Cycling holiday Provence - Camargue

Provence to Camargue

Avignon, Van Gogh and Pont du Gard

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Summary
  • 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
  • 48 km average per day
  • Arrival Avignon
  • Departure Avignon
Highlights
  • Pont du Gard: highest Roman aqueduct
  • Camargue Park: horses, bulls and wilderness
  • Birthplace of Nostradamus
  • Bandol: rosé wine
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Cycling level 2

    On some days you will be cycling through a windy area; with distances to 50 kilometers per day.

Discover the Provence, Avignon and Camargue

Among the wilderness of camargue and the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh you will cycle through delicious Provençal villages and vineyards. This stunning region, with its rich history and beautiful light, has attracted travellers for centuries. It is here that Artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne found their inspiration.

beautiful bike and barge trip from the famous ‘pont d’Avignon’ to the Mediterranean sea. You will visit Avignon and Arles with their cultural and architectural highlights and cycle through the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh. Along the way you will discover picturesque Provencal villages and vineyards. You will start or end your tour in the stunning nature of the Camargue. Cane fields, salt lakes, horses and flamingos will be the background of the first or second part of your week.

Daily Program

  • Day 1 Saturday: Avignon

    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

  • Day 2 Sunday: 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 time to discover the historic centre of Avignon

  • Day 3 Monday: Avignon- Aramon 40 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.

  • Day 4 Tuesday: 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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.

  • Day 5 Wednesday: Vallabrègues – Arles 55 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.

  • Day 6 Thursday: Arles – Aigues-Mortes 25 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.

  • Day 7 Friday: 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 bath on the beach.

  • Day 8 Saturday: Aigues Mortes

    After breakfast, end of services.

Cycling in France

Cycling from Aigues Mortes to Avignon

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Gps-tracks can be provided by e-mail.

Day 1: Boarding in Avignon
Day 2: Provence Wine
Day 3: aqueduct Pont du Gard
Day 4: village of Boulbon
Day 5: Saint Rémy de Provence
Day 6: painting Van Gogh
Day 7: small canals
Day 8: back in Aigues Mortes

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What else do you need to know?

Prices per person in 2021/ Prices per person in 2022

Barges L'Estello and Caprice

March 27 & July 17 to August 14 in 2021/ March 26 July 16 to August 13 in 2022
Twin cabin € 990,-/ € 1.020,-

April 10 & April 24 & Oct. 23 in 2021/ April 9 & April 23 & October 22 in 2022
Twin cabin € 1.340,-/ € 1.380,-

May 8 to July 3 in 2021/ May 7 to July 2 in 2022
Twin cabin € 1.340,-/ € 1.430,-

August 28 to October 9 in 2021/ August 27 to October 8 in 2022
Twin cabin € 1.430,-/ € 1.480,-

Supplements:
Reservation costs € 20,- per booking
Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund € 5,- per person (Insolvency Protection)

Extra options:
Cabin single use € 350,-
Rental touring bike per week € 85,-
E-bike per week € 220,-
Special diet (gluten free; lactose free; vegan) € 50,- per diet

Included

  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Sheets and towels
  • Courtesy kit
  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Digital tour information
  • English speaking tour leader within an international group
  • Guided visit of Arles
  • Harbour charges
  • Emergency van in the area

Not Included

  • Beverages on board
  • Tips and extras in general
  • Museums
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included in the price”

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • Bike insurance available at your arrival on board:  € 10,- per bike and  € 40,- per e-bike.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.
  • If you have special meal requirements (vegetarian meals, or if you are on a diet), we ask you to mention this when booking.
    In case of gluten-free and vegan there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.

Info

Individual arrival and boarding is on Saturday after 6 PM in Avignon.
Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Airport

he nearest international airport is Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport (MPL). The airport is located 80 km/ 50 miles from Avignon.
There are several ways of transportation to get to the mooring place of the barge:
– Connection by shuttle bus+tramway+train: total travel time is between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Total costs are about € 25,- per person.
– Connection by taxi + train: total travel time between 1.5 and 2 hours. Taxi costs are about € 30,-  and the train ticket is € 20,-.

Train

In Avignon there are 2 train stations: Avignon-Centre (distance to the barge is 2.5 km/ 1.5 miles) and Avignon TGV (distance to the barge is 6 km/ 3.75 miles). From Avignon Centre you can take a taxi, costs about € 30,-. Or you can take the bus, travel time about 15 minutes and a ticket costs about € 2,-.From Avignon TGV you can take a taxi, costs about  € 30,-. Or you can take the bus, travel time about 1 hour. You need to change buses once. Tickets cost about € 4,-.

Car

Avignon is easily accessible from the highway A7 Lyon-Marseille. There are several parkings where you can leave your car.
Detailed information will be included in your travel documents.

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later, on Saturday morning after breakfast before 9 AM in Aigues-Mortes. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board.At the end of the tour, if you need to return to Avignon, you can take a train or book a private transfer.By train it takes approx. 2 hours (you need to change trains in Nimes). A one-way train ticket (2nd class) costs about € 16,-. It also is possible to book a private transfer between Aigues Mortes and Avignon. Travel time is about 1.5 hours and the price is € 35,- per person. You need to reserve in advance. Detailed information will be included in your travel documents.

By this tours you can rent the following bikes:

  • Rental 27-gear unisex City Bike

    A low entry unisex frame, ideal for an upright but relaxed riding position. Standard bikes have 27 gears 

  • Rental E-bike

    Unisex low-entry frame. Bosch motor. Range: approx 90 km (flat terrain, average speed). 

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
Free WiFi is (limited) available in lounge and on deck.

What are the cabins like?

Most cabins are 2-person cabins, but some barges also have triple cabins. There are four categories: Standard Plus (cabins with private shower/toilet; bunk beds), Comfort (cabins as Standard Plus but with twin beds), Comfort Plus (cabins as Comfort, small ship or with air-conditioning) and Comfort DeLuxe (a very comfortable and tastefully furnished 5-star ship; cabins have twin beds and air-conditioning). In all categories the cabins have central heating and a porthole or window; they are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower/toilet and 220 voltage. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.

The team, hospitality comes first

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing. The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.
In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France and United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays). Most groups are made up of 12 to 26 people.

Cycling in Holland

Holland is a cycling country: 17 million inhabitants all with bikes. The number of cyclists necessitates a cycling infrastructure: cycle paths (30,000 km), cycle routes (long and short distance), cycle bridges, cycle tunnels, cycle ferries and special signposts for cyclists. Cycling is part of normal life in the Netherlands; parents bring their children to school by bike, people go to work by bike, factory workers, doctors, even the prime minister! Cyclists, of course, have to observe traffic rules and regulations. The most important rule is to remember that you are not alone on your bike and that you are sharing the road with your group and other road users. Your guide on board will tell you all you need to know about the traffic rules and regulations.

F.A.Q.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets

    Yes, this must be notified when booking, but at least 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet or vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50,- per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • Do I have to wear a safety helmet in the Netherlands

    No, but it is of course sensible to wear one. We provide a safety helmet with all our own rental bikes.

  • What happens when it rains?

    Most of the participants then wear rainwear. When the weather is so bad that cycling becomes really impossible (and that is almost never the case!), The guide organizes an alternative program with, for example, cultural excursions and city tours.

  • Which countries do the participants come from

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. The common language on board is English.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.