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Bike & Barge

Avignon to Aigues-Mortes











A bike by day for touring and a barge by night for comfort.


A rewarding break requires a thirst for discovery, a pinch of initiative and the right dose of comfort. Bikes let you travel at an easy pace, whether along cycling tracks or quiet roads, keeping you in touch with nature and allowing you to appreciate the people you come across as you cycle through the villages and appreciate their way of life.

A bike & barge holiday is a holiday on the move with everything organised for you. Your barge or river cruiser is your floating hotel and follows the cycling stages along the river. Fancy a lazy day in? – Well, there’s your home from home. All boats are fully crewed: a skipper at the helm and catering staff to prepare breakfast, a slap-up dinner and all you need for your packed lunch.

These Bike & Barge tours can be enjoyed by all, from beginners to experienced cyclists, either on a group tour accompanied by a tour leader or self-guided.


Bike & Barge in France


Sample itinerary: Avignon to Aigues Mortes

A wonderful bike & barge tour in unspoiled nature: you start toasting with the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and then reach the old Roman Pont du Gard, exploring Van Gogh’s Provencal landscape. Then you continue cycling through the Rhone Valley up to Arles and to the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes, which will accompany you in your ride through bulls and horses of the Camargue.


Avignon to Aigues-Mortes - Tour Map


Total length: 260 km
Total vertical up: 400 m

Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.




Day 1, Saturday – Avignon


Individual arrival and boarding after 6 p.m. in Avignon. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.


Day 2, Sunday – Avignon, round tour (45 km)


You cycle in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, following low-traffic roads surrounded by vineyards. In Châteauneuf- du-Pape you can enjoy a tasting of the very famous Provençal wine. After that you will cross the Rhône at the height of Roquemaure and cycle back through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon following the course of the river.


Day 3, Monday – Avignon to Aramon (40 km)


In the morning navigation till the town of Aramon, where you will start pedaling. The stage today will bring you 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.


Day 4, Tuesday – Aramon to Vallabrègues (35 km)


You start your day sailing to Vallabrègues, pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône. 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. Overnight in Vallabrègues.


Day 5, Wednesday – Vallabreguès to Arles (60 km)


This stage brings you to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus. This village is also famous for having hosted Van Gogh in the days of his mental illness. In the end you move onto the Alpilles, with Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village lodged in the rock itself. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees accompanies your journey.


Day 6, Thursday – Arles to Aigues-Mortes (25 km)


Today the whole morning is dedicated to visit Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with beautiful Roman ruins. You will also have the opportunity to be welcome by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town. After lunch you reach the lock of Saint-Gilles and from there you will sail to Aigues-Mortes for the overnight stay.


Day 7, Friday – Aigues-Mortes, round tour (55 km)


Going through small country lanes of Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will reach in the afternoon the charming fishermen’s village Le Grau-du-Roi. Possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.


Day 8, Friday – Aigues-Mortes


After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.


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Barges Description

Barge #1


Floor Plan Barge #1

  • Capacity: 22 guests
  • Size: 38.5 m x 5.1 m
  • Guests Cabins: 12 cabins measuring 7 to 8 m² (4 Doubles, 6 Twins, 2 Singles) – Each cabin has three fixed portholes (one is in the bathroom), air conditioning and en-suite facilities with shower area; plus ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror.
  • Bed sizes: 1.90 m x 0.80 m (Singles) and 1.90 m x 1.40 m (Doubles)
  • Living area with the Restaurant and the Lounge with an open barWi-Fi and stereo system
  • Sundeck with seating accommodation and fixed awning


Barge #2


Floor Plan Barge #2

  • Capacity: 20 guests
  • Size: 39 m x 5.2 m
  • Guests Cabins: 10 cabins measuring 7 to 8 m² (one with a double bed and nine with twin beds) – Each cabin has two portholes (one is in the bathroom), is air-conditioned and has en-suite facilities. plus ample closet space, a power socket and a full-length mirror.
  • Bed sizes: 1.90/2 m x 0.75/0.80 m
  • Living area with the Restaurant and the Bar area with comfortable sofas and armchairs, Wi-Fi, “Bring and Borrow” supply of travel books, Pétanque/Boules sets and board games
  • Sundeck with a fixed awning, tables and chairs




