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2021

Southern France and the Wild Camargue

7 Days - APS_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

AIGUES-MORTES - PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS - SETE - PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS - AIGUES-MORTES

An enchanting cruise where breathtaking scenery and rich history await. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere aboard our intimate barge as we cruise gently past some of the most breathtaking sceneries Southern France has to offer. Discover the natural salt marshes in Aigues-Mortes before experiencing the work of the herders in a traditional manade and tasting some local delicacies. Stroll through the charming town of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and enjoy the famous shellfish in Étang De Thau. The traditional fishing district of Sète is a great place to learn about Mediterranean life. We’ll visit the splendid Maguelone Peninsula where untouched nature meets fascinating history. A safari through the wild Camargue is an invigorating addition to this captivating cruise—a perfect balance between the deep cultural heritage and thriving nature found in this exceptional corner of France.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Southern France and the Camargue through this exclusive itinerary, with a set of custom excursions expertly crafted for an authentic and original experience
  • Navigate through exceptionally rich fauna and flora
  • Moor alongside awe-inspiring sailboats in the legendary port of Sète and opposite the medieval walls surrounding the old, fortified town of Aigues-Mortes
  • An intimate, relaxing experience aboard our small barge, in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature
  • Dedicated and highly attentive crew members

Route

Day 1

AIGUES-MORTES

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m.

Take advantage of our exceptional mooring in Aigues-Mortes to enjoy breathtaking views of the old, fortified part of town.

We'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner on board.

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Day 2

AIGUES-MORTES - PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS

Excursion proposed: Visit the salt marshes and taste local wines at the Salin du Midi salt company in Aigues-Mortes(1).

We'll take you “off the beaten path” for a walk through salt marshes with a nature guide. The Salin d'Aigues-Mortes offers magical scenery among its out-of-this-world pink salt lakes serving as a true sanctuary for hundreds of protected animal species. Your guide will bring you to the unusual, almost secret locations at the heart of the exceptionally rich flora and fauna of Camargue, all while describing the ins and outs of salt harvesting in the largest Mediterranean salt marsh. Over 200 species of plants and birds coexist in the area. The marshes are home to about 10,000 flamingos, making it the largest French reserve for this iconic, majestic bird.

Afterwards, we'll visit a wine cellar where a cellar master will detail every step that goes in making the carefully-crafted local wines. Of course, we’ll have a taste before we return on board.*

We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Palavas-Les-Flots. We'll travel along the small canal, bordered by wild bulls and horses roaming the high grass, and continue to the Canal du Rhone-à-Sète. Endless salt marshes extend on each side of the canal as flamingos flap their wings around the vast lakes in the typical Camargue landscape, itself a true haven for wildlife. We'll reach solid ground in Palavas-Les-Flots.

Tonight, take advantage of some free time to experience Palavas-Les-Flots, a three-century-old seaside resort. Known to French locals as the "Queen of the Mediterranean beaches," the town brims with old gems and newer additions to its cityscape. While ambling down streets filled with the aromas of fresh herbs and local produce from the market stalls, you'll walk past ancient narrow, two-level houses that were built to accommodate fishermen and their families—testimony to the history of what was once a charming fishing village that became a renowned seaside resort, all the while maintaining its friendly, small-scale atmosphere.

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Excursion proposed: A traditional evening in a manade(1).

Discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit and take part in the sorting of the bulls. This is a true invitation to discover the daily life of a family-run business honoring age-old human-animal bonding. We'll enjoy cocktails and live music before indulging in traditional delicacies over dinner.

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Day 3

PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS - SETE

Excursion proposed: Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert(1).

We'll leave by coach with our guide and head to the Pont du Diable bridge, located in the heart of the Gorges de l'Hérault. The source of many legends, the “Devil's Bridge” spans the Hérault River at its narrowest point. We'll continue to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. This small medieval town is also part of the Way of St. James, and a stroll through its picturesque streets will lead you to Gellone Abbey, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we'll stop off at a Languedoc wine cellar for a visit followed by a tasting.* After our excursion, we'll return on board the ship.

We'll cruise towards Sète, arriving at the end of the afternoon.

During this time, revel in the changing scenery—from long beaches bordering the Mediterranean Sea to rows of rustic fishermen huts—as we get closer to the sea and our destination: the port of Sète, where our barge will moor next to stunning sailboats and you’ll be only a few steps away from downtown. Today a vast, cosmopolitan town and the largest fishing port on the French Mediterranean coast, Sète has been nurturing its passionate connection with the sea ever since its harbor was built in the 17th century. Over the decades, the city has managed to retain its charm and traditions while new additions have been made to the architecture, with attractive buildings housing shops, restaurants, and bars along the edges of the many crisscrossing canals in the city.

