PROVENCE & CAMARGUE BY BARGE AND BIKE

8 Day Independent or Escorted Tour Welcome to the only Barge and Bike tour in the Provence and Camargue regions of France. This traditional way of exploring by bicycle is available on our 3+ star comfort barge the Soleo. Our scenic route starts in Aigues Mortes, in the heart of the Camargue, and ends eight […]

8 Day Independent or Escorted Tour

Welcome to the only Barge and Bike tour in the Provence and Camargue regions of France. This traditional way of exploring by bicycle is available on our 3+ star comfort barge the Soleo.
Our scenic route starts in Aigues Mortes, in the heart of the Camargue, and ends eight days later in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Each alternate week the route travels in reverse. Among the wilderness of Camargue and the landscapes that were so dear to Van Gogh you will cycle through delicious Provençal villages, vineyards and lavender.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Aigues Mortes.

Individual arrival and boarding during the afternoon in Aigues Mortes. 

Day 2

Aigues Mortes, round tour (45 km)

First ring stage to discover the Camargue, where nature still prevails over civilization.

Day 3

Aigues Mortes–Gallician (60 km).

You will cycle among cane and rice fields and salt lakes, along with horses, flamingos and bulls, and you will arrive at Saintes Maries de la Mer. You will spend the night moored in the village of Gallician 

Day 4

Gallician–Arles (15 km)

Today you will sail to Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with beautiful Roman ruins. You will arrive by bike to the wooden bridge, which was masterfully portrayed by the great painter Van Gogh. 

Day 5

Arles–Vallabreguès (50 km)

This stage will brings you to the Alpilles, with the village of Le Baux de Provence, lodged in the rock itself, then 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.
A landscape of limestone cliffs, lavender and olive trees will accompany the trip. In the evening you will moor in Vallabrègues, a pretty village on the banks of the Rhone. 

Day 6

Vallabrègues–Villeneuvelès- Avignon (53 km)

The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a spectacular work. In the afternoon you will arrive in Avignon, the city of the Popes.

You will be moored in Villeneuve lés Avignons, on the opposite bank of the Rhone. 

Day 7

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. (42 km)

Navigation up to Avignon, and then cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. You will cross the Rhone at the height of Roquemaure and you will return to Villeneuve following the course of the river. 

Day 8

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

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Your Barge – Soleo

 

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The 3+ star barge Soleo was built in 1958, converted into a hotel barge in 1988 under the name Lafayette, and last remodeled in 2009.

The air-conditioned living room is very comfortable. It includes a dining area with seating capacity for 22 guests and a salon area with an open bar. A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light.
Stereo system and internet access are also available. There is a sundeck with seating accommodation and awning.

She has a total of 12 ensuite cabins (4 double bed cabins, 6 twin bed cabins, and 2 single cabins), a living room and a sun deck.

Cabins

Average size is 8 sq.m (86 sq.ft) Equipped with air conditioning and heating controlled by individual thermostats. Each cabin has two portholes; diameter 30 cm by 40 cm and bathrooms have one additional porthole. Each cabin comes with ample closet space, a hair dryer, adaptor plug, wooden hangers, tissues, shower gel/shampoo, towels and a full length mirror. Electricity voltage: 220V
Ceiling height: 2 m (6.56 ft)
Bed sizes: 140 cm by 195 cm (double) or 82 cm by 195 cm (single)

Tour Character
Easy to moderate – Mostly flat, some short uphill stretches. You cycle on paved country roads and bike paths. Suitable for novice and experienced cyclists alike.
Guided or Independent Tour Option
This tour offers the choice to pedal alone (taking advantage of our very detailed route descriptions) or with the whole group, following the tour leader.
When booking the tour you need to specify which option is chosen (i.e. if Guided or Independent).

 

Airport / Transfers

The nearest major airport is Marseilles. Regular trains depart from Marseilles St Charles Station to Avignon and Aigues Mortes.

 

Schedule & Price

2014 Departure Dates

Departs every Saturday from mid-April to mid-October

 

Price per person double occupancy only CAD $1570
Single cabin surcharge $500
High season surcharge: from May 3rd to June 28th, and from August 30th to October 18th, 2014. $150
E-bike surcharge $130
This tour includes:

• accommodation in a double cabin with private facilities
• bedding and towels
• full board (breakfast, packed lunch, & 3-course dinner), plus tea and coffee onboard
• experienced multi-lingual tour guide
• modern hybrid bicycle with 27 gears, pannier, lock, map holder, water bottle and repair kit.
• tour information, maps, guide booklets etc.
• local harbour fees
• wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Not Included:
• tips and gratuities