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Christmas Traditions and Santons
(Nativity Scene Figurines) of Provence

5 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
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. Enjoy an evening of Christmas traditions.
 
DAY 2: AIGUES MORTES - ARLES
Morning, our ship will sail towards Aigues-Mortes. Afternoon, join us for the excursion proposed: A visit of Aigues-Mortes by coach. 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, ?at brioche with a subtle orange ?ower flavor. You’ll have some free time to explore before heading back to the ship. In the end of afternoon,our ship will sail towards Arles, arriving in the evening. This evening’s dinner will have a holiday theme.
 
DAY 3: ARLES - TARASCON
Morning, join us for the excursion proposed: A visit of the museum displaying more than 400 different santons in Paradou. La Petite Provence du Paradou is reputed to be one of the largest nativities in the world. Each remarkable, life-like santon is based on a character from the books of Alphonse Daudet and Marcel Pagnol. 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 by foot. Our ship will sail towards Tarascon. In the afternoon, join us for the excusion proposed: A visit of a candle factory (1) to discover the unique scents and colors of this traditional craftsmanship. This evening’s dinner will have a holiday theme.
 
DAY 4: TARASCON - AVIGNON
Morning, our ship will sail towards Avignon. In the afternoon, join us for the excursion proposed: A guided tour of Avignon, 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 visit the Christmas Market, where you'll discover santons: hand-painted nativity figurines traditional to the Provence region. Afterwards, we'll have a look at the large nativity scene at the town hall and then head to the local market (2) to discover the regional holiday treats. After our tour, we’ll return to the ship by foot. Our ship will sail towards Tarascon, arriving in late afternoon. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.
 
DAY 5: AVIGNON
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
River Cruise Highlights
  • Avignon and its lights enchantment
  • Arles and its legendary santons
  • Aigues Mortes, medieval city
All This Included
  • All meals included
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Anne-Marie
Notes
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The itinerary is subject to mooring availability at locks or ports, and may be modified as necessary.
  • (1) Closed on saturdays and sundays.
  • 2) Closed on mondays and afternoons.
  • Ask for detailed itinerary of the opposite-direction cruise. 
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Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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