Wild France with the Camargue
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Embark on an alternative barge cruise experience of Frances popular south coast. Discover the wilderness of the Camargue, home to thousands of birds, and witness the extraordinarily red salt marshes that lie before the old town walls of Aigues-Mortes. Explore the largest of the lagoons along the Languedoc coast and discover how herders manage their untamed livestock. Well also taste fresh local shellfish and farm produce, and delve into scenes of French history in Arles.
6 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Montpellier/Marseille – Ste
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Montpellier or Marseille. On arrival, transfer to Sète to embark our ship. Take time to settle in before a welcome cocktail party and dinner. We remain in port overnight.
Day 2 tang de Thau – Saint-Guilhem-le-Dsert
This morning we explore Étang de Thau, the vast and attractive lagoon thats been a great source of salt since ancient Greece, and is now also famous for its oysters and mussels. We visit the Étang de Thau Museum, for an insight into the work of the local shellfish farmers and fishermen, and taste some shellfish.
Day 3 Ste – Palavas-les-Flots
We'll spend the morning cruising towards Palavas-les-Flots. In the afternoon, we set out to visit a manade, a semi-wild group of horses or cattle, and learn about the life of their herders. We travel by wagon and take part in a bull sorting, and snack on delicious farm produce. In the evening, theres free time to explore the spa resort of Palavas-les-Flots, with a coastline of 7km.
Day 4 Palavas-les-Flots – Aigues-Mortes
Join us for a tour of Aigues-Mortes, a beautiful 13th-century, fortified city with a rich heritage, located in the middle of the marshes. We board a tourist train to tour one of the most incredible sites in Provence – the red salt marshes – and visit the salt museum.
Day 5 Aigues-Mortes – Gallician
Well spend the morning cruising towards Gallician and then set out on an afternoon excursion to the Camargue. This largely UNESCO-protected natural park is a biosphere of dramatic mountains and wetlands that support hundreds of thousands of migratory birds as well as native flamingos, egrets and herons – a popular destination for birdwatchers.
Day 6 Gallician – Arles
We spend the morning sailing to Arles and cruise along both the Rhône and Rhône à Sète canals. In the afternoon we explore the cultural centre and important Roman ruins of Arles, immortalised on canvas many times by Vincent Van Gogh. Travelling inland, we find out about olive oil production in Provence. We finish our tour by tasting some local products, and return to our ship, where we dock overnight and enjoy a gala dinner on board.