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Provence & Camargue: bike & boat, MS L'Estello, from Avignon

Roman, lavender and ancient glory

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
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1,190.00 €
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An adventure awaits you on a unique cycle and boat tour through the French countryside. Your journey begins at the historic fortress of Aigues Mortes and takes you through the unspoilt Camargue to Arles. There you will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque landscapes that were once immortalised by Van Gogh. Your discoveries continue through the enchanting Provence, along the Rhone Valley, until you finally reach the impressive ancient Roman Pont du Gard.

Highlights

Papal palace of Avignon
The Papal Palace of Avignon (French Palais des Papes) was between 1335 and 1430 the residence of various popes and counter-popes. The palace belongs to the old town of Avignon a World Heritage Site.

Popes Palace Avignon

Bridge Pont St. Bénézet Avignon
The bridge Pont St. Bénézet is a world famous landmark of the city of Avignon and, together with the nearby Papal Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 900 meters in length, the bridge was one of the longest in Europe. It originally consisted of 22 arches, of which four arches are still preserved today.

Pont St. Bénézet Avignon

Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is a Roman aqueduct bridge in the south of France. The aqueduct bridge is of impressive height and contains one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in France. The Pont du Gard is one of the most important surviving Roman bridge structures in the world and is one of the most important sites in southern France. Pont du Gard translated means bridge over the Gard, which nowadays is called river Gardon.

Pont du Gard

Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy is the birthplace of Nostradamus (1503-1566).

The Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) also spent the years 1889/90 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. He was treated here in the psychiatry of the monastery Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. During this period, a series of paintings were created, including the famous "Starry Night". Other paintings such as "The madhouse garden" in Saint-Rémy represent the sanatorium in which lived Vincent van Gogh.

Saint Rémy de Provence

Arles
Since 1981, many of the city's ancient and Romanesque monuments have been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Saint-Honorat church on the Alyscamps has also been recognized since 1998 as part of the World Heritage "Way of St. James in France". Arles is the starting point of the Via Tolosana, a French section on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. The most important building in the city is the former Benedictine abbey church of Saint-Trophime with a famous portal and cloister.

Arles

Aigues-Mortes
Experience the cozy, medieval town of Aigues-Mortes in the Camargue. Due to the situation of the shallow water zone, the place is now about 6 kilometers away from the coast, but is connected via a channel with the Mediterranean Sea. The famous fortress town is rather simple and has hardly any special features. Visit the completely preserved city wall around the historical center.

Aigues-Mortes

 

Provence & Camargue: bike & boat, MS L'Estello, from Avignon

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Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
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1,190.00 €
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The L'Estello offers 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and 9 cabins with separate beds). The cabins are 7-8 m² in size and have air conditioning, 2 portholes (one in the bathroom) and a private bathroom. The bed size is 1.90 m / 2 m x 0.75 / 0.80 m. The air-conditioned common area has 5 tables and can

accommodate up to 23 people. The room is in a restaurant with large windows and a salon with comfortable seating. On board, you have the opportunity to use W-Lan free of charge in the residence area. Outside there is a sundeck on which you can end the day in the evening.

tour

Embarkation is planned from 5 pm after individual arrival. Your maritime experience begins at the Quai de la Ligne, near the famous Pont St Bénezet bridge. At 6.30 pm, you will meet your tour guide and the ship's crew there to get to know each other before dinner and to herald the start of your journey.

During the course of the day, you will reach the Île de la Barthelasse. Here you cycle through the characteristic garrigue landscape, which is characterised by vineyards and orchards. Before returning, you will make a stop in Villeneuve Les Avignon, a historic town that was once known as a refuge for cardinals. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the historic centre of Avignon and discover its rich history.

The morning begins with a boat trip to Aramon, from where your cycle tour starts. Today the route takes you to an outstanding relic of Roman engineering, the Pont du Gard, the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe. This architectural masterpiece awaits you and will undoubtedly impress you. Towards the evening, the ship docks in Aramon, where you can enjoy a picturesque view of Mont Ventoux. You will spend the night on the boat.

