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Christmas Traditions and Santons of Provence

5 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 AVIGNON
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. Enjoy a "Christmas traditions”-themed evening.
 
Day 2 AVIGNON - TARASCON
Join us for a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. We'll then head to the Halles market(1) to discover the regional holiday treats. After our tour, we'll return to the ship and cruise towards Tarascon. Enjoy a Christmas-themed evening on board.
 
Day 3 TARASCON - ARLES
We'll set out to visit a candle factory(1) and discover the unique scents and colors of this traditional craftsmanship. We'll then cruise to Arles. Upon arrival, we'll head to the rooms of Saint Trophime's cloisters for a visit of the santon exhibition and tradeshow, displaying almost 300 years of this local tradition—from the very first models to the latest creations. We'll next head to Le Paradou to visit a museum displaying more than 400 different santons (hand-painted nativity figurines traditional to the Provence region). La Petite Provence du Paradou is reputed to be one of the largest nativities in the world. We'll then return to Arles. Enjoy a "Christmas Carols”-themed evening on board.
 
Day 4 ARLES - AIGUES-MORTES
We'll spend the morning cruising to Aigues-Mortes. This afternoon, join us for a visit of the city by coach. We'll finish our tour with a tasting of the traditional sweet fougasse: a delicious light, flat brioche with a subtle orange blossom flavor. Enjoy some free time to explore the town before heading back to the ship. Tonight is our festive gala evening and dinner.
 
Day 5 AIGUES-MORTES - Avignon
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer to Avignon. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Avignon and its lights enchantment
  • Le Paradou and its legendary santons
  • Aigues Mortes, medieval city
All This Included
Experience Christmas in Provence on a cruise. From Avignon to Aigues-Mortes, be enchanted by the magic of the provincial Christmas markets. Warm up your heart as you visit a traditional candle factory and revel in the Christmas spirit!
  • All meals included
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Anne-Marie 
Notes
  • For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
  • (1) The Halles in Avignon: closed on Mondays and afternoons. The candle factory: closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.



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