Bike and boat France: From Provence to the Camargue

8 Days

Your trip

Experience the South of France, the Rhone by bike and boat.

Our cycle and boat tour in France takes you through the beautiful and historic Provence to the wild nature of the Camargue.

From Avignon, the former city of the popes, the route crosses the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe, the Pont du Gard.

You drive through landscapes that inspired van Gogh until you finally reach the Camargue with its rice fields, wild nature, countless pink flamingos and the famous white Camargue horses.

On this cycle and boat tour in France, you have the option of riding the cycling stages alone or together with the tour guide in a group.

Each guest receives a very detailed route description for the individual version of the tour. The crew on board will spoil you daily with delicious regional and seasonal dishes. The tour group can be an international mix.

You are out and about on your bikes and the ships MS Caprice or MS L’Estello.

Accommodation

You travel and live on the ship. Two ships are used for this bike and boat trip in France: Caprice and L’Estello.

Your ship: Either you are traveling on the MS Caprice

The ship has 11 cabins (2 double cabins, 8 twin cabins, 1 single cabin) of 7/8 square meters. Each cabin has two portholes that cannot be opened, is air-conditioned and has its own bathroom with shower cubicle and hairdryer. There is a locker in each cabin as well as a cupboard, a power socket and a long mirror

The bed size is 1.90 m x 0.80 m (single bed) or 1.90 m x 1.40 m (double bed).

The air-conditioned lounge (12.50 m x 4.10 m) is divided into two areas: The restaurant and the lounge with open bar. The total of 10 windows provide plenty of natural light.

The ship offers you

> Free WiFi in the restaurant and bar

> 55” flat screen in the salon for videos

> Self-service coffee and tea machine

> A sun deck with seating and fixed awnings

Deck plan of the Caprice

A look inside the cabins

Your ship: Or you can travel on the MS L’Estello

The L’Estello has 10 double cabins: 1 double cabin and 9 twin cabins, each with 7 – 8 square meters.

Each cabin has two portholes that cannot be opened, is air-conditioned and has its own bathroom with shower cubicle and hairdryer.

There is a locker in each cabin as well as a cupboard, a power socket and a long mirror.

The bed size is 1.90 m x 0.80 m (single bed) and 1.90 m x 1.40 m (double bed)

The air-conditioned lounge measuring 14 m x 5 m is divided into 2 areas:

The restaurant seats up to 21 people and the lounge has comfortable bench seating. The total of 12 windows provide plenty of natural light.

The ship offers you

> Free WiFi in the restaurant and bar,

> a 55” flat screen in the saloon for videos,

> Self-service coffee and tea machine,

> A sun deck with seating and fixed awnings.

Deck plan L’Estello

A look inside the cabins

Please note: Both ships are ships and not hotels. Space and comfort are limited. During the voyage you will hear typical ship noises on board.

The route

The total distance by bike is around 240 km. Two stages are completely flat through the Camargue, while north of Arles there are a few uphill and downhill sections. There is a slightly more challenging climb towards Baux de Provence. Once at the top, you can enjoy a wonderful panorama. In total, you ascend around 650 meters in altitude.

The tour runs mostly on side roads with little traffic. Some short stretches are on roads with a lot of traffic, which you cannot avoid. The route takes you along cycle paths and roads with little traffic through rural areas. They are mainly on paved paths, with around 5% on unpaved paths.

The boat trips make the stages easier – and at the same time simply beautiful.

Please note: The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Bicycles

Rental bikes: If you want to rent a bike from us, you will get a very good unisex city bike with Deore Shimano 27 speed derailleur. Also available as a men’s bike.

Electric bikes (pedelecs): You can also rent an electric bike for this trip. These are equipped with 9-speed gears and assistance up to 25km/h. Performance: approx. 90 km (depending on driving style)

All bikes are equipped with mudguards, puncture-proof tires, single-sided waterproof pannier, handlebar bag (1 x per room), bike computer, repair kit (1 x per room) and bike lock.

The bikes of sizes S – XL and the corresponding equipment such as repair kit, air pump, spare tube, bike lock, saddle bag, handlebar bag, bike computer are ready for you at the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, simply drop off the rental bike at the last hotel. Return transportation is provided. Models may vary depending on region and availability.

Please indicate your age and height when booking!

Please note: Helmets are not compulsory in France. However, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. You are also welcome to rent it for the duration of the trip. After sunset you will need a safety vest.

Own bikes

Unfortunately, it is NOT possible to bring your own bikes on this tour.

Note on the itinerary

You mainly follow the river Rhone. For organizational reasons, due to weather conditions or according to the regulations of the local authorities, changes may be made to the itinerary before and/or during the trip. High and low water as well as logistical obstacles such as (unpredictable) maintenance work on bridges or locks can change the daily routes or mooring points and may even require a bus transfer. The decision is made by the captain alone.

