Day 1: SUNDAY
Meet in Nîmes for transfer to ‘Le Phénicien,’ moored in Aigues-Mortes. Enjoy a welcome reception, followed by your first gourmet dinner on board. (D)
Day 2: MONDAY
Cruise to the Camargue this morning, heading east on the Canal du Rhône à Sète that links the Petit Rhône with the étangs (inland seas) dotting the Mediterranean coast. Moor in the quiet village of Gallician before visiting a prestigious manade (ranch) where local cowboys on white horses demonstrate how they tend their herds of bulls. (B, L, D)
Day 3: TUESDAY
An unforgettable cruise takes you to the Roman city of Arles, the "open-air museum" of Provence. Join your guide to explore the haunts of Vincent Van Gogh, who painted a myriad of canvases here in 1888. (B, L, D)
Day 4: WEDNESDAY
While cruising the mighty Rhône River, ‘Le Phénicien’ passes through the 36-foot-high lock at Beaucaire en route to Aramon, where a lively game of pétanque awaits. In the afternoon, visit medieval Les Baux-de-Provence, dramatically set atop a rocky plateau of the Alpilles. (B, L, D)
Day 5: THURSDAY
After breakfast, cruise to historic Villeneuve-lès-Avignon for a guided excursion to the Pont du Gard. This masterpiece of Roman engineering is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an informative museum showcasing the historic significance of the magnificent tri-level aqueduct. (B, L, D)
Day 6: FRIDAY
This morning, visit one of the best cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a guided visit and wine tasting. Reboard the barge for a lunchtime cruise to the walled city of Avignon, to visit the Palais des Papes that served as a fortress as well as a palace. With walls that are 13 feet thick in some places and defensive towers reaching to 165 feet, the Palais des Papes remains a symbol of the time when Avignon was the fortified center of the Christian world. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner to mark your last evening on board 'Le Phénicien.' (B, L, D)
Day 7: SATURDAY
After breakfast, transfer to Avignon, where your journey ends. (B)
'Le Phénicien' floats lazily along the waterways of the Carmargue, meandering through Province and the Languedoc wine region, passing stunning countryside and local residents going about their daily activities. Disembark for a visit to medieval, cliff-top Les Baux-de-Provence, taste award-winning wines at Châteauneuf-du-Pape; visit the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and tour the historic Palais des Papes in Avignon. Itineraries with unique themes, such as cooking, cycling, golf or wine appreciation can be arranged for parties with special interests.
All meals as indicated by the itinerary (BLD), and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard.
Sightseeing as indicated by the itinerary.
All onboard accommodations while on tour.
Arrival and departure transers.
Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
Services of a professional guide.
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.