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2022 2023

Les Baux-de-Provence and the Quarries of Light

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# Trip

Les Baux-de-Provence and the Quarries of Light

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Description

We'll travel by coach to one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux-de-Provence, located on a plateau in the heart of the Alpilles mountain range.  The village overlooks the exceptional scenery leading to Arles, the Camargue, and the Alpilles Regional Nature Park. Les Baux is one of the must-see sites when visiting Provence. The village became well known after World War II when Raymond Thuillier opened the gastronomic restaurant “Oustau de Baumanière,” which welcomed celebrities and famous politicians at the time. The entire village was placed under the protection of the French Ministry of Culture and Environment in 1966. Since then, it has become the ultimate tourist destination and has been listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.

At the foot of the village lies the Val d’Enfer, a valley formed by erosion. Within the valley is an old limestone quarry that was used to build the village and was the inspiration or backdrop for many works, including Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy and Jean Cocteau’s Testament of Orpheus. Today, it serves as the scene for a giant multimedia show where music and colors bring to life the amazing works of Picasso, Klimt, and Van Gogh. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship.

PLEASE NOTE

  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.

Cruises

This shore excursion is available for one or several cruises

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French Art and History Along the Rhône River (port-to-port cruise)

Next departures: 13/04/2023, 14/04/2023, ...
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LYON - MACON - LYON - TAIN-L'HERMITAGE - AVIGNON - ARLES - MARTIGUES

Discover the Rhône through an offbeat, seven-day cruise. See each city differently as you retrace the footsteps of the artists and celebrities who influenced their cultures.
From Alphonse de Lamartine's Mâcon to Marcel Pagnol's Marseille, with side trips to Paul Bocuse's Lyon and Van Gogh's homestead in Arles, each excursion will bring you to the core of the city and its history. 
Discover unusual sites such as the Quarries of Light in Les Baux-de-Provence and the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives.
This cruise on the Saône and Rhone Rivers overflows with the vineyard landscapes and limestone cliffs of southern France.

7 Days
START IN 2023
Departure 13/04/2023
Arrival 19/04/2023
Ship : MS Mistral Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 14/04/2023
Arrival 20/04/2023
Ship : MS Rhone Princess Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 30/04/2023
Arrival 06/05/2023
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 19/05/2023
Arrival 25/05/2023
Ship : MS Mistral Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 19/05/2023
Arrival 25/05/2023
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 31/05/2023
Arrival 06/06/2023
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 08/07/2023
Arrival 14/07/2023
Ship : MS Van Gogh Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 06/08/2023
Arrival 12/08/2023
Ship : MS Van Gogh Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 30/08/2023
Arrival 05/09/2023
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 23/09/2023
Arrival 29/09/2023
Ship : MS Rhone Princess Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 22/10/2023
Arrival 28/10/2023
On request
Ship : MS Camargue Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

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