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Provence Camargue – Bike & Boat Aigues-Mortes to Avignon

Bike & Boat Holiday

Here’s a refreshing way to experience all those must-see places in Provence. Start by the wild flatlands of the Camargue and dive down on your bike to the beaches of the Mediterranean coast. Then slowly enjoy the cruise as the crew sail the homely passenger boat northwards along the region’s warm waterways to Avignon, mooring up your floating accommodation for overnights and delightful day rides or linear cycling stretches. From Roman aqueducts and amphitheatres to iconic windmills and medieval cliff-top castles or the colourful landscapes around Arles where Van Gogh found his inspiration, there’s a feast of rich pickings to discover at your own pace, and what better way to wash them down than with a delicious glass of Côtes du Rhône on a visit to those classic vineyards around Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 2023 Prices now available Read More


Europe, France

Start Day


Board Basis

Half Board

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8 Days, 7 Nights


Apr - Oct

Tour Grade

Grade 2 (Easy)

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Cruise up the waterways of Provence from Aigues-Mortes to that famous bridge in Avignon and pedal off on easy day rides to impressive cliff-top castles, abbeys and aqueducts, through valley vistas, vineyards and the colourful landscapes which inspired great artists. Highlights include the walled city of Aigues-Mortes and the pink flamingos, black bulls and white horses of The Camargue; Arles and the Pont du Gard  – both designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites; craggy Roquemaure and Les Baux-de-Provence; the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the famous Palais des Papes in Avignon. If at any point you prefer to curtail your day’s cycling or give it a miss totally, minibus transfers and a programme of excursions are generally available (bookable and payable locally).

Please note: this tour is generally Grade 2, but it includes a longer day in the saddle with a more challenging cycling climb (see Day 4) to the magnificent hilltop town of Les Baux-de-Provence. The climb can be avoided, by an alternative route missing out Les Baux-de-Provence. It may also be possible to arrange a minibus transfer to avoid the climb (bookable /payable locally and subject to availability).

Tour Code:
Bike & Boat, Cycling
Bike & Boat Holiday
Europe, France
8 Days, 7 Nights
Board Basis:
Half Board
Apr - Oct


Please note:

Due to navigation conditions, the exact details of itineraries/embarkation points may be modified at the discretion of the boat’s Captain. Some sailing during breakfast and/or the evening meal may take place to ease exit from town moorings or to shorten river cruise stretches. All cycling itineraries are optional and a programme of alternative excursions/transfers is generally available (bookable and payable locally). All overnights are on board your floating accommodation, the Caprice or L’Estello. Details of the transits to the next destination are outlined in the itinerary below but may be subject to change.

Day 1 All aboard in Aigues-Mortes!

Simply oozing with medieval and military history, the ancient Mediterranean commercial port of Aigues-Mortes is a fascinating place to begin your journey along the waterways of Provence. Moored close to the centre, your floating home on the passenger boat can be boarded from 6pm with dinner waiting for you in the early evening. Meanwhile, the awesome walled city has 1.6 kilometres of mighty fortifications to wander along, a bustling and colourful market and almost too many café terraces to choose from – the ideal place to sit and sip on a chilled glass of Côtes du Rhône and get a real taste of Provence. 

Overnight mooring – Aigues-Mortes. 

Day 2 The call of the Camargue & lure of the sea

Start the day with a look around the impressive city of Aigues-Mortes which takes its name from the surrounding ‘dead’ salt marshes and which was the embarkation point for both the seventh and eighth crusades. Don’t miss the massive 13th century Constance Tower, the great medieval military fortifications and the views of the vast salt pans. Follow the cycle path north along the Canal du Rhône à Sète via the famous bull-rearing town of Le Cailar, then loop round along Camargue country lanes between small villages of Marsillagues and St Laurent d’Aigouze back to the entrance of Aigues-Mortes and the Tour Carbonnière with its irresistible view of the Petite Camargue area. Look out for pink flamingos and the famous white Camargue horses on your travels and find out more about the region’s fascinating flora and fauna at the Maison Grand Site de France de la Camargue Gardeoise. But the Mediterranean is beckoning, so finally follow the Canal du Rhône à Sète cycle path south towards the fishing village of Le Grau-du-Roi to put a toe in the water and feel the sand between your toes before heading back to the boat in Aigues-Mortes.

