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Provence and Camargue | Avigon - Aigues Mortes

Boat and bike Provence and Camargue

Provence and Camargue

A wonderful boat & bike tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes you’ll cycle gradually towards Arles. After that you’ll visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence and the Roman Pont du Gard.

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

In this tour you have the possibility to explore by bike the southern part of France. Historically, Provence was important to the Celts, Greeks and Romans, which added to the layers of Provencal life, while in more modern times the Provence landscape inspired artists like Van Gogh and Cézanne. You will cycle along quiet roads with breathtaking scenery and discover many delightful hilltop villages, among vineyards and orchards. Then you will enter the Camargue region, a dramatic river delta, home to flamingos, wild horses and countless bird species. You will find it difficult not to fall in love with these landscapes!

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided Tour
Ilka Lange
Ilka Lange
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Itinerary

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.

Today you’ll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical garrigue landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before going back you’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let us discover the historic center of Avignon.

Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon.

ca. 30 km

In the morning navigation till the town of Aramon, where you will start pedalling. 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.

After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In the first part of the stage you will face short slopes. Navigation: about 2 hours from Avignon to Aramon.

ca. 40 km

You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, a 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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.

After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon, now a few kilometers from Vallabrègues. Navigation: about 1 hour from Aramon to Vallabrègues.

ca. 35 km

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.

When you have just left Vallabrègues, you will have to pay attention to the traffic along the wide road that runs to Tarascon. The rest of the stage goes along peaceful country roads. Today’s itinerary is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent: 4 km ascent from St. Remy to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to the village of Paradou waits for you!

ca. 55 km

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 welcomed 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.

Today’s stage is a short “transfer” tour leading you through “Tête de la Camargue”, an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the the lock of St-Gilles. Navigation: 3 hours from St-Gilles to Aigues Mortes.

ca. 25 km

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.

This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals, villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi where you can have a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand. Do not miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and on its ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi.

ca. 55 km

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

Tour character

Light – medium. The bike tours are between 45 and 55 km long and lead through the different landscapes of Provence. Except for small climbs in the hilly Garrigue and in the Alpilles, a moderate and varied tour awaits you. This mainly runs on small, low-traffic roads and paved commercial roads. With our electric bike, this trip becomes an easy tour for everyone

Netherlands with bike

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Place of arrival: Avignon
  Season 1
27.03.2021 - 03.04.2021
10.07.2021 - 14.08.2021

Season 2
10.04.2021 - 03.07.2021
16.10.2021 - 23.10.2021

Season 3
21.08.2021 - 09.10.2021

R+S Provence und Carmague | Von Avignon nach Aigues-Mortes, MS Caprice, 8 Tage, FR-PRSCA-08G
Base price
990.00
1,340.00
1,430.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use 350.00 350.00 350.00
R+S Provence und Carmague | Von Avignon nach Aigues-Mortes, MS L'Estello, 8 Tage, FR-PRSEA-08G
Base price
990.00
1,340.00
1,430.00
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use 350.00 350.00 350.00
Season 1
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 3, 2021
Jul 10, 2021 - Aug 14, 2021
Season 2
Apr 10, 2021 - Jul 3, 2021
Oct 16, 2021 - Oct 23, 2021
Season 3
Aug 21, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
R+S Provence und Carmague | Von Avignon nach Aigues-Mortes, MS Caprice, 8 Tage, FR-PRSCA-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
R+S Provence und Carmague | Von Avignon nach Aigues-Mortes, MS L'Estello, 8 Tage, FR-PRSEA-08G
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
990.00
350.00
990.00
350.00
1,340.00
350.00
1,340.00
350.00
1,430.00
350.00
1,430.00
350.00
Filter
27-gear-bike
electric bike
85.00
220.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and extras

Services
  • Tour and accommodation on board the Caprice/L’Estello in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)
  • Full board (breakfast and dinner, selfmade packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Use of bed linen and towels
  • Courtesy kit
  • Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Bike helmet
  • English speaking tour leader within an international group
  • Digital tour information
  • Emergency van in the area, also available for daily excursions;
  • Guided visit in Arles
  • WiFi.

Services not included

  • parking fee
  • shuttles
  • bike rental
  • entrance fees and excursions
  • ferry tickets
  • drinks on board
  • tips
  • travel insurances.
Infos

Diets and allergies: If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-intolerant, allergic to some specific ingredients/substances or if you suffer from any other kind of allergies please indicate it at the moment of booking. Once on board, make sure that the kitchen staff is aware of your allergies, in order to avoid unpleasant situations. A supplement may be asked (€ 50, in advance for gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan diets).

Transfer back: We advise you to take the train back to Aigues Mortes/Avignon. The duration of the tour is about 2 hrs and the price is approx. €15 (to be paid on site). For departure times and ticket prices please look on: www.tgv-europe.com.

Notes

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