Guided/Self-guided Bike and Barge / Original tour

FR030

France / Provence and Camargue

From Aigues Mortes to Avignon

A wonderful bike and boat tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes you’ll cycle gradually towards Arles. After that you’ll visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence and the Roman Pont du Gard.
  • Day by Day

    1. Aigues Mortes
    Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Aigues Mortes, medieval town, ancient military and commercial port on the Mediterranean.
     
    2. Aigues Mortes, round tour (55 km)
    Going through small country lanes of the 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 the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.
     
    3. Aigues Mortes – Arles (25 km)
    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.
     
    4. Arles – Vallabreguès (55 km)
    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.
     
    5. Vallabrègues – Aramon (35 km)
    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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon navigation to Aramon for the overnight, with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.  
     
    6. Aramon – Avignon (40 km)
    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.
     
    7. Avignon, round tour (30 km)
    Today we’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 we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon there is time to discover the historic centre of Avignon.
     
    8. Avignon
    After breakfast, end of services.

     

    The programme has been planned to feature navigation along the Rhone River and Rhone-Sète Canal. Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

     

  • Route profile

    Total Length: 240 km
    Total vertical up: 620 m
    Terrain: 95% asphalt, 5% unpaved

    The tour is totally flat in the lowlands during the two stages in Camargue, while the stages north of Arles present some ups and downs, which are however easy to overcome. There is just one more demanding slope towards Les Baux de Provence, but you will be fully repaid with an extraordinary landscape. The itinerary is mostly on secondary roads with low traffic; some short stretches on more busy roads are however inevitable. There will also be some navigation stretches to make the stage more enjoyable.

     

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

     

  • How to get there

    Aigues Mortes is connected with the following airports:
    Montpellier: 40 Km, Nimes: 40 Km, Avignon: 90 Km, Marseille: 140 Km, Lyon: 300 Km

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.sncf.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    The boat Caprice is equipped with 11 cabins (1 Single, 2 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
    • the Lounge with an open bar 

    A total of 10 windows give plenty of natural light.

     

    Extra features:

    • Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning
    • Free hot drinks machine
    • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
    • Complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo


    The boat L’Estello is equipped with:

    • 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

    The living area is an air-conditioned living room and is divided into two areas:

    • the Restaurant, with large windows
    • the Bar area with comfortable sofas and armchairs

     

    Extra features:

    • Sundeck with a fixed awning, tables and chairs
    • Free hot drinks machine
    • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
    • Complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s Citybikes are available in various sizes in unisex models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:

    • Unisex Citybike
    • E-bike


    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 combination bike lock
    • 1 helmet suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61


    Only for self-guided:

    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • 1 repair kit per cabin: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers


    All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per cabin) includes:

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing

    At your arrival on Saturday at 6.00 p.m. you will meet the tour leader and the crew. Every evening after dinner the guide will present you the cycling program of the following day.
    This tour offers the chance to choose if pedalling alone or with the whole group, following the tour leader. When booking the tour you need to specify which option you prefer.
    If you want to cycle independently, you are free to do it by following the detailed roadbook and maps you have been given. In case of an emergency you can contact the tour leader over the phone. If you change your mind during the week and you want to join the guided tour, please inform the tour leader the evening before. If you choose the guided option, the tour leader will be always present during breakfast and dinner and will cycle every day with you.

     

    Tour leader

    Our tour leaders are carefully selected and rigourously trained by Girolibero. They are all multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre. As we like to say, our tour leaders are CDO (Controlled Designation of Origin), a real traveller’s ticket to discover the land with ease and to live an unforgettable active travel experience.

     

    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • Caprice or L’Estello boat phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

     

    A minivan is available on the area for emergencies. In case some days you don’t feel like to cycle we can organize alternative excursions or transfers to shorten the longest stages. These extra services are not included and must be paid on site. Programs and prices are available on board.

  • 5 Client reviews
    • mario

      Departure 11-18 August 2018

      Online from 25 September 2018

      Un'esperienza da fare: vacanza al 100%
    • Eileen, San Diego (USA)

      Departure 2017

      Online from 21 June 2017

      Thank you for all your work to see that we had a wonderful time in Provence.

