Highlights of this tour

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Multi guidance: For this tour various types of guidance are available
Fully-guided Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1

Easy cycling in lovely Southern France

Wild Camargue nature, see bulls & horses

Provence landscape and Rhone Valley

Barges with max. 21 passengers

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Bike and Barge France: Provence – Camargue | Caprice & L’Estello

A wonderful boat & bike tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes you’ll cycle gradually towards Arles. After that you’ll visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence and the Roman Pont du Gard.

Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

In this tour you have the possibility to explore by bike the southern part of France. Historically, Provence was important to the Celts, Greeks and Romans, which added to the layers of Provencal life, while in more modern times the Provence landscape inspired artists like Van Gogh and Cézanne. You will cycle along quiet roads with breathtaking scenery and discover many delightful hilltop villages, among vineyards and orchards. Then you will enter the Camargue region, a dramatic river delta, home to flamingos, wild horses and countless bird species. You will find it difficult not to fall in love with these landscapes!

Day to day program Avignon - Aigues Mortes

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Avignon

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

Day 2 (Sun): Avignon, round tour (Approx. 30 km/ 18 mi.)

Today you’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 you’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let us discover the historic center of Avignon.

Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon.

Day 3 (Mon): Avignon – Aramon | Aramon (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)

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.

After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the
majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In the first part of the stage you will face short slopes.
Navigation: about 2 hours from Avignon to Aramon

Day 4 (Tue): Aramon – Vallabrègues | round tour Vallabrègues (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)

You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, a 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.

After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon, now a few kilometers from Vallabrègues.
Navigation: about 1 hour from Aramon to Vallabrègues

Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues – Arles (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)

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.

When you have just left Vallabrègues, you will have to pay attention to the traffic along the wide road that runs to Tarascon. The rest of the stage goes along peaceful country roads. Today’s itinerary is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent: 4 km ascent from St. Remy to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to the village of Paradou waits for you!

Day 6 (Thu): Arles – Aigues Mortes (Approx. 25 km/15 mi.)

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.

Today’s stage is a short “transfer” tour leading you through “Tête de la Camargue”, an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the the lock of St-Gilles.
Navigation: 3 hours from St-Gilles to Aigues Mortes.

Day 7 (Fri): Aigues Mortes, round tour (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)

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.

This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals, villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi where you can have a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand. Do not miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and on its ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Aigues Mortes

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Tour programme variations
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.

Route profile
Total length: 240 km
Total vertical up: 620 m
Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved

The tour is totally in the lowlands during the two stages in Camargue, while the stages north of Arles present some ups and downs, which are however easy to overcome. 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.

Activity level
Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

Tour leader
Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigourously trained. They are all multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining,  caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love
of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some
advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre. As we like to say, our tour leaders are CDO (Controlled Designation of Origin), a real traveller’s ticket to discover the land with ease and to live an unforgettable active travel experience.

Day to day program Aigues Mortes - Avignon

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Aigues-Mortes

Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Aigues-Mortes, medieval town, ancient military and commercial port on the Mediterranean.

Day 2 (Sun): Aigues-Mortes, round tour (Approx. 55 km/31 mi.)

Going through small country lanes of 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 in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals, villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi where you can have a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand. Do not miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and on its ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi.

Day 3 (Mon): Aigues Mortes– Saint Gilles | Saint Gilles – Arles (bike tour approx. 25 km/15 mi.)

You will sail for a couple of hours up to Saint Gilles and then cycle to today’s destination: Arles, known for the richness of its antique and Roman patrimony. The city fascinates you with its hidden treasures. Getting lost among its small alleys will be like entering a picture by Van Gogh. In the afternoon you will also have the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.

Today’s stage is a short “transfer” tour leading you through “Tête de la Camargue”, an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the town of Arles.
Navigation: about 2,5 hours from Aigues Mortes to St-Gilles.

Day 4 (Tue): Arles–Vallabreguès (bike tour approx. 55 km/31 mi.)

