Pont d'Avignon

Bike and Boat France

Day One:

Aigues Mortes
Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Aigues Mortes, medieval town, ancient military and commercial port on the Mediterranean.

Day Two:

Aigues Mortes, round tour (55 km)
Going through small country lanes of the Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will have the chance to see the famous black bulls and the white horses typical of this region, as well as the pink flamingos. In the afternoon you will reach the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.

Day Three:

Aigues Mortes – Arles (25 km)
You will sail for a couple of hours up to Saint Gilles and then cycle to today’s destination: Arles, known for the richness of its antique and Roman patrimony. The city fascinates you with its hidden treasures. Getting lost among its small alleys will be like entering a picture by Van Gogh. In the afternoon you will also have the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.

Day Four:

Arles – Vallabreguès (55 km)
This is a breathtaking stage, which brings you to the Alpilles, with the perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and then to Saint Rémy de Provence. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees will accompany the trip. In the evening you will moor in Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône.

Day Five:

Vallabrègues – Aramon (35 km)
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 Frigolet and afterwards down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon navigation to Aramon for the overnight, with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.  

Day Six:

Aramon – Avignon (40 km)
The stage today will bring you to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Back to Aramon in the afternoon you will sail to Avignon, the city of the Popes. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne, next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.

Day Seven:

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 there is time to discover the historic centre of Avignon.

Day Eight:

Departure after breakfast

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Mid-evil Aigues Mortes

An old fortified city, Aigues-Mortes, in the Gard, represents a prestigious heritage right in the midst of marshlands, in one of the most beautiful spots of Provence, the Camargue.

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Quaint Villages

This river cruise is for everyone. It's rich in both history and legend as you'll learn along the way. Hit the trail and pass through small towns that create such incredible character.

River

The Rhone Valley

The Rhone Valley offers two distinct experiences. There are vibrant European cities, and stunningly beautiful countryside, home to some of the best wines and cuisine in the world.

Dossier Disclaimer:

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

What to Take

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying and handling your own luggage.

Bikes and accessories

Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes in unisex model:

  • Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore

  • E-bike 9-gear Shimano

Features:

  • aluminium frame

  • mudguard

  • rear rack

  • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com

  • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres

  • ergonomic bicycle grips

  • Speed Lifter system

 All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

  • 1 cycle computer  

  • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag

  • 1 combination bike lock

  • 1 helmet suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm

Only for self-guided:

  • 1 front bar bag per cabin

  • 1 repair kit per cabin: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers

 All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

Important notes if you want to cycle independently:
In order to cycle smoothly following our App, we suggest that you bring with you a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed on the handlebar, as well as a power bank (even if the App can be used offline, too).

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Equipment

  • Helmet

  • Water bottle

  • Waist pack or small day pack

Clothing

  • 2 pairs of riding shorts (we recommend padded shorts and that you try them out before your tour)

  • 2 riding jerseys (quick-dry)

  • 2 pairs of quick dry socks for cycling

  • Comfortable shoes for biking and walking

  • Riding gloves

  • 2-3 tee-shirts or casual shirts

  • Trousers or jeans

  • 1-2 pairs of casual socks for non-cycling activities

  • 3-5 pairs of underwear (quick-dry)

  • Cool-weather jacket or rain jacket

  • Extra layers and gloves for cooler season or climate (thin, thermal, water-resistant)

  • Bathing suit

  • Sandals

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Razor

  • Hairbrush

  • Shampoo

  • Deodorant

  • Hand sanitizer

Miscellaneous

  • Passport, wallet and ID

  • Health insurance card

  • Travel insurance card

  • Cash and/or credit cards

  • Camera (with spare battery)

  • Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)

  • Electronic chargers (for the camera, e-reader, cell phone)

  • Adaptors or converters

First aid kit

  • Insect repellent

  • Antiseptic cream or antibiotic ointment

  • Sunscreen

  • Band-aids and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters

  • Salve for chafing

  • Medications (in original bottles with your name on them)