In the morning, a relaxing boat trip awaits you to Vallabrègues, a charming village on the banks of the Rhône. From there, you continue your journey by bike. Your route takes you to Barbentane, where an impressive castle rises between the Rhône and Durance rivers. The cycle tour continues to the magnificent Saint Michel de Frigolet Abbey and then takes you to the medieval castle of Boulbon. The day ends with your overnight stay in Vallabrègues.

The next stage takes you to Saint Rémy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus. This village also became famous because Van Gogh lived here for a while. You then continue your journey to the Alpilles, where the village of Les-Baux-de-Provence awaits you. During your journey, you will be accompanied by a picturesque landscape characterised by limestone cliffs and olive trees.

The morning begins with a visit to Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul, with its impressive Roman ruins. After a lunch break, you will reach Franquevaux. From there, you will continue your journey with a short boat trip to Aigues-Mortes, where you will spend the night. 

Today's stage is a circular tour that takes you through the Camargue, a region where nature still exists in its original form in many places. On your route, you will also visit the picturesque fishing village of Le Grau-du-Roi. Here you have the opportunity to relax on the beach and enjoy the surroundings.

Disembarkation after breakfast and individual journey home.

As a rule, the tour follows the course of the River Rhône and the Rhone-Sète Canal. However, it is possible that changes may have to be made to the itinerary for various reasons. These changes may be due to weather conditions, official regulations or organisational reasons. High and low water, unexpected maintenance work on bridges or locks and logistical obstacles could mean that the daily routes or mooring points have to be modified. In some cases, a bus transfer may even be necessary. Ultimately, the decision on such changes lies with the ship's captain.

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • 7 overnight stays
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Homemade packed lunch
  • 6 x dinner 
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Towels and bed linen
  • Cabin cleaning and towel change once in the middle of the week
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Some short tours
  • Visit and wine tasting in a typical winery
  • Digital tour information
  • App with maps, route description, sights and GPS data
  • Bicycle - rental helmet (please register)
  • English-speaking tour guide/ international group
  • Port fees
Worth knowing about the trip "Provence-Camargue Boat &Bike"

Below you will find specific information about the tour in the Provence and Camargue. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Arrival to Avignon or Aigues Mortes

You have access to Aigues Mortes and Avignon from the following airports by bus or taxi:

Montpellier Mediterranèe (MPL), Marseille Provence (MRS), Nîmes Garons (FNI), Lyon Saint Exupéry (LYS) and Avignon Caumont (AVN).

Guided or individual itinerary

On this tour you can decide spontaneously on board whether you want to cycle in a group or explore the region individually.
The group (international audience) is led by a trained, English speaking tour guide. If you choose an individual cycling day, you will receive a very detailed route description on board.

Condition of the bike paths

The route guidance is mainly on cycle paths and rural roads with low traffic. Short sections of the route will cycle on unpaved roads or on roads with more traffic if there is no route alternative available (for example, for entry / exit to larger cities). The routes are generally very flat, some days there are short, slightly more demanding climbs.

Available Rental Bikes

There are 27-speed unisex bikes available in different frame sizes. Each bike is equipped with a luggage bag, water bottle, bike computer and a lock. For each cabin you will receive (not in the group tour) in addition a repair kit and a handlebar bag / card holder. In addition, 9-speed electric bikes are available on request.

Own Bikes

The use of own bikes is not possible for this tour.

Back transfer to the starting point of the trip

Between Avignon and Aigues Mortes are few train connections (you have to change the train in Nîmes), duration 2 hours.

Ridesharing during the bike tours

Of course, in case of emergency, a support vehicle is available, which is also used for the daily excursions, if the guests do not want to cycle. Information and programs on excursion options are available on board; Excursions are not included in the tour price and are paid locally.

Cycling in France

Cyclists are required to wear a striking dress code in France. Since October 1, 2008, you must wear a reflective reflective vest at night outside of places, as well as on days with poor visibility. Otherwise, you face a fine of up to 35 euros.

Reflective Vest

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

One dinner, drinks on board as well as the entrance fees to museums are not included and payable locally.

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible. 

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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