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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

Lyon

A Fortnight in Burgundy and Provence

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Colours of the Rhône

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

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
10 Nights From Marseille, France, to France , Paris
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Peso Da Régua

Nice to Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery

1 sailing date May 2021
20 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Portugal , Lisbon, Portugal
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Avignon

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Sensations of Lyon

3 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
21 Nights From Lyon, France to Portugal , Lisbon, Portugal
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Lyon

Lisbon to Nice with Three Rivers Discovery

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
20 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to France , Villefranche, France
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Peso Da Régua

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date May 2021
17 Nights From Villefranche, France, France to Portugal , Lisbon, Portugal
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Avignon

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to France , Villefranche, France
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Lyon

Lyon to Viviers

15 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
4 Nights From Lyon, France to Lyon
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Arles

Christmas in Southern France -Marseille to Marseil

2 sailing dates December 2021
4 Nights From Marseille, France, to Marseille, France
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Lyon

Paris with Sensations of Lyon &Provence from paris

7 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
12 Nights From Paris, France to Villefranche, France
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2639pp
Avignon

Aix-en-Provence with Sensations of Lyon & Provence

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Aix-en-Provence, to France , Lyon
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3019pp
Lyon

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence from Avignon

32 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Avignon, France to Lyon
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Lyon

Grand France - Paris to Port Louis (southbound)

12 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Paris, France to Port St. Louis, France
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Lyon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed Southbound

12 sailing dates March 2021 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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Lyon

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

6 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
6 Nights From Arles, France to Sete
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Avignon

French Escapade: Monte-Carlo to Paris - Northbound

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Monte Carlo, to France , Paris
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Koblenz

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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