Provence Bike & Boat

tours / Cycling

Provence Bike & Boat information and booking

from
$1760
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    16-22
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights boat
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. Note that storage capacity is limited in cabins and we recommend you bring a soft luggage bag. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

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
  • Enjoying a tasting of the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine
  • Seeing the famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Cycle through a revolving landscape from the wilderness of the Camargue where wild horses roam, 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 flamingoes 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 a wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape 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.

What's included

  • 7 breakfast, 6 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 twinshare basis
  • Bike rental with gel saddles, puncture resistant tyres, pannier, padlock, water bottle, helmet and repair kit (self guided only)
  • Tour leader
  • Detailed route description, maps and information pack
  • Sheets and towels
  • Harbour charges
  • Tea and coffee on board
  • Wine tasting at chateauneuf-du-pape
  • Entrance to pont du gard
  • Guided visit of arles
  • Support van in the area for alternate excursions and emergencies

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/france/provence/avignon" class="partner" title="Avignon">Avignon</a>, board the boat at Quai de la Ligne
Individual arrival in Avignon. You will find the boat at the Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet. Boarding begins at 6pm.
Day 2 Cycle to <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/france/provence/avignon" class="partner" title="Avignon">Avignon</a>, wine tasting in Chauteauneuf-du-Pape, return to <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/france/provence/avignon" class="partner" title="Avignon">Avignon</a> (45km)
Today's cycle follows roads with low levels of traffic, surrounded by vineyards. In Chateauneuf-du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of this very famous Provençal wine. After crossing the Rhone through Roquemaure, return to Avignon following the course of the river. Elevation +100m
Day 3 By boat to Aramon, then loop cycle to the Pont du Gard (40km)
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: Pont du Gard. This UNESCO listed aqueduct bridge is a truly spectacular work of architecture. Later we return to our mooring in Aramon, a typical village on the banks of the Rhone. Elevation +300m
Day 4 By boat to Vallabrègues then loop cycle to the Abbey of St Michel de Frigulet (35km)
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.
Day 5 Cycle to St Remy de <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/france/provence" class="partner" title="Provence">Provence</a> and on to Les Baux de <a href="http://lonelyplanet.com/france/provence" class="partner" title="Provence">Provence</a> and Arles (60km)
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. Elevation +300m
Day 6 Visit Arles, cycle to Saint Gilles and cruise to Aigues Mortes (25km)
This morning is dedicated to visiting and exploring Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul. 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)
Day 7 Discover the Camargue by bike (55km)
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 +0m
Day 8 Trip concludes
After breakfast the trip concludes in Aigues Mortes.