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Location: France - Provence
Price: From € 980,-

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.
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  • Dates/Prices Provence-Camargue

  • Ship information

    Caprice
    The boat Caprice is equipped with 11 cabins (3 Doubles, 8 Twins) measuring 7-8 m2.

    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 m x 0.80 m (Singles) and 1.90 m x 1.40 m (Doubles).

    The living area measures 12.50 x 4.10 m, is air-conditioned and it is divided into two areas:
    – the Restaurant (up to 22 seats)
    – the Lounge with an open bar 
    A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light.

    Extra features:
    Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
    Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning. 

    L’estello
    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.

  • Program Avignon – Aigues-Mortes

    Tour Details France: Provence to Camargue – Caprice & 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. 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.

    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. 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Program Aigues-Mortes – Avignon

    Tour Details France: Provence to Camargue – Caprice & 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/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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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/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.

    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.

    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.

  • Included

    INCLUDED:
    – Boat & bike tour with the Caprice/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;
    – Courtesy kit;
    – Daily short cleaning of the cabin;

    English speaking tour leader within an international group ;
    – Travel guide, maps and roadbook (1x per cabin);
    – Emergency van in the area, also available for daily excursions;
    – Guided visit in Arles and Avignon.

    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: € 85
    Rental E-Bike: € 195 (only on request, limited number available, early bookings strongly recommended)
    Bike helmet: €15

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  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    DEPARTURE DATES 2018:

    Departure and arrival on Saturdays:

    From Avignon to Aigues Mortes (France):
    On  April 14 and 28; May 12 and 26; June 9 and 23; July 7 and 21; August 4 and 18; September 1, 15 and 29 and October 13.

    From Aigues Mortes to Avignon (France)
    On April 21; May 5 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; August 11 and 25; September 8 and 22, October 6 and 20.

    TOURPRICE 2018 per person (dd.mm.):

     

    Departures on

    Saturday

    14.04. – 21.04. /

    04.08.-25.08.

    28.04. – 28.07. / 20.10.  01.09. – 13.10.
    Twin cabin 990  

    1.120

     

     1.190
     Single cabin 1.290 1.420 1.490

    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                                                               €      85
    E-bike per week
                                                                                 €    195
    Bike helmet                                                                                 €      15
    Reservation fee (per booking/group)                               €      15

  • Good to know

    BICYCLES:
    Rent of a bicycle is optional: The City 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, combination lock per bike. And the guests who cycle self-guided also become 1 map holder/front bag and 1 repair kit for each couple.
    E-Bike, 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.

    Bike helmet:  At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

    Route profile:
    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 program variations
    The program 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 boat’s captain.

    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.

    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: Oct. 31st, 2017

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