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Provence to Burgundy 8-day Bike & Barge Tour

  • 8days
  • France

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Bike & Barge Tour from Arles to Lyon

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 the  Bike and Barge Tour:

General on board:

  • Cabin accommodation 7nights/ 8days
  • 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 tour

On the bike:

  • Daily information meeting
  • Route book in English with extra information about the sides 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 fee to museums
  • Rental bike and helmet
  • Wine tasting in a vineyard
  • Bike along tour guide € 150 p.p. (max 16 bikers in a group)
  • Diets
  • Everything not mentioned in the included itinerary

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

If you would like to rent a bike (80 Euro) or e-bike (185 Euro) 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. Beforeyour first to ur, 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 Partdieu train station.

Train:

From almost al 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

    Embarkation at Arles

    You can check into your cabin around 6p.m., but you can bring your luggage on board starting from 2 p.m. In the meantime take a stroll through the centre of Arles. Around 7 p.m. the guide and crew welcome you to dinner with an aperitif to start of the tour. After dinner there is time to explain some things about the tour and also the captain will tell you more about life on board.

  • Day 2

    Arles - Avignon ( bike) 45km

    Today you bike from the home of Van Gogh to the ancient city of Popes, Avignon. Halfway you will arrive in Beaucaire. Here the Languedoc region and the Provence region meet. After lunch you will have a first glance of the panoramic view of Avignon, the home of the Popes in the 14th century. In this city you will be amazed at the old streets. Enjoy the French way of life on the squares with their terraces and just breathe in the culture.

  • Day 3

    Avignon - Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts – Viviers (bike) 40km (boat) 38km

    Today we start of with an almost completely flat first part of the bike path along the river, while we bike away from the old streets, squares and terraces of Avignon towards the famous wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The closer we come to Châteauneuf -du-Pape, the home of the Popes in the 14th century, the less flat the route will become. But with a rewarding view over the river and a nice wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is more than a treat. Not long after you have passed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you will arrive in the small village of Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts, where the boat is moored and will start sailing around 6 pm. towards Viviers, where we will spent the night.

  • Day 4

    Viviers -Pouzin (bike) 42km

    In the morning, before you hit the route, you can take some time to enjoy the scenery of Viviers. The biking tour today will first bring you to an unusual, but memorable bridge - the rope bridge in Rochemaure. This bridge can be seen as a symbolic passing from old to new, from history to the future. Further along the tour brings you near the medieval abbey of Cruas and finally bring you to the destination of today Pouzin.

  • Day 5

    Pouzin – Valence - Tournon sur Rhône (bike) 35km (boat) 20km

    This morning we will be leaving the Drôme area and ride into the Ardèche, with it’s typical small villages and historic sites to wonder at from your bike. After a beautiful day of riding through nature, you can enjoy the city of Valence. This city with its colourful markets and it’s historic “ Quartiers” is the end of our bike tour today and the beginning of our sailing cruise towards Tournon sur Rhône.

  • Day 6

    Tournon sur Rhône - Andance – Vienne (bike) 42km (boat) 40km

    Today we can offer you a big variety of views, tastes and fragrances. But first the captain and his crew bring you to Andance, while you can enjoy your breakfast. When you get on your bike in Andance, you will be starting a tour enjoying the nice green landscape of the Ardèche, but very soon this landscape will be changing into one big vineyard. These grapes are the main ingredient of the famous Côte Rôtie wines. Once you have left the vineyards behind you, you are heading towards Île au Beurre, a nature reservation, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, just before reaching the town of Vienne. At dinner time we will be cruising into Lyon so you can have an early start tomorrow exploring this city.

  • Day 7

    Exploring Lyon (bike) 40km

    To start your bike tour, you will be exploring the green site of Lyon today. In 1998, this city received the title of UNESCO world heritage. This was because this is a city with a cultural heritage that dates back over 2000 years. Lyon was once the capital of the Roman province Gallia and later the capital of Burgundy, and brings you its history in words and in sights. The second part of your bike trip today takes you to the land between the rivers Saône and Rhône, where you can find a nice balance between enjoying the parks and the history of this great city. To discover the oldest (cobblestone) streets we suggest you take a stroll into the oldest part of town and park your bike near the riverside. Or you can choose not to ride the bike today and enjoy a day in this marvellous city visiting all kinds of cultural highlights.

  • Day 8

    Disembarkation

    Today we have to end the tour, the crew and staff will wish you good travels, wherever you may go. Check out after breakfast, no later than 9 a.m.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Mar 21 2020 Mar 28 2020 49 Single rooms 1,799€
Double rooms 1,599€
Apr 04 2020 Apr 11 2020 49 Single rooms 1,799€
Double rooms 1,599€
Apr 25 2020 May 02 2020 49 Single rooms 1,849€
Double rooms 1,649€
May 09 2020 May 16 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
May 23 2020 May 30 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
Jun 06 2020 Jun 13 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
Jun 20 2020 Jun 27 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
Jul 04 2020 Jul 11 2020 49 Single rooms 1,849€
Double rooms 1,649€
Jul 18 2020 Jul 25 2020 49 Single rooms 1,849€
Double rooms 1,649€
Aug 01 2020 Aug 08 2020 49 Single rooms 1,849€
Double rooms 1,649€
Aug 15 2020 Aug 22 2020 49 Single rooms 1,849€
Double rooms 1,649€
Aug 29 2020 Aug 29 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
Sep 12 2020 Sep 19 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
Sep 26 2020 Oct 03 2020 49 Single rooms 1,899€
Double rooms 1,699€
Oct 10 2020 Oct 17 2020 49 Single rooms 1,799€
Double rooms 1,599€
Oct 24 2020 Oct 31 2020 49 Single rooms 1,799€
Double rooms 1,599€

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

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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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