  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Sheets and towels
  • Detailed route description + Maps and info-pack
  • Tour leader on bike
  • Emergency van in the area (also available for daily excursions)
  • Guided visit of Arles
  • Entrance to Pont du Gard
  • Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Harbour charges
  • Coffee and tea on board


Not included:

  • Beverages on board
  • Tips and extras in general
  • Museums
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”




Bike & Barge in Italy


Sample itinerary: Mantua to Venice

Experience by bike the North of Italy along the Po valley, following the course of the Po, the longest Italian river. After exploring the enchanting Renaissance town of Mantua, considered Italy’s “sleeping beauty”, you gently wend your way along the majestic Po. Through hamlets and into the surprising Ferrara, you reach the Po Delta, a unique wetland park which is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. The Po river flows eventually into the Venetian lagoon and your first stop will be Chioggia, known as “little Venice” and famous for its bustling fish market. At the end of the trip you’ll be welcomed by the wonderful Venice, a town that has lured passersby for centuries (and still does).


Mantua to Venice - Tour Map


Total length: 200 km
Total vertical up: 30 m

Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.




Day 1, Saturday – Mantua


The cabins are available from 4.30 p.m. The meeting with the tour leader and the crew is scheduled at dinner-time, at 7 p.m.


Day 2, Sunday – Mantua round tour (40 km)


A day dedicated to the discovery of this little visited cultural gem, its three picturesque “lakes” formed by the Mincio, and its surrounding countryside – once a City State ruled by the Gonzaga family and now considered by many as Italy’s “Sleeping Beauty”. In the late afternoon a local guide will lead you through the most known highlights of Mantua.


Day 3, Monday – Mantua – Governolo – Zelo (50 km by bike)


A short cruise along the lush banks of the Mincio takes us to Governolo, where it flows into the Po and forms the largest inland basin in Italy. At Governolo Lock, once a vital staging post for local navigation, we saddle our bikes and follow the Po through Ostiglia (famed for its medieval fortress and floating mill) and on to the village of Bergantino. Here we visit the charming Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum. Finally, we reach Zelo, a sleepy village on the Canal Bianco, the waterway which runs parallel to the Po.


Day 4, Tuesday – Zelo – Ferrara – Adria (50 km by bike + 60 km by bus)


After breakfast we continue our bike and boat adventure cycling towards Ferrara, another key City State of ancient Italy. You will visit this historic town and discover its little touched centre, still surrounded by the original city walls. From Ferrara a short transfer by private coach will take you to Adria. Once close to the shores of the sea which bears its name, Adria was an ancient Greek port, famous for trading Baltic amber. Its remarkable museum also bears witness to its Etruscan, Roman and Venetian heritage.


Day 5, Wednesday – Adria – Porto Viro – Chioggia (40 km)


An exhilarating day of discovery alternating sailing and cycling starts with a short cruise to our drop-off point at Porto Viro and the exploration of the Po’s delta. This unique wetland park is the prime reserve in Europe for herons and home to several colonies of flamingos. At the mouth of the River Adige, which flows fast and cool from the Dolomites, we then follow the Po-Brondolo waterway and reach the Venetian lagoon. Our overnight stop is the bustling and colourful fishing port of Chioggia, known as “Little Venice”.


Day 6, Thursday – Chioggia – Venice (30 km)


A morning visit to the fish market is recommended and, time allowing, we also climb up Chioggia’s millennial clock tower – the oldest in the world – for some breathtaking views. We then enjoy some island hopping in the lagoon itself by bike and boat, starting with our barge dropping us off on Pellestrina (home to the Ca’ Roman nature reserve); and continuing by public ferry for the short crossing to the Lido island. Celebrated by Thomas Mann (Death in Venice) and particularly fashionable with the artists and aristocracy of the Belle Époque, the Lido di Venezia is now home to the International Venice Film Festival and its galaxy of stars. Finally, our floating hotel takes us to our marina in Venice, for the culmination of our bike & barge holiday.