Please note: We can only offer this trip if at least 12 people come together. The use of one of the two ships on your tour depends on the logistical circumstances. We cannot make a binding commitment in advance as to which ship will operate your tour. This is usually the case. We also offer the same route in the opposite direction. Information on dates and prices can be found under the link Tour 23.

Your tour guide

Entertaining and always enthusiastic, our tour guides will accompany you through the country and river landscapes, to the people and their culture and into the history of this beautiful country. Thanks to their in-depth knowledge of the different areas, they can give you useful tips on routes and excursion destinations.

Country information and tips on package tours

Information on entry requirements for France can be found on our page under country information. Please read our notes on package tours on the ARB page.

Please note: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. We recommend that you take out international health insurance and travel cancellation insurance.

Day by day

Avignon :
Day 1

Individual arrival in Avignon and embarkation

Individual arrival in Avignon. Embarkation from 6 pm. The boat is waiting for you at the Quai de la Ligne, by the famous St. Bénezet bridge.

Dinner
Ship
Avignon round trip :
Day 2

Avignon round trip, approx. 30 km

Today you cross the Île de la Barthelasse to reach the other bank of the Rhone and cycle through the typical garrigue landscape between vineyards and orchards. Before returning, visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, known in the past as the city of cardinals. In the afternoon, discover the historic center of Avignon.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Avignon - Aramon :
Day 3

Cycle tour Avignon – Aramon, approx. 40 km

In the morning, the boat takes you to Aramon, where you start cycling. Today’s stage will take you to the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: the Pont du Gard, an architectural masterpiece. In the evening you moor in Aramon with a beautiful view of Mont Ventoux.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Aramon - Vallabrègues :
Day 4

Cycle tour Aramon – Vallabrègues, approx. 35 km

A boat trip in the morning takes you to Vallabrègues, a beautiful village on the banks of the Rhône. You now cycle on country roads to Barbentane with its castle between the Rhône and Durance rivers. Then cycle on to the magnificent Saint Michel de Frigolet Abbey and then to the medieval castle of Boulbon. Overnight stay in Vallabrègues.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Vallabrègues - Arles :
Day 5

Cycle tour Vallabrègues – Arles, approx. 55 km

This stage takes you to Saint Rémy de Provence, the birthplace of Nostradamus. This village is also famous because Van Gogh lived here when he was mentally ill. Then drive to Alpilles and the village of Les-Baux-de-Provence.

A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees accompanies your journey.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Arles - Aigues-Mortes :
Day 6

Cycle tour Arles – Aigues-Mortes, approx. 30 km

In the morning, you will visit Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with its beautiful Roman ruins. After lunch, you will reach the Saint Gilles lock. From here, a short boat trip will take you to Aigues-Mortes, where you will spend the night.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Aigues-Mortes :
Day 7

Cycle tour Aigues – Mortes, approx. 55 km

Today’s stage is a circular tour on which you explore the Camargue, where nature is still untouched in many places. You will also visit the beautiful fishing village of Le Grau-du-Roi. It is possible to relax on the beach.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Aigues-Mortes :
Day 8

Individual return journey

Departure after breakfast. Are you staying an extra day? We will be happy to book an extra night for you.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship

Services

contain

  • 7 nights on board with breakfast
  • 6 Dinner
  • Freshly prepared packed lunches on board every day
  • Welcome drink
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Towels and bedding
  • Cleaning of the cabin once in the middle of the week and change of towels
  • Bicycle helmet, please reserve in advance
  • App with maps, route description, sights and GPS data, digital tour information
  • English-speaking tour guide within an international group
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Some short tours
  • Port fees

not included

  • Tips
  • 1 x dinner
  • Drinks on board
  • Museums and general extras
  • Everything that is not explicitly listed as 'included in the price'

Dates and prices

Please note that we also offer this trip in the opposite direction, up the Rhone Valley, see trip 23.

Departure with the ship MS Caprice or MS L’Estello 2024 on Saturdays in …
Season 1 06.04.
Season 2 20.04., 29.06., 13.07., 27.07., 10.08.
Season 3 04.05., 18.05., 01.06., 15.06., 19.10.
Season 4 24.08., 07.09., 21.09., 05.10.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Double cabin with 2 standard beds 1.120 € 1.520 € 1.620 € 1.720 €
Single cabin 1.470 € 1.870 € 1.970 € 2.070 €
Double cabin for single use 2.100 € 2.500 € 2.600 € 2.700 €
Extra nights
Starting point Avignon on request
Destination Aigues Mortes on request
Additional nights are possible in Avignon (additional night at the starting point) and in Aigues Mortes (additional night at the destination). If necessary, please indicate in the comments field of the booking how many additional nights you want and at which location.
Rental bikes
E-bike 300 €
Touring bike 150 €
Please note that it is NOT possible to take your own bikes on board the ship.
Additional services
Gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan food 75 €
Transfer Mantua – Verona on request
Please note: The indicated route is only for rough orientation. You will receive a detailed route plan with all routes, arrival and departure times on board.

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