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Provence by bike and by boat between Lyon and Arles

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Bike and boat trip in Provence between Arles and Lyon aboard the luxurious MS Provence on the Rhône in 8 days and 7 nights. Explore the Provençal villages on the Via Rhôna.

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Bike and boat trip between Lyon and Arles

 

 

 

Take advantage of this bike and boat trip to discover Provence, a superb region in the south of France and its famous city Lyon, endowed with a remarkable architectural heritage! On board the luxurious MS Provence boat, you will sail on the Rhône from Lyon to Arles. Discover this exceptional route on the great Via Rhôna cycle route, which crosses the Rhône to the French Mediterranean coast. Travel through a hilly landscape with imposing castles, ancient monasteries, and pass through pretty Provencal villages, vineyards, fields of sunflowers and lavender.

This cruise can be taken from Lyon or Arles.
 
Point of interest of the stay :

  • Cruise
  • Mediterranean coast
  • Via Rhôna
  • Provencal villages
  • Vineyards
  • Culture and Gastronomy

 
 
Day 1- embarkation in Lyon

 

Arrival on board the ship around 5 p.m. Take the time to put your luggage in your cabin and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. You meet the crew and your fellow travelers for this week.
 


Day 2 - Lyon - Tournon-sur-Rhône - 35 km


For this first day of excursion, you leave Vienna to go to the nature reserve of Ile au Beurre, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature! The landscape will slowly transform into vineyards in the land of the Côte Rôtie. Then discover the green landscape of the Ardèche countryside. During dinner, the ship will sail to Tournon sur Rhône.
 


Day 3 - Tournon-sur-Rhône - Le Pouzin - 33/58/73 km


On a short bike ride, cross the typical small villages of the Ardèche, historic sites and the lush green meadows of a nature reserve towards Valence. In this city with its colorful markets and historic districts, you will find the barge. The long route will take you through the Drôme to the ancient town of Crest! For the third option, from Tournon, an old steam train will take you with your bike to Lamastre on the Dolce Via cycle path. For 73 km, you cross the mountainous landscapes of the Ardèche through tunnels and along ravines.


 
Day 4 - Le Pouzin - Viviers - 42 km


Today, the visit will take you past the medieval abbey of Cruas and the Rochemaure bridge also called the Himalayan footbridge! At the end of the day, leave your bike on the boat and enjoy a ride through the historic village of Viviers.


 
Day 5 - Viviers - Avignon - 40 km


After a morning of sailing, you drive through the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, also famous for its wine! Once you have passed the hilly landscape around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, you will be rewarded with a long, entirely flat cycle path along the river ... Enjoy a panoramic view of Avignon!
 


Day 6 - Avignon - Tarascon / Arles - 50/58 km


Today take a walk to the city of Avignon. The easier and longer route will guide you on Via Rhôna. The shorter but more arduous route is a stage that will take your breath away ... Discover the Alpilles, with the hilltop villages of Baux-de-Provence and Saint Rémy de Provence! A landscape of cliffs and olive trees will accompany you throughout the walk. For keen cyclists, there is the possibility of taking a long walk inland (over 70 km) to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: the Pont du Gard.


 
Day 7 - Tarascon / Arles - Arles - 21/50 km


For this last day of excursion, you have two possibilities of cycling.
For people wishing to stay longer in Arles to explore its villages, we have prepared a nice 21 km route where you will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh. If you want to spend your last day cycling, the longer option, enjoy a pleasant ride in the Camargue along the Rhône delta. You can even see the famous wild horses of the Camargue!
 


 
Day 8 - Arles, end of the tour after breakfast


Disembarkation before 10 am.

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General informations :

  • 8 days and 7 nights
  • Boat comfort level: luxury
  • Prices for children: contact us.

The dates :

 

No departure in 2021

Departures from Arles on Saturdays from 03/04 to 16/10/2021 :

  • Mid season: from 04/17 to 06/26/2021
  • High season: from 08/21 to 10/02/2021

Departures from Lyon on Saturdays from 03/27 to 10/09/2021 :

  • Mid season: from 24/04 to 03/07/2021
  • High season: from 08/28 to 10/09/2021

Departure dates 2022 :

 

Departures from Arles on Saturdays from 04/02 to 10/15/2022

  • Low season: 02/04, 09/07, 23/07 and 06/08
  • Mid-season: 04/16, 04/30, 05/14, 05/28, 06/11, 06/25 and 10/15
  • High season: 20/08, 03/09, 17/09 and 01/10

Departures from Lyon on Saturdays from 03/26 to 10/08/2022

  • Low season: 03/26, 04/09, 07/16, 07/30 and 08/13
  • Mid-season: 23/04, 07/05, 21/05, 04/06, 18/06 and 02/07
  • High season: 27/08, 10/09, 24/09 and 08/10


Included :

  • 7 Nights on board (including bedding, towels, soap)
  • Full board including picnic lunch
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • City walks
  • Free WIFI
  • Route information for the self-guided option
  • Assistance vehicle
  • Ferry prices on the route
  • GPS tracks (on request)

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits other than those included in the program.

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental (helmet included)
  • Guide supplement
  • Bike theft insurance (for rented bikes)
  • cancellation insurance

Levels:


1 2 3 4 5 6


Weather :


Mild temperatures from April to October which can climb very high in July and August.

 

Technicality :


Cycling: 20 to 50 km per day or 3 to 5 hours of cycling.
Partly marked itinerary, useful roadbook and map reading.

 

Bibliography:

 

- The most beautiful bike rides in Provence

 

The participants :


On board you meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children.

 

Support:


Here are the people responsible for your bike and boat holidays:
On board, the captain and his boy. They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.

 

Meals :


Breakfasts: on the boat you will find a hearty, Dutch breakfast, fit for a cyclist.


Lunches: after breakfast, you will prepare a “lunch” yourself (sandwiches, fruits, snacks, drinks).


Snack: after the daily trip, you will find, on your arrival on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee prepared for your return, with a snack.


Dinners: at least three very good quality dishes. After dinner you will have a choice of coffee and tea.


Other drinks, such as wine, beer, lemonade and mineral water, are not included but can be purchased on board at a reasonable price.

 

The bike :


At the start, on Saturday afternoon, a bike corresponding to your size will be assigned to you. After a test ride, you will sign a receipt. The bike (VTC: 21-speed bike) will be at your disposal all week until Friday afternoon, when the bike is handed over.
The bikes will be fitted with panniers as well as an anti-theft device, a container and a tire repair kit. If you prefer a 7-speed bike, please let us know (this must be specified when booking). It will not be possible to order a bicycle once on the boat.
If you take your own bike, it cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Do not forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.


The bike :


- Rental bicycle : If you rent a bicycle, it will be given to you on the day of your arrival at the 1st hotel. A security deposit will be requested.
At the end of the tour, you will have to leave this bike at the last hotel and notify reception. We will take care of his return.

 

- Personal bike : We do not recommend bikes with small tires. Hybrid bikes and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to check your bicycle before setting off.
At the end of the tour, you will need to take care of your own bicycle.

 

Assistance :


- Assistance in the event of a breakdown (except for punctures for which we do not intervene).

 

Transport :


- By train: TGV station in Lyon and Arles
- By road: Arles is 731 km from Paris by the A6 and A7 motorways and Lyon is 466 km from Paris by the A6.
- By plane: Paris (CDG), Lyon (LYS), Marseille Provence (MRS)


End of the tour :


The visit ends a week later in Lyon on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 o'clock. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board at Lyon. The mooring point of the barge in Lyon is on the Rhône nearby the city center.

 

Cancellation insurance :


In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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