Overnight mooring – Aigues-Mortes.

Miles  34  Kms  55

Day 3 From Camargue canals to city culture

Relax at the start of the morning with a couple of hours cruise from Aigues-Mortes to St Gilles lock, before pedalling off on a short linear ride to the city with the most Roman remains after Rome itself – Arles. Spend a moment or two exploring the historic town of St Gilles, whose abbey and church – a stop along the way to Santiago de Compostella – is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here country lanes lead past a local black bull farm, reflecting the area’s bullfighting heritage, but it’s not long before cultivated fields give way to the periphery of France’s largest city.

Whether you fancy finding the spots where Van Gogh set his easel, or prefer the mighty remains of the Roman amphitheatre, Arles has plenty to please. And so that there’s no chance on missing out on any of its gems, an afternoon’s guided tour  is included in your tour price.

Overnight mooring – Arles.

Miles  15  Kms  25

Day 4 Up and into the Alpilles – Van Gogh’s inspiration

A longer day with a linear stretch of cycling. Leave your floating accommodation at Arles to meet it again at Vallabrègues as you pedal through the rocky and colourful Provençal landscapes which inspired Grand Dutch Master, Van Gogh, during his time in Provence.

Heading out of Arles, past the Roman aqueduct and burial ground, the first stage of the route leads uphill – a more challenging, but very worthwhile few kilometres – to the impressive ancient village in the limestone rock-face – Les Baux-de-Provence. This section of the cycling day is optional with an alternative route missing out Les Baux-de-Provence provided. Alternatively, if you prefer not to miss out, but don’t fancy the cycling climb, it may also be possible to arrange a minibus transfer to avoid the climb (bookable /payable locally and subject to availability).

Find out more about this fascinating area of rocky landscapes, olive and almond trees at your next stop in St Rémy de Provence. But the ‘Musée des Alpilles’ is just one of the attractions in the town which boasts to be the birthplace of Nostradamus, home of the entire excavated Roman colony of Glanum and the place where Van Gogh painted prolifically during his period of recuperation from mental illness. Visit the Van Gogh Interpretation Centre or the ancient monastery of St Paul de Mausolee, recognised as the psychiatric hospital where the Dutch Master lived. Finally there’s the impressive medieval castle town of Tarascon which has monster tales to tell before you reach the boat moored in Vallabrègues, home of traditional basket weaving.

Overnight mooring – Vallabrègues.

Miles  37  Kms  60

Day 5 Towers & topknots - the mighty fine Massif de Montagnette  

Perhaps visit the craft museum in the pretty little Provençal village of Vallabrègues, then cycle out along the Rhône to its meeting point with the Durance river  – the fortified medieval town Barbentane. Don’t miss the castle (aka Le Petit Trianon de Provence) before starting the gentle climb up to the pine-clad plateau, the Massif de Montagnette, for a visit to the isolated Abbey of St Michel de Frigolet with its mighty, pinnacled basilica. Back downhill, medieval Boulbon near Vallabrègues boasts the remains of a feudal castle and an 11th century tower, plus a charming walk to the renovated 18th century Moulin de Bonnet, a classic tower and topknot windmill surrounded by beautiful views. Return to the boat for an hour’s afternoon cruise to Aramon, now one of the busy industrial centres of the Rhône Valley where your mooring will have a beautiful views of the rocky crests of the majestic Mont Ventoux.

Overnight mooring – Aramon.

