Enjoy a relaxing cruise with convivial company aboard a privately chartered first-class canal barge. Take in the fabulous scenery and architecture from its bright lounge or sundeck whilst enjoying a relaxing mix of complimentary wines, drinks and French cuisine. Enjoy insightful lectures from your trip scholar, Dr Catherine Sumnall, detailing the social and economic history as well as the landscape of this region from the early modern period to the 19th century.
- Discover a combination of rural Camargue villages and world-class Roman and medieval cities, from the farms and marsh wildlife of the Etang De Thau to the imposing fortified city of Aigues Mortes
- Explore UNESCO-listed Arles, with its superb classical theatre, Roman arena, Romanesque churches, and winding medieval streets
- Delight in small Provencal villages such as the thousand year old Saint Guilhelm-le-Desert, known for its Romanesque Abbey and its treasure trove of restored 12th-century houses
- Enjoy a visit to Avignon and the magnificent Palais du Papes, dating to 1335 and a symbol of the wealth of Western Church during its secondment from Rome in the 14th century
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Tour starts in Sète | Meet at Avignon Station for 2pm | Eurostar tickets available
Day 2: Depart for Etang De Thau | Medieval village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert | UNESCO Abbey of Gellone
Day 3: Cruise towards Palavas-Les-Flots | Afternoon tour to Camargue Ranch | Evening wander through town
Day 4: Meander along the Rhône à Sète Canal | Aigues-Mortes city tour | Train to salt marches & salt museum
Day 5: Journey towards Gallician | Afternoon excursion to Saintes-Marie-De-La-Mer, capital of Camargue
Day 6: Morning cruise on Rhône à Sète and Rhône canals | Visit ancient city of Arles & UNESCO monuments
Day 7: Tour ends after breakfast | Transfer to Avignon Station | Optional Eurostar to London
Day 1: 30 August London to Sète
Day 2: 31 August Sète
Day 3: 1 September Sète - Palavas-Les-Flots
Day 4: 2 September Palavas-Les-Flots - Aigues-Mortes
Day 5: 3 September Aigues-Mortes - Gallician
Day 6: 4 September Gallician - Arles
Day 7: 5 September Arles
Dates and Prices
Prices are in UK£, per person, based on double occupancy
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Twin or double bedded cabin with private bathroom, full board including wine with meals and open bar, all excursions with local guides including entrance fees, transfers, expert leader.
Single supplement £1850
Transport to and from France (see optional train tickets below), premium drinks, laundry service, tips to crew (suggested amount €70 pp).
Optional Eurostar train tickets
Temple World can arrange a group rail ticket on the Eurostar and TGV (changing stations in Lille or Paris) at a good price subject to a minimum of ten people booking the same outbound service. The price for this ranges from around £180 per person to £275 depending on the time and route booked. Please contact us for more details.
Booking your own travel
Clients who would like to travel on different days/times, or who wish to travel from a city other than London are advised to book their own transport, although if travelling out with the main group we can often book a different return date at the same fare. Those making their own arrangements will need to meet at Avignon Station on August 30th for 2pm.
On the last day (5 September) we will leave the barge after breakfast – those who do not need a transfer to Paris must vacate the barge by 9am. Those with earlier flights/trains are welcome to leave earlier if need be.
Very Important! Clients should not make any binding or non-refundable travel arrangements until their place has been confirmed on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure.
No vaccinations are usually recommended for travel to France, as long as travellers are up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine. See your GP or travel health professional at least 4-6 weeks before travel for advice tailored to your personal requirements.
If your passport describes you as a British Citizen you won’t need a visa to enter France if staying under 3 months. If you have another type of British nationality, you should check the current entry requirements on the website of the French Foreign Ministry.
Foreign Office Advice
We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Easy/Moderate. This is a relaxed itinerary, though for those who wish to be more active there are opportunities to walk and cycle. There are no strenuous hikes but whilst sightseeing we might be ‘on the go’ for several hours at a time, without breaks to sit down and rest. It is important that everyone is able to keep up with the group.
Full fitness profile of the tour
Dr Catherine Sumnall
Dr Catherine Sumnall is Admissions Director at Sidney Sussex, with responsibility for the College’s undergraduate admissions, outreach, and student recruitment. Her academic research in historical geography deals with processes of family and household formation in Europe. As Director of Studies in Geography at Sidney for students in all three years, she supervises several topics in human geography. In the current academic year, she will be lecturing in historical geography and in research methods in the Department of Geography.
Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.
Extensions in Paris
We recommend a three-night extension to glorious Paris after your tour. Our top hotel recommendations are the Sydney Opera (Paris), for value in a great location and the Balzac, a boutique four star deluxe property in a quiet street close to the Arc de Triomphe. For unparalleled luxury we recommend one of Paris’ opulent ‘palace’ hotels, Le Meurice, the Plaza Athenée or the Four Seasons George V. Please ask us for a quote.