Around 4 pm, you will board the MAM GOZ moored on the Rhône River in Avignon. After you settle in, you can rest on board or enjoy a walk along the banks or in the center of the beautiful town of Avignon, the famous ‘Popes City’. Then, it will be time for welcome champagne and drinks, meet the crew and learn more about your itinerary. We will have prepared a succulent meal, that our chef will serve after the special “mise en bouche”!
The morning begins with a guided visit to the famous Palais des Papes. Capital of the western Christian world in the fourteenth century. Avignon presents an exceptional set of monuments, beautiful squares, remarkable mansions, winding alleys and fashion boutiques. After lunch in a specially selected restaurant, you will have time for a spot of shopping in Avignon. We will then cruise the Rhône River, arriving at the small village of Vallabrègues.
You will enjoy discovering steep hills in the heart of Provence: the Alpilles. Visit ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’, a fortified medieval city with its winding streets, shady terraces and imposing fortress. Then, you will meet the true star of the Alpilles: the delicious olive oil produced by the Moulin de Castelas. After lunch, on a typical small village square, you will discover Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Packed with fashionable boutiques and art galleries. During your cruise to Arles, you will pass an impressive lock with a height difference of 14 m.
How can the magic of Arles be explained? Does it come from the light that once so dazzled Van Gogh? The impressive architectural vestiges since the Roman epoc that are the legacy of successive generations? You will find the answers thanks to the insights of your guide during the visit to this marvellous city of Provence. Lunch will be taken in a typical restaurant. Then, you will navigate the Petit Rhône, one of the arms of the delta du Rhône which encloses the Camargue. Before ending the day in Saint-Gilles, famous for its pilgrimage developed since the 11th century.
Today you will explore the heart of Camargue with a visit to a traditional horse and bull breeding farm. Their motto is: “Rustique & Authentique”. What else? You will share a unique moment with local guides to understand the traditions and life in Camargue. Either on a cart filled with straw or on a horse, you will approach the animals to feed them in their natural environment. After a “déjeuner” on board, you will go to the capital of the Camargue. Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer with its fortified church which is famous for its gypsy’s pilgrimage. Depending on the season, you may enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon, back on board, comfortably relaxing on the upper deck, you will discover a part of the Camargue with its white horses and bulls living among the reeds and ponds.
In the morning, you will navigate the Canal du Rhône à Sète and enjoy the wild and preserved Camargue, one of Europe’s largest wetlands reserves. Followed by a stop in Aigues-Mortes, founded by King Saint-Louis to harbour on the Mediterranean Sea. After lunch in a specially selected restaurant, you will be enchanted for more than 3 hours, by the magic of the “Salins d’Aigues-Mortes”. In a 4×4, accompanied by a local guide, you will discover inaccessible places, fauna and flora that you will not see anywhere else. Visit of Aigues-Mortes: this beautiful touristic city remains surrounded by medieval ramparts.
After breakfast transfer to the airport or railway stations in Montpellier.