High quality and great value cruising in Provence: Arles to the Mediterranean itinerary
Anne-Marie cruises in Provence, a sun-soaked seven-day, six-night route along the Rhone and Petit Rhone rivers and the Canal Rhone à Sete (alongside the Mediterranean Sea). The cruise includes historic cities and ancient monuments, sea-side towns, a feast of wildlife – one of the most varied and fascinating routes in France.
Elegantly decorated with smart, comfortable and modern furnishings hotel barge Anne-Marie has eleven double cabins, each bookable on an individual basis, with an outside view, air conditioning, TV, radio and safe, and an ensuite shower-room. One of the cabins is on the main deck, avoiding stairs, and is especially equipped for a disabled passenger.
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Hotel Barge Anne-Marie :: Key Features
- Smart class (3*)
- Arles on the River Rhone to Sète on the Canal Rhône à Sète
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October*
- 22 guests / 11 cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- 1 x cabin on main deck for reduced mobility guests
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with Jacuzzi
- Bicycles available
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned coach for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Anne-Marie: Cruise Highlights in Provence
- Guided tour of historic Arles, its Roman amphitheatre, street-cafe culture and inspiration for Van Gogh
- Cruise through the sparkling salt-marshes of the southern Camargue; see the white horses and take part in traditional bull-sorting
- Explore Aigues-Mortes, its fortified city, tumultuous history and today’s lively town
- Delight in fresh sea-food and famous dishes of the region
- Discover the Mediterranean town of Sète, France’s little Venice
6 nights accommodation; transfer from Sète to Arles (or Avignon); all meals and drinks on board (except for Champagne and special wines); excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to Paris; transfer from Arles to Sète; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; tips for the crew (not expected)
Hotel Barge Anne-Marie: Classic Cruise in Provence, from Arles to Sète.
Rivers Rhône and Petit Rhône and the Canal Rhône à Sète
Day 1: Arrival
Board Anne-Marie in Arles at the end of the afternoon. Meet the crew and settle in before a sumptuous dinner on board. Overnight stay in Arles.
Day 2: Arles to Gallician
Morning guided tour of Arles. Discover its Roman ruins, history and cultural life. Then travel inland to find out about olive oil production in Provence and taste some local products. Lunch on board and then cruise to Gallician, along the Rhône and Petit Rhone Rivers, onto the Rhône à Sète Canal. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Gallician.
Day 3: Gallician to Aigues Mortes
Excursion into the Camargue with free time in the splendid city of Sainte-Marie-la-Mer – a visit to its fortified church is recommended Lunch on board and then an afternoon devoted to cruising towards Aigues-Mortes, arriving in the early evening to moor for the night. Dinner on board.
Day 4: Aigues-Mortes to Palavas-les-Flots
Guided tour of Aigues-Mortes. This ancient fortified city has a rich heritage; once the embarkation point for crusades it is now located in the middle of the marshes, one of the most beautiful sites in Provence. Lunch on board and then cruise on to Palavas-Les-Flots to moor for the night. Spend some free time to discover this spa resort before dinner on board.
Day 5: Palavas-les-Flots to Sète
Discover a manade and the life of the Camargue cowboys during a visit by wagon; take part in a bull sorting and enjoy a delicious tasting of local produce. Lunch on board and then cruise towards Sète for the overnight mooring. Dinner on board.
Day 6: Sète
Morning excursion of the Étang de Thau, famous for its oyster beds and other sea-food. Visit of the Étang de Thau Museum and taste some of the shellfish whilst taking refreshment on the terrace. Lunch on board and then a tour of Sète’s historical downtown area, and on to Mont Saint-Clair, its exceptional panoramic views and renowned Notre-Dame-De-La-Salette chapel. Return to Anne-Marie for the farewell gala dinner on board.
Day 7: Sète to Arles
Disembark after breakfast for transfer by coach to Arles (or Avignon) for onward journey.
Please note: this itinerary is subject to change and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Anne-Marie cruises through Camargue and Provence, Southern France
Barge Cruising Region – Camargue and Mediterranean Coast
Canal Rhone a Sete – Etang de Thau – River Rhone (Arles and Avignon)
To the north, the River Rhone rises in the Swiss Alps and is joined by the Saone at Lyon becoming one of Europe’s major waterways, heading due South for the Mediterranean Sea. Voyagers along the river pass by the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape, visiting memorable and famous towns such as Valence, Viviers (a beautiful hilltop medieval village overlooking the river), Avignon (the Bridge and the Pope’s Palace) and finally Arles (where Van Gogh created his most iconic sun-drenched paintings).
In the south, the Petit Rhone branch leaves the Rhone at Arles, part of the Camargue area that is Europe’s largest river delta; between the land and the sea the reed marshes are teeming with wildlife – including over 350 species of waterbirds, flamingos, storks, egrets, wild black bulls and the famous white Camargue horses. Not to be missed, is the fortified crusader town of Aigues Mortes, founded by the French King Saint Louis in 1242.
Heading west from Aigues-Mortes, just metres from the Mediterranean and alongside glorious sandy beaches and passing by the fabulous small city of Montpellier, runs the lock-free Rhone-Sete Canal arriving at France’s own Venetian-style seaport, Sete, and the Etang de Thau large inland lagoon, where waterborne visitors may live like kings on fresh moules marinières and bouziegues oysters, washed down with Muscat wines and Noilly Prat vermouth.
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed hotel. French international airports are located at Toulouse and Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there are European-flight airports at Carcassonne, Montpellier and Lyon. There are also TGV express train stations at Avignon, Montpellier and Toulouse; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.
– [below] In the region: Sete, Mediterranean, Camargue, Van Gogh/Arles, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Aigues-Mortes –
Hotel Barge Anne-Marie: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 128ft x 17ft
- All cabins: 110 sq ft including the bathrooms
- Twin beds only
- Fully Air Conditioned
- Sun Deck with loungers, parasols, Jacuzzi and BBQ
- Dining Room, Bar, Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Professional English and French speaking crew of 5
Other items on board:
- TV and radio
- 220v Electricity
- Air Conditioning
- Telephone (for internal calls)
Hotel Barge Anne-Marie: Cuisine
One of the highlights of the cruise is the outstanding cuisine prepared by superb French chefs. Guests can indulge in three- or four-course lunches and dinners offering a variety of French and regional dishes that complement the region in which they are travelling. Guests also enjoy a selection of wines with their meals as well as at the bar (*excluding Champagne, special wines and fine brandies).
Cabin and Charter bookings
Friday to Thursday
Regular rate weeks:
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
July 1, 8 , 15, 22, 29
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19
Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 1,992 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 861 EUR
Charter for up to 22 guests: 29,900 EUR
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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