Pont du Gard, the ancient Roman aqueduct, over the Gardon River, near Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France. Photo via TO

Wining and dining at Hotel Silky in Lyon, France. Photo via TO

Burgundy to Provence

France Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat from Lyon to Arles on the Rhone River

  • Breaking news!

    A brand new bike and boat tour in France featuring both Burgundy and Provence! Your floating accommodation, the deluxe MS Provence, will cruise the Rhone river, from Lyon to Arles or reverse. You will cycle part of your itinerary on the Rhone Cycle Route, part of the EuroVelo 17, which follows the course of the mighty Rhône all the way down to its delta on the French Mediterranean coast.

    Through the Burgundy region, known for its wine and cuisine, and Provence and the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh, you will cycle rolling landscapes, passing imposing castles, ancient monasteries, and through delightful Provençal villages, vineyards, and fields of sunflowers and lavender.

    Take a look at the highlights below!

    Highlights:

    • Lyon: World Heritage Site
    • Vienne: a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire
    • Ampuis: the vines of Côte-Rôtie
    • Centre d’observation de l’ Ile du Beurre: an island whose changing landscapes bear witness to the Rhône’s wild side
    • Tournon-sur-Rhône: a town surrounded by reputed northern Côtes du Rhône vineyards
    • Valence: a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire
    • Port de l'Epervière: dramatic views
    • Les Tourettes: known for its château and chapel.
    • Cruas: magnificently restored abbey
    • Rochemaure: medieval village set dramatically on an old volcanic dike
    • Montélimar: Provençal town with the medieval Château des Adhémar
    • Viviers: from Roman times, this little city attracted lords and merchants.
    • Bourg-Saint-Andéol: Romanesque church and a rare carving of the Persian bull-slaying god Mithra

    A full list of bike and barge tours in France is here.

  •  Season 1Season 2Season 3
    Imperial suite £ 1799 $ 3,626 2099 NOK 19941 kr 18407 $ 2,393 £ 1885 $ 3,798 2199 NOK 20891 kr 19284 $ 2,507 £ 1971 $ 3,971 2299 NOK 21841 kr 20160 $ 2,621
    Lavender suite £ 1499 $ 3,021 1749 NOK 16616 kr 15337 $ 1,994 £ 1542 $ 3,107 1799 NOK 17091 kr 15776 $ 2,051 £ 1585 $ 3,194 1849 NOK 17566 kr 16214 $ 2,108
    Soleil suite £ 1456 $ 2,935 1699 NOK 16141 kr 14899 $ 1,937 £ 1499 $ 3,021 1749 NOK 16616 kr 15337 $ 1,994 £ 1542 $ 3,107 1799 NOK 17091 kr 15776 $ 2,051
    Single suite £ 1628 $ 3,280 1899 NOK 18041 kr 16653 $ 2,165 £ 1671 $ 3,366 1949 NOK 18516 kr 17091 $ 2,222 £ 1713 $ 3,453 1999 NOK 18991 kr 17530 $ 2,279

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 90 $ 181 105 NOK 998 kr 921 $ 120 Gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegetarian diets: £ 43 $ 86 50 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 Guided option (max 16 cyclists per group): £ 129 $ 259 150 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    There are a couple of options for your arrival and departure airports depending on your travel plans and tour start and end cities.

    1. Paris (CDG)
    2. Lyon (LYS)
    3. Marseille Provence (MRS)
      *Remember that you can fly into one airport and out of another.

    Local Travel

    Paris Airport CDG
    Lyon:
    TGV train from/to Paris CDG takes approx. 2 hours
    Arles:
    TGV train from/to Paris CDG takes approx. 5 hours
    Lyon-Sant-Exupéry Airport (LYS)
    Lyon:
    Travel by Tram Lyon Express (Rhône Express) to/from the city center.
    Arles:
    TGV train to/from Arles which will take approx. 2 hours.
    Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
    Lyon:
    It is less convenient to use this airport for tour starts in Lyon as onward travel will require both bus and train travel with transfers. It would be most convenient to fly into Paris CDG or Lyon.
    Arles:
    Arles city center is accessible by train and takes only about 1/2 hour travel time.
    Remember that your final travel information will be sent one month before your tour date with final mooring locations. If you have any doubts regarding which airport to fly into or out of, please contact us before you make any final arrangements.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your travel. A great website to research regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Lyon to Arles: 

Season 1: March 21, April 4, October 3, and October 17, 2020
Season 2: April 18, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22, 2020
Season 3: May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, September 5, and September 19, 2020