Miles   21 Kms  35

Day 6 Rolling hills & Roman engineering

 Dating right back to Roman times, the village of Aramon still has a medieval castle perched up on the rocks and is just a stone’s throw from rolling vineyard slopes and ancient villages such as Saint Amand. The place to pedal out however has to be the awesome arches of the Pont du Gard, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe and highest bridge in the Roman Empire. Enjoy a visit to this spectacular feat of ancient engineering which stretches some 275 metres across the river valley (entrance included in tour price), before wheeling your way along the Gardon valley and on to meet an unlikely mammoth lurking in the ‘Caves des Vignerons’ in historic Montfrin. Return to the boat for an hour’s afternoon cruise to Avignon, to moor up at the Quai de la Ligne by the famous bridge – where else?

Overnight mooring – Avignon. 

Miles  24  Kms  40

Day 7 Avignon round tour

The delicious wines of the Côtes du Rhône have to be a highlight of any stay in Provence, so enjoy a gentle cycling sortie past Sorgues, along the banks of the Ouvèze and Lionne to the renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A wine-tasting treat here is included in the tour price, so sip back and enjoy the real taste of Provence, before you head across the River Rhône to the ruined castle towers of Roquemaure. The royal castle here was dismantled after the French Revolution, but the village with its maze of medieval streets is the perfect place to drink in more vineyard views. Villeneuve-les-Avignon is the final stop of the cycling day, home of the Chartreuse and St André fortress, before you follow the river home to your floating home.

Overnight mooring – Avignon. 

Miles  27  Kms  45

Day 8 Depart after breakfast

From the Palais des Papes to the vibrant Place de la Horloge, the city has so much to explore. Following your final breakfast on board your floating home, you might choose to spend a little longer exploring the Palais des Papes or just soaking up the Provençal sunshine and the atmosphere on the café terraces of the vibrant Place de la Horloge. There are regular train services back to Aigues-Mortes. Please note that the train fare to Avignon is not included in the price of the tour.    

Extra nights in hotel accommodation can be booked to allow more time to explore Avignon at your leisure.

Programme of activities included in the price:

  • Guided visit of Arles

On this small passenger boat, the crew will be on hand to give information about the region, itineraries, excursions and services.

Fancy a day out of the saddle?

Ideas for walks or excursion suggestions by minibus are on offer most days (bookable on arrival and payable locally). It may also be possible to cycle just some of the route and arrange an onward minibus transfer. This is subject to availability, arranged and payable locally (approx.15 euros per person).

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Ensuite double or twin air-conditioned cabin, 7-8 sqm, shower/WC area, wardrobe space and portholes (fixed).  Boats have an air-conditioned restaurant and bar/lounge (free wi-fi usually available) and sundeck with awning

Meals including buffet/continental breakfast, 6 dinners and self-service packed lunch

Tea and coffee on board

Hire of hybrid bicycle and ancillary equipment (helmet, single waterproof pannier, lock, water bottle and (self- guided customers only) handlebar bag or mapholder & puncture repair kit (1 per couple)

Local assistance on call (although puncture repair is excluded)

Transfers by van are available to allow for non or shorter cycling days at extra cost (payable locally)

Guided tour option travelling as a group with a ride leader, if preferred to a self-guided tour – PLEASE REQUEST THIS OPTION WHEN BOOKING

Information pack with detailed joining instructions and daily route overviews sent out approximately 2 weeks before departure so you can plan ahead and look forward to your cycling adventure.  Please note all local route information is supplied in digital format, we will forward this to you when we receive it to allow you arrive with all the information loaded on your smartphone or printed at home

Also included:

  • Guided walking tour of Arles

The detailed itinerary may be affected by navigational issues. These will be decided by the boat’s captain. Sailing may take place during breakfast or evening meal times

Please note that the price EXCLUDES

Evening meal on board for one night in Avignon

Drinks on board (except for tea and coffee)

Costs of getting to and from the tour area

Accommodation Options

On board EITHER the boat MS Caprice or MS L’Estello, in an outside-facing 2 bed cabin with private facilities and air-conditioning. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

MS Caprice

The boat has 11 cabins and can accommodate up to 22 passengers.

Boat Plan & Details 

MS L’Estello

The riverboat has 10 cabins and can accommodate up to 20 passengers.

Boat Plan & Details 

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