Provence by Bike and Boat

4.4/5 (33)
7 nights
31 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1120
Self guided from EUR € 1120
Countries: France
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Client favorites Bike and boat tours

Provence by Bike and Boat

4.4/5 (33)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Client favorites Bike and boat tours

7 nights
31 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1120
Self guided from EUR € 1120
Bike and Boat Tour aboard L’Estello or Caprice
Countries: France

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  • Provence by Bike and Boat

    This spectacular bike and boat tour will take you through the wild Camargue nature, where you'll see its bulls and horses; from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes you’ll cycle comfortably on towards Arles.

    Following this portion of the ride, you’ll visit the most typical Provence landscape- including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence, the Roman Pont du Gard.

    For this tour, you will cycle by day and enjoy comfortable accommodations aboard the barge at night.

    • 'Café Terrace at Night' by Vincent van Gogh, 1888.
    • Avignon, France. J Roef Bruinsma@Unsplash
    • Les-Baux-de-Provence, France. Mike McBey@Flickr
    • St Tropez, Provence, France. Renan Brun@Unsplash
    • Les-Baux-de-Provence, France. CC:Pierre Selim
    • Place de la République, Arles, France. CC:Wolfgang Staudt
    • Miraval Rosé, Provence, France. Max Ducourneau@Unsplash
    • Arles, France. CC:Vestemocoso

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    Highlights

    • Aigues Mortes: ancient military ramapart of the Mediterranean
    • Arles and the richness of its antique patrimony and its wooden bridge
    • Saint Remy de Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus
    • Pont du Gard: the best preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe
    • The charming fishing village of Le Grau-du-Roi
    • Avignon: the city of the popes

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    Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours.

  • Traveler photos

    • 12th century church (photo by Joanna Havener)
    • 12th century church (photo by Joanna Havener)
    • View from barge leaving Avignon (other barge under arch) (photo by RobtheSlowSwimmer)
    • Our last night, so we had to hit a pub. (photo by Lori22)
    • Our guide, Hugo (photo by Lori22)
    • Getting ourselves ready to start our day of riding. (photo by Lori22)
    • The bikes (photo by Lori22)
    • A calm morning aboard the Soleo (photo by mountainbroad)
    • Riding under the shelter of Provence Plane trees. (photo by mountainbroad)
    • Taking in the beauty of the Carmargue! (photo by mountainbroad)
    • Vincent VanGogh kept watch on us throughout our rides. (photo by mountainbroad)
    • Grape vines and fine times! (photo by mountainbroad)
    • Pont du Gard (photo by DarTer56)
    • Lounge area on boat (photo by DarTer56)
    • Dining area on boat (photo by DarTer56)
    • Sur la pont D'Avignon! (photo by DarTer56)
    • Relaxing after a long day! (photo by DarTer56)
    • Resting (and learning!) along the way (photo by DarTer56)

    Provence by Bike and Boat

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    This tour departs from both Avignon and Aigues-Mortes. Please see itineraries for each departure below.

    • Day 1: Arrival to Avignon
      Individual arrival and boarding after 5:00pm in Avignon. Introductory briefing at 6:30. Your mooring place is in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Benezet.
      Overnight in Avignon.

      Day 2: Round trip of Avignon (19 miles/30 km)
      Today we’ll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical garrigue landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before going back we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon, you'll have time to discover the historic center of Avignon.
      Overnight in Avignon.

      Day 3: Avignon – Aramon (25 miles/40 km)
      In the morning you'll cruise to Aramon where you will begin biking. The stage today will bring you to the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Overnight in Aramon with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.
      Overnight in Aramon.

      Day 4: Aramon – Vallabrègues (22 miles/35 km)
      You start your day cruising to Vallabrègues, a pretty Provençal village on the banks of the Rhône. Cycling along country roads, you will arrive at Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhône and Durance rivers. You will cycle to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet and afterward down to the medieval village of Boulbon.
      Overnight in Vallabrègues.

