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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

Arles

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

8 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Lyon

Springtime on the Rhone

2 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Provencal Rhone and the Camargue

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Scenic Rhone to the Mediterranean

2 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence

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

Rhone River-Sailing the South of France-NGC Expert

1 sailing date July 2020
10 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon

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Avignon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Arles

15 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Arles, France to Chalon-Sur-Saône
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Avignon

Essence of Burgundy & Provence from Chalon-sur-Sao

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Chalon-Sur-Saône, France to Arles
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Lyon

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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Salamanca

Three Rivers Discovery Porto > Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Nice
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Breisach

Rhine & Rhone Nice > Amsterdam

3 sailing dates March 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to , Amsterdam
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam > Nice

5 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Arles
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Lyon

Roundtrip Porto

6 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
5 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Colours Of Provence With Cote D’Azur And Geneva

1 sailing date July 2021
12 Nights From Monte Carlo, to Geneva
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Lyon

Colours of Provence Avignon to Lyon

2 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Vienna

From Burgundy to the Camargue

4 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Burgundy and Provence with 2 Nights in Paris

18 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
9 Nights From Paris, France to St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Colors Of Provence - Lyon to Avignon

13 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
7 Nights From Lyon, France to Avignon
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2149pp
Avignon

Colors Of Provence - Avignon to Lyon

15 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Paris

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,200 per couple!

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