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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 43km, average per day
  • 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  
4/14/2018 - 4/21/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
4/14/2018 - 4/21/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
4/28/2018 - 5/5/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
4/28/2018 - 5/5/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/12/2018 - 5/19/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/12/2018 - 5/19/2018 Fully Booked Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe
5/26/2018 - 6/2/2018 Limited Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/26/2018 - 6/2/2018 Fully Booked Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe
6/9/2018 - 6/16/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/9/2018 - 6/16/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/23/2018 - 6/30/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/23/2018 - 6/30/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/7/2018 - 7/14/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/7/2018 - 7/14/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/21/2018 - 7/28/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
7/21/2018 - 7/28/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/4/2018 - 8/11/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/4/2018 - 8/11/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/18/2018 - 8/25/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
8/18/2018 - 8/25/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/1/2018 - 9/8/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/1/2018 - 9/8/2018 Available Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
9/15/2018 - 9/22/2018 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
9/15/2018 - 9/22/2018 Fully Booked Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe
9/29/2018 - 10/6/2018 Fully Booked Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe
9/29/2018 - 10/6/2018 Limited Avignon Caprice Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/13/2018 - 10/20/2018 Available Avignon L’Estello Comfort de Luxe Book now
10/13/2018 - 10/20/2018 Available Avignon 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 14+August 4+August 18 € 1980,-
L’Estello 2-berth cabin April 28 - July 28 € 2240,-
L’Estello 2-berth cabin Sept. 1 - Oct. 13 € 2380,-
Caprice 2-berth cabin on April 14+August 4+August 18 € 1980,-
Caprice 2-berth cabin April 28 - July 28 € 2240,-
Caprice 2-berth cabin Sept. 1 - Oct. 13 € 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

  • Operated by 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 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

  • What biking level is the Provence to Camargue 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 € 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

Camargue to Provence

Camargue to Provence

 

What others think of this tour

We had Hugo as a guide and think he is excellent
Mr. Shephard - 03/07/2016

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