      Day 5: Vallabrègues – Arles (34 miles/55 km)
      This stage brings you to Saint Remy de Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus. This village is also famous for having hosted Van Gogh in the days of his mental illness. In the end, you move on to the Alpilles, with Les-Baux-de-Provence, a village lodged in the rock itself. A landscape of limestone cliffs and olive trees accompanies your journey.
      Overnight in Arles.

      Day 6: Arles – Aigues-Mortes (22 miles/35 km)
      Today the whole morning is dedicated to visiting Arles, the ancient capital of Gaul with beautiful Roman ruins. You will also have the opportunity to join a professional guide for a tour around the jewels of the town. After lunch, you reach the lock of Saint Gilles, and from there you will sail to Aigues-Mortes for the overnight stay.
      Overnight in Aigues-Mortes.

      Day 7: Round trip of Aigues-Mortes (34 miles/55 km)
      Going through small lanes between canals and lagoons you will reach the charming fishermen's village of Le Grau-du-Roi. You'll have the possibility of a refreshing swim on the beach.
      Overnight in Aigues-Mortes.

      Day 8: Departure from Aigues-Mortes
      After breakfast, end of tour and departure from the boat. You can book extra nights at a hotel in Aigues-Mortes if you would like (inquire for pricing).

      Note: The program has been planned to feature navigation along the Rhone River and Rhone-Sète Canal. Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only made by the boat’s captain.

    • Day 1: Arrival to Aigues-Mortes
      Individual arrival and boarding after 5:00pm in Aigues-Mortes, medieval town, ancient military, and commercial port on the Mediterranean. You may board from 6pm onwards, and then regroup for the welcome briefing at 6:30.
      Overnight in Aigues-Mortes.

      Day 2: Round trip of Aigues-Mortes (34 miles/55 km)
      Going through small country lanes of the Camargue between canals, lagoons and small villages you will have the chance to see the famous black bulls and the white horses typical of this region, as well as the pink flamingos. In the afternoon you will reach the charming fishermen's village Le Grau-du-Roi. You'll have the possibility of a refreshing bath on the beach.
      Overnight in Aigues-Mortes.

      Day 3: Aigues-Mortes – Arles (22 miles/35 km)
      You will sail for a couple of hours up to Saint Gilles and then cycle to today's destination: Arles, known for the richness of its antique Roman patrimony. The city will fascinate you with its hidden treasures. Getting lost among its small alleys will be like entering a picture by Van Gogh. In the afternoon you will also have the opportunity to be welcomed by a professional guide, who will accompany you around the jewels of the town.
      Overnight in Arles.

      Day 4: Arles – Vallabrègues (34 miles/55 km)
      This is a breathtaking stage and will bring you to the Alpilles, with the perched village of Le Baux de Provence and then to Saint Rémy de Provence. A landscape of limestone cliffs, lavender, and olive trees will be your scenes today. In the evening you will moor in Vallabrègues, a pretty Provencal village on the banks of the Rhône.
      Overnight in Vallabrègues.

      Day 5: Vallabrègues – Aramon (22 miles/35km)
      Cycling along country roads, you will arrive at Barbentane with its castle at the confluence of the Rhône and Durance rivers. You will cycle to the magnificent Abbey of Saint Michel de Frigulet and afterward down to the medieval village of Boulbon. In the afternoon you'll cruise to Aramon for the overnight with a beautiful view over the Mont Ventoux.
      Overnight in Aramon.

      Day 6: Aramon – Avignon (25 miles/40 km)
      The stage today will bring you to the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe: Pont du Gard, a very spectacular work. Back in Aramon in the afternoon, you will cruise to Avignon, the city of the Popes. You will be moored in Quai de la Ligne next to the famous Pont St. Bénezet.
      Overnight in Avignon.

      Day 7: Round trip of Avignon (19 miles/30 km)
      Today we'll get to the other side of the river Rhone by crossing the island Île de la Barthelasse, and we’ll ride in the typical garrigue landscape, between vineyards and orchards. Before going back we’ll visit Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known to be the town of the cardinals. In the afternoon, you'll have time to discover the historic center of Avignon.
      Overnight in Avignon.

      Day 8: Departure from Avignon
      After breakfast, end of tour and departure from the boat. You can book extra nights at a hotel in Avignon if you would like.

