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Camargue to Provence

Through the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh

Aigues Mortes
Avignon

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Avignon
Avignon

Among the wilderness of camargue and the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh you will cycle through delicious Provençal villages and vineyards. This stunning region, with its rich history and beautiful light, has attracted travellers for centuries. It is here that Artists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne found their inspiration.

A beautiful trip from the famous ‘pont d’Avignon’ to the Mediterranean sea. You will visit Avignon and Arles  with their cultural and architectural highlights and cycle through the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh. Along the way you will discover picturesque Provencal villages and vineyards. You will start or end your tour in the stunning nature of the Camargue. Cane fields, salt lakes, horses and flamingos will be the background of the first or second part of your week.

 

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 43km, average per day
  • Bandol: rosé wine
  • Saucisson de taureau: salami of the Camargue
  • Camargue Park: horses, bulls and wilderness
  • Pont du Gard: highest Roman aqueduct

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: 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

Sunday: Aigues Mortes, round tour

55KM

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

Monday: Aigues Mortes - Arles

25KM

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

Tuesday: Arles - Vallabrègues

60KM

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

Wednesday: Vallabrègues - Aramon

35KM

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

Thursday: Aramon - Avignon

40KM

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

Friday: Avignon, round tour

45KM

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 back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon following the course of the river.

Day 8

Saturday: Avignon

After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
4/21/2018 - 4/28/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
4/21/2018 - 4/27/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/5/2018 - 5/12/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/5/2018 - 5/12/2018 Limited Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/19/2018 - 5/26/2018 Fully Booked Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
5/19/2018 - 5/26/2018 Fully Booked Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe
6/2/2018 - 6/9/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/2/2018 - 6/9/2018 Limited Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/16/2018 - 6/23/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/16/2018 - 6/23/2018 Limited Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/30/2018 - 7/7/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/30/2018 - 7/7/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/14/2018 - 7/21/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/14/2018 - 7/21/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/28/2018 - 8/4/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/28/2018 - 8/4/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/11/2018 - 8/18/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/11/2018 - 8/18/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/25/2018 - 9/1/2018 Fully Booked Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
8/25/2018 - 9/1/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/8/2018 - 9/15/2018 Fully Booked Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
9/8/2018 - 9/15/2018 Limited Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/22/2018 - 9/29/2018 Available Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/22/2018 - 9/29/2018 Limited Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/6/2018 - 10/13/2018 Fully Booked Aigues Mortes L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
10/6/2018 - 10/13/2018 Available Aigues Mortes Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin
L’Estello 2-berth cabin on April 21+August 11+August 25 € 1980,-
L’Estello 2-berth cabin May 5 - July 28 € 2240,-
L’Estello 2-berth cabin Sept. 8 - Oct. 6 € 2380,-
Caprice 2-berth cabin on April 21+August 11+August 25 € 1980,-
Caprice 2-berth cabin May 5 - July 28 € 2240,-
Caprice 2-berth cabin Sept. 8 - Oct. 6 € 2380,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
27-gear unisex Citybike 27-gear unisex Citybike €85
Electric bike Electric bike Kalkhoff, Agattu model €195
Bike Helmet Bike Helmet €15

Included

  • All nights on board
  • Season supplement
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • Detailed route description, maps, info-pack
  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Support van in the area for alternative excursions and emergencies
  • Harbour charges

Not included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Cabin for single occupancy: supplement of € 300,-
  • Transfer Aigues Mortes – Avignon or Avignon – Aigues Mortes
  • Bicycle rent
  • Personal insurance / Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Beverages on board, museums etc.

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • No bike insurance available for this tour.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

Individual arrival and boarding is on Saturday after 6 PM in Aigues-Mortes.
The barge is moored by the Quai des Bateliers in Avenue du Pont de Provence.

Airport

The nearest international airport is Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport (MPL). The airport is located 40 km/ 25 miles from Aigues-Mortes.
There are several ways of transportation to get to the mooring place of the barge:
Connection by shuttle bus+train+taxi: total travel time is about 1 hour. Bus and train ticket costs about € 9,-. Taxi costs are € 40,-.
By taxi from the airport to the barge in Aigues-Mortes: travel time is about 25 minutes and the costs are about € 70,-.

Train

Aigues-Mortes has a train station. The barge is moored within walking distance.

Car

Aigues-Mortes is easily accessible by car. You can reach the barge directly by car to load and unload the luggage.
There are several parkings where you can leave your car. Detailed information will be included in your travel documents.

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later, on Saturday morning after breakfast before 9 AM in Aigues-Mortes.
You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board.
At the end of the tour, if you need to return to Avignon, you can take a train or book a private transfer.
By train it takes approx. 2 hours (you need to change trains in Nimes). A one-way train ticket (2nd class) costs about € 16,-.
It also is possible to book a private transfer between Aigues Mortes and Avignon. Travel time is about 1.5 hours and the price is € 35,- per person. You need to reserve in advance. Detailed information will be included in your travel documents.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Camargue to Provence tour?

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

    The tour is totally in the lowlands in 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 some navigation stretches to make the stages more enjoyable.

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided.  We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems.  Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you’ll come across.

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)

    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance.
    This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Cancellation insurance incl. flight:

    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

More questions

Price starting from € 990,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Caprice
Caprice

About the barge

The living area measures 12.50 x 4.10 m, is air-conditioned and it is divided into two areas: the Restaurant (up to 22 seats) the Lounge with an open bar A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light. Extra features: Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning.

Cabin plan

The boat Caprice is equipped with 11 cabins (3 Doubles, 8 Twins) measuring 7-8 m2. Each cabin has three fixed portholes (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and en-suite facilities with shower area; plus ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror. Bed sizes: 1.90 m x 0.80 m (Singles) and 1.90 m x 1.40 m (Doubles).
L’Estello
L’Estello

About the barge

L’Estello is a 1937 Dutch barge sailed over to France. She has been refurbished to offer a high level of comfort, without compromising any of her original charm.

Cabin plan

10 double cabins (one with double bed and nine with twin beds) size 7-8 m2 Each cabin has two port holes (one is in the bathroom); is air conditioned and has en-suite facilities. Bed sizes: 1,90 m x 0,75 m or 2 m x 0,80 m

The air-conditioned living room is divided into two areas:
Restaurant, with large picture windows, Bar area with comfortable sofas and armchairs, Sundeck with a fixed awning, tables and chairs, Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area, Bring and Borrow supply of travel books,Pétanque/Boules sets and board games available

  • Offical name L'Estello
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.2 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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