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FRANCE – Provence, along the Rhone River

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October 21, 2017

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A wonderful bike and boat tour in unspoiled nature: you start toasting with 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.

What to Expect

  • Total Length: 260 km
  • Total vertical up: 620 m
  • Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved

The tour is totally 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.

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

Day 1Avignon

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.

Day 2Avignon, 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 3Avignon – 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.

Day 4Aramon – 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 5Vallabrègues – 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 6Arles – 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.

Day 7Aigues 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 8Aigues Mortes

After breakfast, end of services.

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch) Sheets and towels
  • Detailed route description + Maps + Girolibero Greens Cycling Guide
  • Tour leader on bike
  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Emergency van in the area (also available for daily excursions)
  • Bicycle
  • Entrance to Pont du Gard
  • Harbour charges
  • Coffee and tea on board

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