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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Springtime in Provence

This exclusive fully escorted cruise holiday includes an incredible rail journey on La Ligne des Cevennes through stunning landscapes, and a 6-night hotel barge cruise exploring the heart of Provence, from the breathtaking vistas of the Camargue to the fortified city of Aigues-Mortes. Includes complimentary drinks on board and enriching shore excursions, overnight hotel stay in Clermont Ferrand, and rail travel from the UK. Flight option is available

No Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2459pp

Hotel Barge Holiday
  • Palavas-Les-Flots
  • Aigues Mortes

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Exclusive fully escorted cruise holiday!

Springtime in Provence Special Offer

Discover a wealth of history, outstanding natural beauty and regional delicacies on this exceptional cruise holiday to the heart of Provence.

This unique holiday begins with rail travel to Paris and an overnight hotel stay in the university city of Clermont Ferrand, where you'll board a train for an incredible journey. The La Ligne des Cevennes passes through remote and wild countryside including the spectacular Gorges de l'Allier and the serene Cevennes National Park.

Your thrilling rail experience comes to an end in the pretty town of Nimes, from where you'll travel to the cultural centre of Arles to embark your stylish 22-passenger hotel barge. Discover the magnificent Roman ruins and enjoy an olive oil tasting, before setting sail along the Rhone River and the Rhone a Sete Canal. Discover the beauty of the stunning Camargue, a region renowned for its Mediterranean sunshine and wild horses, and take a stroll through the fortified city of Aigues-Mortes, nestled in the middle of salt marshes.

Enjoy a traditional Camargue experience as you visit a manade and learn about the life of herders, before heading to the picturesque Etang De Thau and its oyster farms. Described as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert is a delight to explore, hidden in the heart of the wild Hérault Gorges. Reflect on your incredible holiday as you travel by rail back to Paris, and on to the UK.

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Springtime in Provence Itinerary - AVF_AIPP

Day 1 - UK - Paris (France) - Clermont Ferrand

Travel by train to Paris. Take a transfer to embark the train from Paris to Clermont Ferrand, where you'll transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Clermont Ferrand - Nimes - Arles

Transfer from the hotel to the train station, and embark your train for a journey on La Ligne de Cevennes to Nimes. This line passes through awe-inspiring scenery including the spectacular Gorges de l'Allier and serene Cevennes National Park. The wild and remote Cevennes were explored by Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey Modestine in 1878. Disembark in Nimes and transfer to Arles to join your hotel barge. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 3 - Arles - Gallician

Discover this cultural center and its Roman ruins, and then travel inland to find out about olive oil production in Provence. We'll finish up our tour with a tasting of some local products. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Gallician. We'll travel on the Rhône River and the Rhône à Sète Canal.

Day 4 - Gallician - Aigues-Mortes

This morning we'll have an excursion to the Camargue. Afterwards, you can enjoy some free time in the splendid city of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Mer, where we recommend a visit to its fortified church. We'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Aigues-Mortes, arriving in the early evening.

Day 5 - Aigues-Mortes - Palavas-Les-Flots

Join us for a 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. We'll board a tourist train and tour the salt marches and visit the salt museum. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Palavas-Les-Flots. Spend some free time discovering the spa resort of Palavas-Les-Flots, whose rich identity reaches back for more than three centuries.

Day 6 - Palavas-Les-Flots - Sete

We'll set out on a tour to discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit by wagon, and take part in a bull sorting. Before returning to the boat, we'll have a delicious snack with products coming from the farm. We'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Sète, arriving in the early evening.

Day 7 - Sete

We'll leave on an excursion to the Étang De Thau, famous for its shellfish. We'll visit the Étang de Thau Museum, where we'll discover the shellfish farmers and fishermen. You'll be able to taste some of the shellfish while taking in the beauty of the basin from a terrace. The afternoon will be dedicated to a tour of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We'll return on board for our gala dinner and evening.

Day 8 - Sete - Paris - UK

Disembark your hotel barge and transfer to Sete train station, to embark your train to Paris. Transfer to the Eurostar station, then take the train back to the UK

The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary in the light of conditions. Fly-cruise itinerary is available - please contact us for details

Price Includes

  • 6-night hotel barge cruise
  • Overnight hotel stay in Clermont Ferrand
  • Rail travel: UK - Paris; Paris - Clermont Ferrand; La Ligne de Cevennes - Nimes; Sete - Paris; Paris - UK (flight option between the UK and Paris is also available)
  • All overseas transfers as described in itinerary
  • Unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea
  • All meals onboard for Superb French Cuisine
  • Captain Welcome cocktail on board
  • Farewell Gala dinner on board
  • Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary with wireless audio system Port Talk
  • Reception Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles and Jacuzzi
  • All port fees

Additional Information

  • Included Excursions:
  • Arles and olive oil production
  • The beauty of the Camargue
  • The fortified city of Aigues-Mortes and the salt marshes
  • A traditional Camargue experience with a manade
  • Étang De Thau and its oyster farms
  • Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 15th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Anne Marie From: £2459
      Rail-cruise from Fly-cruise from
      £2459 £2459

Price Information

  • Please contact us for the fly-cruise itinerary
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