Arles to Lyon: 

Season 1: March 28, April 11, October 10, and October 24, 2020
Season 2: April 25, July 4, July 18, August 1, and August 15, 2020
Season 3: May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20, August 29, September 12, and September 26, 2020

Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate. Every day you will bike on semi-paved paths and asphalted side roads. There are hilly stretches! After all, you are in France. The tour is more challenging than bike and barge tours in Holland or Belgium but is well worth the effort. Electric bikes are available but please request early! A guided option is offered for a supplement. See pricing.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the Deluxe class ship, MS Provence

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations including breakfast
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners featuring regional specialties with house wine, regular beer, and soft drinks
  • Captain's greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Free coffee and tea on board from 7 am until dinner
  • Unlimited water
  • Cake or pie between 4 and 6 pm
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Daily information meeting
  • 24-speed city touring bike with hand brakes, pannier bags, lock, and water bottle
  • Small cooler bag for drinks and lunch
  • A pre-loaded GPS device and route book with tourist information (one set per cabin)
  • City walks in Lyon and Avignon
  • City tours on the GPS for the towns you visit
  • Wifi (connection strength and speed varies)

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to the boat
  • Drinks on board (other than the drinks offered at dinner)
  • Dinner in Avignon
  • Excursions and entrance fee to museums
  • Cycling guide. Available for a supplement. See pricing.
  • Helmets. Available for purchase.
  • Electric bike (8 speeds), available for a supplement.  Please request at time of booking as supplies are limited.
  • Everything not mentioned in the included itinerary
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1699 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Burgundy to Provence Map

Lyon to Arles

Day 1: Embarkation
Day 2: Discover Lyon, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Vienne – Andance – Tournon sur Rhône, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Tournon sur Rhône - Valence - Le Pouzin, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Le Pouzin - Viviers, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Viviers - Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts - Avignon, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Avignon - Arles, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Embarkation in Lyon
The boat will be moored at waiting at the Quai du Dr. Gailleton. You can check in to your cabin around 6 pm, but you can bring your luggage on board starting from 2 p.m. Around 7 p.m. the guide and crew welcome you at dinner with an aperitif to kick off your cycling vacation. After dinner, you will enjoy a tour presentation and crew introduction.

Day 2: Discover Lyon, 25 mi. (40 km)
To start your bike and barge tour, you will be exploring the green side of Lyon today. In 1998, the city received the well-deserved title of UNESCO world heritage city. The cultural heritage dates back over 2000 years. Once the capital of the Roman province Gallia and later the capital of Burgundy, Lyon is a vibrant city. The second part of your cycling itinerary leads you to the land between the Saône and Rhône rivers. Once back in Lyon, you can find a striking balance between the green of the parks and the history of this great city.  Be sure to take a stroll into the oldest part of the town. You can park your bike near the riverside and meander the cobbled streets. During dinner, the captain will be treating you to an evening cruise towards Vienne.

Day 3: Vienne – Andance – Tournon sur Rhône, 26 mi. (42 km)
Get ready for incredible scenery,  tastes, and fragrances! Leaving Vienne, you immediately bike into the nature reservation Île au Beurre, where you can enjoy the peace and quietness of nature.  The landscape slowly changes into that of vineyards, as you enter the land of the Côte Rôtie. The vineyards are unique because of the steep slopes facing the river and their stone walls. The landscape changes again, this time into the green landscape of the Ardèche countryside, where you can find the boat moored in Andance. At dinner,  the ship will navigate to Tournon sur Rhône.

Day 4: Tournon sur Rhône - Valence - Le Pouzin, 22 mi. (35 km)
This morning the captain and his crew start the day early to bring you to the city of Valence, where the boat will arrive after breakfast. This town with its colorful markets and it’s historic “Quartiers” is the starting point of your cycling day featuring the typical small villages of the Ardèche, historic sites, and the green meadows of a nature reserve towards Le Pouzin in the Drôme area.

Day 5: Le Pouzin - Viviers, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today the tour brings you pass the medieval abbey of Cruas and further along you will be crossing a memorable rope bridge in Rochemaure. Though built in built by Marc Seguin in 1858, the architect was inspired by the castle ramparts. This bridge can be seen as a symbolic passing from old to new, from history to the future. At the end of the day you will be parking your bike next to the boat and you can enjoy a stroll through the historic village of Viviers.

