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le phenicien - provence camargue
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Phenicien - provence camargueCanal Barge in France
"This was definitely the trip of a lifetime and the crew made it all come together.
We loved the trip and we loved the crew."
THE 18 PASSENGER BARGE phenicien
9 cabins separated in 3 sets of 3 cabins are situated on the lower deck.. 3 of them are queen-bedded cabins and 6 others can be set up as twin-bedded or king-bedded cabins. All cabins on the Phenicien feature en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning with individual control, superior bedding. On the main deck. The sun of Provence will gently warm you up through the large panoramic windows as you take a little nap or sip a drink in the vast lounge. A bit further in a modern Provencal decor you will find the bar and the dining room. A restroom is also available.
itinerary - Avignon – Aigues-Mortes
Transfer from a defined picking point to Le Phénicien which is moored close to the Avignon ramparts. It is time for a little nap or a free visit of the city. Our first dinner on board gives an indication of the high standard of cuisine that will be served during the cruise and the accompanying wines have been specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.
History and wines are our centers of interest today. We first take a guided tour to learn about the religious and artistic importance of the city’s prestigious past with the palace of the Popes' visit. Then a first nice lunch cruise takes us closer to one of the best cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where we have a guided visit followed by a wine tasting. This evening we sail to Villeneuve les Avignon where we will stay overnight. The wines tasted in the morning are back on the table at dinner!
This morning the gigantic Roman aqueduct “Le Pont du Gard”, its recently made-up site and its modern museum are waiting for you. After this intriguing guided visit we get back to the barge and sail down to Vallabrègues a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest, have a bike ride or play "pétanque" under the plane trees.
Spots of legend are many in the surroundings and after breakfast, we will visit the charming mediaeval village of Les Baux de Provence and take some time to shop around!
Back to the barge we pass through the huge 36 feet high lock of Beaucaire and sail down to Arles, the open-air Museum of Provence.
Our guided visit in Arles this morning will delve deep into antiquity and, at the same time, unravel the joys and despair of Van Gogh who painted 300 canvases during his year here in 1888.
The most impressive navigation is for today heading for the Camargue! We cruise the Rhône River, the petit Rhône and the canal to reach the quiet and typical village of Gallician.
For our last day of excursion, what would you say about a nice trip to visit the wild Camargue? There we reach a "manade", a typical ranch, where the "gardians", the local authentic cowboys, show us how they tend the herds of bulls on their superb white horses. Our final destination is Aigues-Mortes, a 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape from which St Louis set sail on his Holly Crusades. The Camargue never fails to surprise and welcomes us for our farewell dinner!
SATURDAYAfter breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
individual or charter
price in US$ on request
9 to 12 passengers
group of 13 passengers
group of 14 passengers
group of 15 passengers
group of 16 passengers
group of 17 passengers
group of 18 passengers
6 nights all inclusive
17 Mar-27 Apr
14 Jul-10 Aug
US$ 3640 per person
6 nights all inclusive
28 Apr-11 May
23 Jun-13 Jul
29 Sep-19 0ct
US$ 4170 per person
6 nights all inclusive
12 May-22 Jun
25 Aug-28 Sept
US$ 4520 per person
wine, golf, cooking, bike cruise on request
Price for Phenicien includes:
One week cruise from Sunday evening to next Saturday after breakfast, six nights aboard, all meals with beverages, transfers, excursions, facilities of the boat, full open bar.
These rates do not include:• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)
To avoid currency exchange fees
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.