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Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights on a comfortable barge
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1185GBP

Overview

Trip Code: PBB

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through stunning countryside past olive groves and vineyards, and through the wild Camargue
  • Exploring the great towns of Arles, Avignon and St Remy de Provence
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the landscapes made famous by Van Gogh
  • Seeing the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard

Cycle through a revolving landscape from the wilderness of the Camargue where wild horses roam, to scenes of picturesque Provençal villages and vineyards that inspired Van Gogh and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. The Camargue is rich in wildlife including flamingos and endemic plants, while its flat plains provide easy cycling, before giving way to the spectacular limestone foothills of the Alpilles. Explore the villages of Provence brimming with tasty treats, art studios and cultural relics. Enjoy the vineyard scenery and marvel at the well preserved Pont du Gard. Relax on board the barge after each day's cycle and enjoy the views on the bank of the Rhone as you soak up the hospitality of the crew.

Countries:

France

Starting Point:

Avignon or Aigues Mortes

Finishing Point:

Aigues Mortes or Avignon


Itinerary

Make your way to Avignon. You will find the boat at the Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St Bénezet. Boarding begins at 6pm.

Meals:  D

Today's cycle takes us to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical Provencal landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before heading back to the boat we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known as the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon there'll be time to visit the historic centre of Avignon. Elevation +100m/328ft

Meals:  B,L,D

We cruise for two hours this morning to the new harbour on the Rhone at Aramon. Back on the bikes we cycle to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe, the Pont du Gard. This UNESCO listed aqueduct is a truly spectacular work of architecture. Later we return to our mooring in Aramon, a typical village on the banks of the Rhone, with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux. Elevation +110m/361ft

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning the boat cruises to Vallabrègues, another pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône. The cycle takes you along country roads to the town of Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers. From here you continue to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet whose grounds are perfect for a picnic. Later you continue to the medieval village of Boulbon before returning to the boat at Vallabrègues. Elevation +90m/295ft

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's cycle brings you to Saint Remy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus. This village is one of the "must-sees" in Provence. Vincent Van Gogh was treated here at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and was so inspired by the light and landscape that he created 143 oil paintings and more than 100 drawings. Cycle to the Alpilles hills, with an ascent to the fortified town of Les Baux de Provence. This picturesque village is lodged in the rock itself. A landscape of limestone cliffs, lavender and olive trees accompanies your journey. Continue to Arles. Elevation +300m/984ft

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning is dedicated to visiting and exploring Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul on a guided walk. This World Heritage listed site has many important and beautiful Roman ruins. Getting lost among its small alleys will be like entering a picture by Van Gogh. You will arrive by bike at the wooden bridge, which was portrayed by the great painter. Continue on to Saint Gilles, where you will meet the boat for a 2 hour cruise to Aigues Mortes. The striking walled town of Aigues-Mortes is set on the Petite Camargue, a flat marsh. The town has changed little in outward appearance since the Middle Ages with its watch towers and fortified portes or gates. It was established as a port town with access to the sea via a canal through the marshlands. We recommend you try a "Fougasse" which is a traditional pastry made with Brioche dough, sugar and orange blossom. Elevation +0m Note: option for self guided cyclists to cycle via the coast at Saintes Maries de la Mer to Aigues Mortes (65km 40.5mi)

Meals:  B,L,D

Discover the spectacular Camargue on today's round cycle. Through small country lanes between canals and lagoons, you'll reach the charming village of Le Grau-du-Roi - and maybe take a refreshing swim at the beach. Return to Aigues Mortes for your last night on board the boat. Elevation +20m/65m

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast the trip concludes in Aigues Mortes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfast, 6 packed lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks). Breakfast is buffet style and will usually consist of bread, ham/salami, cheese, butter, marmalade/jams, yoghurt, cereals, milk, tea and coffee. At breakfast you will prepare your packed lunch which will be sandwiches, juice or 1/2L of water. At dinner you can enjoy typical dishes of the simple traditional Provençal cuisine. Dinner consists of a starter, a main course and dessert. On the table there will always be water and bread.
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a boat with private facilities on a twin share basis
  • Bike rental with gel saddles, puncture resistant tyres, pannier, padlock, water bottle and helmet. A repair kit is provided if self guided. Electric bikes are available on request and an additional supplement applies.
  • Bike insurance for loss or damage
  • Tour leader
  • Detailed route description, maps and information pack per cabin booked
  • Sheets and towels
  • Harbour charges
  • Tea and coffee on board
  • Guided visit of Arles
  • Support van in the area for alternate excursions and emergencies
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPS Tracks are available on request

  • Drinks on board
  • Entry to museums
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to/from Avignon and Aigues Mortes
  • Supplement to provide vegan or gluten free meals on board
  • Entrance to the Pont du Gard area is free, not included however is entrance to the visitor centre (approx. 10 euro).

Bike information


Suitability

introductory to moderate

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GRADE 2 - INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE This trip involves 6 days cycling with daily distances between 25 and 55km/15.5 and 34mi usually along cycle paths and low traffic roads. There are some short stretches on some busier roads. The cycling is the lowlands during the two stages in the Camargue, while the stages north of Arles include some ups and downs, which are however quite easy to overcome. There is just one demanding slope towards Les Baux de Provence. The itinerary is mostly on secondary roads with low traffic; some short stretches on more busy roads are however inevitable, especially when going in and out of towns.*For safety reasons, we highly recommend that cycle helmets are worn during cycle sections.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
IT1
Trip begins in Avignon.
IT2
Trip begins in Aigues Mortes.
DN3
High season supplement applies for departures from 21 Aug to 9 Oct in 2021. Mid season supplement applies for departures from 10 Apr to 3 Jul 2021 and 16 Oct to 23 Oct 2021. Note: 40% non refundable deposit required to secure a booking on this trip.

Total Priceper person from

£1185GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for vegan or gluten free dietGBP£50
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£110
  • Single Cabin SupplementGBP£320
*Prices listed are per person

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