Provence Camargue 2019

Tour details
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Bike and Barge in France

A wonderful boat and bike tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes to Saintes Maries de la Mer and then gradually by boat towards Arles.

After that you visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence, the Roman France of Pont du Gard and finally toast with the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Caprice
The boat Caprice is equipped with 11 cabins (3 Doubles, 8 Twins) 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 4.10 m, is air-conditioned and it is divided into two areas:
– the Restaurant (up to 22 seats)
– 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
Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning. 

L’estello
L'Estello
 was built in 1937. It is a classic Dutch passenger barge that has been converted to today's standards of comfort. The boat is 39 m long and 5.2. m wide. The inviting atmosphere aboard will make you feel immediately comfortable. The large lounge area has large picture windows with plenty of natural light. French doors give access to the inviting sun deck. The dining area also has large windows and comfortable seating and the living room and bar area is spacious and air conditioned with comfortable sofas chairs. The boat can accommodate a maximum of 20 passengers. There are 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) measuring 7/8 m squared. 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. Free Wi-Fi in the restaurant/bar area. “Bring & borrow” supply of travel books. Petanque/boules sets and board games available.

Tour in reverse direction available as well.

Departure dates
From Avignon
SA 13.04, 27.04, 11.05, 25.05, 8.06, 22.06, 6.07, 20.07, 3.08, 17.08, 31.08,
14.09, 28.09, 12.10.2019

From Aigues Mortes
SA 6.04, 20.04, 4.05, 18.05, 1.06, 15.06, 29.06, 13.07, 27.07, 10.08, 24.08, 7.09,
21.09, 5.10, 19.10.2019


Tour Details France: Provence to Camargue – Caprice & L'Estello

Day 1 (Sat) Avignon
Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Avignon. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Benezet.

Day 2 (Sun): Avignon (round tour 45 km/ 27 miles)
You cycle in the direction of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. In Chateauneuf-du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous Provencal wine. After that you will cross the Rhone at the height of Roquemaure and cycle back through Villeneuve-les-Avignon following the course of the river.

Day 3 (Mon): Avignon – Aramon (bike tour ca. 40 km/24 miles)
In the morning navigation till the town of Aramon, where you will start pedalling. The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Overnight in Aramon with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

Day 4 (Tue): Aramon – Vallabregues (bike tour ca. 35 km/21 miles)
You start your day sailing to Vallabregues, a pretty Provencal village on the banks of the Rhone. Along country roads you will arrive to Barbentane with 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. Overnight in Vallabregues.

Day 5 (Wed): Vallabregues – Arles (bike tour 60 km/36 miles)
This stage brings you 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. In the end you move onto the Alpilles, with Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village lodged in the rock itself. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees accompanies your journey.

Day 6 (Thu): Arles – Aigues Mortes (bike tour 25 km/15 miles)
Today the whole morning is dedicated to visit Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with beautiful Roman ruins. You will also have the opportunity to be welcome by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town. After lunch you reach the lock of Saint Gilles and from there you will sail to Aigues Mortes for the overnight stay.

Day 7 (Fri): Aigues Mortes, round tour (bike tour 55 km/33 miles)
Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will reach in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

Day 8 (Sat): Aigues Mortes.
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

Tour Details France: Provence to Camargue – Caprice & L'Estello

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Aigues-Mortes

Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Aigues-Mortes, medieval town, ancient military and commercial port on the Mediterranean.

Day 2 (Sun): Aigues-Mortes, round tour (Approx. 55 km/31 mi.)
Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will have the chance to see the famous black bulls and the white horses typical of this region, as well as the pink flamingos…In the afternoon you will  reach in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

Day 3 (Mon): Aigues Mortes– Saint Gilles | Saint Gilles – Arles (bike tour approx. 25 km/15 mi.)
You will sail for a couple of hours up to Saint Gilles and then cycle to today’s destination: Arles, known for the richness of its antique and Roman patrimony. The city fascinates you with its hidden treasures. Getting lost among its small alleys will be like entering a picture by Van Gogh. In the afternoon you will also have the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.

Day 4 (Tue): Arles–Vallabreguès (bike tour approx. 55 km/31 mi.)
This is a breathtaking stage, which brings you to the Alpilles, with the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and then to Saint Rémy de Provence. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees will accompany the trip. In the evening you will moor in Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône.

Day 5 (Wed): Vallabrègues (round tour approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Vallabrègues –Aramon
Along country roads you will arrive to Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers. You will cycle to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet and after-wards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon navigation to Aramon for the overnight with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.

Day 6 (Thu): Aramon (round approx. 40 km/24 mi.)| Aramon–Avignon 
The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Back to Aramon in the afternoon you will 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): Avignon, round tour (approx. 30 km/18 mi.)
Today you’ll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical garrigue landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before going back you’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon a guided visit will let you discover the historic center of Avignon.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Avignon
After breakfast: disembarkation and end of the tour.

Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When a guest does not want to cycle one day, he or she can skip the bike tour and relax on board.
Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons


Inclusive:

  • Boat & bike tour with the Soleo/L’Estello, 8 days / 7 nights; accommodation in the booked category
  • Full board (breakfast and dinner on board, packed “picnic” lunch during bike tours)
  • Tea and coffee on board
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels on request)
  • Tour leader on bike
  • Detailed route description, maps and info-pack (1x per cabin)
  • Support van in the area (available for alternative trips and in case of emergency)
  • Guided visit in Arles
  • Wine tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Exclusive:

Transfers to/from docking places in Avignon and Aigues Mortes (France), reservation fee E 15,00 per booking/group (obligatory surcharge); other transfers; parking fee; rental bicycle, entrance fees & excursions, fees for ferries; drinks on board, personal (travel) insurance, gratuities (at your discretion).

Cabins 2019 6.04 to 20.04 /20.07 to 24.08 27.04. to 13.07 and 19.10 31.08. to 12.10
2 pers. € 990,- p.p. € 1.220,- p.p. € 1.310,- p.p.
Bicycle rent € 85,- p.p. € 85,- p.p. € 85,- p.p.
E-Bike € 195,- p.p. € 195,- p.p. € 195,- p.p.
Bike helmet € 15,- p.p. € 15,- p.p. € 15,- p.p.
Single suppl. € 300,- € 300,- € 300,-