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Itinerary Provence (two weeks)

Route: River Rhone, Petit Rhone, Canal du Rhone a Sète. Etang de Tau.

Highlights: Avignon - Pope’s palace, covered market, Gordes, Rousillon, Les Baux, Pont du Gard, Tarascon - Château, open-air markets, Arles - Amphitheater - Arena, walking tour of Beaucaire, Nimes, local wine tasting ‘Costières de Nimes, the walled city of Aigues Mortes, walking tour of Montpellier, Mediterranean beach, Maguelone Abbey Church, Frontignan. cruising on the etang de Tau

Arles
 

Sunday afternoon :  We will pick you up at the TGV station of Avignon. L’Etoile will be moored in Villeneuve les Avignon, under the tower of Philippe le Bel. Champagne welcome, introduction, while you settle in your cabin, the evening dinner will be prepared.

 

Tarascon

Monday: A breakfast cruise on the Rhone River to moor at Avignon town. A guided tour introduces you to all historic sites, including a visit of the covered market Lunch will be served on The barge. After lunch there is free time to explore the town. During your dinner, the barge cruises opposite of the town.

Tuesday: Cruise to Vallabregues, a tranquil mooring on the Rhone River. Afternoon tour to Gordes, lavender museum in Coustellet (optional) and Roussillon

 

Wednesday: An early morning cruise to Arles.  Time to stroll the Provencal open-air market and after lunch we leave the barge for a walking tour of the town.

 

Les Baux

Thursday: Cruising on the Petit Rhone to Saint Gilles. This afternoon we will bring you to a winery to taste the wine of this region, the‘Costière de Nimes’ wines. On the barge we will serve the wine from the village,

Friday: Morning cruise to Bellegarde. After lunch we bring you to the hilltop village of les Baux. The Cathedral of Images is located here (optional) During your dinner we will serve you the special wine of this village ‘Clairette de Bellegarde’

Saturday: Morning cruise to Beaucaire, afternoon free to explore for example the chateau of Tarascon. There are several restaurants on walking distance. The lunch and evening meal are your choice and at your expense.

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Sunday: This morning there is an open air market in Beaucaire just opposite of where the boat will be moored, which you might wish to explore. We welcome you back on the barge for your aperitif, followed by the evening meal.

 

Monday: Cruise to Gallician, a tranquil mooring on the Canal du Rhone a Sete. The afternoon tour brings us to Nimes.

Canal du Midi

Tuesday: In the morning we cruise to walled city of Aigues Mortes.  After lunch you can visit the walled city and also walk the walls of this ancient town.

Wednesday: After breakfast we visit the open air market, just outside of the city walls of Aigues Mortes. After lunch we go to for a walking tour of the lively town of Montpellier.

 

 

Thursday: We cruise into the Camargue region to Maguelone.  You can walk or bike to the Mediterranean beach and visit of the Maguelone abbey church, the association there nowadays produces their own wines, their vineyards are located on a peninsula, in between the Mediterranean and the Canal du Rhone a Sète, a unique setting.

The flamingoes of the Camargue

Friday: We cruise to Frontignan and hopefully we will see the flamingo’s. There will be time to explore the town. Lunch will be served. After lunch we pass the lifting bridge of Frontignan and cruise onto the ‘Etang de Tau’ to cruise along  the oysterbeds. We will return to Frontignan for your last on board dinner.

 

 

Saturday morning: After breakfast departure to TGV Station (or airport) in Montpellier

 

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Our sightseeing schedule is flexible and can be customized to reflect your interests. Occasionally an itinerary will be changed due to canal closures or inclement weather. The Captain will substitute an equally interesting route. Change in itinerary will not be accepted as a cause for cancelling your cruise.

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