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Arles River Cruises

About Arles

Arles is a popular port of call on cruises which travel along one of France’s most famous rivers, the Rhone. Located in the south of the country and close to the ocean, it’s a beautiful city with a long history and is a joy to explore. After taking control of the town in 123BC, the Romans turned Arles into a key city of economic, cultural and religious importance, after which it became a free city until the time of the French Revolution. In later years, it became a favourite destination of Vincent Van Gogh, who produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. This engaging history ensures that Arles is a satisfying destination to explore.

Exploring Arles

Certain areas of Arles have the honour of being part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and they are naturally some of its most popular attractions, too. Les Arenes is a spectacular Roman amphitheatre, which though a ruin, is well-preserved, still in use and seats 20,000 people. The cryptoporticus subterranean galleries are an ancient Roman support system, which offer fascinating, if a little dank look at the city’s past, while Les Alyscamps is an ancient Roman mausoleum but one which is outdoors, situated on a tree-lined road minutes not far outside the city. Full of atmosphere, it was one of the locations favoured by Vincent Van Gogh.

Aside from its Roman heritage, the city is home to a host of other contrasting architectural attractions, including Eglise St-Trophime, a beautiful church with an ornate façade and some beautiful stained glass windows which survived the French Revolution and the hill-top Abbey of Montmajour, which dates back to the Middle Ages and houses a number of modern art exhibits as well as a 12th-century Roman cloister, built by the Benedictine monks who once resided there.

To walk in the footsteps of one of the city’s most famous visitors, be sure to visit Espace Van Gogh. Set in picturesque gardens, it’s the beautifully restored hospital in which the artist was admitted during times of illness and where he produced a number of celebrated works.

For those who love nature a little more than architecture or indeed art, then Arles more than delivers in the form of Les Marais du Vigueirat, a beautiful area which offers a choice of walks and trials and the chance to see numerous bird species and wildlife. It’s free to explore but the less adventurous can pay to hire a guide and binoculars are also available for hire.

Arles tips

Local wines are available in a number of restaurants and bistros, while a popular souvenir to take home is pottery, available in the rue Cavalerie area.

Arles Itineraries

Avignon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon - Nice

5 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Lyon, France to Nice
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Lyon

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

4 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2023
14 Nights From Nice, France to Beaune
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Avignon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Northbound

4 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris
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Viviers

Burgundy & Provence with 1 Night in Marseille

12 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Nice, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Lyon

Active & Discovery On Rhone - Southbound

4 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
9 Nights From Paris, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence - Northbound

1 sailing date October 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Avignon

Burgundy & Provence - Southbound

2 sailing dates October 2023
7 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights In Nice

12 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From St. Jean De Losne, to France , Nice
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Lyon

Burgundy & Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

13 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Paris
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Avignon

A Culinary Experience In Burgundy & Provence

1 sailing date March 2023
7 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , St. Jean De Losne
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Avignon

Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Paris

2 sailing dates July 2023 to August 2023
9 Nights From Marseille, to Paris
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Lyon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
9 Nights From Paris, to Marseille
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Lyon

Ultimate France - Bordeaux to Avignon

27 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
21 Nights From Bordeaux, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Christmas in Southern France -Marseille- Marseille

3 sailing dates December 2022 to December 2023
4 Nights From Marseille, to Marseille
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Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

19 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1499pp
Avignon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis (southbound)

11 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
14 Nights From Paris, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Koln

Rhine & Rhône Revealed Southbound

12 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Viviers

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

12 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Amsterdam
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Avignon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Lyon

19 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

29 sailing dates March 2023 to November 2024
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saône

FREE flights from Heathrow or Gatwick and FREE overseas transfers* regional supplements from just £75pp

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