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2019 2020

Christmas traditions and santons of Provence

5 Days - NAF_XMASPP
# Description

Cruise

Avignon - AIGUES-MORTES - ARLES - TARASCON - AVIGNON

Experience Christmas in Provence on a cruise. From Aigues-Mortes to Avignon, be enchanted by the magic of the provincial Christmas markets. Warm up your heart as you visit a traditional candle factory and revel in the Christmas spirit!

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THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Aigues Mortes, medieval city
    • Le Paradou and its legendary santons
    • Avignon and its lights enchantment

Route

Day 1

Avignon - AIGUES MORTES

Transfer by coach from Avignon to Aigues Mortes. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. Enjoy a "Christmas traditions”-themed evening.

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Day 2

AIGUES MORTES - ARLES

We'll leave by coach in the morning to visit Aigues-Mortes. In the Middle Ages, the city began as a settlement of reed huts, with its inhabitants making their living from fishing, hunting and salt production from the small marshes along the shore. Much later, it became a fortified city because of its strategic location and is now one of the most beautiful historical sites in Provence. We'll finish our tour with a tasting of the traditional sweet fougasse: a delicious light, flat brioche with a subtle orange blossom flavor. Enjoy some free time to explore the town before heading back to the ship. Afternoon spent cruising towards Arles, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy a Christmas-themed evening on board.

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Day 3

ARLES - TARASCON

This morning, we'll head to Le Paradou to visit a museum displaying more than 400 different santons (hand-painted nativity figurines traditional to the Provence region). La Petite Provence du Paradou is reputed to be one of the largest nativities in the world. We'll then return to Arles and visit the santon exhibition and tradeshow, displaying almost 300 years of this local tradition—from the very first models to the latest creations. After our visit, we'll return to the ship and cruise towards Tarascon. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Souleiado Museum(1). A walk through the museum is a feast for the eyes and an authentic experience tracing the 360 years of Provençal patterns and prints. Enjoy a "Christmas Carols”-themed evening.

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Day 4

TARASCON - AVIGNON

We'll spend this morning cruising towards Avignon. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. Avignon was one of the most important cities in Europe during the Middle Ages, and the official residence of nine popes in the 14th and 15th centuries. After our tour, we'll return to the ship. Tonight is our festive gala dinner and evening.

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Day 5

AVIGNON

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

Formalities

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - the excursions mentioned in the program - transfer by coach Avignon/Aigues-Mortes on D1 - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

All drinks - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

3 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Aigues-Mortes Arles and its Santons Souleiado Museum Avignon and its Christmas Markets
Classic

Souleiado Museum

Join us for a guided tour of the Souleiado Museum, located in the former townhouse that was home to the colorful motif print factory at the origin of the celebrated Provençal fabrics.  We’ll learn about the history of the first fabr...

Duration 3h00 Classic

Avignon and the Papal Palace

We'll leave for a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. Avignon was one of the most important cities in Europe during the Middle Ages, and the official residence of nine popes in the 14th and 15th centuries. We'll then head to the Hall...

Duration 3h00 Classic

Arles and the santon makers

We’ll leave by coach for Paradou to visit the museum displaying more than 400 different santons—traditional, handmade figures used in local nativity scenes that represent 55 various characters from traditional Provencal village life. Each...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

(1) Replacing the candle maker, which is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Ask for detailed itinerary of the opposite-direction cruise, ref FAN_XMASPP.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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