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Provence to Camargue

Avignon, Van Gogh and Pont du Gard

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 Cézanne 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 35 km
  • Pont du Gard: highest Roman aqueduct
  • Camargue Park: horses, bulls and wilderness
  • Birthplace of Nostradamus
  • Bandol: rosé wine

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Avignon

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

Monday: Avignon - Aramon

40KM

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

Tuesday: Aramon - Vallabrègues

35KM

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

Wednesday: Vallabrègues - Arles

60KM

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

Thursday: Arles - Aigues Mortes

25KM

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. After lunch you reach the lock of Saint Gilles and from there you will sail to Aigues Mortes for the overnight stay.

Day 7

Friday: 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 8

Saturday: Aigues Mortes

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

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
4/15/2017 - 4/22/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
4/15/2017 - 4/22/2017 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
4/29/2017 - 5/6/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
4/29/2017 - 5/6/2017 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/13/2017 - 5/13/2017 Limited Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/13/2017 - 5/20/2017 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/27/2017 - 6/3/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
5/27/2017 - 6/3/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
6/10/2017 - 6/17/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
6/10/2017 - 6/17/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
6/24/2017 - 7/1/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
6/24/2017 - 7/1/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
7/8/2017 - 7/15/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
7/8/2017 - 7/15/2017 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/22/2017 - 7/29/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
7/22/2017 - 7/29/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
8/5/2017 - 8/12/2017 Limited Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/5/2017 - 8/12/2017 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/19/2017 - 8/26/2017 Limited Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/19/2017 - 8/26/2017 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/2/2017 - 9/9/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
9/2/2017 - 9/9/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
9/16/2017 - 9/23/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
9/16/2017 - 9/23/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
9/30/2017 - 10/7/2017 Fully Booked Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe
9/30/2017 - 10/7/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
10/14/2017 - 10/21/2017 Limited Avignon Soleo Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/14/2017 - 10/21/2017 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
L’Estello 2-berth cabin € 1980,-
L’Estello 2-berth cabin for single use € 1290,-
Soleo 2-berth cabin € 1980,-
Soleo 2-berth cabin for single use € 1290,-
————————————————- Standard season surcharge per person (April 29th to July 29th and October 7th to October 14th) € 110,-
————————————————- High season surcharge per person (August 26th to September 30th) € 160,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
27-gear unisex Citybike 27-gear unisex Citybike €75
Electric bike Electric bike Kalkhoff, Agattu model €170
Bike Helmet Bike Helmet €15

Included

  • All nights on board
  • 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
  • Transfer Aigues Mortes – Avignon or Avignon – Aigues Mortes
  • Bicycle rent
  • Travel risk insurance / cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Beverages on board, museums etc.

Special details

Operated by local partner.

When booking the name of the ship (Soleo of l’Estello) will be mentioned.

Please take good notice of our booking 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 Avignon.
Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Airport

The nearest international airport is Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport (MPL). The airport is located 80 km/ 50 miles from Avignon.
There are several ways of transportation to get to the mooring place of the barge:
– Connection by shuttle bus+tramway+train: total travel time is between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Total costs are about € 25,- per person.
– Connection by taxi + train: total travel time between 1.5 and 2 hours. Taxi costs are about € 30,-  and the train ticket is € 20,-.

Train

In Avignon there are 2 train stations: Avignon-Centre (distance to the barge is 2.5 km/ 1.5 miles) and Avignon TGV (distance to the barge is 6 km/ 3.75 miles). From Avignon Centre you can take a taxi, costs about € 30,-. Or you can take the bus, travel time about 15 minutes and a ticket costs about € 2,-.From Avignon TGV you can take a taxi, costs about  € 30,-. Or you can take the bus, travel time about 1 hour. You need to change buses once. Tickets cost about € 4,-.

Car

Avignon is easily accessible from the highway A7 Lyon-Marseille. 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English and Dutch. Some of them speak Germand and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles).  But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

More questions

Price starting from € 980,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

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
Hairdryers available at the reception

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

About the barge

The Soleo is a local flatboat built in 1958, converted into a leisure boat in 1988 and refurbished in 2009.

Cabin plan

12 cabins (4 doubles, 6 twins and 2 singles) measuring 7-8 m2
Each cabin has three fixed port holes (one is in the bathroom); is air conditioned and has got en-suite facilities. Each of them has also ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror.

Bed sizes: 1,90 m x 0,80 m (single beds) and 1,90 m x 1,40 m (double bed)
Air-conditioned living room, 12,50 m x 4,70 m. Including dining area with seating capacity for 22 guests and a salon area with an open bar. A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light
Free WiFi is available in the restaurant/bar area. As well as a stereo system, i-pod docking station, books and CD's Hairdryers available at the reception.Large sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning available. Half of the sundeck is completely sheltered from the elements.

  • Offical name Soleo
  • Length 38.5 m
  • Width 5.1 m
  • Capacity 22 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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