      Note: The program has been planned to feature navigation along the Rhone River and Rhone-Sète Canal. Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only made by the boat’s captain.

    Surface and terrain

    Route on bike paths and low traffic roads in rural and city areas. There are short stretches that are on unpaved roads, and on some roads with more traffic (in this case, the road with traffic is only option, but the route follows low traffic roads when possible, and uses the roads with more traffic only to connect you to another low traffic road).

    The daily rides average about 30-40 miles (50-60 km). There will be some hills, so it is advisable to be comfortable spending a few hours on the bike each day, and cycling up some rolling hills.

    Total length: 240 km
    Total vertical up: 620 m
    Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved

    You can choose to cycle with the guide and group, or also use the route maps and descriptions to cycle on your own.


    Boats


    How to get there

    Avignon
    Nearest airports: Marseille Provence (MRS)
    Nearest train station: Avignon Centre

    The L’Estello is docked at the pier Avignon Quai De La Ligne.

    Aigues Mortes
    Nearest airports: Marseille Provence (MRS)
    Nearest train station: Aigues Mortes

    In Aigues Mortes L’Estello is docked by the Quai des Bateliers in Avenue du Pont de Provence.

    Both Avignon and Aigues-Mortes are well served by these other airports: Montpellier Mediterranée (MPL), Nimes Garons (FNI), Lyon Saint Exupéry (LYS), and Avignon Caumont (AVN).

    You will receive more information on location of the boats in your pre-tour documents, which you receive a few weeks before the tour, once you are booked and confirmed on it.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour


    Provence by Bike and Boat

     Tour Photos Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    • Avignon – Aigues Mortes: Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19, 2024

      Aigues Mortes – Avignon: Mar 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26, 2024

      Season 1: Mar 30, 2024 - Apr 19, 2024

      Season 2: Apr 20, 2024 - May 3, 2024; Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 23, 2024

      Season 3: May 4, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024; Oct 19, 2024 - Nov 2, 2024

      Season 4: Aug 24, 2024 - Oct 18, 2024

    • Avignon – Aigues Mortes: Apr 5, 19; May 3, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 20; Oct 4, 18, 2025

      Aigues Mortes – Avignon: Mar 29; Apr 12, 26; May 10, 24; Jun 7, 21; Jul 5, 19; Aug 2, 16, 30; Sep 13, 27; Oct 11, 25, 2025

      Season 1: Mar 29, 2024 - Apr 18, 2025

      Season 2: Apr 19, 2025 - May 2, 2025; Jun 28, 2025 - Aug 22, 2025

      Season 3: May 3, 2025 - Jun 27, 2025; Oct 18, 2025 - Nov 1, 2025

      Season 4: Aug 23, 2025 - Oct 17, 2025

    Prices

    • Tour Package

      Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
      Per person, double occupancy €1120 €1520 €1620 €1720
      Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) €2100 €2500 €2600 €2700

      Bike Rentals

      Standard bike, 27-speed €110
      Electrically assisted bike €270

      Special diets (such as gluten free, lactose free or vegan) are available for a €50 supplement.

    • Tour Package

      Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
      Per person, double occupancy €1190 €1590 €1690 €1800
      Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) €2230 €2630 €2730 €2840

      Bike Rentals

      Standard bike, 27-speed €110
      Electrically assisted bike €270

      Special diets (such as gluten free, lactose free or vegan) are available for a €65 supplement.

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodations aboard Caprice or L'Estello
    • Full board (breakfast, 6 dinners and self-made packed lunch)
    • Welcome drink
    • Sheets and towels
    • Mid-week cabin cleaning service and towel change
    • Bike helmet (must book in advance)
    • Navigational app including maps, detailed route descriptions, GPS tracks
    • Digital tour information
    • English speaking tour leader
    • Some short walking tours
    • Guided visit of Arles
    • Harbor charges
    • Tea and coffee on board

    This tour is available as both guided, and self-guided (same prices). You will have very detailed route descriptions and maps included if you choose the self-guided option. You can also choose to cycle with the whole group, and follow the tour leader for a guided tour (route descriptions not included).


