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Avignon to Camargue 8-day Bike & Barge Tour
A wonderful bike and boat tour in unspoiled nature: you start toasting with the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and then reach the old Roman Pont du Gard, exploring Van Gogh’s Provencal landscape. Then you continue cycling through the Rhone Valley up to Arles and to the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes, which will accompany you in your ride through bulls and horses of the Camargue.
7 nights accommodation
Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
Detailed route description
Maps and info-packs
Tour leader on bike
Emergency van in the area
Guided visit of Arles
Entrance to Pont du Gard
Wine-tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Coffee and tea on board
Beverages on board
Tips and extras in general
Everything not mentioned in the 'included' section
For vegan and gluten-free diets a fee of 50 Euros will be invoiced when booking
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge Tours in Europe
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.
Avignon, round tour (30 km)
Today we’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 we’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 centre of Avignon.
Avignon – Aramon (40 km).
In the morning we sail to the town of Aramon, where the bikes are available for you to start pedalling. The ride today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe -Pont du Gard -very spectacular. Overnight stay in Aramon with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.
Aramon – Vallabrègues (35 km).
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.
Vallabreguès – Arles (55 km).
This part of the tour 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.
Arles – Aigues-Mortes (25 km).
Today the whole morning is dedicated to visiting Arles - the ancient capital of Gaul with some beautiful Roman ruins. You will also be welcome by a professional guide who will accompany you around the best places to see 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.
Aigues-Mortes, round tour (55 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 swim on the beach.
Disembarkation after breakfast, end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.
The program has been planned to feature navigation along the Rhone River and Canal Rhone-Sète. Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Aug 17 2019||Aug 24 2019||21||Single rooms||1,290€|
|Sep 14 2019||Sep 21 2019||21||Single rooms||1,610€|
|Sep 28 2019||Oct 05 2019||21||Single rooms||1,610€|
|Oct 12 2019||Oct 19 2019||21||Single rooms||1,610€|
|Oct 26 2019||Nov 02 2019||21||Single rooms||1,520€|
|Apr 11 2020||Apr 18 2020||21||Single rooms||1,320€|
|Apr 25 2020||May 02 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
|May 23 2020||May 30 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
|Jun 20 2020||Jun 27 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
|Jul 18 2020||Jul 25 2020||21||Single rooms||1,340€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||21||Single rooms||1,340€|
|Aug 15 2020||Aug 22 2020||21||Single rooms||1,340€|
|Aug 29 2020||Sep 05 2020||21||Single rooms||1,770€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||21||Single rooms||1,770€|
|Sep 26 2020||Oct 03 2020||21||Single rooms||1,770€|
|Oct 10 2020||Oct 17 2020||21||Single rooms||1,770€|
|Oct 24 2020||Oct 31 2020||21||Single rooms||1,670€|
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