Day 6: Viviers - Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts - Avignon, 25 mi. (40 km)
After a morning sail,  the bikes will be put ashore at Saint-Etienne-des Sorts. From here you will bike straight into the village of Châteauneu-du-Pape. You might want to purchase a bottle of the wine of the same name to take home!  Once you pass the hilly landscape around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you are rewarded with an almost completely flat bike path along the river. Soon you will enjoy a panoramic view of Avignon, the home of the Popes in the 14th century. In this city, you can wander the old streets, enjoy the French way of life on the squares with their terraces, and just breath the culture.

Day 7: Avignon - Arles, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you bike from the ancient city of Popes to the home of Van Gogh. Halfway, you will arrive in Beaucaire, where the Languedoc region and the Provence region meet. To end the day, we recommend exploring Arles and all the cozy corners Van Gogh once painted.

Day 8: Disembarkation

Arles to Lyon

Day 1: Embarkation at Arles
Day 2: Arles - Avignon, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Avignon - Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts – Viviers, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Viviers - Le Pouzin, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Le Pouzin – Valence - Tournon sur Rhône, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Tournon sur Rhône - Andance – Vienne, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 7: Discover Lyon, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation

Day 1: Embarkation at Arles
The boat will be moored and waiting at the Rue Jean Gorodliche. You can check into your cabin around 6 p.m., but you can bring your luggage on board starting from 2 p.m. In the meantime take a stroll through the center of Arles. Around 7 p.m. the guide and crew welcome you at dinner with an aperitif to start of the tour. After dinner, there is time to explain some things about the tour and also the captain will tell you more about life on board

Day 2: Arles - Avignon, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you bike from the home of Van Gogh to the ancient city of Popes, Avignon. Halfway, you will arrive in Beaucaire, where the Languedoc region and the Provence region meet. After lunch you will soon have a first glance of the panoramic view of Avignon the home of the Popes in the 14th century. In this city, you can wander the old streets, enjoy the French way of life on the squares with their terraces and just breath the culture.

Day 3: Avignon - Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts – Viviers, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you start on an almost completely flat bike path along the river, leading away from the old streets, squares, and terraces of Avignon, towards the famous wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The closer you come to Châteauneuf -du-Pape, the home of the Popes in the 14th century, the less flat the route will become. But with a rewarding view over the river and world famous wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is more than a treat. Not long after you have passed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you will arrive in the small village of Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts, where the boat is moored and will start an evening sail around 6 p.m. towards Viviers, where you will moor for the night.

Day 4: Viviers - Le Pouzin, 26 mi. (42 km)
In the morning, before you hit the route, you can take some time to enjoy the scenery of Viviers. The biking tour of today will first bring you to an unusual, but a memorable bridge, the rope bridge in Rochemaure, this bridge can be seen as a symbolic passing from old to new. Though built by Marc Seguin in 1858, the architect was inspired by the castle ramparts. Further along, the tour brings you pass the medieval abbey of Cruas to the destination of Pouzin.

Day 5: Pouzin – Valence - Tournon sur Rhône, 22 mi. (35 km)
Leaving the Drôme area, you ride into the Ardèche, with its typical small villages and historic sites. After a beautiful day of riding through nature, you can enjoy the city of Valence. This city with its colorful markets and it’s historic “ Quartiers” is the final biking destination and the beginning of an evening sailing cruise to Tournon sur Rhône.

Day 6: Tournon sur Rhône - Andance – Vienne, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today it is all about the views, tastes, and fragrances. First, a morning sail to  Andance, while you enjoy your breakfast. When you get on your bike in Andance, you will bike through the green landscape of the Ardèche, but very soon this landscape changes into one big vineyard. These grapes are the main ingredient of the famous Côte Rôtie wines. Once you have left the vineyards behind you, you head towards Île au Beurre, a nature reserve, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet before reaching the town of Vienne. At dinner, you will be cruising into Lyon so you can have an early start tomorrow exploring this city.

Day 7: Discover Lyon, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will be exploring the green side of Lyon today. In 1998, the city received the well-deserved title of UNESCO world heritage city. The cultural heritage dates back over 2000 years. Once the capital of the Roman province Gallia and later the capital of Burgundy, Lyon is a vibrant city. The second part of your cycling itinerary leads you to the land between the Saône and Rhône rivers. Once back in Lyon, you can find a striking balance between the green of the parks and the history of this great city.  Be sure to take a stroll into the oldest part of the town. You can park your bike near the riverside and meander the cobbled streets. During dinner, the captain will be treating you to an evening cruise towards Vienne.

Day 8: Disembarkation
All good things must come to an end. Check out after breakfast, no later than 9 a.m.

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