    Bike rentals

    Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Standard touring bike, 27-speed, unisex frames
    • Electrically assisted bikes*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following:

    • One Ortlieb saddlebag
    • Handlebar phone-holder (one per cabin)
    • Water bottle
    • Helmet
    • Repair kit (replacement tube, glue, patch, pump, tools), 1 per cabin, self-guided only*

    Additional specifications about the Standard touring bikes:

    • Aluminum frame
    • Mudguards
    • Saddlebag rear rack
    • Comfortable gel saddle
    • Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Marathon tires

    Bike Protection:
    Protection against theft and irreparable damage is included in the rental bike price. In case of careless or improper behaviour the insurance will not cover the costs. The insurance covers only the rented bikes, while it is not valid for any bike accessories (lock, helmet, panniers, handlebar bag, child seat, child devices etc…) nor personal belongings left on the bike or in the panniers/handlebar bags. Furthermore, the insurance is not valid for e-bikes used by customers under the age of 18. In case of theft the insurance may be activated only if the client presents: - a police report made at the local police office - the lock key in case of e-bike, or the damaged lock in case of standard bike.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent. 

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available on this tour; however, we recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.


    Tour Company


    Provence by Bike and Boat

     Daily program Route Map 

  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.


    Provence by Bike and Boat

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Richard Rogers 7 months ago

      Not as I had expected

      Not expecting to ride as a group. The riding involved more road riding and realize that a leader was necessary. The riding in Southern France is not as developed as Central Europe.

    • Joanna Havener 7 months ago

      Loved every minute!

      Our tour leader was fun, knowledgeable and very safety conscious. The route was almost all flat, only one big climb on Wednesday. The ship's crew was helpful and saw to it that my husband had potato chips in his lunch. They accommodated my wish for vegetarian meals. The small towns were charming and I loved learning about their history. Highly recommend this trip. (My husband and I are in our 70s and the ebikes were a great help to us.)

      • 12th century church (photo by Joanna Havener)
      • 12th century church (photo by Joanna Havener)
    • Annik Stahl 7 months ago

      Could have been better

      The tour leader (Helmut) was great, as was the boat crew. There were some fun times biking but the miles and miles of harsh gravel was not in the description of the trip. (This was not "country roads" -- this was ROCKS and my back ached for days afterward.) Had I know, I would not have chosen this trip as I just had surgery. I found the food to be absolutely awful. The dinners were beond strange and hey, maybe something besides HAM HAM HAM every day for lunch? I lost 4 pounds during that trip.

      While I know there are some great trips to be had with this company (my dad has been on several and said this one was the worst). this was not one of them. Like I said, some fun time biking but not enough to recommend this trip.

      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 3/5 Value
      • 1/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Charles Stahl 7 months ago

      A Bit Dissapointing

      Compared to the previous five bike/barge trips I have done with company this tour was disappointing. The boat and it's crew were great, the cabins were clean and as comfortable as possible. No problems there. The breakfasts and afternoon snacks were plentiful and good. However, the dinners were often not edible. The Italian cook was very sweet, but the food was often unrecognizable and tasteless. I am not a fussy eater, but I along with my dinner companions often sent the food back uneaten.

      The printed material does say that riding is done mostly along country lanes, but the amount of riding on gravel was daunting. I feel that should be mentioned in the literature. The guide was extraordinary, both knowledgeable and well spoken, not to mention very approachable. The highlights were indeed highlights, but negotiating the busy streets while riding through small towns was scary at best. Perhaps doing this trip is mid-summer would be more picturesque, but the weather wouldn't be as perfect as it was for us in late August/early September. Had this been my first bike/barge adventure perhaps I would be less critical, but with many other tours co choose from, I would not recommend this particular tour.

      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 4/5 Value
      • 1/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 3/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Jill Kaufman 7 months ago

      Amazing experience!

