France L'Estello

The Barge

About the barge

L’Estello sails between Avignon and Aigues Mortes, with the Provençal landscape and the protected wilderness of the Camargue providing the backdrop.

This river boat is a classic Dutch barge built in 1937 and then renewed in 2018. It is the ideal accommodation to spend a pleasant bike and boat vacation in nature and relaxation.

  • where: France
  • barge size: 39 m long and 5.05 m wide
  • cabins: 10
  • capacity: 20 guests in low beds
  • air conditioning in the whole barge
  • WiFi available in common areas
  • comfort Silver

About the navigation

The barge L’Estello sails near the mouth of the Rhône River, where there are no water problems. Since the beginning of our operations, we have never had a day’s stop due to drought. Sometimes during winter time (when there are no scheduled trips), there could be some flooding issues.

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Included in the price

WiFi in common areas (limited quality depending on the 4G/5G connection. We suggest to buy one of these popular international weekly e-sim: Airalo, Holafly, Maya Mobile…)

Air conditioning in the whole barge

Welcome drink

Coffee and tea and other hot drinks on board

Water on board is drinkable and there is a still and sparkling water dispenser (room temperature or cold water)

Ice dispenser

Board games

Books and travel guides

A 55” multimedia screen

On request for groups or charters

Private transfers by bus

Cooking classes

Wine tastings

Open bar

Events on board

Not included in the price

Drinks, such as wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase on board (only cash payments are accepted)

There is no laundry service on board

To discover

Natural landscapes

Unspoiled nature and fairytale sceneries: Provence is one of the best-loved areas of France thanks to a fascinating landscape and numerous relics from Roman times, like the Pont du Gard. On top of that, the little towns give the region a unique touch.

The provençal landscape invites slow travel by boat, but also by bike, thanks to the many bike paths that flank rivers and canals.

Characteristic villages and art cities

Picturesque villages with typical French character are scattered throughout the region: Villeneuve Les Avignon, once known as the city of the cardinals; the pretty Vallabrègues on the banks of the Rhone where local women craft traditional wicker baskets, and Saint Rémy de Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus in 1503, and many more. Without forgetting the fascinating  Avignon and the enchanting Aigues-Mortes and Arles.

Wilderness around the corner

Just outside the inhabited places, the Camargue looks like an immense wild plain. It is dotted with ponds, where pink flamingos are busy foraging for shellfish. Here nature reigns supreme. The ponds are exploited by man only for salt harvesting, and the lands for grazing semi-sheep bulls and horses with their characteristic white coats. There are also flat lands, where rice fields and sandy-bottomed vineyards abound.

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