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Avignon
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Highlights

  • Cycling through Provence and landscapes made famous by Van Gogh.
  • Enjoy the villages and vineyards around Arles and Avignon.
  • Visiting the UNESCO listed Roman Aqueduct Pont du Gard.
  • Comfortable ’boatel’ offering both great food and service.
  • Camargue wilderness with its white horses, flamingos, bulls and cowboys.

Discover the highlights of Provence from the wilderness of The Camargue, with it’s rich birdlife populations to the Papal city of Avignon where you can visit the dominating 13th century Palais des Papes.

The Camargue is Western Europe’s largest river delta and is a wild landscape of salt lagoons full of flamingos, rice paddies and cane fields, not forgetting wild white horses and farms with Europe’s only cowboys!

Finishing in the mazy cobbled streets of Avignon, this bike and boat commences every second Saturday and, as well as the great cycling, your ‘floating hotel’ offers air-conditioned en-suite cabins, fantastic food, great service and lots of space to relax or socialise

Day 1: Arrive Aigues-Mortes

On arrival to this medieval town, your cabin will be available from 6pm, although it is possible to leave baggage on-board if arriving earlier. This ancient military port on the Mediterranean is worth a visit in the afternoon before enjoying a welcome briefing and dinner on board your boat that evening.


Overnight: On-board in Aigues-Mortes


Day 2: Circular ride through The Camargue

Today you will enjoy a delightful circular ride through the Camargue. With plenty of time to relax, watch the bird and wildlife, visit the beach or immerse yourself in the alleyways of Aigues-Mortes, not forgetting the charming fisherman’s village of Le Grau-du-Roi.


Cycle: 55km


Overnight: On-board in Aigues-Mortes


Day 3: Aigues-Mortes to Arles

This morning’s sailing goes to the lock of Saint Gilles before you disembark and hop on to your bike where a fascinating city awaits; Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with its beautiful Roman ruins. The afternoon allows you the chance to explore the jewels the town has to offer with a guided tour.


Cycle:  25km


Overnight: On-board in Arles


Day 4

Arles to Vallabreguès

A breathtaking day’s cycling towards the Alpilles, enjoy the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence before reaching Saint Remy de Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus. There is an impressive background of olive trees and limestone cliffs throughout. In the evening enjoy Vallabreguès, a pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhone.


Cycle:  60km


Overnight: On-board in Vallabreguès


Day 5

Vallabreguès to Aramon

Today’s loop cycle brings you firstly to Barbentane Castle where the Rhone and Durance rivers merge. From there you’ll reach Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet followed by the medieval village of Boulbon.  Your final section that day rewards you with a night in Aramon with incredible views over Mont Ventoux.


Cycle:  40km


Overnight: On-board in Aramon


Day 6

Aramon to Avignon

Another fantastic loop cycle today brings you initially to Pont du Gard, a spectacular Roman Aqueduct. You will actually loop back through Aramon again before reaching Avignon itself, the famous ‘city of the Popes’.


Cycle:  40km


Overnight: On-board in Avignon


Day 7

Circular ride from Avignon

One more loop day to finish your cycling where you visit wine producing town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, while there you have an opportunity to sample this famous provencal wine. Crossing the River Rhone once more to Roquemaure, returning through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon along the river to Avignon itself.


Cycle:  45km


Overnight: On-board in Avignon


Day 8

Departure day, Avignon

After breakfast you disembark. We can arrange extra nights in Avignon


If you are returning home both Avignon and Aigues-Mortes are well served by several airports: Montpellier Mediterranée (MPL), Marseille Provence (MRS), Nîmes Garons (FNI), Lyon Saint Exupéry (LYS), Avignon Caumont (AVN), while Paris is a 2h42 journey from Avignon on the TGV train.


Our Boat in Provence

L’Estello

L’Estello is a Dutch Barge built in 1937. She has been completely refurbished to offer a high level of comfort without compromising her original charm.


Accommodating 20 guests in 10 double cabins (1 double and 9 twins) of 7-8 square metres. Each cabin has two portholes, (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and en-suite facilities with shower area. Bed sizes: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80m .


