What to expect
Look forward to golden fields, wild flowers and green vineyards as you tour through typical Provencal landscapes, perfumed with pines and lavender. Cycling through the Rhone Valley, you’ll cruise alongside the river and sleep in a cosy cabin on a charming barge. The cycling is undemanding but choose an electric bike if you'd prefer to pedal at more a laidback pace.
Explore the astounding Camargue region and see white horses and black bulls grazing in the fields and pink flamingos feeding by shimmering soda lakes – this protected natural landscape is a striking place to watch the crimson sunsets of Provence. Enter the medieval fortress cities and cycle to famous wine making villages before ending the tour in Avignon.
This tour operates in reverse on alternate weeks from Provence to Camargue.
At a glance
- Shimmering soda lakes, pink flamingos and black bulls in the Camargue
- Vivid Provencal landscapes perfumed with pines and purple lavender
- Cruise along the River Rhone, sleeping in a charismatic barge
- Easy-going cycling on varied terrain, with the option of e-bikes
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Aigues-Mortes
Make your way to Aigues-Mortes, where your boat is moored. Board your boat and check-in from 6pm.
Day 2 (Sun):
Around Aigues Mortes
34 miles (55 km)
Explore the reedy marshes and purple sea lavender of the Camargue, which more than 400 species of bird call home. Look out for white horses, pink flamingos and the long horned Camargue bull as you cycle to the charming fishing village of Le Grau-du-Roi for a refreshing swim.
Day 3 (Mon):
Aigues Mortes - Arles
15 miles (25 km)
Set sail to Saint Gilles where you will then continue by bike to Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul, and enjoy a guided tour of its' beautiful Roman ruins.
Day 4 (Tue):
Arles - Vallabreguès
35 miles (55 km)
Cycle to Alpilles, and the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village built in to rock itself. Continue along a landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees toward Saint Remy de Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus and the home of Van Gogh during the days of his mental illness. Spend the evening moored in Vallabrègues, a pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône.
Day 5 (Wed):
22 miles (35 km)
Cycle along country roads to Barbentane and 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. Cycle to Aramon where your boat will moor overnight and enjoy the beautiful views over Mont Ventoux
Day 6 (Thu):
25 miles (40 km)
Cycle to Pont du Gard, one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in Europe. Return to Aramon and then sail to Avignon, the city of the Popes. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.
Day 7 (Fri):
19 miles (30 km)
Cycle across the Ile de la Barthelasse to cross the Rhone and ride through vineyards and orchards. Then cycle back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon along the banks of the river.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Avignon
Check out after breakfast and continue your holiday in France or make your way home.
Comfort Class Barge
Two comfort class barges are used for this tour, availability will determine which barge you are assigned.
L'Estello is a classic Dutch barge has been converted to provide comfort standards for today's passengers. She can carry 20 passengers in 9 twin cabins and 1 double cabin, all of which have private shower and wc, air conditioning and hairdryer. Twin cabins have single beds arranged in an L-shape. The large lounge leads through to the sun deck and outdoor seating for relaxing and sunbathing. Internet facilities are available.
The Caprice barge can carry 21 passengers in 8 twin cabins, 2 double cabins and 1 single occupancy cabin (7-8m²), all of which have private shower and wc, air conditioning and 3 fixed portholes. Twin cabins have single beds arranged in an L-shape. There is a restaurant, lounge with an open plan bar and a sun deck for relaxing. Internet facilities are available.
Dates & Prices
Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2020 dates on sale
- 7 nights accommodation aboard a comfort class barge (L'Estello or Caprice)
- Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch and 3 course dinner
- Tea and coffee on board
- Short daily cabin clean
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- English speaking tour guide on board and on bike
- Mooring fees
- Support van in the area
- Guided visit of Arles and Avignon
- Flights and transfers
- Drinks and tips
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Museum entrance fees
- Special dietary requests
*Twin for sole use on request
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers.
Helmets can also be provided at no additional charge - please advise at time of booking if required.
Hybrid bike with 27 gears
How to Get There
Fly to Montpellier, Avignon, Marseille or Paris
Take the train (SNFC) to Avignon or Aigues Mortes.
Alternatively, take the Eurostar to Paris (Gare du Nord).
Take the train (SNFC) to your return airport.
Fly from Montpellier, Avignon, Marseille or Paris
Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Paris (Gare du Nord).
News, Reviews & FAQs
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What's the etiquette with crew tips?
Tips are at your own discretion, an envelope is always left in the cabins on the last day.
Will the itinerary ever change?
For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.
How much space will I have in my cabin?
There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.
Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?
Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling.
Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?
Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement.
Do I have to cycle as part of a group?
This tour is guided and self-guided, so you have the option to cycle with your guide or independently with the maps and route notes provided.
Can I book by myself?
Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.