France / Provence and Camargue

Avignon to Aigues Mortes

A wonderful bike and boat tour in unspoiled nature: you start by appreciating the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and then reach the old Roman Pont du Gard, exploring Van Gogh’s Provencal landscape.

Then you continue cycling through the Rhone Valley up to Arles and to the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes, which will accompany you in your ride through bulls and horses of the Camargue.

The tour can operate from Avignon to Aigues Mortes - or in the reverse direction.

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here:

- we can arrange airport transfer from Avignon by train

  • Day 1: 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. Bénezet.

    The tour can be done in reverse - do get in touch for dates.

    2 boats used - Caprice and L'estello


  • Day 2: Avignon, round tour (45 km)

    You cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. In Châteauneuf- du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous Provençal wine. After that you will cross the Rhône at the height of Roquemaure and cycle back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon following the course of the river.


  • Day 3: Avignon – Aramon (40 km)

    In the morning navigation till the town of Aramon, where you will start pedaling. 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: Aramon – Vallabrègues (35 km)

    You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône. 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 Vallabrègues.


  • Day 5: Vallabreguès – Arles (60 km)

    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: Arles – Aigues-Mortes (25 km)

    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: Aigues-Mortes, round tour (55 km)

    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: Aigues-Mortes

    Breakfast followed by check out 

    If you decide to spend more time in the area, we can offer an extension in Saumur or Saint-Brevin - do get in touch and we can make some suggestions


  • Boat L'estello


    USUALLY AVAILABLE

    • 10 double cabins (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) measuring 7-8 m2.

    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

  • Boat Caprice


    USUALLY AVAILABLE

    11 cabins (2 Doubles, 8 Twins, 1 Singles) 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).

Boat L'estello

Travel Dates Availability Package Price
From
To
Price per person based on std occ
27/04/2019 19/07/2019 On request £1164 REQUEST NOW
20/07/2019 30/08/2019 On request £959 REQUEST NOW
31/08/2019 18/10/2019 On request £1244 REQUEST NOW
19/10/2019 01/11/2019 On request £1164 REQUEST NOW
03/08/2019 10/08/2019 Limited £959 BOOK NOW

Boat Caprice

Travel Dates Availability Package Price
From
To
Price per person based on std occ
27/04/2019 19/07/2019 On request £1164 REQUEST NOW
20/07/2019 30/08/2019 On request £959 REQUEST NOW
31/08/2019 18/10/2019 On request £1244 REQUEST NOW
19/10/2019 01/11/2019 On request £1164 REQUEST NOW
At a glance

  • Tour operates on a Saturday
  • Can select Avignon - Aigues Mortes or reverese
  • 2 boat options available - Caprice or Estello
  • Bike hire included
  • Full board - but not with beverages

Highlights

  • Avignon
  • Vallabrègues
  • Arles
  • Aigues-Mortes
  • Le Grau-du-Roi

Whats included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Sheets and towels
  • Detailed route description + Maps and info-pack
  • Emergency van in the area (also available for daily excursions)
  • Guided visit of Arles
  • Entrance to Pont du Gard
  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Harbour charges
  • Coffee and tea on board

What we like

  • Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.
  • Extraordinary landscape.

If you prefer an e-bike, that is also possible - supplement for S19 is £105

Other things to consider

Do also budget for:

  • Local tax
  • lunches
  • flights
  • transfers (if required)

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

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