Pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct of Nîmes over the Gardon River, France. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Jan Hager

Red sunflowers in Provence! Photo via Flickr:virdi
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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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  • 2018 PRICES

    Value Season: £ 1104 $ 1,696 1095 NOK 11589 kr 10697 $ 1,391 Standard Season: £ 1235 $ 1,897 1225 NOK 12965 kr 11967 $ 1,556 High Season: £ 1305 $ 2,006 1295 NOK 13705 kr 12651 $ 1,645 Single supplement all seasons: £ 302 $ 465 300 NOK 3175 kr 2931 $ 381

    Gluten free or vegan diet requests: £ 50 $ 77 50 NOK 529 kr 488 $ 64

    Value Season:
    April 14, April 21, August 4, August 11, August 18, and August 25, 2018
    Standard Season
    April 28 to July 28, and October 20, 2018
    High Season:
    September 1 to October 13, 2018

    extra options

    2018 Extra Options

    Electric bike rental (advanced reservation required, limited availability): £ 111 $ 170 110 NOK 1164 kr 1075 $ 140 Helmet rental (advanced reservation required): £ 15 $ 23 15 NOK 159 kr 147 $ 19 Extra night pricing coming soon!

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Paris (CDG)

    Local Travel

    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.

Tour Dates

2018 Dates
Avignon to Aigues Mortes: April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 15, And September 29, 2018
Aigues Mortes to Avignon: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6, and October 20, 2018

Skill Level

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

What’s Included

  • 7 nights' accommodations
  • Breakfasts, self-packed lunches, and dinners
  • 27-speed unisex touring bicycle
  • Sheets and towels
  • Tea and coffee on board
  • Detailed route description
  • Maps and information
  • Tour guide
  • 1 x cabin cleaning (includes clean towels)
  • Harbor charges
  • Wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Guided visit of Arles and entrance to the Pont du Gard

What’s Not Included

Length8 days
From1095 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Provence - Wilderness of Camargue Map

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. (60 km)
DAY 5: Vallabreguèse - Aramon, 22 mi. (35 km)
DAY 6: Aramon - Avignon, 25 mi. (40 km)
DAY 7: Avignon, 28 mi. (45 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'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, 37 mi. (60 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. (45 km)
Cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following roads with little traffic surrounded by vineyards. In Châteauneuf- du-Pape, you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous provencal wine. You will cross the Rhone at the height of Roquemaure and cycle back through Villeneuve-les-Avignon following the course of the river.

DAY 8: Departure
Individual departure after breakfast. 

Avignon to Aigues Mortes

Day 1: Arrival in Avignon, boarding at 6PM.
Day 2: Avignon, round tour, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Avignon - Aramon, (40 km)
Day 4: Aramon - Vallabrègues, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Vallabrègues - Arles, 37 mi. (60 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.

*If you are booking for 2018, please be sure to check back at later date to see if there are any changes in the itinerary!

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Customer Feedback

  • Gilles P. 3 weeks ago

    Loved the "flag" system. Excellent guide (Antonella) that made it possible to stop and discover the sites. Adored stopping in bistros and similar. Great suppers.
    I would recommend splitting a group of 21 in two or even three smaller parts when on public roads; the flag system assures you that you will not get lost from your group.
    OK, when do we leave?
    Gilles XX

    Boat: L’Estello

  • Gloria P. 2 months ago

    The Itinerary was very well planned out and the staff were all amazing!!!! This was the perfect trip for our group!!!!

  • Pete & Norma T. 4 months ago

    Guide, Antonella, crew, food, tour and route were fine, but the Estello was not, surely not "comfort plus". The boat is tired, lounge furniture was dirty, lead to believe the boat was not equivalent to Ave Maria but close, Girolibro providing better boats than FR companies. Were tied up close to a FR boat, was better. Cabins in comparison to other boats we have booked are poor, shower was not separate from remainder of the head so everything was soaked after shower. Since we booked the entire boat for Coastal Cruisers, even though no one seemed to complain, we expected better. Your bike and barge tours continue to be good value with folks who provide services compensating for "tired boat".

    Boat: L’Estello

  • Janet A. 4 months ago

    Wonderful experience

    Boat: L’Estello

  • Nancy R. 4 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Cycling itself throughout southern France

    Boat: Caprice

  • Beverly P. 4 months ago

    Amazing scenery - good guide, manageable route, fantastic food. Only thing that could have been improved was wifi on the boat. If more than two or three people were using it, it was impossible to connect and always very slow.

    Boat: Caprice

  • Michelle S. 4 months ago

    We really enjoyed our trip. It was nice to have our own group on the boat. Everyone had a great time, the crew was great, the food was awesome and you can't beat the places we visited. Thank you for a great trip!

  • Gloria P. 4 months ago

    The routes of this trip were fantastic, even though the Lavender was not in bloom the fragrances hung in the air as we rode by the harvested fields. We rode to some of France's National Monuments which was special in of itself. I thought the routes and itineraries were great. I always looked forward to what they had planned for us next. Our guide and all the staff on the barge were all wonderful and so happy to share this journey with us! The food was excellent - who knew there would be such fine dining on the barge! This is an adventure not to be missed!

