By bike & boat from Lyon to Arles - MS PROVENCE

From Burgundy to the lavender fields of Provence

On the Rhône, the river with the highest water content in France, trade goods and building materials were already transported during Roman times. The starting point of this journey is Lyon, an exciting cultural metropolis on the Rhône and the third largest city in France. From Burgundy, the historic region in the centre of France, you travel through the Rhône valley via the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône. You will pass Viviers - lavender harvesting and truffle search belong to the surroundings of the small town at the Rhône like the cathedral from the 12th century - and come to Avignon, the city of the popes and known by everyone the little song about the famous bridge. Your destination is the beautiful city of Arles in the south of France.

Discover idyllic landscapes from the bike and let your palate be indulged.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self guided
Hannes Zink
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Tour details


Individual arrival in Lyon. Embarkation at 06:00 p.m. (luggage can be brought on board from 02:00 p.m.). Around 07:00 p.m. the tour guide and the crew will greet you with an aperitif at dinner. Afterwards the captain will tell you interesting facts about the trip and the life on board.

Today belongs to the exploration of Lyon. In the course of its two thousand years of history, the city has developed in the style of bygone eras and offers visitors a unique atmosphere today. To begin your cycle tour, first explore the green side of Lyon, then discover the landscapes between the Saône and Rhône rivers. In any case, you should park your bike on the banks of the river to explore the old town on foot. You may also want to leave your bike on board today to spend the whole day in this wonderful city. During dinner cruise to Vienne.

From Vienne we head for the Île au Beurre nature reserve, a nature reserve where you can enjoy the tranquillity of nature. You will cycle through the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône to the green countryside of the Ardèche and on to Andance, where you will meet your boat again. During dinner cruise to Tournon sur Rhône.

Boat trip to Valence, starting point of your cycling tour today. Along idyllic small villages and historical sites you will pass green meadows of a nature reserve towards Pouzin.

Today the tour takes you over the medieval abbey of Cruas and over the suspension bridge of Rochemaure, which was renewed in 2013. Today it is available for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Rhône to Viviers. A short stroll through the medieval town is definitely worthwhile.

In the morning boat trip to Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts. From here you cycle directly to the famous wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Once you have left the hilly landscape around the wine village behind you, you continue flat along the river to Avignon, the home of the popes in the 14th century. Stroll through the beautiful old town and enjoy the French way of life on the squares and in the alleys.

Today you cycle from the old city of the popes through the beautiful Provence to the homeland of Van Gogh, to Arles. At the end of the day, we recommend exploring Arles and its old city centre with its many Roman and Romanesque buildings.

After breakfast disembarkation until 09:00 am and individual journey home

Tour character

Medium to demanding. With a few exceptions, you can cycle on the new Rhône cycle path, but also on secondary roads. Some gradients have to be overcome. Medium physical condition is required.

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Services & information

  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • Program according to itinerary
  • All passenger and harbour fees
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as required
  • Meals: 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch package for the bike tours, 6x 3-course evening menu (for one evening you get restaurant tips)
  • Cake from 4-6 p.m.
  • Drinking water (tap water) around the clock, coffee and tea from 7 a.m. until dinner.
  • House wine, house beer and non-alcoholic drinks during dinner
  • Water bottle, cooling bag for the packed lunch
  • Captain's reception with welcome drink
  • Tour guide
  • Daily bike tour briefing on board
  • Cards and information material 1x per cabin
  • Short sightseeing tours in Lyon and Avignon with the tour guide
Not included

Arrival and departure, transfers, bicycle rental, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, insurance, 1x dinner, wine tasting at the winegrower, tips and expenses for personal needs.


Arrival by plane:

Lyon Airport: continue by taxi or Rhône-Express

( = Tram shuttle service, between Lyon airport and Lyon Partdieu station)

Airport Nîmes: continue by train to Arles.

From the train station take a taxi to the mooring.

Arrival by train:

You can reach Lyon and Arles by TGV from almost all major French cities. Continue by taxi to the moorings.

Parking in Lyon:

(Attention: environmental sticker required), e.g. parking garage Q Park Lyon Gare Perrache, 2 Rue Smith, 69002 Lyon, approx. 20 minutes from the mooring, € 21,- for 24 hours.

Parking in Arles:

free and unguarded near the main railway station (address Gare d'Arles, 13200 Arles), about 5 minutes from the mooring.

Important notes:

Embarkation: 06:00 – 07:00 p.m. (luggage can be brought on board from 02:00 p.m.) • Disembarkation: until 09:00 a.m. • Rental bikes on board: Smooth running 24-speed unisex tour bikes with freewheel, carrier bag. 8-speed electric bikes with freewheel, carrier bag (limited number - early booking required). Please state your height when booking • To bring your own bike: Due to the limited space available on the sun deck, your own bike can only be taken on request and only to a limited extent (max. 6 bikes). • Mandatory helmet: A helmet must be worn on the bike tours. For an optimal fit, we recommend that you take your own helmet with you. To a limited extent you can also buy a helmet on board (€ 20,-) • Bike tours: individual and unguided. All kilometre indications given are estimated distances from the recommended cycling tours • Cycling routes / Level of difficulty: Medium to demanding. With a few exceptions, you can cycle on the new Rhône cycle path, but also on secondary roads. Some gradients have to be overcome. Medium physical condition is required. • Luggage: We recommend that you bring padded cycling shorts, cycling gloves, cycling helmet, sun hat and sports shoes. In the early and late seasons, rainwear • Timetable and programme changes: For cruises, changes due to weather, water level or technical conditions are possible and reserved • Travel documents: EU citizens (for whom there are no special circumstances, e.g. dual citizenship, primary residence abroad or temporarily issued travel documents) require a valid identity card or passport for this trip, which must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. If you have another citizenship or several citizenships or if you have to observe special legal regulations, please inform yourself about the respective visa and entry regulations at your responsible consulate. • Special diet: Vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free Surcharge € 50,- per person (to be registered at least 14 days before departure, to be paid upon booking) • This trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Minimum number of participants: 30 persons (must be reached 21 days before departure). You can withdraw from the trip at any time after booking. Cancellation fees can be found in the travel conditions. The travel conditions of the tour operator apply: SE-Tours GmbH, Am Grollhamm 12a, 27574 Bremerhaven. We recommend the conclusion of a foreign health insurance with return transport, an accident, luggage and travel resignation cost insurance.

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