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Your Cycling Holidays in Burgundy

Bike & Boat | Burgundy and the Cotes du Rhone | Self-Guided

What better way to explore the banks of the mighty Rhône river than on a bike and boat holiday? As one of Europe’s major waterways, the river is lined with vibrant cities and towns, including Lyon and Avignon, two of France’s finest. Enjoy the perfect mix of cruising on board and exploring by bike, making use of the excellent Via Rhone cycle route. 

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation on board the MS Provence
  • 7x Breakfast, 6x packed lunch and 6x dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea between 7am and dinner
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner
  • Welcome cocktail on arrival
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • City walking tours in Lyon and Avignon
  • All port and lock fees
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
Your Cycling Holidays in Burgundy

Bike & Boat | Burgundy and the Cotes du Rhone | Self-Guided

Day 1

Arrive in Lyon and make your own way to the boat. We recommend guests take the TGV train as Perrache station is just a 10-minute walk from the boats mooring. Settle into your cabin and enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail before dinner onboard.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip around Lyon and surroundings | Distance 25 miles (40km)

Your first day is all about exploring and experiencing the wonderful city of Lyon. The city has the perfect blend of a rich and colourful history and a trendy, exciting atmosphere, with very much something to interest any traveller. After exploring the city for a while, the ride takes you to the land between the Saone and Rhone rivers where you can enjoy some pristine parks and cultural highlights. Of course, you’re more than welcome to explore on foot if you would prefer. Back on board you will have an evening cruise towards Vienne.

Day 3 | Cycle to Andance | Distance 26 miles (42km)

From Vienne you continue south along the Via Rhona, with a constantly changing backdrop throughout the day. Early on you cycle through the Ile du Beurre nature reserve, a peaceful paradise for birdwatchers and budding wildlife photographers. Shortly after this you enter the Côte Rôtie wine region and a landscape carpeted in vineyards before things change once again as you enter the verdant Ardèche countryside. You meet back up with the boat at Andance and cruise the remaining 22km to Tournon-sur-Rhone, the mooring spot for the night.

Day 4 | Cycle to Pouzin | Distance 21 miles (35km)

The captain and his crew have an early start today, cruising down to Valence before breakfast. Your cycling for the day starts here, amongst the market stalls and hustle and bustle of its historic neighborhoods. The route today takes you through a host of typical Ardèchois villages and is punctuated by some fascinating historic sites and another fantastic nature reserve. The boat will moor at Pouzin, the end point of your ride.

Day 5 | Cycle to Viviers | Distance 26 miles (42km)

Continuing south through the changing landscape of the Rhône valley, you will cycle past the medieval abbey of Cruas, a gorgeous Romanesque building lined with quirky stone carvings. A little further downstream you pass Rochemaure, where a great miniature suspension bridge takes you over the water and offers a great spot for some holiday photos. Your destination for the day is Viviers, a gorgeous town overlooking the river. Be sure to check out the spectacular cathedral, dating back to the 11th century, as well as the Maison des Chevaliers, before returning to the boat for dinner.

Day 6 | Cycle to Avignon | Distance 25 miles (40km)

After another morning cruise, this time taking you 38km to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts. From here you hop in the saddle and make a beeline towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of Frances most celebrated wine regions. The terrain here is a little hilly, but after exploring the charming village caves, things flatten out for a riverside ride into Avignon. Your first site of the city is likely to be the famous Pont d’Avignon or the vast papal palace that dominates this charming cities skyline. Please note that dinner tonight is not included to allow you to sample one of Avignon’s excellent restaurants.

Day 7 | Cycle to Arles | Distance 27 miles (44km)

Today we ride from the old home of the papacy, to the old home of one of history’s most well-known painters, Vincent Van Gogh. The ride takes you along the Via Rhona and through the picturesque harbour town of Beaucaire, a great spot to stop for a long lunch overlooking the water. From here it’s a ride through flat planes into Arles, a characterful city with a rich artistic heritage, inspired by the presence of Van Gogh in the later years of his life.

Day 8

We say au revoir. Trip extensions are available upon request.

What not to Miss

  • Sampling the produce of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côte Rôtie wine regions.
  • Enjoying the leisurely cycling along the Via Rhona cycle route.
  • Exploring the contemporary culture and rich history of Avignon and Arles.
Your Cycling Holidays in Burgundy

Bike & Boat | Burgundy and the Cotes du Rhone | Self-Guided

  • Ms Provence

    Purpose built for cruising the Rhône river, the MS Provence has a capacity of 49 people per trip across 23 cabins. There is a spacious bar and dining area, as well as a sun deck that is a great spot to relax after a day on the bike and plays host to two jacuzzis. All cabins are spacious compared to other boats of this type at around 210 square feet and all feature en suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs.

Your Cycling Holidays in Burgundy

Bike & Boat | Burgundy and the Cotes du Rhone | Self-Guided

Tour Only | 2020

Room Type 

Board Basis

Adult Prices

Soleil Suite

Low Season 

£1625pp

 

Mid Season 

£1765pp

 

High Season 

£1815pp

Lavendel Suite

Low Season 

£1765pp

 

Mid Season

£1815pp

 

High Season 

£1865pp

Imperial Suite

Low Season 

£2115pp

 

Mid Season

£2205pp

 

High Season 

£2295pp


Package Price | 2020

Room Type 

Board Basis

Adult Prices

Soleil Suite

Low Season 

£1995pp

 

Mid Season 

£2055pp

 

High Season 

£2095pp

Lavendel Suite

Low Season 

£2055pp

 

Mid Season

£2095pp

 

High Season 

£2145pp

Imperial Suite

Low Season 

£2385pp

 

Mid Season

£2485pp

 

High Season 

£2585pp

Please contact our Activities Experts on 0207 471 7760 for child prices.

E-bike Supplement: £100pp 

Single Supplement: Available on request

Please note package prices are based on Eurostar and TGV travel. Flights into Lyon and out of Marseille or Avignon are available but may impact the price.

Lyon to Arles

 

Departure Dates

Low Season

21st March, 4th April, 3rd October, 17th October

Mid Season

18th April, 11th July, 25th July, 8th August, 22nd August

High Season

2nd May, 16th May, 30th May, 13th June, 27th June, 5th September, 19th September

Arles to Lyon

 

Departure Dates

Low Season

28th March, 11th April, 10th October, 24th October

Mid Season

25th April, 4th July, 18th July, 1st August, 15th August

High Season

9th May, 23rd May, 6th June, 20th June, 29th August, 12th September, 26th September

Your Cycling Holidays in Burgundy

Bike & Boat | Burgundy and the Cotes du Rhone | Self-Guided

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