May 21 – May 28, 2022
From Papal Palaces to Pink Flamingos (with a little Van Gogh in between), this is a spectacular journey through Provence, from Avignon to Aigues Mortes. And we’ve timed it to avoid the intense heat and crowds of summer and to still enjoy some fine spring weather.
Days of scenic, easy cycling, 15 – 35 miles per day, will be followed by afternoons and evenings of ‘ukulele instruction and fun for those who choose the ‘ukulele option. If the mileage seems intimidating electric bikes are available for a nominal fee. And if cycling is not your thing, you can stay on board and simply enjoy the world passing by. If you’re traveling alone, this is a great way to make new friends from around the world. . . . .or to get together with distant friends or relatives. (Sister-acts, in particular, have been very popular on these trips.)
Most importantly, we will have the entire barge to ourselves, the key to ‘ukulele happiness since we really are “all in the same boat.”
So, if you’re looking for an active vacation you can take with your ‘ukulele in an exquisite part of the world (and make some new friends at the same time) this could be the trip for you.
The total cost of this ‘ukulele adventure is $2,105 US per person. It includes seven nights aboard our floating hotel, L’Estello, and most (very delicious) meals and snacks on board. Standard city bikes (with a comfy gel saddle!) and helmets are included, as well as an experienced bicycle guide. Electric bikes are also available for an additional $160.
Though our Uke, Bike & Barge adventure in Provence doesn’t begin until Saturday evening (May 21), we recommend arriving at least a few days beforehand in order to adjust to the time change. This will also give you an opportunity to see and experience some of the things Provence has to offer that won’t be included in the barge itinerary. To that end, we’ve put together few pre-trip options for you to consider, including a stay the lovely Hotel le Magnan, just inside the city walls, and a couple of half- and full-day trips out of the city and into the countryside.
The costs associated with the pre-trip options vary depending on which ones you choose and how many nights you want to stay. (You can also book to stay at the Hotel LeMagnan after the barge trip if that works for you.)