Camargues & Arles

  Your day trip will start in Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage site, capital in Roman times and religious centre in the Middle Ages. You will love visiting the Roman arenas, the Great Amphitheater dating back to the 1st century as well as the St Trophime’s church among a few other impressive monuments.

   Your will then drive to Saintes-Maries-de- la-Mer, along the Camargue region, a light-drenched landscape, where the sea blends in with the sky.

   Discover the reliquaries of the two saints (Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome) in the upper chapel decorated with Louis XV panelling or relax and appreciate this seaside resort for its vast beaches and marina.

   Deluxe Experts are able to propose a customized tour of this major area of Provence

Included / Not included

Included : Knowledgeable english speaking driver and private car service, transport expenses
Not included : any entrance to museums or other activities when touring, driver’s meal, food and beverage, gratuity


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Stop 1
Arles

Arles is a lively provencal town dating back to the 7th century BC that was a major Gallo-Roman city. The major Roman sites, such as the Arena and the Theater, are integrated into the houses and buildings of the town. Feeling inspired by all these landmarks and Arles’s environment, Van Gogh had his most prolific period during his stay in this town.

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Stop 2
Routes en Camargue

You will be enchanted by discovering what Camargue has to offer such as pink flamingos, rice fields and beautiful vineyards. Admire the vast open spaces that are home to herds of black bulls with distinctive curved horns and galloping white horses.

Stop 3
Saintes Maries de la Mer

The village was built between sky and sea, where the Rhone meets the Mediterranean Sea. In the shade of its Romanesque steeple, visitors can stroll through the narrow paved streets, following the tracks of the pilgrims and appreciate this light-drenched landscape

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Restaurants
La Chassagnette

Sensational food from Armand Arnal. For an ambrosial summer experience, eat under the fig trees at dusk. When it’s truly dark, sip on white La Dilettante while indulging in honey roasted white peach…

 

L’Hôtel Particulier

The decor has a sleek design, refinement and is immaculately white. As for the food, it has plenty of colour, quality, seasonal ingredients, bold flavours – and great taste. At lunchtime, the chef’s offerings are simpler.

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Domaine Mas de Rey

Nestling among Roman remains and a chapel formerly owned by the Knights Templar, this vineyard in Arles covers 148 acres. Domaine du Mas de Rey produces multiple award-winning wines whose praises are sung in all the top guides. The Domain is committed to producing wines with medicinal qualities, in cooperation with top wine and health research institutes

 

Chèvrerie du Mas Doutreleau

Claudine Malbosc Espigue raise 60 Alpine goats at their farm, fed on AOC hay from the plain of La Crau and cereals. Their delicious and diverse cheese selection includes such magical names as the “Caphanais” (sold fresh, creamy or ripe), the “Pèbre d’Ai”, the “Gardian” and the “Tome d’Arles”. Farm visitors can of course enjoy free tasting.

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Horse ride in La Camargue from Manade

Les Arnelles Riding Stables can offer walking, rambling, rides out on horseback, visits to the Camargue Nature Reserve with its bulls and pink flamingos, visits to the “Manades” ranches and the Festival d’Abrivado.

 

Les Alyscamps

From the Gallo-Roman period up to the end of the Middle Ages, the Alyscamps (“Champs-Élysées”) was one of the most prestigious necropolises in the West.