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

Provence and the Camargue

This exciting cruise along the Rhone and Saone rivers visits Port-Saint-Louis, gateway to the stunning Camargue region, before exploring the fascinating cities of Arles, Avignon and Lyon

Cruise Only
6 nights from £943pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Camargue
  • Avignon
  • Viviers
  • Vienne
  • Tournus

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Take the opportunity to explore the breathtaking Camargue region, and enjoy visits to Arles and Avignon, home to incredible architectural treasures, on this superb cruise along the Rhone and Saone rivers.

This holiday begins with the chance to discover the wild Camargue on an optional thrilling safari tour or an optional visit to a manade to learn about how a manadier works. You'll then continue to the city of Arles, home to an impressive ampitheatre, and Avignon, overlooked by the magnificent Palais des Papes.

Discover the breathtaking Ardeche Gorges on an optional tour (forward departures only) and explore the gastronomic city of Lyon with its famous "traboules" or passageways. During your time here, you'll enjoy a cruise at nightfall past the city's illuminated buildings. Before arriving in Chalon-sur-Saone, take the opportunity to visit the renowned Hospices de Beaune, a superb example of Northern Renaissance architecture (forward departures only) .

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CHA_PP - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone Itinerary

Day 1 - Martigues (France)

Embark your ship in Martigues and settle into your cabin. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail.

Day 2 - Port Saint Louis - Arles - Avignon

Arrive in Port-Saint-Louis and choose from two optional excursions. Discover the Camargue on a visit to a "manade" (bull breeding farm) and learn about how a manadier works. Alternatively, enjoy a safari through the Camargue. This afternoon, there are two further optional excursions. Join the guided tour of Arles or opt for the hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence. Later, rejoin the ship and cruise to Avignon.

Day 3 - Avignon - Viviers

Today, join the optional guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. This afternoon, cruise to Viviers where this is an optional walking tour.

Day 4 - Viviers - Tain L'Hermitage

Discover the breathtaking Ardeche Gorges on an optional tour, before rejoining the ship in La Voulte. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion showcasing the Vercors with a tasting of the famous Clairette de Die. Return on board in Tain L'Hermitage.

Day 5 - Tain L'Hermitage - Vienne - Lyon

This morning, cruise towards Vienne where there is a choice of two optional shore excursions - a guided tour of Vienne and an exploration of Vienne by segway. Rejoin the ship and cruise towards Lyon. On arrival, join the optional guided tour and discover the famous "traboules" or passageways, or opt for the bicycle ride which takes in the main sights. Return to the ship and set sail at nightfall, admiring the city lights.

Day 6 - Tournus - Chalon-sur-Saone

Early morning cruising towards Tournus. There is an optional tour to the famous Hospices de Beaune, a superb example of Northern Renaissance architecture. Continue along the Burgundy Wine Route before returning to the ship in Chalon-sur-Saone. Gala dinner this evening.

Day 7 - Chalon-sur-Saone

After breakfast, disembark the ship.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

ANT_PP - Chalon-sur-Saone to Martigues Itinerary

Day 1 - Chalon-sur-Saone (France)

Embark your ship in Chalon-sur-Saone and settle into your cabin. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail.

Day 2 - Macon - Lyon

Spend time at leisure in Macon, then join the optional tour of the Beaujolais vineyards. This evening, enjoy a nighttime cruise through Lyon, admiring the city's lights.

Day 3 - Lyon - Tain L'Hermitage

Enjoy an optional tour of Lyon's famous "traboules" or passageways, or opt for the bicycle tour which takes in the key sights, and is followed by a tasting of local products. Spend the afternoon cruising towards Tain L'Hermitage, arriving in the evening.

Day 4 - Tain L'Hermitage - Avignon

Spend the morning cruising, before mooring for an optional excursion to the Grotte Chauvet 2 - Ardeche, a replica of the famous Chauvet Cave (must be pre-booked prior to departure). Later, begin cruising to Avignon.

Day 5 - Avignon - Arles

Today's optional excursion is a guided tour of Avignon which includes the Papal Palace. Return to the ship and set sail for Arles where there is time at leisure.

Day 6 - Arles - Martigues

Enjoy a visit to a "manade" (bull breeding farm) and learn about how a manadier works during an optional excursion, or perhaps join the safari tour. Rejoin the ship and cruise towards Martigues. Gala dinner this evening.

Day 7 - Martigues

After breakfast, disembark the ship.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 6-night full board accommodation
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 31st - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1188
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1188 Blue Water Price from: £1368 Blue Water Price from: £1368 Blue Water Price from: £1548 Blue Water Price from: £1751 Blue Water Price from: £1931
  • April
    • Apr 6th - Chalon-sur-Saone to Martigues - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1188
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1188 Blue Water Price from: £1368 Blue Water Price from: £1368 Blue Water Price from: £1548 Blue Water Price from: £1751 Blue Water Price from: £1931
    • Apr 7th - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Mistral From: £943
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £943 Blue Water Price from: £1101 Blue Water Price from: £1101 Blue Water Price from: £1259 Blue Water Price from: £1393 Blue Water Price from: £1551
  • May
    • May 30th - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1409
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1409 Blue Water Price from: £1589 Blue Water Price from: £1589 Blue Water Price from: £1769 Blue Water Price from: £1972 Blue Water Price from: £2152
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Chalon-sur-Saone to Martigues - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1409
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1409 Blue Water Price from: £1589 Blue Water Price from: £1589 Blue Water Price from: £1769 Blue Water Price from: £1972 Blue Water Price from: £2152
  • July
    • Jul 29th - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1322
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1322 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1682 Blue Water Price from: £1885 Blue Water Price from: £2065
  • August
    • Aug 4th - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1322
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1322 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1682 Blue Water Price from: £1885 Blue Water Price from: £2065
    • Aug 16th - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1322
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1322 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1682 Blue Water Price from: £1885 Blue Water Price from: £2065
    • Aug 22nd - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Van Gogh From: £1322
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1322 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1502 Blue Water Price from: £1682 Blue Water Price from: £1885 Blue Water Price from: £2065
  • September
    • Sep 22nd - Chalon-sur-Saone to Martigues - Sailing on: Mistral From: £1121
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1121 Blue Water Price from: £1279 Blue Water Price from: £1279 Blue Water Price from: £1437 Blue Water Price from: £1571 Blue Water Price from: £1729
  • October
    • Oct 10th - Martigues to Chalon-sur-Saone - Sailing on: Mistral From: £1121
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Blue Water Price from: £1121 Blue Water Price from: £1279 Blue Water Price from: £1279 Blue Water Price from: £1437 Blue Water Price from: £1571 Blue Water Price from: £1729
Map for Provence and the Camargue