The current Rhône à Sète Canal is a joining of the previously constructed Canal des Étangs, Canal de Beaucaire, and the Canal de la Radelle. The Rhône à Sète Canal is approximately 61 miles long. All along the canal you can observe the plentiful marsh wildlife and professional fishermen. From Avignon to Frontignan Port, we'll first take the Rhône River, arriving in Beaucaire and its port, where we'll begin to cruise the Rhône à Sète Canal. At the foot of the Costières plateau lies Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, its beautiful landscapes, and its splendid 12th-century abbey. Next is the imposing fortified city of Aigues-Mortes and its tumultuous history-- but also the door to the Camargue, its bull-raising and magnificent white horses. Lastly, we'll take the Chemin des Étangs to the Sète port.
DAY 1: ARLES
Boarding at the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew before having dinner. Overnight.
DAY 2: ARLES - GALLICIAN
Full board on board. Guided tour of Arles(3). Discover this cultural center and its Roman ruins, and then travel inland to find out about olive oil production in Provence. Tasting of some local products. Return to the ship. Afternoon: cruising to Gallician, along the Rhône River and the Rhône à Sète Canal. Overnight.
DAY 3: GALLICIAN – AIGUES-MORTES
Full board on board. Excursion to the Camargue. Free time in the splendid city of Sainte-Marie-la-Mer, where we recommend a visit to its fortified church. Afternoon devoted to cruising towards Aigues-Mortes, arriving in the early evening. Overnight.
DAY 4: AIGUES MORTES – PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS
Full board on board. Guided tour of Aigues-Mortes(3). This old, fortified city with a rich heritage is located in the middle of the marshes and is one of the most beautiful sites in Provence. Return to the ship. Afternoon: cruising to Palavas-Les-Flots. Spend some free time discovering the spa resort of Palavas-Les-Flots. Overnight.
DAY 5: PALAVAS-LES-FLOTES – SETE
Full board on board. Guided tour to discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit by wagon. Take part in a bull sorting. Before returning to the boat, we'll have a delicious snack with products coming from the farm. Cruise towards Sète, arriving in the early evening. Overnight.
DAY 6: SETE
Full board on board. Excursion of the Étang De Thau, famous for its shellfish. Visit of the Étang de Thau Museum, where you'll discover the shellfish farmers and fishermen. Taste some of the shellfish while taking in the beauty of the basin from a terrace. Afternoon dedicated to a guided tour of Sète's historical downtown area. We'll continue towards Mont Saint-Clair, and discover its exceptional panoramic view as well as its renowned cross and the Notre-Dame-De-La-Salette chapel. Gala evening. Return to the ship. Overnight.
DAY 7: SETE - Arles
Buffet breakfast on board before disembarking. Coach transfer from Sète to Arles. End of our services.