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Bike and Barge France: Provence – Camargue | MS Soleo & MS L'Estello

A wonderful tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes to Saintes Maries de la Mer and then gradually by boat towards Arles. After that you visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence, the Roman France of Pont du Gard and finally toast with the precious wines of Châteauneuf du Pape.
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  • MS Soleo
    This boat was built in 1958 and converted into a passenger boat in 1988. The last refit, dated 2009, brought its level to the today’s comfort standards. It has 12 cabins (4 doubles, 6 twins and 2 singles) of 7/8 sq.m.. Each cabin has three fixed portholes (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and en-suite facilities with shower area; plus ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror. Bed sizes: 1.90 x 0.80 m (singles) and 1.90 x 1.40 m (doubles). The air-conditioned living area is very comfortable and divided in two areas: a dining area with seating capacity of 22 guests and a salon area with an open bar and a square staircase next to the bar. A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light. Stereo system and free Wi-Fi are also available in the restaurant/bar area. There is a sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning, half of it is covered with an insulated roof.

    MS L’estello
    MS L'Estello
    was built in 1937. It is a classic Dutch passenger barge that has been converted to today's standards of comfort. The boat is 39 m long and 5.2. m wide. The inviting atmosphere aboard will make you feel immediately comfortable. The large lounge area has large picture windows with plenty of natural light. French doors give access to the inviting sun deck. The dining area also has large windows and comfortable seating and the living room and bar area is spacious and air conditioned with comfortable sofas chairs. The boat can accommodate a maximum of 20 passengers. There are 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) measuring 7/8 m squared. Each cabin has two portholes (one is in the bathroom), is air-conditioned and has en-suite facilities. Bed sizes: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m. Free Wi-Fi in the restaurant/bar area. “Bring & borrow” supply of travel books. Petanque/boules sets and board games available.

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  • Tour Details France: Provence to Camargue – MS Soleo & L'Estello

    Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: 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 (Sun): Avignon, round tour (Approx. 45 km/ 27 mi.)
    You cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous Provençal wine. After that you will cross the Rhône at the height of Roquemaure and cycle back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon following the course of the river.

    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.

    Day 4 (Tue): Aramon – Vallabrègues | Vallabrègues Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet Boulbon 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 Frigulet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.

    Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues – Arles (Approx. 60 km/36 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.

    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 welcome 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 (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.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Aigues Mortes
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

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  • Tour Details France: Provence to Camargue – MS Soleo & L'Estello

    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)
    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 3 (Mon): Aigues Mortes– Saint Gilles | Saint Gilles – Arles (bike tour approx. 25 km)
    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 welcome by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.

    Day 4 (Tue): Arles–Vallabreguès (bike tour approx. 60 km)
    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.

    Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues (round tour approx. 35 km) | 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 Frigulet 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.

    Day 6 (Thu): Aramon (round approx. 40 km)| 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.

    Day 7 (Fri): Avignon, round tour (approx. 45 km)
    You cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. In Châteauneuf- du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous Provençal wine. After that you will cross the Rhône at the height of Roquemaure and back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon following the course of the river.

    Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Avignon
    After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

    Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

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  • INCLUDED:
    – Boat & bike tour with the MS Soleo/MS L’Estello, 8 days / 7 nights; accommodation in the booked category;
    – Full board (breakfast and dinner on board, selfmade packed lunch during bike tours); Tea and coffee on board;
    – Use of bed linen and towels;
    – Tour leader on bike;
    – Detailed route description, maps and info-pack (1x per cabin);
    – Emergency van in the area, also available for daily excursions;
    – Guided visit in Arles;
    – Entrance to Pont du Gard;
    – Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from docking places in Avignon and Aigues Mortes (France)
    – Reservation fee;
    – Other transfers;
    – Parking fee;
    – Rental bicycle, entrance fees & excursions, fees for ferries;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal (travel) insurance;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Rental bicycle with 27 gears, hand brakes, pannier bag: €75
    Rental E-Bike: €170 (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)
    Bike helmet: €15

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  • DEPARTURE DATES 2017:

    Departure and arrival on Saturdays:

    From Avignon to Aigues Mortes (France):
    On  April 15 and 29; May 13 and 27; June 10 and 24; July 8 and 22; August 5 and 19; September 2, 16 and 30 and October 14.

    From Aigues Mortes to Avignon (France)
    On April 22; May 6 and 20; June 3 and 17; July 1, 15 and 29; August  12 and 26; September 9 and 23 and October 7.

    TOURPRICE 2017 per person (dd.mm.):

     

    Departures on

    Saturday

    15.04. – 22.04. /

    05.08.-19.08.

    29.04. – 29.07. /

    07.10. – 14.10.

     

    26.08. – 30.09.

    Twin cabin990 

    1.100

     

     

    1.150

     Single cabin1.2901.4001.450

    Single cabins are limited and therefore only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book a single cabin.

    Rental bike per week                                                               €      75
    E-bike per week                                                                             €    170
    Bike helmet                                                                                 €      15
    Reservation fee (per booking/group)                               €      15

  • BICYCLES:
    Rent of a bicycle is optional: The price for these rental bikes is €75 per week. The bikes on board are different frames sizes of unisex bikes with 27-gears Shimano Deore. They are fully equipped with a side-bag, water bottle, padlock per bike. And the guests who cycle self-guided also become 1 map holder/front bag and 1 repair kit for each couple. Price rental E-Bike is € 170, Model Flyer or Kalkhoff, Nexus 8-speed gear. Other bicycles (for exam. child bike, child trailer, followme-tandem, family tandem, tandem deep or pino) only on request available.  Due to limited space on board only a few own bikes will be accepted upon request.

    CHARACTERISTICS:
    Route on bike paths and low traffic roads in rural and city areas.

     

    NAVIGATION:
    High and low water issues, as well as logistic obstacles can modify some of the daily stretches or embarkation points. These decisions are taken by the captain. It is envisaged that the boat will sail some of the way during breakfast or the evening meal to make getting out of the towns easier or to shorten the stages.

    GUIDED AND SELF GUIDED TOURS:
    This tour offers the chance to choose if pedaling alone (taking advantage of a very detailed route description) or with the whole group, following the tour leader. When booking the tour you need to specify which option is chosen (i.e. if Guided or Self guided).

    EMERGENCY VAN AND TRANSFERS:
    A minivan is available in the area for emergencies. The same van offers alternative excursions for those guests who don't want to cycle on some days or can organize transfers to shorten the longest stages. These extra services are not included and must be paid on the spot. Programs and prices are available on board.

    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.

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP:
    You can extend your trip by booking an additional night in Avignon and Aigues Mortes: prices on request.

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Legal notice: Tour operator for this tour is Girolibero, Vicenza, Italy.
    Other conditions may apply to this tour.

    Updated: August 30th, 2016

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