Friday, March 5, 2021
This is guaranteed to go!
A wonderful bike and barge tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes you’ll cycle gradually towards Arles. After that you’ll visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence, the Roman Pont du Gard.
We start out in Marseille, France’s 2nd largest city, and major port on the Mediterranean, and end in Paris, with our last night in the city of light.
Tentative itinerary from Aigues Mortes to Avignon to Paris:
April 3 - Arrive Marseille and transfer to Marseille Airport hotel. Train available to center city Marseille for a fee.
April 4 - Transfer late morning Marseille Airport to boat at Aigues Mortes. Embarkation after 4:30 PM. We can also drop our luggage on the boat and walk around town if we arrive early
April 5 - Aigues Mortes round tour (55 km, vertical 20 m)
This stage is dedicated to the exploration of the Camargue area, with its canals,
villages and lagoons. In the afternoon you will reach the seaside town of Le Graudu-
Roi where you can swim in the Mediterranean Sea and relax on the
sand. Don’t miss the opportunity to observe small groups of pink flamingos
along the Canal du Rhône à Sète and its ponds at the edge of the Salins du
April 6- Aigues Mortes-Arles (25 km, vertical up 0 m)
Today’s stage is a short "transfer" tour leading you through "Tête de la
Camargue", an area in the south-west of Arles delimited by the Petit Rhône. A
cycle trip traversing cultivated fields, reed beds and bull farms as far as the town
Navigation: about 2,5 hours from Aigues Mortes to St-Gilles.
April 7 - Arles-Vallabrègues (55 km, vertical up 300 m)
The stage goes along quiet country roads: you will only have to pay attention to
the traffic leaving Arles and along the road that leads you from Tarascon to
Vallabrègues. Today’s stage is the only one that has a real elevation up in ascent:
4 km ascent from the village of Paradou to Les Baux de Provence. But after Les
Baux a beautiful 4 km downhill to St. Remy waits for you.
April 8 - : Vallabrègues-Aramon (35 km, vertical up 90 m)
After leaving Vallabrègues, you come up the course of the Rhone to the medieval
village of Barbentane, from which you start the climb to reach the abbey of Saint
Michel de Frigolet. After relaxing in the quietness of the place a descent of 4 km
and a pleasant country road are waiting for you before arriving in Boulbon.
Navigation: about 1 hour from Vallabrègues to Aramon.
April 9 - Aramon-Avignon (40 km, vertical up 110 m)
After leaving the village of Aramon the itinerary will bring you between rolling hills
covered with fine vineyards and ancient villages before reaching the front of the
majestic Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. In this first part
there are some short slopes.
Navigation: about 2 hours from Aramon to Avignon.
April 10 - Avignon round tour (30 km, vertical up 100 m)
Simple circuit along peaceful country roads through the island Île de la
Barthelasse. You will find some short climbs before Villeneuve Les Avignon.
April 11 - After breakfast, transfer to Avignon Rail Station, and Bullet Train Avignon-Paris
After arrival, time to tour the city on a hop-on, hop-off bus, or visit Doug’s Old Haunts from when he lived in Paris over 40 years ago.
Evening free for dinner and/or a cabaret show
April 12 - After breakfast, return taxi to Paris Airport
Price: $1999 per person, double occupancy
$ 495 per person, single supplement
$ 60 per person, Special Diet/Gluten Free Diet
$ 150 per person, E-Bike (electric bike)