Excursion proposed: The Étang de Thau(1).

We'll leave by coach for the Étang de Thau, the largest lagoon in the region and second largest in France. The area is well known for its history of oyster and shellfish farming. We'll visit the Thau Lake Museum, which outlines the lives of fishermen and presents the various tasks involved in shellfish farming. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a guided tasting of some of the shellfish as we take in the beauty from a patio facing the lagoon. After our excursion, we'll return to our barge.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 4

SETE

Your day is free, so enjoy Sète at your own pace.

This evening, join us for an excursion: The Pointe Courte fishing district(1).

To Sète locals, fishing is more than a hobby, it is a way of life. Join us this evening for a stroll through the Pointe Courte sector, Sète's historic fishing district. The original village was made up of modest huts, built by the very first Étang de Thau fishermen to sustain their basic housing needs. Even though the years have passed and the district has developed, the Pointe Courte has managed to hold on to its authenticity and distinctive charm. Our tour will take you down the district's meandering, quaint streets lined with colorful houses while our guide recounts anecdotes from yesteryear. The typical and joyful atmosphere even inspired French filmmaker Agnès Varda to make a movie about the quarter in the 1950s. After our tour, we'll head back downtown to experience the ambiance around the port one last time before we return on board.

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Day 5

SETE - PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS

Enjoy a parting view of the port as we leave Sète this morning. The long, golden beaches bordering the Mediterranean Sea are a stunning sight. Wilderness will slowly take over the surrounding landscapes again as we move further away from the sea until we reach solid ground again in Palavas-Les-Flots.

Excursion proposed: The Maguelone Isthmus(1).

This former volcanic island has been inhabited throughout history.

The island’s cathedral, rebuilt by the Bishop of Maguelone in the 12th century after being abandoned for three centuries, served as a place of worship as much as a refuge for numerous pontiffs who fled to France amidst political and ecclesiastical turmoil in Italy. After being abandoned again in the 16th century and left to decay, it was sold and classified as a historic monument in the 19th century, allowing for the serious restoration project it deserved. For the last 50 years, a work assistance center based at the cathedral has been helping adults with learning disabilities find jobs. Maguelone is also home to a vast vineyard that we'll tour with a guide, who will tell us about the various steps to winemaking before we sample their organic range.* We'll finish up our tour with a walk to the heart of the historic section of the domain, spread around the wooded park surrounding the cathedral. This is the chance to learn even more about the isthmus and its wildlife—you may be lucky enough to cross paths with one of the majestic peacocks roaming freely around the preserved grounds! After our excursion, we'll return on board the ship.

Tonight, take advantage of some free time to experience Palavas-Les-Flots, a three-century-old seaside resort. Known to French locals as the "Queen of the Mediterranean beaches," the town brims with old gems and newer additions to its cityscape. While ambling down streets filled with the aromas of fresh herbs and local produce from the market stalls, you'll walk past ancient narrow, two-level houses that were built to accommodate fishermen and their families—testimony to the history of what was once a charming fishing village that became a renowned seaside resort, all the while maintaining its friendly, small-scale atmosphere.

OR

Excursion proposed: A traditional evening in a manade(1).

Discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit and take part in the sorting of the bulls. This is a true invitation to discover the daily life of a family-run business honoring age-old human-animal bonding. We'll enjoy cocktails and live music before indulging in traditional delicacies over dinner.

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Day 6

PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS - AIGUES-MORTES

We'll spend this morning cruising towards Aigues-Mortes. We'll start cruising along the Canal du Rhone-à-Sète. On each side of the canal, endless salt marshes extend and flamingos flap their wings around the vast lakes—a landscape typical of the Camargue, itself a true haven for wildlife. We'll then reach the small canal, bordered by wild bulls and horses roaming the high grass.

Excursion proposed in the afternoon: Safari in the Camargue in a four-wheel-drive vehicle(1).

Join us for an exciting jaunt into the heart of the wilderness, far from the touristic spots. From the Petite to the Grande Camargue, our local guide will drive you through the various sections that make up this rich natural region. On board a four-wheel-drive vehicle, we'll head for the heart of the Regional Nature Park of the Camargue among marshes, rice fields, lagoons and canals populated by a diversity of wildlife such as egrets, herons and, of course, emblematic flamingos. After our invigorating tour, we'll recharge our batteries by tasting local delicacies paired with excellent wine, of course.* After our excursion, we'll return on board the ship.

