Provence to Camargue Montpellier
Price : £893
Category :
Guided
Country :
France
Tour Guide : Guided, Self Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 186m/300km
Tour Code : GL004
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Provence is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France, and for good reason – famed for its rolling hills, vibrant lavender fields and quaint villages it is the perfect location for a relaxing retreat from every day life.

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Provence is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France, and for good reason – famed for its rolling hills, vibrant lavender fields and quaint villages it is the perfect location for a relaxing retreat from every day life.

On this picturesque boat and cycling holiday experience the stunning scenery, villages, and meadows which inspired the paintings of Van Gogh. Cycle through a beautiful range of landscapes, from the limestone cliffs of the Alpilles to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whilst enjoying the plethora of natural beauty that makes this area of southern France such a beautiful and peaceful holiday destination. Gain a firsthand insight into the historical merits of the area, cycling to Pont de Gard, the highest remaining Roman aqueduct – still intact today and now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the wilderness of the Carmargue with its bulls, flamingos, horses and fascinating gypsy culture and spend nights in delightful little regional villages and towns along the banks of the Rhone.

This cycling holiday from Provence to Camargue has something for everyone, combining culture, history, art, natural beauty and even wine – making it the ideal trip for anyone looking for a true taste of the south of France.

  • Landscapes of Van Gogh The villages, vineyards and meadows that inspired the painter

  • Pont du Gard, the highest Roman aqueduct. Still intact and a UNESCO Heritage Site

  • Wilderness of the Camargue, with its horses, bulls and fascinating gipsy culture

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Aigues–Mortes

Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round tour: 50km

Day 3: Aigues – Mortes – Gallician: 65km

Day 4: Gallician – Arles: 20km

Day 5: Arles – Vallabreguès: 65km

Day 6: Vallabrègues–Avignon: 60km

Day 7: Avignon, Round tour: 45km

Day 8: Avignon

Day 1: Arrival in Aigues–Mortes

Arrive in Aigues-Mortes – a beautiful, walled Medieval town situated on the flat marshes of the Petite Camargue. This ancient military and commercial ramapart retains much of its original architecture and it is recommended you arrive early to have a wander through its charming streets. You are free to board the boat after 6pm and meet your captain and fellow crew members where you will enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round tour: 50km

Travelling through winding country lanes, alongside peaceful canals and past gorgeous lagoons experience the true beauty of the French countryside as you travel to the sleepy and delightful fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi where, if you wish, you can take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean from one of the two beautiful beaches.

Day 3: Aigues – Mortes – Gallician: 65km

Today we continue our cycle through provincial France, past vast salt lakes, amongst cane and rice fields, in the company of wild horses, bulls and colonies of flamingos to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Here you can visit its famous cathedral, visible from 10km away and loved by the gypsies as a place for both refuge and sanctuary. Closeby, you will spend the night moored in the delightful village of Gallician.

Day 4: Gallician – Arles: 20km

A few hours sailing will take you to Saint Gilles, where you disembark and continue on the next part of your cycling tour to the historically rich and culturally fascinating Arles, famed for its Roman patrimony. Here you can spend a day exploring the maze of side streets and narrow alleys and discovering its hidden treasures. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional tour guide who will show you all the jewels and local secrets of the town.

Day 5: Arles – Vallabreguès: 65km

Today’s cycle is nothing short of breath-taking as you travel through the sublime landscape of the Alpilles, marveling at its limestone cliffs and olive trees to the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and the stunning Chateau that crowns it, overlooking the vista of plains to the south. In the evening, relax in Vallabreguès, the charming and quintessential village resting on the banks of the Rhône.

Day 6: Vallabrègues–Avignon: 60km

Today’s cycle will take you to Pont du Gard – the spectacular, imposing and best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe which stretches across the Gardon river. From here you travel to Avignon, the City of the Popes, situated on the banks of the Rhone. Tonight you will moor at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon situated on the opposite side of the river.

Day 7: Avignon, Round tour: 45km

From Avignon, you cycle towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape, home to the very famous (and delicious!) Provençal wine, where you can marvel at the beauty of the vineyards, and taste the wine for yourself! From here you will travel across the Rhone at the height of Roquemaure before returning to Villeneuve as you follow the natural course of the river.

