Christmas traditions and santons (nativity scene figurines) of Provence

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AVIGNON - TARASCON - ARLES - AIGUES MORTES - Avignon

DAY 1: AVIGNON

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. Enjoy a “Christmas traditions”-themed evening.

DAY 2: AVIGNON - TARASCON

Join us for a guided tour of Avignon, one of the most important cities in Europe during the Middle Ages, and the official residence of nine popes in the 14th and 15th centuries. While visiting the Christmas Market, we’ll discover santons: hand-painted nativity figurines traditional to the Provence region. Afterwards, we'll have a look at the large nativity scene at the Town Hal and then head to the Halles market (1) to discover the regional holiday treats. After our tour, we’ll return to the ship and cruise towards Tarascon.

DAY 3: TARASCON - ARLES - AIGUES MORTES

We’ll set out to visit a candle factory (1) and discover the unique scents and colors of this traditional craftsmanship. The afternoon will be spent cruising to Arles. Upon arrival, we'll head to Paradou to visit the museum displaying more than 400 different santons. La Petite Provence du Paradou is reputed to be one of the largest nativities in the world. We’ll then return to Arles and visit the santon exhibition and tradeshow, displaying almost 300 years of this local tradition. After our visit, we'll return to the ship on foot. Enjoy a “Christmas Carols”-themed evening.

DAY 4: AIGUES-MORTES

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Aigues-Mortes. Join us to visit the city by coach in the afternoon. We’ll finish our tour with a tasting of the traditional sweet fougasse: a delicious light, ?at brioche with a subtle orange ?ower flavor. Enjoy some free time to explore the town before heading back to the ship. Tonight is our festive gala evening and dinner.

DAY 5: AIGUES-MORTES - Avignon

 Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer to Avignon. End of our services.

 

 

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. (1) The Halles in Avignon: closed on Mondays and afternoons. The candle factory: closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Ask for detailed itinerary of the opposite-direction cruise. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
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Transfer from Aigues-Mortes to Avignon on D5 INCLUDED.

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