Take advantage of our exceptional mooring in Aigues-Mortes to enjoy breathtaking views of the old, fortified part of town.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 7

AIGUES-MORTES

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2021
Departure 10/01/2021
Arrival 10/07/2021
FROM $ 3,122 PP
Ship : MS Anne-Marie Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/08/2021
Arrival 10/14/2021
FROM $ 3,122 PP
Ship : MS Anne-Marie Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/15/2021
Arrival 10/21/2021
Sold out
Ship : MS Anne-Marie Ship category : PREMIUM
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Departure 10/22/2021
Arrival 10/28/2021
FROM $ 3,122 PP
Ship : MS Anne-Marie Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/29/2021
Arrival 11/04/2021
Sold out
Ship : MS Anne-Marie Ship category : PREMIUM
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* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - the excursions mentioned in the program -  gala evening - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points.

Shore Excursions

The salt marshes and taste local wines in Aigues-Mortes

We'll take you “off the beaten path” for a walk through salt marshes with a nature guide. The Salin d'Aigues-Mortes offers magical scenery among its out-of-this-world pink salt lakes serving as a true sanctuary for hundreds of pro...

Duration 3h00 Classic
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Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Devil's Bridge

We'll depart from Sète by coach with our guide towards the Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge), located at the heart of the Hérault Gorges. We'll then discover Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, listed as one of the most beautiful...

Duration 4h30 Classic
See more

The Maguelone Isthmus

This former volcanic island has been inhabited throughout history. The island’s cathedral, rebuilt by the Bishop of Maguelone in the 12th century after being abandoned for three centuries, served as a place of worship as much as a refuge for nu...

Duration 4h00 Classic
See more

Traditional evening in a manade

Discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit and take part in the sorting of the bulls. This is a true invitation to discover the daily life of a family-run business honoring age-old human-animal bonding. We'll enjoy cocktails and...

Duration 3h00 Classic
See more

Sète The Pointe Courte fishing district

To Sète locals, fishing is more than a hobby, it is a way of life. Join us this evening for a stroll through the Pointe Courte sector, Sète's historic fishing district. The original village was made up of modest huts, built by the v...

Duration 4h00 Classic
See more

Visit the Etang de Thau

The Etang De Thau is well known for its shellfish. We'll visit the Etang de Thau Museum, where you'll learn about the shellfish farmers and fishermen. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a commented tasting of some of the shellfish while taking in t...

Duration 2h15 Classic
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''Safari'' in the Camargue

Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides who will share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. You'll cross the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, a nationally designa...

Duration 4h00 Discovery
See more

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Devil's Bridge

We'll depart from Sète by coach with our guide towards the Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge), located at the heart of the Hérault Gorges. We'll then discover Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, listed as one of the most beautiful...

Duration 4h30 Classic
See more

The Maguelone Isthmus

This former volcanic island has been inhabited throughout history. The island’s cathedral, rebuilt by the Bishop of Maguelone in the 12th century after being abandoned for three centuries, served as a place of worship as much as a refuge for nu...

Duration 4h00 Classic
See more

Visit the Etang de Thau

The Etang De Thau is well known for its shellfish. We'll visit the Etang de Thau Museum, where you'll learn about the shellfish farmers and fishermen. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a commented tasting of some of the shellfish while taking in t...

Duration 2h15 Classic
See more

Sète The Pointe Courte fishing district

To Sète locals, fishing is more than a hobby, it is a way of life. Join us this evening for a stroll through the Pointe Courte sector, Sète's historic fishing district. The original village was made up of modest huts, built by the v...

Duration 4h00 Classic
See more

The salt marshes and taste local wines in Aigues-Mortes

We'll take you “off the beaten path” for a walk through salt marshes with a nature guide. The Salin d'Aigues-Mortes offers magical scenery among its out-of-this-world pink salt lakes serving as a true sanctuary for hundreds of pro...

Duration 3h00 Classic
See more

Traditional evening in a manade

Discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit and take part in the sorting of the bulls. This is a true invitation to discover the daily life of a family-run business honoring age-old human-animal bonding. We'll enjoy cocktails and...

Duration 3h00 Classic
See more

''Safari'' in the Camargue

Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides who will share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. You'll cross the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, a nationally designa...

Duration 4h00 Discovery
See more

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.


For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

(1) Our excursions are guaranteed for a minimum of 14 persons, below this base you may pay a fare readjustement.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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