      The small barge experience turned our group of strangers into good friends; the food was excellent; the routes and countryside beautiful; the tour guide was knowledgeable, skilled, and fun! This tour exceeded our expectations.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Late August 23
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Linda Ewing 9 months ago

      Provence Bike Trip into the Countryside

      Really enjoyed the bike trip through the Provence countryside which visited several picturesque towns along the way. Our guide Alex was wonderful; she had done her homework so was able to provide us the history of what we were seeing. Plus Alex was great fun and made sure everyone was safe and comfortable while riding. Barge on-board staff was also super responsive and friendly. All the local staff was excellent!

      My only criticism of the trip is the business model used by the barge company. The 'Caprice' boat itself is 'past its prime' --- old, really cramped room accommodations. We were unlucky and assigned what appeared to be the smallest double twin room that didn't even have space for the tiniest sink in the bathroom (it was installed next to my bed's pillow). In fact, all the rooms were smaller than on other barge boats I've been on. Also, the dining area was so tight you couldn't get out of your chair without your neighbor also moving. Bottomline, the company owners are squeezing too many people on the boat so they get more revenue.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 15 - 22, 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 1/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 2/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Mary Gallagher 9 months ago

      Disappointing Accommodations

      Recently returned from Provence bike and barge and very disappointed with cabin accommodations. Bathroom sink located in main cabin from which we heard gurgling and draining from other cabins. Also heard loud banging from floor probably due to mechanical issues due to location of cabin - farthest on the bow. Overall not suitable for guests. Crew, guide and food were great- but cabin (#1) was not acceptable.

    • Jon Kramp 9 months ago

      A fine tour with issues

      The bike/boat tour started off by my not being able to initially find the boat. The route of the tour is normally serviced by two boats with the boats sailing the route in opposite directions during each week. Due to low bookings, only one of the two boats servicing the route was in operation. The boat I expected to sail on was the one that was out of service and docked and it took some time to find the boat that was in service.

      The boat I actually sailed on, Caprice, is a converted cargo barge. The cabins contained the expected features for a 'standard' category passenger river vessel. However, the cabins are on the small side. The dining/lounge area was also on the small side considering that the boat was operating at full passenger capacity. Food service was very good and the crew was helpful. Snacks and drinks were available at the end of the days cycling.

      The biking route and sights seen along the way were as advertised. However, there were two cycling related issues:
      1) The tour description of 'There will be some hills' is correct for most days but that there were two climbs each of about 5km length.
      2) All but five of the tour members selected to book an electric bike for the tour. Only one of the tour members completed the tour without the use of a non-electric bike because of the slope and length of the climbs. Booking an electric bike for this tour is recommended for most people.

      One day of the tour included a continuous 5km stretch of gravel surface. The tour used multiple types of roads. The major roads were all in fine condition. The smaller one lane roads, mainly used by farmers to reach the fields, were often in poor condition with pot holes common. It should be noted that all of the bikes offered on the tour were if good quality and in good repair. During the tour there was only one minor issue with any of the bikes.

      It should be noted that some days on this tour were a bit long considering that temperatures were in the mid 90'sF to just over 100F range. On one day, for example, biking started about 8 AM and ended slightly before 6 PM. Hydration was an issue but the biking part of the tour included multiple stops each day to refill water bottles and/or purchase drinks.

      A printed map of the biking route was not provided and is not available. Those doing the tour non-guided, only done by 2 people on selected days on my tour departure, will need to have a mobile phone to access route information.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Mary Gallagher 9 months ago

      Great biking - barge was ok

      Biking in Provence was outstanding- but the cabin we stayed in (Cabin 1) was not satisfactory. Crew we’re great and tour leader was knowledgeable and experienced. Unfortunate about our accommodations.

    • Jennifer Sutton 12 months ago

      Beyond expectations!

      This slow way of travelling is perfect for savouring Provence on all levels…
      Captain Willy and crew were extremely friendly, attentive and helpful. Our bike tour guide Michela was very safety conscious as well as informative and inclusive, all done with her Italian humour! The schedule was packed but never rushed. It helped that our group was cohesive and respectful of each other…and punctual! The food was excellent and our bow berth beyond expectations.
      I have already recommended this tour to others!

