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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

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

44 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Paris, France to Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

The Rhone And The Saone Reveal

1 sailing date May 2021
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Avignon

Santons And Christmas Traditions In Provence

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
CroisiEurope logo FROM £599pp
Avignon

New Years Eve In The Rhone Valley

1 sailing date December 2020
3 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
CroisiEurope logo FROM £799pp
Avignon

Santons And Christmas Traditions In Provence

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Avignon, France to Avignon
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Avignon

Festive Weekend On The Rhone

1 sailing date November 2020
1 Nights From Arles, France to Arles
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Avignon

Golf Cruise in the South of France

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Arles

Provence: From Arles to Sète

10 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
6 Nights From Arles, France to Sete
CroisiEurope logo FROM £2099pp
Paris

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

7 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

2 sailing dates June 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Provencal Getaway

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
2 Nights From Lyon, France to , Martigues
CroisiEurope logo FROM £499pp
Arles

Provence: From Sète To Arles

11 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
6 Nights From Arles, France to Arles
CroisiEurope logo FROM £2099pp
Avignon

Saône, Rhône, Camargue And The Gates Of Provence

6 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2020
6 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to , Martigues
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5759pp
Paris

Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to Lyon
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Vienne

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

29 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saone

FREE flights and overseas transfers PLUS huge savings of £600!

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Lyon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

33 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saone, France to Arles
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2689pp
Arles

Three Rivers Discovery Nice > Porto

3 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to Portugal , Porto
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