Highlights of this tour

Easy cycling in lovely Southern France

Wild Camargue nature, see bulls & horses

Provence landscape and Rhone Valley

Barges with max. 21 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge France: Provence – Camargue | Caprice & L’Estello

This tour is perfect for anyone looking for an easy cycle route along quiet roads with lush, breath-taking scenery, delightful hilltop villages, medieval fortresses, orchards, endless vineyards and stunning vistas.

You will find it almost impossible not to fall in love with these beautiful landscapes as our tour takes you through the wild Camargue region, which is characterised by its dramatic river delta which is home to wild horses, flamingos and an abundance of bird species.

From there you’ll continue toward the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence and the Roman Pont du Gard. To round off this memorable tour through the southern part of France which inspired artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne.

Day to day program Avignon - Aigues Mortes

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1 (Saturday): Embarkation: Avignon

The adventure begins in Avignon where you’ll board after 6pm in the Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Day 2 (Sunday): Avignon, round tour (Approx. 30 km/ 18 mi.)

You’ll start your day by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse to get to the other side of the Rhone where we’ll ride between beautiful, sprawling vineyards and orchards. Before looping back toward Avignon, you’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, which was once the town of cardinals. A guided visit in the afternoon takes us to the historic centre of Avignon as the sun sets on the second day of your journey.

Day 3 (Monday): Avignon – Aramon | Aramon (Approx. 40 km/24 mi.)

You’ll begin the day’s cycling in the town of Aramon en route to the most well-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe, Pont du Guard. You’ll pass rolling hills, vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the Pont du Guard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. You’ll return to Aramon for the night to enjoy the beautiful view it affords you over the Mont Ventoux.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Aramon – Vallabrègues | round tour Vallabrègues (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)

 

Day four begins with an enjoyable breakfast as we sail on to the pretty provincial village of Vallabrègues, situated on the banks of the Rhône. From there, it’s country roads all the way to the medieval village of Barbentane with its splendid castle where the Rhine and Durance rivers meet. From here, you’ll begin the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet where, after a peaceful rest, you’ll descend back to the charming village of Boulbon. You’ll overnight in Vallabrègues to share stories of your epic day’s journey with your fellow shipmates.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Vallabrègues – Arles (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)

This stage is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent in the form of a 4km ascent from St Remy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus and home of Van Gogh during his mental illness, to Les Baux de Provence. This village is lodged firmly in the rock of the surrounding limestone cliffs dotted with countless olive trees that accompany you on your journey. We end the day with a beautiful 4km downhill cycle to the village of Faradou.

Day 6 (Thursday): Arles – Aigues Mortes (Approx. 25 km/15 mi.)

You’ll be pleased to know that the entire morning of day six is dedicated to spending time in Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with its breath-taking Roman ruins. A professional guide will meet you here to show you the hidden gems of this incredible town. After an invigorating lunch, you’ll reach the lock of Saint Gilles from where you’ll sail for an overnight stay in Aigues Mortes.

Day 7 (Friday): Aigues Mortes, round tour (Approx. 55 km/33 mi.)

This stage is all about exploring the Camargue area with its meandering canals, rustic villages and enticing lagoons as you make your way to the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi. Here you can swim in the Mediterranean Sea, sunbathe on the golden sands and watch small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and the ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi, a perfect way to end your idyllic tour of the south of France.

Day 8 (Saturday): Disembarkation: Aigues Mortes

Final breakfast before disembarkation and fond farewells as the tour comes to an end.

Good to know

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

For individual bookings the barge, Caprice or L’Estello, will be assigned by the tour operator according to availability.

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 barge’s captain.

Route profile
Total length: 240 km
Total vertical up: 620 m
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 leader
Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigorously 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 tire. As we like to say, our tour leaders are CDO (Controlled Designation of Origin), a real traveler’s ticket to discover the land with ease and to live an unforgettable active travel experience.

Day to day program Aigues Mortes - Avignon

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can stay on board while cruising to the next town.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

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.

This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals, villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-Roi where you can have a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the sand. Do not miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and on its ponds at the edge of the Salins du Midi.

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.

Today’s stage is a short “transfer” tour leading you through “Tête de la Camargue”, an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the town of Arles.
Navigation: about 2,5 hours from Aigues Mortes to St-Gilles.

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.

The stage goes along quiet country roads: you will only have to pay attention to the traffic leaving Arles and along the road that leads you from Tarascon to Vallabrègues. Today’s stage is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent: 4 km ascent from the village of Paradou to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to St. Remy waits for you.

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 Frigolet 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.

After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon.
Navigation: about 1 hour from Vallabrègues to Aramon.

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.

After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In this first part there are some short slopes.
Navigation: about 2 hours from Aramon to Avignon.

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.

Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Avignon

After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.


Prices & information

Included in this tour

Tour and accommodation on board the Caprice/L’Estello in the booked cabin category during 8 days / 7 nights (Sat.-Sat.)

Full board (breakfast and dinner, selfmade packed lunch)

Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board

Use of bed linen and towels

Courtesy kit

Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

Bike helmet

English speaking tour leader within an international group

Travel guide, maps and road book (1x per cabin)

Emergency van in the area, also available for daily excursions;

Guided visit in Arles

WiFi.

Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from docking places in Avignon and Aigues Mortes (France)

Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional);

Other transfers;

Parking fees;

Entrance fees & excursions;

Fees for ferries

Drinks on board;

Personal (travel) insurances;

Gratuities (at your discretion);


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Reviews

France: Provence – Camargue Rated 9.5 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
4 stars

Peggy

Overall I would say that it was a fantastic trip! Our guide, Hugo, was incredible. He was attentive, knowledgeable, entertaining, and responsive to our needs. Breakfasts and lunches were wonderful but the cook was new and the dinners were not always great. She put forth good effort but didn’t have a lot of experience. The other two members of the…

5 stars

Janet and Dave

This was our 3rd Eurosail trip in 8 years. Each one was a success. We have used Eurosail bike/barges for small and large groups and always had a good time. This time, Guide Hugo was superbly enthusiastic and attentive to safety details. His knowledge of history and art of the region enriched the trip. We had 3 days of stiff…

4 stars

Richard and Halle Sadle

Great guide. Hugo was the best ever. The crew were very good. Helpful and fun. The boat was good overall except very tiny cabins. Tiny windows in the cabin.

5 stars

Laurie

Well organized. Amazing crew. Hugo was the best guide. He was so passionate about history as well as making sure everyone was comfortable he went above and beyond in making this trip fun and entertaining for everyone. Here are some many memorable moments but singing Starry Night out on the deck of the boat with him on guitar after our…

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Available ships for this tour

Ship L’Estello France
max. 20 passengers
10 cabins
1 tours available with this ship
Ship Caprice France
max. 21 passengers
11 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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