This is a breathtaking stage, which brings you to the Alpilles, with the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and then to Saint Rémy de Provence. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees will accompany the trip. In the evening you will moor in Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône.

The stage goes along quiet country roads: you will only have to pay attention to the traffic leaving Arles and along the road that leads you from Tarascon to Vallabrègues. Today’s stage is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent: 4 km ascent from the village of Paradou to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to St. Remy waits for you.

Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues (round tour approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Vallabrègues –Aramon

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 after-wards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon navigation to Aramon for the overnight with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon.
Navigation: about 1 hour from Vallabrègues to Aramon.

Day 6 (Thu): Aramon (round approx. 40 km/24 mi.)| Aramon–Avignon

The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Back to Aramon in the afternoon you will sail to Avignon, the city of the Popes. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In this first part there are some short slopes.
Navigation: about 2 hours from Aramon to Avignon.

Day 7 (Fri): Avignon, round tour (approx. 30 km/18 mi.)

Today you’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 you’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let you discover the historic center of Avignon.

Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Avignon

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.


Prices & information

Prices
Cabin type For Value Standard High
Twin cabin 2 pers. €990 €1220 €1310 Single cabin 1 pers. €1290 €1520 €1610
Included in this tour

Tour and accommodation on board the Caprice/L’Estello in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)

Full board (breakfast and dinner, selfmade packed lunch)

Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board

Use of bed linen and towels

Courtesy kit

Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

Bike helmet

English speaking tour leader within an international group

Travel guide, maps and road book (1x per cabin)

Emergency van in the area, also available for daily excursions;

Guided visit in Arles

WiFi.

Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from docking places in Avignon and Aigues Mortes (France)

Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional);

Other transfers;

Parking fees;

Entrance fees & excursions;

Fees for ferries

Drinks on board;

Personal (travel) insurances;

Gratuities (at your discretion);

Additional options & information

Rental bicycle: € 85 per week/person
Rental E-Bike: € 195 per week/person (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

Bike helmet:  All the helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm. Helmet is incl. in the price.

Diets and allergies:
If you are vegetarian, gluten-intolerant, allergic to some specific ingredients/substances or if you suffer from any other kind of allergies please indicate it at the moment of booking.
Once on board, make sure that the kitchen staff is aware of your allergies, in order to avoid unpleasant situations.

TRANSFER BACK:
We advise you to take the train back to Aigues Mortes/Avignon. The duration of the tour is about 2 hrs and the price is approx. €15 (to be paid on site). For departure times and ticket prices please look on: www.tgv-europe.com.

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Girolibero, Vicenza, Italy



Reviews

Rated 9.6 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
5 stars

Philippe Knuesel and Hannah Cassard

Outstanding trip. We were well and comfortably taken care of by tour guide and boat crew. A 5 star vacation.

4 stars

Kristine and Mark Donagan

Thanks to all aboard the L’Estello for the wonderful week we had with our friends, old and new. We had a thoroughly enjoyable week with lots of fun and laughter, managing to strike a fabulous balance between bike riding, site seeing, eating, drinking and even some very funny dancing on the deck one night. The […]

5 stars

Beth Cooper and Joan Aiello

Room and bathroom very small but clean and very comfortable. Crew was fantastic – our guide, Carlos, was so nice and made sure we had the opportunity to see as much as we wanted. Sara made very good meals – I thought I’d want to go out to dinner on my own a couple of […]

5 stars

Amanda Linden and Anthony Davis

The people looking after us were amazing! We perhaps were very lucky with staffing….as Carlos was a very competent, accomodating and friendly bike tour guide; Max was an outstanding chef and provided an amazing varied menu which we all appreciated after a hard days bike ride; Dita was a very welcoming and endearing hostess and […]

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Available ships for this tour

Ship L’Estello France
max. 20 passengers
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Ship Caprice France
max. 21 passengers
11 cabins
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