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Burgundy to Provence 8-day Bike & Barge Tour

  • 8days
  • France

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From Lyon to Arles Bike & Barge Tour

See the south of France, barging and cycling!

Bike and Barge Tour in the south of France. Guests enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Rhône valley and cities founded by the Romans more than 2.000 years ago. This part of France is home to some of the best and most expensive French wines, for example Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Accommodation:

Designed specifically for the Rhône river, this custom-built ship has all outside cabins and provides an especially intimate cruising experience—carrying just 49 passengers.

Take time to relax after your biking day, in the bar and lounge, library, and Sun Deck. Your hotel style cabin features a flat-screen TV with CNN, radio, direct-dial telephone, individual heating and air-conditioning controls, twin beds, and private bathroom with shower and hair dryer. Plus, complimentary wireless internet access is available in all cabins, in additional to all common areas.

Included in your Bike and Barge Tour:

General on board:

  • Cabin accommodation 7 nights/ 8 days
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Port and lock fees
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Wake up service

Food and drinks on board:

  • 7 x breakfasts, 6 x packed lunches, 6 x dinners on board - meals include regional specialties
  • Free coffee and tea on board from 7am until dinner
  • Boat made cake or pie between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • House wine, regular beer and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captains greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Free drinkable water 24/7 (dispensers on board)

Cultural:

  • City walk in Lyon and Avignon
  • City tours on GPS for the towns you visit during your bike tours

On the bike:

  • Daily information meeting
  • Route book in English with extra information about the sites along the way (1 per cabin)
  • Water bottle for on the bike
  • Cooling bag to transport your drinks and lunch
  • Use of GPS device during the bike tours ( a warranty will be asked for this device)

Not included in the tour:

  • Transfers from and to the boat
  • Drinks on board (other than the drinks offered at dinner)
  • Dinner ashore in Avignon
  • Excursions and entrance fees to museums
  • Rental bike and helmet
  • Wine tasting in a vineyard
  • Bike along tour guide € 153 p.p. (max 16 bikers in a group)
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Everything not mentioned in the included itinerary

Special diets may be catered for at a fee of 50 EUR (vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free - not vegan)

Prices quoted on our website are for Soleil Suites.

Lavender Suites on lower deck from 1515 EUR and Imperial Suites on main deck (with balcony) from 1970 EUR - prices are subject to seasonal fluctuations. Enquire [email protected] 

If you would like to rent a bike (95 EUR) or e-bike (180 EUR) please contact our office when booking [email protected]

Bikes:

After arrival on board you will be allocated a bike suitable to your height. This hybrid bike is at your disposal during your trip. Your bike has 24 speeds, hand brakes, pannier bags and a lock. Before your first tour, the guide will give you instructions about the bike. We draw your attention to the fact that you will be held responsible for damage to or theft of the bike, as long as the bike is not on board. Never leave it unattended and unlocked. Please note that helmets are mandatory on this tour. We suggest you to bring your own, or buy one on board. Helmets are not available for rental.

E-bikes: are available on board, but be aware that these are booked early. Your E-bike has 8 speeds, hand brakes, a pannier bag and a lock.

Arrival / departure:

Airport: Lyon - From here you can take a taxi or the Rhône express. The Rhône express is a tram shuttle service that goes between Lyon airport and Lyon Part-dieu train station.

Train:

From almost all major cities in France you can reach Lyon as well as Arles with a TGV. Paris to Lyon by TGV is less than 2 hours; Paris to Arles by TGV is less than 4 hours.

Mooring places:

Lyon: Quai du Dr. Gailleton

Arles: rue Jean Gorodliche

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  • Day 1

    Lyon

    Embarkation 5 p.m., but you can bring your luggage on board around 2 p.m.

  • Day 2

    Lyon - Tournon-sur-Rhone, approx. 42 km

    Get ready for incredible scenery, tastes, and fragrances! Leaving Vienne, you immediately bike into the nature reserve Île au Beurre, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. The landscape slowly changes into that of vineyards as you enter the land of the Côte Rôtie. The vineyards are unique because of the steep slopes facing the river and their stone walls. The landscape changes again, this time into the green landscape of the Ardèche countryside Here you can find the boat moored in Andance. During dinner, the ship will navigate to Tournon sur Rhône.

