Provence & Camargue by Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: France

Why we love this tour

"Travel by boat and bike between the wetlands of the Camargue and the rolling hills of Provence. I love this region, especially on two wheels. Great wine, beautiful scenery and Roman architecture."

Shimmering soda lakes, pink flamingos and black bulls in the Camargue

Vivid Provencal landscapes perfumed with pines and wild flowers

Cruise along the River Rhone, sleeping in a charismatic barge

Cycling on varied terrain, with the option of e-bikes

Guiding
Self-Guided, Guided
Distance
149miles/240km
Level
Easy to Moderate
Standard
Comfort
Departs
Sat
Runs
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Code
FR022
Fly to
Marseille
Good for
Riverside Routes
Return
Marseille

Look forward to golden fields, wild flowers and green vineyards as you tour through typical French landscapes on your journey through Provence and Camargue. Cycling through the Rhone Valley, you’ll cruise alongside the river and sleep in  your cabin on a charming barge. 

Explore medieval fortress cities and cycle to famous wine making villages. Enter 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.

This tour operates in reverse on alternate weeks from Aigues Mortes to Avignon.

Accommodation

Avignon to Aigues Mortes

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.

L'Estello

L'Estello

Aigues Mortes to Avignon

This is the reverse itinerary from Aigues Mortes to Avignon that runs on alternate weeks.

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation aboard a comfort class barge (L'Estello or Caprice)

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch and 3 course dinner

Cycle helmets

Tea and coffee on board

​Daily short cabin clean

Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)

English speaking tour guide on board and on bike

Mooring fees

Guided visit of Arles

​Support van in local area

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Drinks and tips on board

Bike hire

Museum entrance fees

​​Special dietary requests

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

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 add to your booking if required.

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

£73

E-bike (2020 departures)

£166

E-bike (2021 departures)

£187

Other Extras

Helmet

Helmet hire

£0
Board upgrade

Gluten free, vegan or lactose free diet

£45

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Montpellier, Avignon, Marseille or Paris, then take the train (SNFC) to Avignon or Aigues Mortes.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Paris, change for Avignon for the Avignon to Aigues Mortes route.

How do I get back?

Take the train (SNFC) to your return airport and fly from Montpellier, Avignon, Marseille or Paris.

Alternatively, take the Eurostar from Paris (Gare du Nord).
What is an ‘Easy to Moderate’ cycle holiday?

Some days will be flat, other days will have some modest hills. Easy to Moderate cycling holidays are suitable for most ages and degrees of fitness. We recommend that you have some previous cycling experience.

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

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.

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