      What was the date of your tour?
      April 22 from Avignon
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Nancy Mackay October 12, 2022

      Great experience

      This trip was a wonderful way to see the areas from Aigues Mortes to Avignon with a very experienced guide. Much information was shared with our group that was beyond our expectations. The pace of the daily ride was comfortable and our skilled and enthusiastic cook always had a great treat waiting for us when we arrived back at the boat. The crew on the Caprice are thoughtful and kind and made us feel at ease.

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      12
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Charlotte Dewar October 11, 2022

      A beautiful journey

      We loved this trip. It was wonderful you hired a professional guide in Arles to spend 1.5 hours with us talking about the history, the Roman architecture and Van Gough. Provence is so beautiful and we are very blessed with the good weather and a wonderful group of travelers who cared for each other and enjoyed the company of each other on this trip.

      As a professional travel planner for 30 years, I wish to share my honest feedback so you may improve your tours for future clients.
      1. The chef Irene made the most delicious dinners for us every evening. We were always looking forward to her food at the end of long and exciting journey.
      2. Our Captain was excellent and so was the assistant Phillipo. 3 crew members worked together beautifully and treated us like royalty.
      3. Our guide Hens is not as professional. He never counted the number of guests. We had people falling off the bike everyday, no major injuries. Hens was out at the front riding quite fast. He rarely looked back and kept an eye on the group. Every time we had an accident, we had to send someone from behind to catch up with him and asked him to stop and wait for the folks falling behind.
      4. The internet on the boat is very choppy. I had important business to communicate with my travelers going to Asia. Most of the time I couldn't receive or send emails. My PayPal app, my airb&b app and my VRBO app all stopped working. I had free roaming data on my phone and that had issue working on your boat either. it's very important you have a functional internet on the boat so people like myself could still carry on business while we are on your trip.

      We love the concept of bike and boat! We will come back for more of your tours. I am considering introducing your product to my high-end Chinese clients.

      I am raving about this trip to all my friends in California. Thank you for putting together a fantastic journey for us.

    • John DesRosier September 28, 2022

      First bike trip was a great success

      We had never been on a bike tour before and absolutely loved the Provence tour. The ebikes made a big difference in making the trip so enjoyable. The food on the boat was excellent night after night and the staff friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Claudia, our tour guide, for making the week wonderful.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September, 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Richard Butler September 5, 2022

      Great trip

      Our August trip onboard the Caprice was fantastic. Good weather, a little windy at times, but not many hills. No equipment problems and the boat operated without a flaw (no AC problems, thank God). Guides Helmut and Alex were excellent, as was the assistance of the captain, Filippo. But if you want the best, highest quality cuisine aboard any bike/barge trip...just look to see if Chef Sara is listed. She was exceptional at combining the wines and flavors of Provence with her meals.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Shirley Burche August 29, 2022

      More than I expected

      This was a great way to experience the Provence area of France. Our tour guide, Helmut, was pretty good about instructing us especially in the areas where we needed to merge into traffic for the traffic circles.

      The crew on the barge, Filippo and Sara, were fantastic and took very good care of us. Especially enjoyed the gourmet dinners that Sara prepared.

      I will never forget this trip especially my time on the Bike and Barge portion of it.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • tricia November 4, 2019

      Provence bike and boat tour

      This trip was a fabulous way to experience southern France. I loved the mix of biking, touring specific sites, and sit down dinners on the boat; I appreciated our guide's flexibility in accommodating various preferences--she was knowledgeable, attentive and fun. The entire crew was outstanding and aimed to please. The food was beyond my expectations and was plentiful and presented beautifully. There was a reasonable balance of "together" time and "alone" time with opportunity to join in group activities or wander off on your own. Very well done! As a casual biker, the e-bike made it possible for me to not only do the trip, but enjoy every minute.

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 11, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Kathy B October 28, 2019

      Something for everyone

      Roman ruins, midieval hilltop castles and walls, vistas and views that will take your breath away. Our crew and guide were outstanding, informative and fun. The food was fabulous: local, interesting, well prepared and well presented. This could have qualified as a food tour alone!!

