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Bike and Barge - Van Gogh Tours - Provence France

Provence Camargue (Avignon)

From: $1,450 USD

8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Imagine Yourself…

  • Exploring the historical streets of the UNESCO town Avignon
  • Passing canals, rivers, and olive groves on your bicycle
  • Sipping exquisite local wines in the heart of the Rhône Valley
  • Climbing the Alpilles hills to the haunting, medieval village of Les Baux de Provence

Overview

Along the rice fields and Mediterranean waterways of the Camargue and the landscapes that were so dear to Vincent van Gogh, this tour will lead you through quaint Provencal villages, vineyards, and dramatic landscapes. Our tour includes visits to one of the Seven World Wonders, the Roman Pont du Gard. You’ll experience wonderful Saint-Rémy where Van Gogh stayed for a year, and Les Baux de Provence spectacularly set atop a rocky outcrop and crowned with a ruined castle. You’ll stay in Arles and explore its Gallo-Roman treasures and sample the ambiance that attracted Van Gogh and Gauguin to its cobblestones and cafes. You’ll visit the Camargue National Park where you’ll find wading flamingos, wild bulls, and white horses in the expanses of marshland. Many art and music festivals also take place in Provence during the summer months. This delightful cycling vacation includes the best bike routes of the region that you can enjoy at your own pace or with the helpful, multilingual guide.

 

 

 

REVERSE ROUTE: Provence Camargue  (Aigues – Mortes)

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Avignon!

    Our barge is moored in Avignon, the City of the Popes. Your cabin will be available at 6 p.m. A map and the name of your boat will be sent to you after receipt of your final payment. We recommend that you arrive a day or two early to enjoy Avignon. It was the center of Christianity in the 14th century and has been recently classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After dinner on the boat, we’ll preview the week’s highlights and cycling itinerary.

  • Day 2: Avignon – Ile de la Barthelasse - Avignon - 19 miles (30 km) – 100-meter elevation gain

    Today we’ll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Ile 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 city of Avignon.

  • Day 3: Avignon - Pont du Gard - Aramon - 25 miles (40 km) – 110-meter elevation gain

    Today we sail by boat until we reach Aramon, where we’ll start cycling. The route today will bring us to the Pont du Gard, an exceptionally well-preserved 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct with three tiers. Here you can also visit a wonderful multimedia museum, the “Grande Expo-du-Pont-du-Gard,” that explains in detail the construction of this world wonder. We will overnight in Aramon, with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

  • Day 4: Aramon - Vallabrègues – 22 miles (35 km) – 90-meter elevation gain

    We’ll start our day sailing to Vallabrègues, a pretty Provencal village on the banks of the Rhône. Travelling along country roads, we will arrive at Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers. We’ll cycle to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet, and afterwards head down to the medieval village of Boulbon. We will spend the night in Vallabrègues.

  • Day 5: Vallabreguès - Arles – 34 miles (55 km) – 300-meter elevation gain

    Today our ride is particularly beautiful as we head to Saint- Rémy-de-Provence. St. Rémy is the birthplace of Nostradamus, but it’s better known as the place where Vincent van Gogh stayed in a sanitarium for more than a year and produced an incredible 150 paintings. After St. Remy, we’ll climb up through the Alpilles hills to the haunting, medieval village of Les Baux de Provence – one of the most visited tourist sites in all France, and justifiably so. Definitely visit the Chateaux de Baux for a spectacular view of the surrounding Alpilles Mountains. After a well-deserved glide down to Arles, you’ll find a well-preserved Roman arena and a theatre and a number of interesting museums. This is also a haunt of Vincent van Gogh, who lived here between 1888-1890.

  • Day 6: Arles – Aigues Mortes – 16 miles (25 km) – no elevation gain

    The morning is reserved for visiting the exciting city center of Arles, a Roman capital in the time of Julius Caesar and a major religious center in the Middle Ages. You’ll have the option of taking a guided tour of the city or exploring on your own. You can visit the quite well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre, dating from the end of the first century, and the slightly more damaged Roman Theatre. The magnificent Cloister and Church of St. Trophime, two gems of Romanesque art, date from the Middle Ages. On the Place du Forum inside the old city walls you’ll find Van Gogh’s famous “Night Café.” Van Gogh came to Arles in 1888 and rented a small house on the Place Lamartine that unfortunately has been destroyed. The Provencal countryside and the peculiar light inspired Van Gogh. After lunch, we’ll visit the lock of Saint Gilles and from there we will sail to the historic fortified city of Aigues-Mortes. Tonight we have dinner on our own.