  • Day 3

    Tournon-sur-Rhone – Le Pouzin, approx. 33-73 km

    On the short route this morning the captain and his crew start the day early to bring you to the city of Valence, where the boat will arrive after breakfast. This town with its colorful markets and it’s historic “Quartiers” is the starting point of your cycling day featuring the typical small villages of the Ardèche, historic sites, and the green meadows of a nature reserve towards Le Pouzin in the Drôme area. The long route takes you inland to the Drôme region and the ancient city of Crest with its imposing defense tower that overlooks both the river and the city. The third option is an exceptional one and needs pre-booking. From Tournon an old steam train takes you and your bike up to Lamastre, the starting place of the Dolce Via bike route. The next 73 kilometres you will ride along an old railway line that has been turned into a bike route. You ride through the imposing mountainous landscape of the Ardèche through tunnels and along ravines. The route is partly unpaved. A day for the good cyclists.

  • Day 4

    Le Pouzin – Viviers, approx. 42 km

    Today the tour brings you past the medieval abbey of Cruas and further along you will be crossing a memorable rope bridge in Rochemaure. Though built by Marc Seguin in 1858, the architect was inspired by the castle ramparts. This bridge can be seen as a symbolic passing from old to new, from history to the future. At the end of the day you will be parking your bike next to the boat and you can enjoy a stroll through the historic village of Viviers.

  • Day 5

    Viviers – Avignon, approx. 40 km

    After a morning sail, the bikes will be put ashore at Roquemaure. From here you will bike straight into the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You might want to purchase a bottle of wine of the same name to take home! Once you pass the hilly landscape around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you are rewarded with an almost completely flat bike path along the river. Soon you will enjoy a panoramic view of Avignon, the home of the Popes in the 14th century. In this city you can wander the old streets, enjoy the French way of life on the squares with their terraces and just breathe the culture

  • Day 6

    Avignon – Tarascon/Arles, approx. 50-58 km

    Many choices today on the ride from the ancient city of Popes to the South. The longer and easier route takes you on a relaxed ride along the river on the Via Rhôna. The shorter but more strenuous route is a breathtaking stage, which brings you to the Alpilles, with the perched villages of Les-Baux-de-Provence and Saint Rémy de Provence. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees will accompany the trip. For the very keen cyclists we have the option of a long ride inland (more than 70 km) that brings you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard.

  • Day 7

    Tarascon/Arles – Arles, approx. 21-50 km

    For those who want to explore Arles and all the cozy corners Van Gogh once painted we have prepared a nice short route of only 21 kilometers. If you want to spend your last day cycling the longer option, we offer an interesting ride into the Camargue, the river delta of the Rhône. Here you will find salt marches and century old traces of human population. You might even see the famous Camargue wild horses.

  • Day 8

    Arles

    Disembarkation at approx. 10 a.m.. Independent homeward travel.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Mar 26 2022 Apr 02 2022 49 Single rooms 1,970€
Double rooms 1,465€
Apr 09 2022 Apr 16 2022 49 Single rooms 1,970€
Double rooms 1,465€
Apr 23 2022 Apr 30 2022 49 Single rooms 2,375€
Double rooms 1,865€
May 07 2022 May 14 2022 49 Single rooms 2,375€
Double rooms 1,865€
May 21 2022 May 28 2022 49 Single rooms 2,375€
Double rooms 1,865€
Jun 04 2022 Jun 11 2022 49 Single rooms 2,375€
Double rooms 1,865€
Jun 18 2022 Jun 25 2022 49 Single rooms 2,375€
Double rooms 1,865€
Jul 02 2022 Jul 09 2022 49 Single rooms 2,375€
Double rooms 1,865€
Jul 16 2022 Jul 23 2022 49 Single rooms 1,970€
Double rooms 1,465€
Jul 30 2022 Aug 06 2022 49 Single rooms 1,970€
Double rooms 1,465€
Aug 13 2022 Aug 20 2022 49 Single rooms 1,970€
Double rooms 1,465€
Aug 27 2022 Sep 03 2022 49 Single rooms 2,475€
Double rooms 1,970€
Sep 10 2022 Sep 17 2022 49 Single rooms 2,475€
Double rooms 1,970€
Sep 24 2022 Oct 01 2022 49 Single rooms 2,475€
Double rooms 1,970€
Oct 08 2022 Oct 15 2022 49 Single rooms 2,475€
Double rooms 1,970€

Car rental in France

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

Paris Theatres

Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]

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