      The bull ranch was the best! It was so much better than the one Mike and I went to before. They put on an actual bull fight for us. I got a bouquet of flowers and a companion on a horse marched me in the ring with two other ladies. Then he took the flowers and the other men on horseback tried to get them away. It was a splendid display of horsemenship. They released the bull and about 5 young boys tried to get the ribbon off it’s horn. It was the highlight of the trip for me. Next they gave us a marvelous lunch with plenty of sangria. We all enjoyed it very much. I would suggest you plan it for other groups.
      We were worried about the two separate groups but we went on the Estello each night and dance together and it went very well.

      The only complaint I got was the Estello had two bathrooms that backed up two days but that was a problem that could be solved.

      The buses you ordered arrived on time and were great. We really needed it to get to the TVG train station in Avignon. We had 29 people on the fast train to Paris and that all went smoothly.
      Again, thank you for your attention to detail and all the extra help you gave me in planning this wonderful adventure. We look forward to Amsterdam to Brudge in 2019.
    • Ruth, Berlin

      Departure 2016

      Online from 05 September 2016

      Liebe Maddalena,

      die Boat und Bike-Reise Camarque und Provence war ein rundherum wunderbares Erlebnis. Alan, Cobey, Paolo und Marco sind eine tolle Crew, die mit Freude, Spaß, Humor und großer Herzlichkeit zusammen arbeiten. Und Marco war ein hervorragender guide: kompetent, tolerant, freundlich, umsichtig, humorvoll. Auch Ihnen, liebe Maddalena, herzlichen Dank für alles, was Sie im Vorfeld der Reise organisiert und kommuniziert haben.
      Ich freue mich auf eine nächste Reise mit girolibero.

      Herzliche Grüße aus Berlin
    • Gisela, Berlin

      Departure 2016

      Online from 05 September 2016

      Liebe Maddalena,
      ich möchte dir kurz erzählen, wie schön die Tour in der Provence war. Marco hat uns excellent begleitet und gut auf uns aufgepasst. Wir haben die höheren Berge geschafft und hatten Spaß beim runterfahren. Der Kapitän war sehr in Ordnung, und seine Frau sehr herzlich und hilfsbereit. Der Koch Paolo war wunderbar, also rundherum eine tolle Crew . Und ein wunderschönes Land. Ich habe Frankreich ein wenig lieben gelernt. Sonst gehört meine Liebe natürlich Italien.
      Ich hoffe, es geht dir gut.
      Alles Liebe
    • Becky Anthony and Maria

      Departure 2014

      Online from 03 December 2014

      We want to thank each member of the Soleo crew on the barge trip from Aigues-Morts to Avignon Oct 17-25.
      Because of all of your expertise and organization as well as the warm and homelike atmosphere on board the barge, and the expertly organized and informative bike rides with Tammy as our guide - there was not one moment spent on anything but sheer enjoyment on the week we spent time with you. From the quality and timeliness of our meals, condition of the bikes to the comfort of our cabins -we have nothing but praise for and much gratitude for a most memorable trip to Belle France! We both hope to see all of you again, A Bientot! Becky Anthony and Maria

Tour details

 

from 990 €

8 days / 7 nights, ships Caprice and L'Estello

Tour type

guided and self-guided tour

 

Price per person

990 € in double cabin, value season

 

Departures

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

 

Included

  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Sheets and towels
  • Courtesy kit
  • Daily short cleaning and mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Bike helmet
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • English speaking tour leader within an international group
  • Guided visit of Arles
  • Harbour charges
  • Emergency van in the area (also available for daily excursions)

Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Tips and extras in general
  • Museums
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included in the price”

Supplements

230 € standard season (27.04. - 13.07.2019 and 19.10.2019)
320 € high season (31.08. - 12.10.2019)
300 € single cabin
50 € special diet (gluten-free and vegan diets)

85 € Girolibero bike
195 € E-bike

Extra nights in Avignon/Aigues Mortes:
on request

 

Good to know

This tour offers the chance to choose if pedalling alone (taking advantage of a very detailed route description) or with the whole group, following the tour leader.

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