  • Day 7: Aigues Mortes – round trip – 34 miles (55 km) – 20-meter elevation gain

    Aigues-Mortes is a historic city in the middle of one of the most beautiful spots of Provence, the Camargue. In 1240, Saint Louis decided to build a city close to his kingdom in order to have direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. Seven hundred years later the fortifications still dominate the area. As you walk around the town walls (about 1.5 km), you can admire the original city ramparts with six prestigious towers and ten gates before entering the charming and narrow streets of this wonderful Mediterranean town. Today we bike through small country lanes of the Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will have the chance to see the famous black bulls and the white horses typical of this region, as well as the pink flamingos. In the afternoon you will reach the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

  • Day 8: Tour Ends

    After breakfast, we’ll part ways.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

2024

Departure

Barge

Double

Twin

Single

Twin for Single use

June 15

Caprice

$ 1790

$ 1790

$ 2180

$ 2870

July 27

Caprice

$ 1790

$ 1790

$ 2180

$ 2870

August 10

Caprice

$ 1790

$ 1790

$ 2180

$ 2870

August 24

Caprice

$ 2010

$ 2010

$ 2390

$ 3090

October 19

Caprice

$ 1900

$ 1900

$ 2290

$ 2980

Prices are per person in US Dollars / inclusive bike rental

2025

Departure

Barge

Double

Twin

Single

Twin for Single use

April 5

Caprice

$ 1450

$ 1450

$ 1790

$ 2460

Full


April 5

L’Estello

$ 1450

$ 1450

$ 2460

April 19

Caprice

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2210

$ 2880

April 19

L’Estello

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2880

May 3

Caprice

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2320

$ 2990

May 3

L’Estello

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2990

May 17

Caprice

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2320

$ 2990

Full


May 17

L’Estello

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2990

Full


May 31

Caprice

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2320

$ 2990

May 31

L’Estello

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2990

June 14

Caprice

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2320

$ 2990

June 14

L’Estello

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2990

June 28

Caprice

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2210

$ 2880

June 28

L’Estello

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2880

July 12

Caprice

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2210

$ 2880

July 12

L’Estello

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2880

July 26

Caprice

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2210

$ 2880

July 26

L’Estello

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2880

August 9

Caprice

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2210

$ 2880

August 9

L’Estello

$ 1880

$ 1880

$ 2880

August 23

Caprice

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 2430

$ 3100

August 23

L’Estello

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 3100

September 6

Caprice

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 2430

$ 3100

Full


September 6

L’Estello

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 3100

Full


September 20

Caprice

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 2430

$ 3100

September 20

L’Estello

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 3100

October 4

Caprice

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 2430

$ 3100

October 4

L’Estello

$ 2100

$ 2100

$ 3100

October 18

Caprice

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2320

$ 2990

October 18

L’Estello

$ 1990

$ 1990

$ 2990

  • What's included

    • 7 nights on board the ship (sheets, blankets, and two towels)
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
    • Coffee and tea on board
    • Guided visit of Arles
    • 27-speed hybrid bicycle rental, including helmet, pannier, lock, cycle computer
    • Multilingual tour leader
    • Information pack, route descriptions and maps
    • Mid-week service of cabin cleaning and towel change
    • Reservation costs
  • Bikes

    Well-maintained, comfortable 27-speed hybrid bikes are included. These unisex bike models come in sizes appropriate to your height. The bikes have a cycle computer, side pannier, helmet  and lock. A map holder/front bag is also given to the people that want to do this tour as a self-guided tour.
    An electric bike is also available for this tour ($160 per person). Depending on your height, you will be assigned one of the electric bikes below. We advise you only to rent an electric bike if you have first tried one at home. They’re heavier than regular bikes and therefore can be difficult to maneuver. In addition, you can rent children’s bikes, child seats, bike trailers, and tag-alongs.
    Girolibero - Unisex
    Unisex
    E-Bike - Girolibero
    E-Bike
  • Meals

    The cook prepares all meals: a substantial breakfast and a three-course dinner of very good quality. A packed lunch may be prepared after breakfast. Tea and coffee will be ready when you arrive on board in the afternoon. There’s a bar on the boat with reasonably priced beer, wine and soft drinks. If you have special meal requirements, we ask you to mention this when booking. In the case of a Vegan, gluten- or lactose free diet there is an additional charge of $60 per week.

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Museum entrance fees and private expenses
    • Drinks(other than coffee & tea) on board
    • 1 Dinner
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

L’Estello

L’Estello

Deluxe barge
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Panorama windows
  • Cozy lounge & restaurant area

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