Itinerary at a glance
We welcome you aboard your new home-from-home from 5.00 p.m. onwards, and then regroup for the introductory briefing – at 6.30 – with your tour leader, skipper and crew, along with a first refreshing aperitivo. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.
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 time to discover the historic centre of Avignon.
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
You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, 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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.
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.
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 Franquevaux and from there you will sail to Aigues Mortes for the overnight stay.
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.
After breakfast, end of services.
The tour is totally flat in the lowlands in 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 some navigation stretches to make the stages more enjoyable.
Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.
Prices and dates
Services & Information
Further details about this route
- Program as mentioned in the tour course from Avignon to Aigues-Mortes
- 7 overnights in cabins on board of the MS Caprice or MS L'Estello in the booked cabin category
- Full board: (7x breakfast, 6x lunch package, 6x dinner)
- coffee and tea on board
- 1x cleaning of cabins, Change of towels and bed linen
- Detailed travel documents 1x per cabin
- Harbour charges
- Guided visit of Arles
- Some short walking tours
- Free WiFi
- Helmet free of charge, reservation necessary
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Airport Marseille or Airport Lyon
Things to note
- Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
- Minimum number of participants: 12
- This tour is a partner tour.
- The boat, MS Caprice or MS L’Estello, will be assigned according to availability.