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 12, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • RobtheSlowSwimmer October 27, 2019

      Great Trip

      Terrific guide, terrific food, terrific tour. I loved the routes. The views were amazing. The riding was not challenging, except for the one climb which was a nice workout. I would recommend an ebike for those less than fit. The room on the barge is a bit tight, but you don't spend much time in your room. I had a great time, and will do it again.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Oct 12 - 19, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • View from barge leaving Avignon (other barge under arch) (photo by RobtheSlowSwimmer)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Michigan group October 27, 2019

      Bike trip of a life time

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Shawnmarie October 26, 2019

      Great way to see Provence

      Everything about this trip was wonderful! The Captain, chef, and steward were so warm and gracious. The French dinners onboard the barge were thoughtful, creative and delicious! Our cycling guide, Tamara, went above and beyond to give us a truly amazing experience! Cheers to L’estello!
      Job very well done! Merci Beaucoup!

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 12 - 19, 2020
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Bean October 14, 2019

      Beautiful Area - Terrible Bikes

      Great way to see Provence, but the bikes were really really heavy and the guide was not very good.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 28-Oct 5
      How many tours have you completed?
      10+
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe October 15, 2019

        Hi, and thanks for the review. We appreciate you letting us know about the heavy bikes and that the guide was not very good. Feel free to reach out if you'd like to provide further details. We're glad you thought the area was beautiful. We agree!

      • 3/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 2/5 Route selection
      • 1/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Old Traveler September 13, 2019

      Great biking adventure

      Loved our bike and barge trip through Provence. Our guide was knowledgable, funny and managed to keep us all together. The food and wine were excellent. The cabins are tiny and cramped but we spent most of our time outdoors or on deck, so we weren't especially bothered by this.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 24-31
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Alanran July 29, 2019

      Beautiful Provence by Bike and Barge

      The boat was really nice and the crew was great -- from captain to chef to on-board host. They did an exceptional job making our time on the boat pleasant.

      The biking was also nice in spite of the 98 degree temperatures, full on sun and mistral winds in our face -- even had to peddle going down hill sometimes. That said, we saw beautiful villages, olive orchards, vineyards, sun flower fields and lavender fields -- beautiful terrain -- even some of the areas covered in the Tour de France -- Pont du Gard. The visit to Le Beaux de Provence was special going into the cave with Van Gogh paintings put to motion and sound.

      All in all it was a fun tour with a great group of riders.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 13-20
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 2/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Marshall July 6, 2019

      This was our 4th trip with this company and always great

      What was the date of your tour?
      7/22-29/2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      4
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Provence15 July 5, 2019

      Amazing bike tour through Provence!

      What was the date of your tour?
      22 June 2019
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Smeglegs July 4, 2019

      A very memorable experience with a group of friends who love to bike in Europe

      Provencce by bike and boat was a great time, full of doable challenges and many laughs
      with friends. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous. The food was prepared by Joseph the Chef with delicious surprises every evening. Our guide, Claudia, spoke multiple languages and was a cultural expert regarding the sites along the Rhone River.
      My wife and I experienced our best biking tour in the Provence along the Rhone River.

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/20/2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Scooter June 15, 2019

      Wonderful staff, Great food

      The routes were beautiful with little traffic and the towns we stayed in were interesting and historic. The boat was clean with a lovely dining and socializing area. The cabins were very tiny with just one small porthole window which was challenging. The dinners were very good and the staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. A positive experience! The only complaint we had is that the cue sheets were nearly useless. Luckily we had a person to guide us so using them was not necessary.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 12
      How many tours have you completed?
      10
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 3/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Wignh September 15, 2018

      Met my expectations

      Excellent barge, with welcoming A/C in southern France in mid-summer. Dinners were varied and tasty - but desserts were magnifique! Make-your-own lunch to go on the bike - which is standard bike/barge arrangement - becomes boring after a few days. But what I will remember is this once-in-a-lifetime highlight: watching France win World Cup at a jammed packed outside bar in a small town!

      What was the date of your tour?
      mid-july
      How many tours have you completed?
      8
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Lori22 October 22, 2017

      Best trip ever!

