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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.
The tour is totally in the lowlands during the two stages in Camargue, while the stages north of Arles present some inclines and descents, which are however easy to Maneuver. 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 a couple of navigation stretches to make the stage more enjoyable.
For vegan and gluten-free diets a fee of 50 EUR will be invoiced when booking
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Individual arrival and boarding after 6pm in Avignon. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.
Avignon, round tour 30km
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 time to discover the historic centre of Avignon.
Avignon – Aramon 40km
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.
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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.
Vallabrègues – Arles 55km
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.
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 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.
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 swim on the beach?
After breakfast, end of tour
The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Rhone River and Rhone-Sète Canal. 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 barge’s captain.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|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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