Day 7, Friday – Venice


In the morning a local guide will let you discover the capital of the ancient “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which held sway over much of the Mediterranean (and beyond) for centuries. After that you have a lot of time to soak up its timeless beauty or explore its islands.


Day 8, Friday – Venice


After breakfast end of services. Possibility to book extra nights.


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Barge Description

Barge #1


Floor Plan Barge #1 Italy

  • Capacity: 40 guests
  • Size: 41 m x 7.5 m
  • Guests Cabins: 17 cabins measuring 7.5 m² (4 Superior Twin/Double, 10 Standard Twin/Double and 3 Bunk Bed) – All cabins enjoy sizeable windows (the ones in the Superior cabins can also be opened), comfortable low beds, en-suite facilities and air conditioning.
  • Bed sizes: 2 m x 0.80 m (Single bed/bunk)
  • Living area with the Restaurant and the Lounge with a free hot drinks machine (including Italian ground coffee), large 55” screen for video/internet and Wi-Fi
  • 2 sundecks




  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Accompanying Tour Leader on board and on bike
  • Sheets and towels
  • Cycling Guide + Maps (1:75:000) + Roadbook
  • Bus transfer Ferrara-Adria
  • Harbour charges
  • Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board
  • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
  • Guided visit in Mantova and Venice
  • Visit of a cheese factory with tasting of typical Grana Padano
  • Visit of Carousel and Street Entertainment Museum


Not included:

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Ticket for public transportation in Venice
  • Tips
  • Everything not included in the section “Included”




Bike & Barge in the Netherlands & Belgium


Sample itinerary: Amsterdam to Bruges

On this tour, not only will you get the opportunity to explore the beautiful and diverse Dutch countryside of Zeeland and the western Flanders region of Belgium, but will you will get to do it on a brand new barge. Purpose built especially for bike & barge touring, this barge takes cycle touring holidays to a whole new level of comfort.


Amsterdam - Bruges Itinerary


Total length: 274 – 305 km


Most of the cycle routes are classified as ‘easy’, because most of the way is over flat paths. Nearly all trips are suitable for all cyclists, from very experienced to beginners and recreational cyclists with a basic level of fitness.




Day 1, Saturday – Embarkation: Amsterdam  (approx. 5-15 km) | Amsterdam – Vianen*


Embarkation and check-in where the crew will welcome you on-board is at 1pm. At around 2pm the barge will depart from Amsterdam for Vianen, a small fortified town on the river Lek. After the distribution of bicycles, you can enjoy a short first test bike ride through the surrounding area.


Day 2, Sunday – Vianen – Schoonhoven – Kinderdijk (approx. 56 km) | Kinderdijk – Dordrecht*


After breakfast, you will cycle along a picturesque route to Schoonhoven – nicknamed Zilverstad (“Silver City”) – a city renowned for its talented silversmiths since the 17th century. Along the way as you pass through the Alblasserwaard region of Holland you will come to Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills – one of which you can visit – which have a UNESCO cultural heritage listing. From nearby Alblasserdam you will take the “Waterbus”, a fast ferry, that will take and your bike you in approx. 10 minutes to Dordrecht, one of the oldest towns in Holland and an important town for shipping.


Day 3, Monday – Dordrecht – Tholen | Tholen – Kreekrak lock (approx. 43 km) | Kreekrak lock – Antwerp*


As you enjoy your breakfast, the barge will sail to Tholen where you will start your day’s cycling. Attractions along the way include the beautiful Wouwse Plantage forest, the fortress town of Bergen op Zoom and the impressive Kreekrak lock. After re-boarding the barge, you will sail to the port city of Antwerp which is situated on the river Schelde. Antwerp is famous for handling up to 80% of the world’s rough diamonds and is a city with a long list of attractions including: the City Hall, one of several majestic buildings constructed during the Renaissance period, the historical City Square Grote Market, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Cathedral and the medieval Steen Castle. After dinner you can visit the beautiful old city center.