Day 8: Avignon

On the final morning of your tour, enjoy a relaxing breakfast on board before departure. From here you also have the chance to book extra nights if you wish.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

The boat Soleo is equipped with:

  • 12 cabins (4 Doubles, 6 Twins, 2 Singles) measuring 7-8 m2.
  • Each cabin has three fixed portholes (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and en-suite facilities with shower area; plus ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror.
  • Bed sizes: 1.90 m x 0.80 m (Singles) and 1.90 m x 1.40 m (Doubles).
  • The living area measures 12.50 x 4.70 m and is air-conditioned and contains the Restaurant (up to 22 seats) and the Lounge with an open bar. A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light.

Extra features:

  • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
  • Stereo system in the restaurant/bar area
  • Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning. Half of the sundeck is completely sheltered.

The boat L’Estello is equipped with:

  • 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) measuring 7-8 m2.
  • Each cabin has two portholes (one is in the bathroom), is air-conditioned and has en-suite facilities.
  • Bed sizes: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m
  • The living area is air-conditioned and contains a Restaurant, with large picture windows and the Bar area with comfortable sofas and armchairs

Extra features:

  • Sundeck with a fixed awning, tables and chairs
  • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
  • “Bring and Borrow” supply of travel books
  • Pétanque/Boules sets and board games available

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation on board the L’Estello or Soleo

  • Board basis: Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)

  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike

  • Sheets and towels

  • Route description and maps

  • Bus transfer Ferrara- Adria/Ferrara-Zelo

  • Harbour charges

  • Coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board

  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

  • Guided visit in Aries

  • Entrance to Pont du Gard

  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Beverages, museums fees and any other extras not mentioned above

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Avignon

  • Extra B&B night in Aigues-Mortes

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Montpellier

From Montpellier airport get a taxi to Aigues-Mortes (approx 25 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Marseille

From Avignon get the train to Aix-en-Provence and then a bus to Marseille airport (approx 40 minutes). Alternatively, you can get a train direct to London St Pancras from Avignon (approx 6 hours).

Price : £893
Category :
Guided
Country :
France
Tour Guide : Guided, Self Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 186m/300km
Tour Code : GL004
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Provence is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France, and for good reason – famed for its rolling hills, vibrant lavender fields and quaint villages it is the perfect location for a relaxing retreat from every day life.

Read More

Provence is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France, and for good reason – famed for its rolling hills, vibrant lavender fields and quaint villages it is the perfect location for a relaxing retreat from every day life.

On this picturesque boat and cycling holiday experience the stunning scenery, villages, and meadows which inspired the paintings of Van Gogh. Cycle through a beautiful range of landscapes, from the limestone cliffs of the Alpilles to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whilst enjoying the plethora of natural beauty that makes this area of southern France such a beautiful and peaceful holiday destination. Gain a firsthand insight into the historical merits of the area, cycling to Pont de Gard, the highest remaining Roman aqueduct – still intact today and now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the wilderness of the Carmargue with its bulls, flamingos, horses and fascinating gypsy culture and spend nights in delightful little regional villages and towns along the banks of the Rhone.

This cycling holiday from Provence to Camargue has something for everyone, combining culture, history, art, natural beauty and even wine – making it the ideal trip for anyone looking for a true taste of the south of France.

  • Landscapes of Van Gogh The villages, vineyards and meadows that inspired the painter

  • Pont du Gard, the highest Roman aqueduct. Still intact and a UNESCO Heritage Site

  • Wilderness of the Camargue, with its horses, bulls and fascinating gipsy culture

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Aigues–Mortes

Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round tour: 50km

Day 3: Aigues – Mortes – Gallician: 65km

Day 4: Gallician – Arles: 20km

Day 5: Arles – Vallabreguès: 65km

Day 6: Vallabrègues–Avignon: 60km

Day 7: Avignon, Round tour: 45km

Day 8: Avignon

Day 1: Arrival in Aigues–Mortes

Arrive in Aigues-Mortes – a beautiful, walled Medieval town situated on the flat marshes of the Petite Camargue. This ancient military and commercial ramapart retains much of its original architecture and it is recommended you arrive early to have a wander through its charming streets. You are free to board the boat after 6pm and meet your captain and fellow crew members where you will enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Day 2: Aigues-Mortes, round tour: 50km

Travelling through winding country lanes, alongside peaceful canals and past gorgeous lagoons experience the true beauty of the French countryside as you travel to the sleepy and delightful fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi where, if you wish, you can take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean from one of the two beautiful beaches.

