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Guided Barge and Cycle

Avignon to Aigues Mortes      Provence, France    2018
 
Itinerary Two:  Starting in Avignon
1. Avignon
Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Avignon. The 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 a guided visit will let us discover the historic centre of Avignon.
 
3. Avignon – Aramon (40 km)
In the morning we cruise to the town of Aramon, where we start Cycling. The stage today will bring us 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)
We start our day sailing to Vallabrègues, a pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône. Along country roads we cycle to Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhone and Durance rivers.  We continue to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. Overnight in Vallabrègues.
 
5. Vallabrègues – Arles (60 km)
This stage brings us 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. We move on to the Alpilles, with Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village lodged in the rock itself. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees accompanies our journey.
 
6. Arles – Aigues-Mortes (25 km)
Today the whole morning is dedicated to visiting Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with beautiful Roman ruins. You will have the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town. After lunch we reach the lock of Saint Gilles and from there we sail to Aigues Mortes for an overnight stay.
 
7. Aigues Mortes, round tour (55 km)
Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages we reach the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Here there is a possibility of a refreshing swim at the beach.
 
8. Aigues Mortes
Tour ends after breakfast.

A minivan is available in the area for emergencies. The same van offers alternative excursions for those customers who don’t want to cycle on some days or can organize transfers to shorten the longest stages. These extra services are not included and must be paid on site.

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.

Bike and Barge Provence
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Itinerary 1 Contact us and Booking
Itinerary 2 About the Barges
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