    Boat: Caprice

  • Robert M. 5 months ago

    Our bike guide was terrible. He was lost several times each day and didn't the happenings of each town so we all missed the running of the bulls and he shouted & criticized all riders.

    Boat: Caprice

    • Linda johnson 1 month ago

      Would appreciate the name of your guide

    • Linda johnson 1 month ago

      Would appreciate the name of your guide

      • Jehiel from Tripsite 1 month ago

        Hi Linda,
        We have followed up with this feedback and wanted to let you know the guides name was Arie and he no longer works as a guide.

  • Gail F. 9 months ago

    Ah...The trip was memorable for so many reasons, the people, the sites. Bikes were amazing to ride. Loved the infinity gears. We loved the Soleo, however it sunk due to some submerged metal. The staff did their level best to help the passengers continue vacation, get to their embassy to get new passports, medications, and put us up in hotels. The Estello was brought up to continue our trip. There were some circulation/moisture issues on the Estello so we didn't enjoy that boat as much. One suggestion would be to do a short first day clinic to ensure riders understand basic group riding etiquette. Rounding the city round about would have been better/safer had we all gathered and taken the lane to go as a group rather than single file around in such an extended line. Then resume to single file along country/city roads. The sites were amazing but there were some areas that must have required more city riding. Loved the Carmarge horses, fields of poppies, flamingos, roman stadium and aquaduct. Loved the group of people and the crew. Peter and Sheena did a great job despite their loss of the boat. Marco was awesome, he was our single contact after the barge sunk he helped organize us and processed us thru what had to be done. Arie also was a huge help during this process.. (the owner of the boat was in and out, he didn't even recognize any of the passengers try to apologize for the situation or see how we were doing.. not a fan of the owner of the boat) Oh the folks at Tripsite who I contacted did try to see what they can do. We have separate insurance as suggested but I'm not sure if Tripsite will try to make any reparations for our interrupted trip.. we missed 2 days of cycling.. I wouldn't mind a discount on a future trip.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Lynn L. 1 year ago

    I really enjoyed the off-road trails and quiet back roads near Aigues Mortes.

  • N. Foley 2 years ago

    My travel advisor (Carla) is already aware that, although we registered as two vegans and sent a reminder a week or so before we left for Europe, the information had not been transferred to the chef. So we ate as vegetarians (eggs and dairy) for the trip rather than eschewing all animal products as is our preference.

    Our trip leader was not experienced on the route, having only travelled it once before in the opposite direction, and this meant a few wrong turns to be corrected... But Ronnie was as pleasant, friendly, encouraging, and multilingual as you could ask for! The only problem I encountered with the bikes was the lack of suspension -- which meant for a bruised tail bone after the first day when we travelled a very bumpy, broken pavement back road on the return from Chateauneuf de Pape ;-)

    Boat: Soleo

  • C. Slater 2 years ago

    Nothing bad or ugly. Scenery got better as we moved north. Group on our trip (both crew and guests) were great. Enjoyed the Soleo.

    Boat: Soleo

  • J. Farina 2 years ago

    The trip was great! Mostly all positive. Tom and I would like to have the pace a bit faster....that was the only negative.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Charles Hancock 2 years ago

    I was greatly appreciated to allow us to drink and enjoy the wine we purchased without any extra charge.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Margot Horan 2 years ago

    Barge/cycling trips are a fantastic way to explore the countryside and towns - you see so much more when you are cycling. One vivid memory of a cycling trip through northern France was stopping to look at poppies growing along the side of the road. I love the fact that you do not have to pack up each day - it is a very relaxing experience. The diversity of people who do these trips also adds to the experience. The trips that I have done in the last three years had fantastic staff who were very friendly and knowledgeable. I have done two barge/bike trips and look forward to doing more in the future.

    Boat: L’Estello

  • Ross Densky 2 years ago

    This is the second barge and bike trip we took with Tripsite and I would have to say we liked the scenery more on the Taste of Burgundy than we did with Provence. Riding the in the Camargue got a little boring. Other than that we enjoyed the overall trip.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Rebecca Posante 2 years ago

    My main concern about this particular trip is that we did not know ahead of time that staying on the barge and not biking was not an option unless one was sick. The winds were pretty bad (25-50 miles per hour) so that some of us did not feel up to the rides. On the particularly difficult day, it would have been nice to just remain with the boat.

    Boat: Soleo

    • Carla 2 years ago

      Hi Rebecca - Your concern has been voiced and heard! In 2016 it will no longer be policy that you cannot stay on board. You are welcome to stay on board and there will even be suggestions on activities for non-bikers.

  • Robert Burt 2 years ago

    The Soleo was a disappointment in all respects.

    Boat: Soleo

  • George Bibeau 2 years ago

    More time in certain areas would have been nice. There were instances where it felt like we were being pushed along, and I appreciate that we had 22 people of varying age, skill experience and physical ability, and that we have to get back to the boat. Our guide was very good, but you needed to try and understand his manner, which could be short at times. He was knowledgeable, insightful and caring, but his manner did not necessarily reflect that. Meals were good but thought it would reflect more French cuisine of the Provence area, not a complaint, just an observation.
    Staff was excellent and I continue to recommend this bike trip and company to friends."