Day 3: Aigues – Mortes – Gallician: 65km

Today we continue our cycle through provincial France, past vast salt lakes, amongst cane and rice fields, in the company of wild horses, bulls and colonies of flamingos to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Here you can visit its famous cathedral, visible from 10km away and loved by the gypsies as a place for both refuge and sanctuary. Closeby, you will spend the night moored in the delightful village of Gallician.

Day 4: Gallician – Arles: 20km

A few hours sailing will take you to Saint Gilles, where you disembark and continue on the next part of your cycling tour to the historically rich and culturally fascinating Arles, famed for its Roman patrimony. Here you can spend a day exploring the maze of side streets and narrow alleys and discovering its hidden treasures. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional tour guide who will show you all the jewels and local secrets of the town.

Day 5: Arles – Vallabreguès: 65km

Today’s cycle is nothing short of breath-taking as you travel through the sublime landscape of the Alpilles, marveling at its limestone cliffs and olive trees to the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and the stunning Chateau that crowns it, overlooking the vista of plains to the south. In the evening, relax in Vallabreguès, the charming and quintessential village resting on the banks of the Rhône.

Day 6: Vallabrègues–Avignon: 60km

Today’s cycle will take you to Pont du Gard – the spectacular, imposing and best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe which stretches across the Gardon river. From here you travel to Avignon, the City of the Popes, situated on the banks of the Rhone. Tonight you will moor at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon situated on the opposite side of the river.

Day 7: Avignon, Round tour: 45km

From Avignon, you cycle towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape, home to the very famous (and delicious!) Provençal wine, where you can marvel at the beauty of the vineyards, and taste the wine for yourself! From here you will travel across the Rhone at the height of Roquemaure before returning to Villeneuve as you follow the natural course of the river.

Day 8: Avignon

On the final morning of your tour, enjoy a relaxing breakfast on board before departure. From here you also have the chance to book extra nights if you wish.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

The boat Soleo is equipped with:

  • 12 cabins (4 Doubles, 6 Twins, 2 Singles) measuring 7-8 m2.
  • Each cabin has three fixed portholes (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and en-suite facilities with shower area; plus ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror.
  • Bed sizes: 1.90 m x 0.80 m (Singles) and 1.90 m x 1.40 m (Doubles).
  • The living area measures 12.50 x 4.70 m and is air-conditioned and contains the Restaurant (up to 22 seats) and the Lounge with an open bar. A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light.

Extra features:

  • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
  • Stereo system in the restaurant/bar area
  • Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning. Half of the sundeck is completely sheltered.

The boat L’Estello is equipped with:

  • 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) measuring 7-8 m2.
  • Each cabin has two portholes (one is in the bathroom), is air-conditioned and has en-suite facilities.
  • Bed sizes: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m
  • The living area is air-conditioned and contains a Restaurant, with large picture windows and the Bar area with comfortable sofas and armchairs

Extra features:

  • Sundeck with a fixed awning, tables and chairs
  • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
  • “Bring and Borrow” supply of travel books
  • Pétanque/Boules sets and board games available

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation on board the L’Estello or Soleo

  • Board basis: Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)

  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike

  • Sheets and towels

  • Route description and maps

  • Bus transfer Ferrara- Adria/Ferrara-Zelo

  • Harbour charges

  • Coffee, tea and other hot drinks on board

  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change

  • Guided visit in Aries

  • Entrance to Pont du Gard

  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Beverages, museums fees and any other extras not mentioned above

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Avignon

  • Extra B&B night in Aigues-Mortes

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Montpellier

From Montpellier airport get a taxi to Aigues-Mortes (approx 25 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Marseille

From Avignon get the train to Aix-en-Provence and then a bus to Marseille airport (approx 40 minutes). Alternatively, you can get a train direct to London St Pancras from Avignon (approx 6 hours).

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