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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Le Phénicien' - Canal du Rhône à Séte and Rhône River 2017

7 Days from TBA

Limited to 18 guests

Luxurious 'Le Phénicien' floats lazily along the waterways of the Carmargue, meandering through Province and the Languedoc wine region, passing stunning countryside and local residents going about their daily activities. Disembark for a visit to medieval, cliff-top Les Baux-de-Provence, taste award-winning wines at Châteauneuf-du-Pape; visit the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and take a private tour of the historic Palais des Papes in Avignon. Itineraries with unique themes, such as cooking, cycling, golf or wine appreciation can be arranged for parties with special interests.
'Le Phénicien' - Canal du Rhône à Séte and Rhône River Vessel

Vessel Information

127 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating

Capacity for 18 with 9 suites: 6 queen and 3 twin, each with en suite bathroom and all outward-facing

Salon offers flat-screen TV, stereo system and assortment of CDs

Two sundecks, one shaded for comfortable al fresco dining

8 all-terrain bicycles provided

Internet accessible

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan
Day 1

Meet in Nîmes for transfer to ‘Le Phénicien,’ moored in Aigues-Mortes. After a welcome reception, explore this 14th-century walled city before your first gourmet dinner on board.

'Le Phénicien'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Cruise to the Camargue this morning, heading east on the Canal du Rhône à Sète that links the Petit Rhône with the étangs (inland seas) dotting the Mediterranean coast. Moor in the quiet village of Gallician before visiting a prestigious manade (ranch) where local cowboys on white horses demonstrate how they tend their herds of bulls.

'Le Phénicien'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

An unforgettable cruise takes you to the Roman city of Arles, the "open-air museum" of Provence. Join your guide to explore the haunts of Vincent Van Gogh, who painted a myriad of canvases here in 1888.

'Le Phénicien'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

While cruising the mighty Rhône River, ‘Le Phénicien’ passes through the 36-foot-high lock at Beaucaire en route to Aramon, where a lively game of pétanque awaits. In the afternoon, visit medieval Les Baux-de-Provence, dramatically set atop a rocky plateau of the Alpilles.

'Le Phénicien'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

After breakfast, cruise to historic Villeneuve-lès-Avignon for a guided excursion to the Pont du Gard. This masterpiece of Roman engineering is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an informative museum showcasing the historic significance of the magnificent tri-level aqueduct.

'Le Phénicien'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

This morning, visit one of the best cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a guided visit and wine tasting. Reboard the barge for a lunchtime cruise to the walled city of Avignon, with its Palais des Papes that served as a fortress as well as a palace. With walls that are 13 feet thick in some places and defensive towers reaching to 165 feet, the Palais des Papes remains a symbol of the time when Avignon was the fortified center of the Christian world. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner to mark your last evening on board 'Le Phénicien.'

'Le Phénicien'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Avignon, where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 12-17 guests.

Cooking, cycling, golf and wine theme cruises available for Private Charters (supplements may apply).

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