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Pedaling the Rhone: Provence by Barge and Bicycle

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Program #20945RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The beauty and fertility of Provence have given rise to flourishing Roman settlements, led the Avignon popes to forsake Rome, enchanted writers like Boccaccio and Hemingway and inspired van Gogh to paint Starry Night. Now it is your turn to be swept away by this storied region as you cycle and ride a river barge from one village to the next along the Rhone River, learning about the bountiful natural and cultural gifts of Provence along the way.


Highlights

• In Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, experience the Provence that inspired Vincent van Gogh as he painted some of his most celebrated works.
• Cast your mind back to Roman Gaul during explorations of the ancient Pont du Gard and Arles Amphitheater.
• In the Camargue, Western Europe’s largest river delta, learn about this rare European habitat for the flamingo and about the hardy Camargue horse, an ancient breed still ridden by Provencal herdsmen.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Bike 15-35 miles per a day in single file at 11 miles per hour, with breaks every 20-25 minutes. Rolling terrain, some flat stretches; secondary roads with some traffic. Weather conditions affect biking difficulty. Walking and standing up to two hours. Personal bike helmet required.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Marseille, coach to Avignon to board vessel, 2 nights; bike/barge to Vallabrègues, 2 nights; bike/barge to Arles, 1 night; bike/barge to Gallician, 1 night; bike/barge to Aigues-Mortes, 1 night; coach to Marseille, departure.

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7 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 7 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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