    Boat: Soleo

  • Peter Monahan 2 years ago

    The trip exceeded my expectations. My wife and I especially enjoyed the company of the other travelers, and we all got along very well.

    Boat: L’Estello

  • Pam Crespi 2 years ago

    This was our 4th trip with Tripsite - very reliable and good value.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Francis Duckworth 2 years ago

    We have done several bike barge trips in france and europe and other places. This one was just too crowded with tourists. Of course it was August, so that explains a lot. Our least favorite that we have done.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Joan Farina 2 years ago

    I recommended it to Dave Ford who is joining you in September 2016 with his large gang. Do I get a free shirt?

    Boat: Soleo

  • Howard Jay 2 years ago

    Our guide was awesome!

    Boat: Soleo

  • Christel Mikelic 2 years ago

    The bike part was more challenging than in the discription. You have to be a strong biker used to hills. There are many hills and one very challenging hill. So I would not consider this an easy tour as in the description. However it was well worth the effort if you are well trained. Our guide Wiro was awesome and kept us together and on time which was very much appreciated. I would recommends this trip in spring or early summer. By the time we went end of August the vegetation was all dried up and there were no flowers because they had such a hot dry summer. I prefer a comfort plus boat as you have more space in your cabin. These cabins were very small. However all in all it was a beautiful, historic and worth while tr which I would recommend to avid cyclists.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Suzanne Triplett 2 years ago

    Everything about the trip was as described, well planned and executed.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Francis Duckworth 2 years ago

    Not my favorite part of France. 6th bike tour there and the least scenic and inviting.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Andrew Burt 2 years ago

    Food was substandard...cabins stink and are excessively damp and basically the trip plan was an underwhelming experience. WE stayed on the boat for the first night and then as I recall stayed again the second night. We could have stayed at 5 star hotel in town and enjoyed a great meal instead of a barge in need of many repairs.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Laurie Hurowitz 3 years ago

    We have just returned from this bike and barge, our 2nd trip arranged by Tripsite. We were on the E'Stello (sister ship of the Soleo), and went from Aigue Mort to Avignon. We had a wonderful time! The trip was as described in terms of mileage, terrain, and sights along the way. The barge crew were all excellent, as was our guide. We were a group of 20, including Americans, Canadians, and Brits. I highly recommend this tour.

    Boat: L’Estello

  • J. Geraerdts 4 years ago

    At first we were hesitant to book another bike and barge trip-- how could it ever compare with the 2012 tour on the Ave Maria, with Hein as guide, which set the bar so high?

    The Provence trip did look very interesting and, after fretting about the significant uphills, we did go ahead and book, adding the ebike option.

    We were able to board the Soleo as, apparently there was a cancellation. We had asked you to request a transfer from the other boat-- thanks.

    The trip was excellent! The crew was very capable and accommodating. Our guide, Martina, especially helped make the trip memorable. She maintained her sense of humor throughout. Any setbacks were met only with a "mama mia" and difficulties, either overcome or anticipated, were "a piece of cake".

    The cycling was, as compared to the Venice trip, both more challenging and more interesting. The weather did not always cooperate but there was no complaining . We think we have come to realize that those who book into this type of travel are a little more adventurous and require less pampering than the typical big boat cruise passengers.

    We are in our 70's and were probably the oldest couple on the barge but we had no more difficulties than anyone else. Our Tripsite shirts made us look to be very veteran riders. Everything, in the final analysis, was "a piece of cake".

    Suggestions: The museum at Pont du Gard is very worthwhile. Giro Libero should consider making a little more time available for this and to stress its value. Likewise, we enjoyed the Lumieres at Les Baux. Many in the group did not have much awareness of this very interesting and innovative show. It would be helpful to promote this attraction.

    Boat: L’Estello

  • Ritchie Baggs & Liz MacDonald 5 years ago

    We loved the trip. The food was better than advertised, and the barge was more comfortable than expected. Our suggestion for improvement would be a second guide OR better overall maps for a breakaway group.

    Boat: Soleo

  • William Adams 6 years ago

    Excellent trip. Great weather, great guide, nice boat. Great group of people, both other bikers and staff. Took some great pictures.

    Boat: Soleo

  • Cynthia Adams 6 years ago

    I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed this tour. My husband and I and 2 friends sailed on the Soleo in September 2011. The weather was perfect. Although nothing fancy the boat had everything we needed. Our room had a private bath and never ran out of hot water for showers! Our tour guide was great, fun and really brought the group of Americans, Brits, Aussies, and Germans together. The country side, vineyards, beaches, small towns were like traveling in a postcard at every turn. Some of the biking was more challenging (more hilly) than I had expected, but the ebike was wonderful. This trip has my highest recommendation!

    Boat: L’Estello

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Provence - Wilderness of Camargue Boats + Barges

L’Estello Photo

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 Photo

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.