Provence - Wilderness of Camargue
France Bike + Barge Tours
Among the wilderness of Camargue and the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh, you will cycle through delightful Provençal villages, vineyards, and fields of sunflowers. You can begin in Aigues Mortes, a completely walled town that has changed little in appearance since its glory during the Middle Ages, and end in Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or you can begin in Avignon, though once here, you will not want to leave. Avignon is ancient, full of history, life, youth, art, music, and activity. You could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them.
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Value Season: £ 874 $ 1,499 € 1095 NOK 10494 kr 9687 $ 1,259 Standard Season: £ 1058 $ 1,814 € 1325 NOK 12698 kr 11721 $ 1,524 High Season: £ 1130 $ 1,937 € 1415 NOK 13560 kr 12517 $ 1,627 Single supplement all seasons: £ 240 $ 411 € 300 NOK 2875 kr 2654 $ 345
Gluten free or vegan diet requests: Pending
April 6, April 13, April 20, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, and August 24, 2019
April 28 to July 28, and October 20, 2018
April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, and October 19, 2019
August 31, September 7, September 14, September 21, September 28, October 5, and October 12, 2019
2019 Extra Options
Electric bike rental (advanced reservation required, limited availability): £ 88 $ 151 € 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127 Helmet rental included in the tour price(advanced reservation required)
Extra night: on request
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly into Paris (CDG)
Train transfer (TGV) from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport via Nimes to arrival port, 5 hrs. depending on connections. TGV station is underneath Terminal 2 at CDG. Taxi to embarkation point.
Average high/low temperatures in degrees F for the region are: April 67°/45°, May 74°/51°, June 82°/58°, July 87°/61°, August 87°/60°, September 78°/57°, and October 68°/49°.
This tour offers the opportunity for either a guided tour or the opportunity to cycle alone (taking advantage of very detailed routed descriptions). When booking the tour, you need to specify which option you desire.
Electric bicycles are available for this tour.
Avignon to Aigues Mortes: April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28, and October 12, 2019
Aigues Mortes to Avignon: April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, October 5, and October 19, 2019
The route is on countryside roads with little traffic in rural and city areas. Routes average 28 to 34 miles (45 to 55 km). This tour offers you the opportunity to choose each day if you would like to cycle on your own utilizing the detailed route descriptions provided or to cycle with the tour guide and the group. Terrain varies from flat to hilly with some climbing involved. One climb of approximately 4 km is quite challenging and the northern wind in Camargue, the legendary "Mistral" the master of the winds, can be a factor as well.
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard the Comfort class boats the L’Estello or the Caprice
- Accommodations for 7 nights
- Breakfasts, self-packed lunches, and dinners
- 27-speed unisex touring bicycle
- Helmet rental
- Sheets and towels
- Tea and coffee on board
- Detailed route descriptions, maps, and travel guide
- Tour guide
- 1 x cabin cleaning (includes clean towels)
- Harbor charges
- Guided visit of Arles
- Emergency van in the area
What’s Not Included
We are already updating for 2019. Itinerary below is for 2018 and is subject to change.
Aigues Mortes to Avignon
Day 1: Arrival in Aigues- Mortes, boarding at 6 PM.
Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round trip, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 3: Aigues- Mortes - Arles, 15 mi. (25 km)
DAY 4: Arles - Vallabreguès, 37 mi. (55 km)
DAY 5: Vallabreguèse - Aramon, 22 mi. (35 km)
DAY 6: Aramon - Avignon, 25 mi. (40 km)
DAY 7: Avignon, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Departure
DAY 1: Individual arrival in Aigues-Mortes
Individual arrival and boarding at 6PM in Aigues Mortes.
DAY 2: Aigues-Mortes, round trip, 34 mi. (55 km)
The name of this town literally translated means "dead waters" probably referring to its location in the heart of the marshy Camargue region on France's Mediterranean coast. Do not be deceived, however, by this description. Cycling along small country roads 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'll reach the charming fishing village of Le Grau-du-Roi in the afternoon. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing swim along the beach.
DAY 3: Aigues Mortes - Arles, 15 mi. (25 km)
The barge will take you to Saint Gilles this morning, where your bike tour will begin. Today's destination is Arles. You'll have time to discover this fascinating city. Getting lost in its small alleys will feel like you've entered a painting by Van Gogh. Enjoy a guided tour around Arles in the afternoon.
DAY 4: Arles - Vallabreguès, 34 mi. (55 km)
This stage will bring you to the Alpilles, with the village of Le Baux de Provence, lodged in the rock itself, to Saint Remy de Provence. The village of St. Rémy is enchanting. Its ancient Gallo-Roman interior is encircled by the remnants of a 14th-century wall and a protective circle of buildings. Located on the plains at the northern edge of the Alpilles and 20 km south of Avignon, this is where Van Gogh painted Starry Night, Nostradamus was born, and Dr. Albert Schweitzer was a prisoner. A landscape of limestone cliffs, fields of lavender, and olive trees will surround you as you cycle. The evening the barge will be moored in Vallabrègues, a village on the banks of the Rhone.
DAY 5: Vallabreguèse - Aramon, 22 mi. (35 km)
Quiet country roads will bring you 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. In the afternoon, make your way to Aramon where you'll stay overnight with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.
DAY 6: Aramon - Avignon, 25 mi. (40 km)
Your tour today will lead to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in all of Europe, the Pont du Gard. It is located 25 kilometers from Nîmes, in the direction of Avignon. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. The bridge is part of the aqueduct built around the year 50 to transport water from the Eure spring near Uzès to Nîmes, a distance of over 50 kilometers. Cycle back to Aramon where the barge will be waiting to take you to Avignon, the city of the popes. The barge will be moored in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.
DAY 7: Avignon, round tour, 28 mi. (30 km)
Today we’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 we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon there is time to discover the historic centre of Avignon.
DAY 8: Departure
Individual departure after breakfast.
Avignon to Aigues Mortes
Day 1: Arrival in Avignon, boarding at 6 PM.
Day 2: Avignon, round tour, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Avignon - Aramon, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Aramon - Vallabrègues, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Vallabrègues - Arles, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: Arles - Aigues Mortes, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Aigues-Mortes, round tour, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Departure from Aigues-Mortes
*All distances are approximate. Daily itinerary is subject to change by a decision of the captain due to adverse weather (high or low water issues) or other unforeseen circumstances.
Provence - Wilderness of Camargue Boats + Barges
L’Estello France Comfort Class Boat 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 measures 39 meters long and 5.2 meters wide. The inviting atmosphere on board 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 has large windows and comfortable seating and the living room and bar area is spacious and air conditioned with comfortable sofas chairs.
Caprice France Comfort Class Boat The Caprice is a beautiful Dutch boat that has been in operation since 2009. Its freshly varnished wood and bright colors will welcome you. The large sun deck is inviting from where there can be nothing better than to sit comfortably while cruising the canals of France.