Lavender, wine and plenty of sunshine are all to enjoy in the Provence and the unspoiled landscape of the Camargue
Through the wilderness of the Camargue and the landscapes of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh you will cycle past the delicious Provençal villages, vineyards and lavender fields. During this holiday in the sun you will experience the real Mediterranean feeling!
• Pont du Gard: world famous Roman aquaduct
• Avignon: beautiful walled city centre und famous pont d’Avignon
• Arles: the wooden brigde of Vincent Van Gogh
• Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer: Gipsy settlement in the heart of the Camargue
• Nature: the wonderful landscapes of the Camargue and the Alpilles mountains
Each next week this tour goes in the opposite direction from Aigues-Mortes to Avignon.
Individual arrival and boarding in Avignon, after 6 PM.
Sunday: Avignon round trip ± 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.
Monday: 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.
Tuesday: 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.
Wednesday: Vallabrègues – 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.
Thursday: 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.
Friday: Aigues-Mortes, round trip ± 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.
After breakfast you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and the crew.
Each next departure goes in reverse, so starts in Aigues-Mortes.
• Stay on board (8 days/ 7 nights)
• Full board ( breakfast, packed lunch, 3-courses meal)
• Tour leader for cycle tours
• Detailed route discription and infopack
• Tea and coffee aboard
• Beverages aboard
• Visits to museums
• Bike with 27 gears and pannier: €85,00
• Surcharge single use € 350,00
• Surcharge High Season € 90,00 a person (Aug 29. until Oct. 10.)
We highly recommend to bring and wear a bike helmet on this trip.