Camargue and Provence Bike and Boat

  • 3.5
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Aigues-Mortes / Avignon
  • Distance

    149 miles/240 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    019-111CFRA
Price From £949

Overview

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Provence and Camargue route.

A wonderful bike and boat cycling holiday from Camargue through the sensory delights of Provence to Avignon. Cycle through lavender fields, shady olive groves and picture-perfect artisan towns. Highlights include Van Gough’s Arles, the picturesque villages of the Alpilles, the ancient Pont-du-Gard and the wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This cycle cruising holiday operates between Aigues Mortes, in the Camargue on the Mediterranean coast and the medieval town of Avignon on the Rhone River in Provence. You and up to 20 other cyclists are accommodated aboard a comfortable barge that wends its way along the waterways and canals of this delightful region. You can choose to cycle alone, using the detailed route notes provided, or with the group led by an experienced bike guide.

Cyclists approaching the village of Les Baux de Provence in France

Approaching Les-Baux-de-Provence

As an introduction to this stunning region of France, this tour is in a class of its own. Visit Arles, where Van Gough enjoyed his most creative period, the stunningly beautiful medieval village of Le Baux de Provence as well as the Pont du Gard, Europe’s best preserved Roman aqueduct, and the gorgeous old town of Avignon, the City of Popes.

The cycling is relatively easy, following bike paths and quiet roads most of the time. There are a few hills along the way but there’s no rush so take a break to enjoy the view as often as you please.

Please note that this holiday also operates in the reverse direction. Check out Provence and Camargue Bike and Boat.

Itinerary & Map

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Please note that this holiday also operates in the reverse direction. Check out Provence and Camargue Bike and Boat.

 

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Day 1: Arrive Aigues-Mortes

L'Estello barge - aft deck

Welcome aboard

Upon arrival into Aigues-Mortes make your way to the barge. Boarding is at 6pm. If you arrive early we recommend exploring the medieval town. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting where the guide will describe the week ahead in detail. Over dinner you can also get to know your fellow passengers.

Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round tour, 35 miles/55 kms

Camargue Horses

Wild horses of the Camargue

Your first ride leads you along quiet country roads between the canals and lagoons of the Camargue. It’s a relatively easy ride on mainly flat terrain to ease you into the holiday. Towards the end you cycle into the fishing village of Le-Grau-du-Roi – don’t forget your swim stuff in case you fancy a swim from the sandy beach. Return to the barge for dinner aboard and a second evening moored in Aigues Mortes.

Day 3: Aigues-Mortes – Arles, 16 miles/25 kms

Arles - Provence - France

Arles – Provence – France

The day starts with a leisurely cruise along the canal to the charming town of Saint Gilles where you disembark for today’s cycle ride. The relatively short route leads you across open countryside to Arles. The town captivated Van Gogh and many consider the period he spent here to be his most creative. A guide will introduce you to the town’s highlights leading you through the small colourful alleys and streets. The barge moors for the night here so you can also return for another visit in the evening.

Day 4: Arles – Vallabrègues, 34 miles/55 kms

Les Baux de Provence

Today the landscape changes as you cycle into the Alpilles past limestone cliffs and olive groves up to the medieval village of Les-Baux-de-Provence. Then it’s a beautiful  descent to the pretty town of Saint Rémy where Van Gogh painted Starry Night, and finally to Vallabrègues on the banks of the Rhône, where the barge moors for the night.

Day 5: Vallabrègues – Aramon, 22 miles/35 kms

Boulbon - Provence

Boulbon

Cycle along quiet country roads today as you make your way to Barbentane, at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance Rivers. From here you cycle through pleasant forested countryside, first to the Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet – a pilgrims destination for centuries – and then on to the charming medieval village of Boulbon. Then it’s back to the barge for a late afternoon cruise to the town of Aramon where the barge moors for the night.

Day 6: Aramon – Avignon, 25 miles/40 kms

Pont-du-Gard

Pont-du-Gard

Today you will leave the river and cycle north to admire the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe, the Pont-du-Gard. Afterwards you return to the river for a cruise upstream to Avignon, the medieval city of the Popes. You will be moored in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet (aka Pont d’Avignon).

