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Avignon, Arles or Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône will be your port of call in Provence if you are cruising on the River Rhône. We can arrange your excursions from these river ports and we can also welcome you at the Marseille-Provence Airport or the Aix-en-Provence or Avignon TGV train stations for a private transfer to your cruise ship (Or for a transfer from your cruise ship to your train or flight when ending your cruise).
• From Avignon, many possibilities are available: A walking tour of Avignon, including a visit to the Palace of the Popes, the medieval city walls, the famous bridge, and a great panoramic view from the top of the Rocher des Doms. Taking a wine tour is also a nice way to spend the day, as Avignon is right in the heart of the « Côtes-du-Rhône » area. Your private tour guide will drive you to beautiful wineries to taste full-bodied red wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, fresh rosé wines in Tavel or sweet muscat in Beaumes-de-Venise.
The town of Orange is the place to go if you are a Roman heritage lover. There, you can see one of most well preserved Roman theaters in the world and a spectacular Roman arch with great sculptures.
Nîmes and Arles are part of this incredible Roman heritage you can enjoy in Provence: Amphitheatres, temples and other Roman remains are visible in these places.
The perched village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the Alpilles mountains are very charming towns in this country famous for its top quality olive oil. An olive oil tasting is highly recommended.
Further east, you can also choose to visit a few hilltop villages in the Luberon such as the magnificent Gordes with its amazing monuments and stone constructions, the colorful Roussillon and its red ochre, and the mysterious Lacoste, dominated by the castle of the Marquis de Sade, or the quite Ménerbes.
The Pont du Gard, a spectacular Roman aqueduct, is also reachable from Avignon, as well as the charming town of Uzes.
• From Arles, the possibilities are about the same as from Avignon with some additional tours of course. We suggest a walking tour of Arles, famous for its Roman heritage: the amphitheatre and the theatre. Arles is also famous for being one of the places where Van Gogh lived and worked in Provence. You can see reproductions of his paintings while touring the town and discover some of these places have not changed much.
Nearby are the Alpilles with the medieval town Les-Baux-de-Provence and across the hill, Saint- Rémy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh spent a year in a mental institution.
Nîmes is another beautiful Roman city where you can see Roman monuments such as the Maison Carrée which is the most well preserved Roman temple in the world, “chatting with” modern architecture like the Carré d’Art designed by Sir Norman Foster in 1993. The Roman amphitheatre of Nimes is also the best preserved in the world!
Furthermore, Arles is the gate to enter the very specific Camargue, an amazing area for wildlife and bird watching lovers (especially pink flamingos). This area is totally different from the rest of Provence and has its own culture making it very interesting and a must-see: paddies, swamps, ponds, huge mountains of salt, long sandy beaches, black bulls and friendly white horses!
• Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône is right in the Camargue region. You will have the opportunity to visit Nîmes and its exceptionally well preserved roman heritage, including the temple La Maison Carrée and the arenas. You can also visit the Alpilles mountains with the hilltop medieval village Les-Baux-de-Provence perched on a rocky spur and the charming town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence where Van Gogh spent a year at the cloister Saint Paul de Mausole to recover from his mental crisis, painting some of his most famous works such as “Starry Night“. It is nowadays a fancy area where the jet-set enjoys mild summers away from paparazzi.