      Couldn’t have asked for a better guide for my first bike tour. Hugo was so much fun, so enthusiastic, shared so much history and knowledge about the area and even made movies with the video and pics that he took which captured all the different things and places we experienced. The crew and the other bikers were so much fun as well. For my friend and I, who do not bike much, the e-bike was the ticket. Loved my e-bike.

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 7, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was my first bike tour
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Our last night, so we had to hit a pub. (photo by Lori22)
      • Our guide, Hugo (photo by Lori22)
      • Getting ourselves ready to start our day of riding. (photo by Lori22)
      • The bikes (photo by Lori22)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Philip August 8, 2017

      Bike and Barge in Provence France

      Excellent tour on the Estello. Great accommodations and bikes and people and tour!! Looking forward to booking our next biking adventure through biketours.com.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      First package tour.
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Megb August 8, 2017

      A Fantstic Experience

      This was the first bike tour we had ever been on and it was better than expected. Our guide was very informative and she really knew the best roads to take to keep the peloton out of traffic. The food on the boat was excellent as
      well as the hand selected wines had. The group of people was diverse and very interesting. We had a lot of fun.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 1-July 8, 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • mountainbroad November 7, 2016

      Golden Times

      This bike tour will be revisited frequently in our memories. The countryside of Provence in the autumn, with the black bulls, white horses, and rose-colored flamingos, amidst the golden hills and winding river-ways set the scene for fine pedaling.
      I knew that the food and views of southern France would be amazing, what I had not anticipated was the depth of history and exposure to art that would also surround the ride.
      We had a few days of rain, and some of our riders decided to use the time to stay aboard or wander the towns. At those times, our guide went out of his way to inform the guests of possible itineraries to make the most out of their travels, even though they chose not to ride. Though, there were electric bikes available and experienced routing that allowed the riders of various abilities to be included in each foray. My husband, our three friends, and I chose to never miss out on the up-close experiences of riding to the small villages, visiting the museums and castles, enjoying the wine and olive tastings that were a part of our daily agenda.
      Our guide, Hugo, was a superb asset in informing us about each site, exposing the group to history and foods and art and nature that we would not have discovered on our own.
      In the evenings, after luxuriating over our fine dinners, and previewing the next day's ride, Hugo would take any interested folks out on evening walk-abouts in the small towns where the barge, Soleo, was docked. Again, sharing with us a part of France that made us feel lucky to just be able to take it all in.
      On board, we were treated to the fine cuisine of the area and to a welcoming and genial captain and crew. As much as we enjoyed our ride time, the time aboard the boat, where we would enjoy conversation, music, wine, and food, all added to the delight of our days.
      Though, my husband and I have been on many bike tours, this one will stand as a
      golden time of great beauty and as an unmatched tour.

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 8-15, 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      7
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • A calm morning aboard the Soleo (photo by mountainbroad)
      • Riding under the shelter of Provence Plane trees. (photo by mountainbroad)
      • Taking in the beauty of the Carmargue! (photo by mountainbroad)
      • Vincent VanGogh kept watch on us throughout our rides. (photo by mountainbroad)
      • Grape vines and fine times! (photo by mountainbroad)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • DarTer56 June 26, 2016

      Exceeded many of our expectations

      When we first booked this trip we could not find any actual traveller reviews on the Bike Tours website so we were unsure of what to expect. However, from the very start we were made to feel comfortable and the staff of the tour company were amazing. A special shout out to the Soleo crew. Our tour guide was very familiar with the area and always looked out for the comfort and safety of the cyclists. There was quite a difference in the ages and abilities of the cyclists, but he took care to meet the overall needs of the group.The bikes were in every good condition, well maintained and comfortable to ride. The accommodations were comfortable and we never had a problem going to sleep at the end of the day! This type of travel is a great way to experience the country and to meet new people. This is the type of vacation we would definitely do again.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 4-11/16
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Pont du Gard (photo by DarTer56)
      • Lounge area on boat (photo by DarTer56)
      • Dining area on boat (photo by DarTer56)
      • Sur la pont D'Avignon! (photo by DarTer56)
      • Relaxing after a long day! (photo by DarTer56)
      • Resting (and learning!) along the way (photo by DarTer56)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)

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