Day 7: Avignon, round tour, 19 miles/30 kms

Avignon - France*

Avignon

Today’s route leads you further upstream, along quiet roads surrounded by vineyards and orchards. The route crosses the Rhône at Île de la Barthelasse before returning via the charming town of Villeneuve Les Avignon.  Your last night aboard is spent in the heart of the city of Avignon.

Day 8: Avignon

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Provence and Camargue route.

2019 Arrival Dates
More information on the 2 boats can be found under Practical Information.
L'Estello, from Aigues Mortes
April620
May418
June11529
July1327
August1024
September721
October519
Caprice, from Aigues Mortes
April620
May418
June11529
July1327
August1024
September721
October

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2019 Prices
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights onboard the Caprice or the L'Estello. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch and 7 x Dinner
Tea and coffee
Maps & route information
Tour leader and emergency van
Harbour charges
Guided tour in Arles & Avignon
Local assistance
Helmet

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Drinks on-board
Special dietary requests (see supplement)

Supplements

Gluten free or vegan diet (£53)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£83)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£189)

Notes


Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear hybrid bikes with comfortable saddle and upright riding position. The bikes come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, water bottle, water bottle holder, lock and one repair kit per cabin.

Electric bikes are also available.

Helmets are provided, however we always suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.

 

Accommodation

L'Estello barge - moored for the evening

L’Estello – moored for the evening

On-board payments:
Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Two very similar barges operate this route in unison, the Caprice and L’Estello. More images of both can be found in the gallery.

L’Estello (Comfort):

Built in 1938 this is a classic Dutch barge with comfortable facilities and a warm friendly atmosphere.

There is an air-conditioned living area divided into a dining area with large picture windows and a bar with sofas and armchairs. Board games and boules are also available on board. The sundeck has seating and a fixed awning. There is free Wi-Fi in the restaurant/bar area.

L'Estello barge - twin cabin

L’Estello – twin cabin

There are 10 cabins on board: 1 double and 9 twins measuring 7-8 m². All cabins are air-conditioned and have en-suite shower/wc and portholes. Bedding and towels are provided and a complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo.

Caprice (Comfort):

The Caprice is a traditional dutch barge offering  a cosy atmosphere, comfortable cabins  and a friendly welcoming crew.

L'Estello and Caprice

L’Estello and Caprice

There is a spacious air-conditioned restaurant and lounge area with bar. The sundeck has seating and a fixed awning. There is free Wi-Fi in the restaurant and lounge area.

Caprice - twin cabin

Caprice – twin cabin

She is equipped with 11 cabins (1 Single, 2 Doubles, 8 Twins) measuring 7-8 m². All are air-conditioned with en-suite shower/wc and fixed portholes. There is ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror. Bedding and towels are provided and a complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo.

Meals
A hearty buffet breakfast is provided each morning where guests are also invited to prepare their own packed lunch. Evening meal is served on-board. There is also a free hot drinks machine.

Getting There

Fly to Montpellier, Marseille, Lyon or Paris and then catch a train to Aigues Mortes

Research flights from the UK here

Research trains in France here

Gallery

Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 3.5
  • Date - 08/05/2017
  • Name - Genevieve Noglik
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - Everything was good except I would have preferred to receive more details of the route with the map and cycling instructions before travelling then I could have researched the towns and villages online beforehand.. Also i would have realised that the cycling was not along the river but more inland and often hilly! Also a map showing where the boat was moored at the beginning and end would have been nice
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Very friendly staff who made us all feel very special. The guide was very helpful with lots of useful information and cared for us well. The only gripe I had at the time was that the new e bikes only register whole km so it was very difficult to follow the self guide instructions and I had to travel with the group. I don't usually like group cycling and prefer to go self guided. I understand that new milometers have been ordered so it may be OK for future groups.
    The food was excellent. The boat clean and enough room in the cabins for two average sized people & suitcases that aren't too large.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the comprehensive feedback Genevieve. The road books are a little weighty to mail out to everyone prior to the trip plus they can be forgotten at home meaning replacements have to be provided locally. Thanks for the info about the e-bike odometers and yes, this is something that is being fixed for future customers.