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Secrets of Provence

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SUN-DRENCHED TOWNS AND CITIES RICH WITH HISTORY

Sublime, sun-drenched towns and cities rich with history and glittering waterways await on this fabulous cruise holiday. This fabulous cruise brings you the very best of France's elegant Provence region.

Highlights
  • MS Anne-Marie
  • Arles & The Camargue
  • Sainte-Marie-De-La-Mer
  • Aigues Mortes
  • Palavas-Les-Flots
  • Sète
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • All-Inclusive Board Basis
    MS Anne-Marie

Secrets of Provence 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Anne Marie
Anne Marie

To Sete

Early this morning we meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International and depart on the Eurostar direct to Avignon. On arrival we transfer to Sete, in the afternoon we board our home for the next seven days, the delightful Anne-Marie, a stylish hotel barge. We are presented to the crew and enjoy a welcome drink on board before we enjoy dinner together this evening.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Sete
Sete

Sète

This morning takes us to Étang De Thau, world-famous for its shellfish. We visit the Étang De Thau Museum, where we learn about the history of the shell-fishing trade and discover how the farmers and fishermen made their living. We sample some of the freshly caught shellfish while savouring the beautiful scenery from a terrace along this unique seascape. This afternoon we take a tour of Sète's historic Old Town, affectionately known as the Venice of Languedoc. We make our way up Mont Saint Clair, where we enjoy stunning panoramic views of this charming town.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Palavas-Les-Flots
Palavas-Les-Flots

Palavas-Les-Flots

Today we visit an authentic 'manade' farm and discover the life of its herders, taking part in a bull sorting routine. We enjoy snacks made fresh on the farm and sample local produce before returning to the ship.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Aigues Mortes
Aigues Mortes

Aigues Mortes

Today we take a tour of Aigues-Mortes, perhaps one of the most beautiful sites in Provence. Encased by square medieval walls, this ancient fortified city is symmetrically perfect, white-washed terracotta topped houses contrast charmingly with the surrounding green countryside, in fact Aigues-Mortes is also famous for its nearby salt marshes which we discover by tourist train. Roman Legionnaires stationed nearby were paid a portion of their wage in salt from these very marshes - an intriguing facet of local history. What makes this sight spectacular is the marshes glow a pink colour, due to the microscopic algae in its waters.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Camargue
Camargue

The Camargue

Today we visit the Camargue, home to 140,000 hectares of natural wetlands, showcasing an array of different wildlife. This is a paradise for nature lovers as we see wild white horses and even the odd flamingo. Additionally this region is also home to some unusual paddy fields which produce red rice - a fascinating sight. We continue on to Sainte-Marie-la-Mer.

You have free time to explore here; perhaps visit the fortified church which was built in the 9th century as an imposing bastion to deter pirate raiders along the coast, located in a strategic position near the mouth of the Petit-Rhone. The church holds a towering presence over the village and can be seen as far as 10km inland.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Arles
Arles

Arles

Today we enjoy a guided tour of historic Arles, the home of some of Europe's best Roman ruins. With a long history dating back to Celtic times, Arles' heritage of conquest over the years has left it with a rich variety of architecture, which we explore during our visit. We take in the stunning Roman Amphitheatre and enjoy the myriad of Romanesque architecture and sun-baked houses.

Arles was the inspiration for some of Van Gogh's artistry and its heritage harks back to the glory days of Julius Caesar. Once a major Roman port, Arles rose to prominence after Caesar plundered Marseille for backing his political opponent, and evidence of that prosperity is preserved wonderfully for us to see. Following our tour we travel inland to learn about olive oil production in Provence and we sample some of the local produce. Tonight we enjoy a farewell Gala dinner back on board the Anne-Marie, as a perfect way to round off our wonderful French adventure.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Eurostar

To London

This morning we enjoy a buffet breakfast on board before making our way to Sète station. Here we will take the TGV to Paris where and change for our Eurostar service back home to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Shore Excursions

Shore Excursions

Arles

Our fabulous guided tour of historic Arles takes in the Roman Amphitheatre and a grand collection of other Romanesque architecture. We also have a chance to sample some of the local produce in Arles.

Aigues-Mortes

We enjoy time in the walled city of Aigues- Mortes. This city's walls are contrasted against the pink glowing salt marshes nearby and make for a marvellous sight.

Palavas-Les-Flots

Our time here is spent visiting a fascinating 'manade' farm, where we discover the lives of its herders and have chance to sample some of the produce made on site.

Étang De Thau

The shellfish capital of Étang De Thau comprises the largest stretch of lagoons along the French coast and is a prime spot for the local shell-fishing trade. We have a chance to sample the locally caught shellfish.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the Anne-Marie
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel

Comfortable accommodation

  • 6 nights aboard the Anne-Marie

Delicious meals included

  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines and soft drinks

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Arles with a local guide and tasting of local produce
  • Excursion to The Camargue
  • Guided tour of Aigues-Mortes
  • Visit to a 'man-made' farm in Palavas-Les-Flots
  • Visit to Étang de Thau museum
  • Guided tour of Sète

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your Eurostar journey to Standard Premier Class from £75 per person each way
  • Luggage transport available from as little as £200
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Secrets of Provence

SUN-DRENCHED TOWNS AND CITIES RICH WITH HISTORY

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