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ARLES to SETE along the CANAL DU RHONE-A-SETE

  

 

 

The current Rhône à Sète Canal is a joining of the previously constructed Canal des Étangs, Canal de Beaucaire, and the Canal de la Radelle. The Rhône à Sète Canal is approximately 61 miles long. All along the canal you can observe the plentiful marsh wildlife and professional fishermen. From Avignon to Frontignan Port, we'll first take the Rhône River, arriving in Beaucaire and its port, where we'll begin to cruise the Rhône à Sète Canal.  At the foot of the Costières plateau lies Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, its beautiful landscapes, and its splendid 12th-century abbey.  Next is the imposing fortified city of Aigues-Mortes and its tumultuous history-- but also the door to the Camargue, its bull-raising and magnificent white horses. Lastly, we'll take the Chemin des Étangs to the Sète port. 
 
DAYS: 7 Days
CODE: AVF_INTL
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE


ITINERARY:
   
DAY 1   ARLES

  Boarding at 6 pm followed by a welcome cocktail and crew presentation.
     
DAY 2       

ARLES - GALLICIAN


 

Full board on board. Tour of Arles. Discover this cultural center and its Roman ruins, and then travel inland to find out about olive oil production in Provence. Tasting of some local products. Return to the ship. Afternoon: cruising to Gallician, along the Rhône River and the Rhône à Sète Canal. Overnight.

     
DAY 3   GALLICIAN - AIGUES-MORTES
    Full board on board. Excursion to the Camargue. Free time in the splendid city of Sainte-Marie-la-Mer, where we recommend a visit to its fortified church. Afternoon devoted to cruising towards Aigues-Mortes, arriving in the early evening. Overnight.
     
DAY 4   AIGUES MORTES - PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS
    Full board on board. Tour of Aigues-Mortes. This old, fortified city with a rich heritage is located in the middle of the marshes and is one of the most beautiful sites in Provence. Return to the ship. Afternoon: cruising to Palavas-Les-Flots. Spend some free time discovering the spa resort of Palavas-Les-Flots. Overnight.
     
DAY 5   PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS - SETE*
    Full board on board. Tour to discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit by wagon. Take part in a bull sorting.  Before returning to the boat, we'll have a delicious snack with products coming from the farm. Cruise towards Sète, arriving in the early evening. Overnight.
     
Day 6
  SETE*
    Full board on board. Excursion of the Étang De Thau, famous for its shellfish. Visit of the Étang de Thau Museum, where you'll discover the shellfish farmers and fishermen. Taste some of the shellfish while taking in the beauty of the basin from a terrace. Afternoon, tour of Sète's historical downtown area.  We'll continue towards Mont Saint-Clair, and discover its exceptional panoramic view as well as its renowned cross and the Notre-Dame-De-La-Salette chapel. Return to the ship. Gala evening. Overnight.
     
Day 7
  SETE* - ARLES
    Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark. Transfer by coach to Arles.
     

INCLUSIONS:

 

 

 

This offer includes: Your cruise with all meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast on the D7 - drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat - drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess – transfer from Sète to Arles D7 – excursions mentioned in the program - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - travel assistance and repatriation insurance- all port fees.

     
EXCLUSIONS:

 

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, coach transfer to/from Marseille. Drinks from the wine list, champagne from the onboard bar or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers.

     

NOTE:

 

 


  CroisiEurope and the ship's Captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.  The programme may be subject to modification depending on availability at ports of call or passing through the locks.

* Depending on mooring availability and weather conditions, the stopover in Sete could be replaced by a stop in Fontignan. 

OPTIONAL TRANSFER FROM MARSEILLE
  Possibility of roundtrip coach transfer to/from Marseille (From Marseille airport or train station - valid for a minimum of 18.  If under 18 wanting the transfer it will be calculated on a private basis.  Prices on request.
     
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