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Escorted Rail Tours to Arles

A classical city along the Rhône

Boasting a beautifully-preserved historic centre, the city of Arles is home to one of Europe's best collections of Roman ruins - which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Initially a Celtic city colonised by the Greeks, Arles became Roman after Julius Caesar distributed the land among some of his most faithful soldiers in 46 BC. This was the first golden age of the city, which then came to be known as "Little Rome in Gaul".

Having become a major religious centre during the early Christian period, the sought-after city was passed to the Kingdom of Burgundy in the 9th century. In 1032 it passed to the Holy Roman Empire, before becoming a part of France in 1481. Much of Arles city centre's street plan dates from about this time, as does a significant amount of the surviving architecture. Arles is still known as a major port on the Rhône, though nowadays visitors flock to the area to see the town's impressive Roman remains.

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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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Premium Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as we sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon during the cruise.

Departs in October 2016 and from June 2017 to October 2017.
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Classic Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard the fantastic A-Rosa Stella river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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Secrets of Provence

Sublime, sun-drenched towns and cities rich with history and glittering waterways await on this fabulous Provence cruise holiday. Marvel at ancient Arles and discover its Roman heritage, be inspired by one of Provence's most beautiful sites, Aigues-Mortes, and savour the delicious shell-fishing traditions of Sète.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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7 days from £1,995per personView tour details
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Ancient activities
Among the many highlights celebrating Arles' rich history is the mighty Roman Arena, which would have seated about 20,000 people. It was partly converted into a castle in the Middle Ages but is still remarkably intact.

Van Gogh
The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in 1888-1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time here. Today the Van Gogh Foundation is situated opposite the vast arena.

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