(11 reviews)

Guided/Self-guided Bike and Barge / Original tour

Web code FR024

France / Provence and Camargue

From Avignon to Aigues Mortes

A wonderful bike and boat tour in unspoiled nature: you start in Avignon 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.
  • Day by Day

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    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.
     
    2. 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 time to discover the historic centre of Avignon.
     
    3. Avignon – Aramon (40 km)
    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.
     
    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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.
     
    5. Vallabrègues – Arles (55 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.
     
    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 welcomed 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.
     
    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.
     
    8. Aigues Mortes
    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 in 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 stages more enjoyable.

     

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

     

  • How to get there

    Avignon is connected with the following airports:
    Avignon: 40 Km, Nimes: 40 Km, Montpellier: 80 Km, Marseille: 90 Km, Lyon: 280 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 two fixed portholes, air conditioning, en-suite facilities and safety box; 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 is divided into two areas: the restaurant (up to 22 seats) and the lounge with an open bar. A total of 10 windows gives plenty of natural light.

    Extra features:

    • Free hot drinks machine
    • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
    • Large 55” screen in the lounge for video
    • Dedicated bike storage
    • Hair-dryers (one in each cabin)
    • Complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo, shower cap
    • Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning

     

     Watch Caprice photo gallery.

     

     

    The boat L’Estello is equipped with:
    10 cabins (1 Double, 9 Twins) measuring 7/8 m2.

    Each cabin has two fixed portholes, air conditioning, en-suite facilities and safety box; 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 (Double).

    The living area measures 13.90 x 4.60 m, is air-conditioned and is divided into two areas: the restaurant (up to 21 seats) and the bar area with comfortable benches. A total of 12 windows gives plenty of natural light.

    Extra features:

    • Free hot drinks machine
    • Free WiFi in the restaurant/bar area
    • Large 55” screen in the lounge for video
    • Dedicated bike storage
    • Hair-dryers (one in each cabin)
    • Complimentary courtesy kit: soap, shower gel, shampoo, shower cap
    • Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning

     

     Watch L'Estello photo gallery.

     

     

  • 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 as follows:

    • 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 in the area for emergencies.

  • 11 Client reviews
    • Barbara

      Departure 31 August - 07 September 2019

      Online from 22 September 2019

      Compared to the Loire Valley Tour which I took the following week, I was not terribly impressed with the Bike and Barge tour due to way too many people riding together. We had 20-23 folks all in one group. Some with electric bikes and others without. I think for the terrain on this tour, should be mandatory everyone has electric bikes and/or rate this NOT easy but moderate due to wind and elevation. Also guides should give a good example by wearing helmets!
    • Liz

      Departure 31 August - 07 September 2019

      Online from 14 September 2019

    • Joanne

      Departure 17-24 August 2019

      Online from 02 September 2019

      A wonderful introduction to the towns and countryside of Provence. Biking was a way to see more of the area, and in an enjoyable way, than driving.
    • Teri

      Departure 17-24 August 2019

      Online from 01 September 2019

      I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. All the staff including reservation/office, tour guide, boat crew, and bike/shuttle crew were all fantastic, friendly, professional, and highly qualified making the trip very safe and comfortable. The tour location, landscape, villages, historic sites were all wonderful.
      The effort that went into finding the back roads and quiet streets was very much appreciated and must have taken some time to plan. I appreciated the ability to opt out of longer or more difficult segments which made the trip more enjoyable for me.
      For instance, I opted out of the morning segment in Aigues-Mortes in favor of touring the walled city/ramparts and then joined for the afternoon segment.
      I also appreciated the shuttle van to the top of Les Baux. However, I would have appreciated a 27 gear bike which would perhaps have made that segment possible for me. Overall, a wonderful and memorable experience! Thank you!
    • Genevieve Jody

      Departure 17-24 August 2019

      Online from 01 September 2019

      Many thanks! I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this experience. The crew and guide were wonderful and most accommodating. The food was outstanding.
      Helmute was a joy. I appreciated his years of service with Girolibero, his knowledge and he was always encouraging.
      The whole Girolibero team from the start were very easy to work with and especially patience with all our questions along the way. Keep up the excellent work. I am planning to do this again in Italy.
    • Linda

      Departure 17-24 August 2019

      Online from 29 August 2019

      As I mentioned I'm not a seasoned biker, but I had the trip of a lifetime!!
      The e-bike was so amazing and made me feel like a pro. Being able to experience all the beautiful landmarks and little villages by bike and foot were indescribable!
      It is something I will remember for the rest of my life and can't wait to go on another tour!!!
    • Lynette

      Departure 20-27 July 2019

      Online from 08 August 2019

      Holiday enjoyable and company great. Bike leader terrific and boat hostess great too.
    • Thierry

      Departure 11-18 May 2019

      Online from 22 May 2019

      Très beau tour en Provence!
      Nous rentrons de notre 4ème voyage avec Girolibero. Le tour d'Avignon à Aigues-Mortes, à bord de l'Estello, est une très belle expérience.

      Les parcours à vélo sont magnifiques, et accessibles aux moins sportifs. Le road-book est soigneusement conçu et conduit vers toutes les beautés de la région, Pont du Gard, Baux de Provence, abbayes et villages pittoresques.

      Les vélos (électriques ou non) sont d'excellente qualité, l'ambiance sur le bateau est très agréable, grâce à une équipe aux petits soins, un excellent café italien, et de bons vins.

      Les cabines sont petites mais on s'y habitue vite, et tout peut y être rangé.

      Seul point faible, les dîners, qui manquaient autant de créativité que de saveur. Une occasion de perdre un peu de poids?

      Un très beau voyage à recommander à tous les cyclistes amateurs de beaux paysages!
    • annalisa

      Departure 18-25 August 2018

      Online from 25 September 2018

      Voto 10. Un viaggio da fare. Consigliatissimo
    • Pam & Gary

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      We just finished the Avignon to Aigues Mortes bike and barge trip.
      It was amazing. The crew worked so hard to make the trip a success.
      We saw wonderful sights and enjoyed the exercise on the bikes,
      Ronnie is a fabulous guide, she made sure that we all enjoyed ourselves while staying safe. She worked so hard, but never lost her bright smile.
      We have done other tours with Girolibero and I have always found the company lives up to its promises. I recommend Girolibero to friends and acquaintances and we will be booking with you again.
      Thank you
    • Jill, UK

      Departure 2017

      Online from 27 April 2017

      Re my recent holiday to Avignon, I enjoyed this very much. I loved living on the barge, not having to pack up my stuff every day to change hotels, the tour leader was excellent, the sun was wonderful, the wind was terrible.

Tour details

 

from 990 €

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

Tour type

Guided + self-guided

 

Price per person

990 € in double cabin, value season

 

Departures 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, 26.10.2019

 

Seasons

Value season: 6.04 to 20.04.2019 and 20.07 to 24.08.2019
Standard season: 27.04. to 13.07.2019 and 19.10 to 26.10.2019
High season: 31.08. to 12.10.2019

 

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

 

Not included

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

Supplements per person

230 € standard season
320 € high season
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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