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Provence/Camargue, France: Bike/Barge Trip from Aigues-Mortes to Avignon
Bike/Barge Trip: A wonderful relaxed bike and boat tour that starts on the Mediterranean at the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes and travels to the famous ‘Pont d’Avignon’. You will visit Avignon and Arles with their cultural and architectural highlights and cycle through the landscapes famous for the beautiful light that attracted travelers for centuries. It is here that Artists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne found their inspiration. Along the way you will discover picturesque Provencal villages, vineyards and fields of lavender. You will visit the Roman Pont du Gard and you will taste the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. In the Camargue. you bike through cane fields and salt lakes with horses and flamingos. This trip is appropriate for anyone in good physical condition and basic cycling skills. Biking distances range from 15 to 35 miles per day.
$1,500 per each member
Date: Sat, 8/25/18, 16:00 (4 pm local time, France) – Sat, 9/1/18 (09:00)
50% Due Nov 1, 2017
50% Due Jan 15, 2018
Add on: Paris, Quartier Latin Patheon Hotel (1 night) & rail to Aigues-Mortes
Date: Fri, 8/24/18 – Sat, 8/25/18
$200 per each member
Montpellier, France is the closest major airport to the boat, but reaching it will likely require a connection elsewhere in Europe. The fastest route is most likely to fly to Paris (CDG) and take the train to Provence; which will let you comfortably get to Aigues-Mortes without risking missing the boat due to a delayed flight or missed connection. The add-on options are designed to coordinate with air flights (on your own) arriving Friday, August 24th (meaning departure from the US on Thursday, Aug 23).
The fastest way from Paris to Provence is by train, otherwise it is more than a 7 hour drive through the French countryside which, while picturesque, does not always offer the fastest driving.
We expect to leave shortly after breakfast for the trip from Paris to Aigues-Mortes, so sadly there will be no time to see Paris on Saturday.
This Add-on provide rail transfers between Paris and Provence but NOT AIRFARE between US and France.
Add On: Rail Avignon to Paris, & Quartier Latin Pantheon Hotel (1 night)
Date: Sat, 9/1/18 – Sun, 9/2/18
$200 per each member
NOT INCLUDED - FLIGHTS BETWEEN FRANCE and US
The prices above do not include Airfare to and from France. This is because we expect most people to either arrive early or stay on (or both) to visit Paris, more of Provence or elsewhere in France and Europe.
This Add-on provide accommodations in Paris for one night (Saturday, Sept 1) at the end of the trip for leaving Paris on Sunday, Sept 2, 2018.