April 25 – May 2, 2020
From Papal Palaces to Pink Flamingos and a little Van Gogh in between, this is a spectacular journey from Avignon to Aigues Mortes, through some of the most beautiful parts of France. And we’ve timed it so that you’ll have an opportunity to visit massive fields of blooming lavender, as well as the fields of sunflowers right along our route. Days of scenic cycling will be followed by afternoons and evenings of ukulele instruction and fun with a professional and world renowned ‘ukulele “facilitator.”
Most importantly, we will have the entire barge Caprice to ourselves, which is 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.
Here’s a little sprinkling of what’s in store:
We’ll be starting in the ancient walled town of Avignon, an thriving, busy town that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (I scouted this area last year and will, most likely, organize a few optional extra days here to make sure we don’t miss a thing!)
Then after daily bike rides through delightful Provençal villages, vineyards, fields of sunflowers, and the landscapes that were so dear to Vincent Van Gogh, we end our tour in Aigues Mortes, a completely walled town that has changed little in appearance since its glory during the Middle Ages…but not without a visit first to the Carmargue and its black bulls, white horses, and pink flamingos. And after each day of busy riding (or just enjoying the journey on the barge), we can retire to the lovely sundeck, ukes in hand, for a lesson with our ‘ukulele facilitator, a sing-along, or both. (You can view the full itinerary here.)
And if cycling is not your thing, the crew of the Caprice is ready and able to accommodate most every contingency. Should it be too warm in June, for example, we can get an earlier start. If the day’s ride seems a tad too long, we can knock off a few kilometers in order to shorten the ride, without missing the best part. And if you decide not to ride at all one day…or even more days…you can stay on board and see the sights from the deck while strumming your ‘ukulele. (You might even convince our ‘ukulele maestro to stay on board and give you a private lesson!) And depending on where we are, the crew might also be able to organize a special shore-based excursion for you.