The air conditioned living area divided into a restaurant with large picture windows and a bar area with comfortable sofas and armchairs. A sundeck with seating and a fixed awning gives plenty of outdoor space. Free WiFi is available in in the restaurant/bar area.


Additional Nights and Extensions

Both Avignon and Aiges Mortes are wonderful places to spend a few extra nights. We can book extra nights in both for you.


Single Cabins and Solo Cyclists

Single cabins are available, although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists and is perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.



Guided or Self-Guided Option

You can choose to bike either on a self-guided or guided basis at no extra charge. The detailed directions and maps supplied with your info-pack offer you the option of either cycling independently or with the rest of the group, following the Tour Leader. When booking this bike and boat tour, please specify your chosen option (i.e. guided or self-guided).


Bikes (Bike hire included)

27-gear Shimano Deore unisex bikes in appropriate frame sizes. They are puncture-proof, fully serviced and equipped with a trip computer, one pannier, water bottle and bike lock.  Additionally, self-guided cyclists are supplied with a map holder/front bag (one per bike) and a repair kit (one per couple).


Electric bike hire is available at an additional cost.


Helmet hire is not included and bringing your own is always more hygienic than hiring one.


Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy. Total Length: 260 km, terrain: 95% asphalt, 5% unpaved


Although the cycling ranges from a very easy 25km to a slightly trickier 60km, most of the days there is very little to almost nothing in the way of ascents. Indeed, the riding is totally flat during the three stages in Camargue, while the stages north of Arles present some ups and downs, which are however quite easy to overcome. There is just one more demanding climb towards Baux de Provence, but you will be fully repaid with an extraordinary view. The itinerary is mostly on secondary roads with light traffic; some short stretches on more busy roads are however inevitable. There will also be a couple of sections on the boat to make the trip more enjoyable.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to Avignon / from Aiges-Mortes

Both Avignon and Aigues-Mortes are well served by several airports: Montpellier Mediterranée (MPL), Marseille Provence (MRS), Nîmes Garons (FNI), Lyon Saint Exupéry (LYS), Avignon Caumont (AVN).


Avignon is a 2h42 journey from Paris on the TGV train.
We will send you full details of public transport and taxi connections in our pre-departure information pack as soon as your booking is confirmed.


Avignon is easily accessible by car from the A7 Highway from Lyon to Marseille. The pier is accessible by car and free and paid parking is available in Avignon.


There are train connections between Aigues-Mortes and Avignon. The journey takes about two hours and costs 15 Euro. Again full details are provided.

Included

  • 7 nights en-suite air-conditioned cabin
  • All meals
  • 27-gear bicycle
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Emergency vehicle support
  • Entrance to Pont du Gard
  • Daily briefings & Optional guided rides
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Wine tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Aigues-Mortes and from Avignon
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike helmets
  • Drinks, snacks and personal expenditure

Extras

  • Helmet hire
  • Electric bike hire
  • Single cabin supplement (s)
  • Additional nights
  • Single room supplement(s).
  • Additional hotel nights in Avignon or Aigues-Mortes


 

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We strongly advise booking as early as possible. There is limited cabin availability with the boats being quite intimate and holding only 20—22 persons each sailing, coupled with their ever growing popularity. Consequently, popular dates have been known to sell out many months in advance.

 

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded as easy because the route, with just a couple of shorter exceptions, is almost entirely flat. Daily distances are between 25km and 60km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise some training before the trip.  If you would like to opt for a 'rest day' then you are always welcome to stay on board and relax, one of the fantastic features of the 'bike and boat' tours. The cycle tours are either guided, with a Tour Leader taking a group of you cycling daily, or self-guided, however you will receive a map and route notes to ensure you find your way.

 

What equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.


Which is the best airport to fly to?

The best option is to fly into Montpellier or Marseille, which connect by bus and train to Aigues-Mortes and out of Avignon. There is a TGV train from Paris to Avignon, which also connects onwards to Aigues-Mortes, too.


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