view. This is especially nice whilst enjoying your breakfast and dinner in the restaurant, or when you relish a cool drink in the salon. Each of the 11 cozy cabins have a private bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink.



    Barge Estello (20 passengers)
    The classic Dutch passenger barge L’Estello has been sailing since 1937. Of course she has been converted to today’s standards of comfort, to make sure you’ll have a pleasant stay. The atmosphere aboard most likely makes you feel at home immediately. The lounge area has large panoramic windows that provide plenty of natural light and the glass doors give access to the inviting sun deck. Find yourself a seat in one of the comfortable sofas or chairs for a refreshing drink and enjoy your breakfast and dinner in the restaurant area. Sleeping will be no problem in the nicely styled cabins.

  • Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: 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 (Sun): Avignon, round tour (Approx. 30 km/ 18 mi.)
    Today you’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 you’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 center of Avignon.
    Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon.

    Day 3 (Mon): Avignon – Aramon | Aramon (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)
    In the morning navigation till the town of Aramon, where you will start pedalling. 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.
    After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In the first part of the stage you will face short slopes.
    Navigation: about 2 hours from Avignon to Aramon

    Day 4 (Tue): Aramon – Vallabrègues | round tour Vallabrègues (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
    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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.
    After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon, now a few kilometers from Vallabrègues.
    Navigation: about 1 hour from Aramon to Vallabrègues

    Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues – Arles (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)
    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.
    When you have just left Vallabrègues, you will have to pay attention to the traffic along the wide road that runs to Tarascon. The rest of the stage goes along peaceful country roads. Today’s itinerary is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent: 4 km ascent from St. Remy to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to the village of Paradou waits for you!

    Day 6 (Thu): Arles – Aigues Mortes (Approx. 25 km/15 mi.)
    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.
    Today’s stage is a short “transfer” tour leading you through “Tête de la Camargue”, an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the the lock of St-Gilles.
    Navigation: 3 hours from St-Gilles to Aigues Mortes.

    Day 7 (Fri): Aigues Mortes, round tour (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)
    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.
    This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals, villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi where you can have a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand. Do not miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and on its ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Aigues Mortes
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: 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 (Sun): Aigues-Mortes, round tour (Approx. 55 km/31 mi.)
    Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will have the chance to see the famous black bulls and the white horses typical of this region, as well as the pink flamingos…In the afternoon you will  reach in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.
    This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals, villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi where you can have a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand. Do not miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and on its ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi.

    Day 3 (Mon): Aigues Mortes– Saint Gilles | Saint Gilles – Arles (bike tour approx. 25 km/15 mi.)
    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 welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.
    Today’s stage is a short “transfer” tour leading you through “Tête de la Camargue”, an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the town of Arles.
    Navigation: about 2,5 hours from Aigues Mortes to St-Gilles.

    Day 4 (Tue): Arles–Vallabreguès (bike tour approx. 55 km/31 mi.)
    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.
    The stage goes along quiet country roads: you will only have to pay attention to the traffic leaving Arles and along the road that leads you from Tarascon to Vallabrègues. Today’s stage is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent: 4 km ascent from the village of Paradou to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to St. Remy waits for you.

    Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues (round tour approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Vallabrègues –Aramon
    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 Frigolet and after-wards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon navigation to Aramon for the overnight with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.
    After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon.
    Navigation: about 1 hour from Vallabrègues to Aramon.

    Day 6 (Thu): Aramon (round approx. 40 km/24 mi.)| Aramon–Avignon
    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.
    After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In this first part there are some short slopes.
    Navigation: about 2 hours from Aramon to Avignon.

    Day 7 (Fri): Avignon, round tour (approx. 30 km/18 mi.)
    Today you’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 you’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let you discover the historic center of Avignon.
    Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Avignon
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    The planned itinerary is subject to change due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons and other unforeseen circumstances. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).

  • Included in the price
    – Tour and accommodation on board the Caprice/L’Estello in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
    – Full board (breakfast and dinner, selfmade packed lunch)
    – Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
    – Use of bed linen and towels
    – Courtesy kit
    – Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
    – Bike helmet
    – English speaking tour leader within an international group
    – Travel guide, maps and road book (1x per cabin)
    – Emergency van in the area, also available for daily excursions;
    – Guided visit in Arles
    – WiFi

    Not included
    – Transfers to/from docking places in Avignon and Aigues Mortes (France)
    – Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional);
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fees;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Fees for ferries
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal (travel) insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion);

    Rental bicycle: € 85 per week/person
    Rental E-Bike: € 195 per week/person (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
    You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
    Bike helmet:  All the helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm. Helmet is incl. in the price.

    Diets and allergies:
    If you are vegetarian, gluten-intolerant, allergic to some specific ingredients/substances or if you suffer from any other kind of allergies please indicate it at the moment of booking.
    Once on board, make sure that the kitchen staff is aware of your allergies, in order to avoid unpleasant situations. A supplement can be charged.

  • Tour programme variations
    The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Rhone River and Rhone-Sète Canal. Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some
    changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the
    barge’s captain.

    Route profile
    Total length: 240 km
    Total vertical up: 620 m
    Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved

    The tour is totally in the lowlands during the two stages in Camargue, while the stages north of Arles present some ups and downs, which are however easy to overcome. There is just one more demanding slope towards Les Baux de
    Provence, but you will be fully repaid with an extraordinary landscape. The itinerary is mostly on secondary roads with low traffic; some short stretches on more busy roads are however inevitable. There will also be a couple of navigation stretches to make the stage more enjoyable.

    Tour leader
    Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigourously trained. They are all multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining,  caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love
    of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre. As we like to say, our tour leaders are CDO (Controlled Designation of Origin), a real traveller’s ticket to discover the land with ease and to live an unforgettable active travel experience.

    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.

    Type of bike
    City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:
    City bike  Nuvinci N380
    Electro-bike
    Features: aluminium frame, mudguard, rear rack, comfort gel saddle, anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres, ergonomic bicycle grips and Speed Lifter system (only for city bikes).
    Own bike
    The use of own bikes is not recommended in this tour because of the limited space on the boat and also because of the difficulty of reaching the starting/ending point with public transportation. The possibility of bringing own bikes on board is anyway allowed only on request.

    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?

    Transfer back
    We advise you to take the train back to Aigues Mortes/Avignon. The duration of the tour is about 2 hrs and the price is approx. €15 (to be paid on site). For departure times and ticket prices please look on: www.tgv-europe.com.

    Legal notice
    Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Girolibero, Vicenza, Italy

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

    Mooring Avignon

    Avignon weergeven op een grotere kaart

    Mooring Aigues-Mortes

    Aigues Mortes weergeven op een grotere kaart