Day 4, Tuesday – Antwerp – Temse – St. Amands/Dendermonde (approx. 42-56 km**)


Today’s tour will see you cycle out of Antwerp on a beautiful cycle path alongside the picturesque tidal Schelde River to either St. Amands or Dendermonde – depending on tides – your home for the night. There is only one way to describe the landscape around the Schelde and that is “magnificent”. It is without doubt one of the natural highlights of the tour.


Day 5, Wednesday – St. Amands/Dendermonde – Ghent (approx. 53-40 km**)


Today you will continue to follow the river Schelde to Ghent where the barge will moor for the night at a lock in the suburb of Merelbeke. Ghent is a lively university city that boasts a rich history. Since Roman times Ghent’s position at the junction of Leie and Schelde Rivers ensured its success as a trading port.  In total the city features an Opera House, 18 museums, more than 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. Major attractions are St. Bavo Cathedral where a number of masterpieces of medieval art including the world famous ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by Jan van Eyck are kept and the 91-metre-tall belfry of Ghent, one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre.


Day 6, Thursday – Ghent – Bruges (approx. 45 km)


Today you will pedal from Ghent through the beautiful Flemish countryside of western Flanders to Bruges, widely described as the “Venice of the North”. The city attracts more than two million visitors every year who come for the ambience of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical center. An outstanding example of a medieval settlement from the Middle Ages, Bruges has managed to maintain its historical fabric as it has evolved over the centuries, with the result that today the city’s original Gothic constructions form an integral part of the town’s identity. While you are here you can visit one of Bruges many museums or simply take in the stunning beauty and culture of this unforgettable city from the comfort of a sidewalk café. Dinner will be in a restaurant of your choice.


Day 7, Friday – Tour around Bruges to the North Sea (approx. 50 km)


Your final day of cycling takes you along a quiet canal and past beautiful poplar trees through an attractive polder landscape (a polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments) dotted with small farm houses to the North Sea coast. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in the sea along an inviting 12 kilometre sandy beach, visit any one of numerous cafés and see the attractive dune landscape of Het Zwin (a unique nature reserve). On the return ride to Bruges you will cycle along a small picturesque canal.


Day 8, Friday – Disembarkation: Bruges


Disembarkation after breakfast until 10am. End of your trip.


*Parts that will be covered by the ship.
**Both possibilities are being offered – the guest can choose.


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Barge Description

Barge #1


Floor Plan Barge #1

  • Capacity: 35 to 38 guests
  • Size: 62 m x 7.2 m
  • Guests Cabins: 18 cabins of which 12 Regular Twin cabins (measuring 11 m² with portholes), 1 Premium Twin cabin (measuring 13 m² with portholes and small sitting area), 1 Single Cabin (measuring 8 m² with portholes) and 4 Upper Deck Suites (measuring 14 m² with small sitting area and large windows) – All cabins enjoy have comfortable beds with high quality mattress, en-suite facilities (with shower, toilets and hand basin), flat screen TV and individually regulated air conditioning.
  • Living area with the Restaurant, BarLounge, 2 screens (a camera and a navigation system) to see the real time position of the barge and large windows for a perfect view.
  • Partially roofed sundeck




  • Tour and accommodation on-board in the booked category, 8 days/7 nights (Saturday-Saturday) from/to Amsterdam or Bruges
  • Full board; 7x breakfast, 6x picnic lunch during bike tours, 6x three course dinner
  • Daily coffee and tea between 3 and 4pm
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels daily possible); daily short cleaning of the cabin
  • Welcoming drink and speech on the first evening
  • Tour leader (multilingual) with daily briefings of the bike tours, some short city tours (free); During the day the tour leader will cycle the daily bike tour and can be reached by individual travellers on his/her cell phone; daily fully guided bike tours
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily bike tours, 1 set per cabin


Not included:

  • Transfers to/from the docking places in Amsterdam and Bruges
  • Booking fee
  • Dinner in Bruges, Antwerp respectively (1x)
  • Rental bicycle
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fee
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Fees for ferries (approx. €5) and Waterbus (€4)
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Dietary requirements on request/surcharges may be calculated




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