Discover Provence’s exotic beauty and ancient roots on a full-day tour of Aigues-Mortes, Camargue and Arles from Avignon. In a small group, travel into the saltwater marshes of Petite Camargue to visit the striking cities of Aigues-Morte and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and to spy abundant wildlife like herons, flamingos and wild white horses. Then head to UNESCO-listed town of Arles – the city famously captured by Van Gogh in paintings like Le café de nuit.
Day trip to Aigues-Mortes and Arles in the Camargue, from Avignon
Delve deep into the beautiful Camargue countryside with a professional guide
Take a 1-hour train ride out into the salt marshes of Aigues-Mortes
Discover Aigues-Mortes, Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and the UNESCO-listed city of Arles
Enjoy plenty of free time to explore at your leisure
Admire diverse wildlife such as herons, swans, flamingos, black bulls and white horses
Numbers limited to eight people, ensuring a small-group experience
Your 9-hour tour of southern France’s Camargue countryside begins with morning pickup by minivan from your Avignon hotel. Enjoy scenic views of water intersecting with land as you travel through the Camargue, an enormous river delta spotted with ancient settlements, red salt lagoons and salty marshes. Spot wild horses, bulls, swans and the region’s signature pink flamingoes as you make your way to the first stop, the medieval city of Aigues-Mortes.
With your expert guide, wander the winding streets of Aigues-Mortes to view the grand city wall – a superbly preserved example of 13th-century military fortification – and learn about the city’s storied past. Admire impressive venues like Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons and take a 1-hour roundtrip train ride into the area’s salt marshes. Listen as your guide describes the process of salt harvesting that has characterized this region since the 8th century. Afterward, grab some lunch at a sunny courtyard café or restaurant (own expense) before catching a cable-ferry to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer.
As you tour Les Saintes Maries, stop at the well-visited Romanesque church and learn how this fishing village has long been a holy place by cultures including Celts, Romans, Christians and Gypsies. Here, you may climb to the church’s ramparts for scenic views (own expense), stroll through the cobbled streets or relax on the beach.
The final stop on your full-day tour is the UNESCO-listed city of Arles, a stunning seaside town known to many as the landscape for Van Gogh’s paintings La maison jaune and Le café de nuit. Tour these famous settings and Arles’ landmarks like Les Arènes d’Arles (the Arles amphitheater) and Eglise Saint Trophime before returning to Avignon. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in the evening.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Enjoyable and Informative Day Trip!
, Oct 2018
Joanna was a terrific guide - knowledgeable, personable and informative. The visit to the salt ponds was fascinating as was the time spent in Aigues-Morts and Arles.
Though this particular tour cancelled, I was given a similar tour that did not include Wife Mort. The tour I did taken was fabulous! I saw the actual rice fields I had seen on TV when I was18, ducks, flamingos and other water foul. Also the black dulls and white Camargian horses. Our visit to St Marie's de la Mer was interesting and educational. A good vacation day out in the country!
A little bit rush but worth to join the tour. We saw the white horses, the bulls but not the Flamingoes not in summer season. Nice and friendly driver/ guide. Recommended if you have only limited time but want to see much more outside the Avignon region.
Probably not people's first choice for a tour from Avignon, but if you have the time, I highly recommend this fun day away from the crowds. See the amazing salt ponds and learn how they retrieve and process the salt for various culinary and industrial purposes. Then on to two small villages--the quaint medieval town of Aigues-Mortes and the seaside town of Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer. It was delightful to have just three of us on the tour and our guide Amelie was wonderful. Arles was the last stop and a tease, because we could have used so much more time there, but it was a great way to glimpse some of its highlights before returning for a full day. I was prepared, but didn't need, repellent for mosquitos in the Camargue, and was unprepared for the pleasant visit with the while horses of the area. All in all, a really nice day.
The tour of the salt marshes on the train was too long, especially as the commentary was entirely in French. Better to cut it back or even delete it and allow more time in Aigues-Mortes and Arles,
Aigues-Mortes was great - real mediaeval flavour - and we would have loved more time there.
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer was very good, and we had about the right amount of time there.
Arles was fascinating, but really needed another half-an-hour to explore it adequately.
Our guide was brilliant.