Embark on an alternative barge cruise experience of France’s popular south coast. Discover the wilderness of the Camargue, home to thousands of birds, and witness the extraordinarily red salt marshes that lie before the old town walls of Aigues-Mortes. Explore the largest of the lagoons along the Languedoc coast and discover how herders manage their untamed livestock. We’ll also taste fresh local shellfish and farm produce, and delve into scenes of French history in Arles.
Titan Travel VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Montpellier. On arrival, our coach will transfer us to Séte port in Briare to embark MS Anne-Marie (4T). Take time to settle in before a welcome cocktail party and dinner. We remain in port overnight.
Day 2 - Étang de Thau - Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
This morning we explore Étang de Thau, the vast and attractive lagoon that has been a great source of salt since the Greek era, and is now also famous for its oysters and mussels. We visit the Étang de Thau Museum, which offers an insight into the work of the local shellfish farmers and fishermen, and taste some shellfish. The afternoon is dedicated to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, one of the most beautiful villages in France. An abbey was built in this remote location in the 9th century, and the charming stone village quickly developed around it. We return to Sète, where we dock overnight.
Day 3 - Séte - Palavas-les-Flots
We follow the Rhône à Sète Canal to Palavas-les-Flots, from where, this afternoon, we set out on a tour to find a manade, a semi-wild group of horses or cattle, and learn about the life of their herders. We travel by wagon and take part in a bull sorting, and snack on delicious farm produce. Tonight, take advantage of some free time and discover the spa resort of Palavas-les-Flots, spread along the coastline with 7km of beach, with a rich identity that reaches back for more than three centuries. We remain in port overnight.
Day 4 - Palavas-les-Flots - Aigues-Mortes
Spend the morning cruising on the Rhône à Sète Canal towards Aigues-Mortes, a 13th century, fortified city with a rich heritage, located in the middle of the marshes. We board a tourist train to take a tour of one of the most incredible sites in Provence – the red salt marshes – and visit the salt museum. We remain in port overnight for the chance for you to discover the quirky bars, cafés and eateries within the little side streets of Aigues-Mortes
Day 5 - Aigues-Mortes - Gallician - Camargue - Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - Gallician
Cruise towards Gallician, from where we set out on an afternoon excursion to the Camargue. This largely UNESCO-protected natural park is a biosphere of dramatic mountains and wetlands that support hundreds of thousands of migratory birds as well as native flamingos, egrets and herons – a popular destination for bird watchers. Then you can enjoy some free time in splendid Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer – considered a holy place by several cultures, it was named after the Three Marys who are said to have stood by the cross of Christ and then fled here and built an oratory. The town’s unusual, fortified church is an important gypsy pilgrimage site. After our visit, we return to the ship by coach and remain in port overnight.
Day 6 - Gallician - Arles
Spend the morning cruising towards Arles, along both the Rhône à Sète and Rhône canals. This afternoon we discover the cultural centre and important Roman ruins of Arles, immortalised on canvas many times by Vincent Van Gogh, before travelling inland to find out about olive oil production in Provence. We finish up our tour by tasting some local products, and return to our ship for our gala evening. We remain in port overnight.
Day 7 -Arles - Montpellier - UK
We disembark in Arles this morning. If time allows, there may be the opportunity to visit the city of Montpellier, before transferring to Montpellier Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Built in 2014, the MS Anne-Marie is one of CroisiEurope’s Small Barge vessel sailing on the Canals of Provence. With 11 Double/Twin cabins, she features comfortable accommodation throughout. Cabins are compact and well designed, featuring twin or double beds; an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and WC, wardrobe, safe and TV, Independent air conditioning & WIFI Meals are served in the main restaurant,all tables take into account the panoramic views with a casual but elegant athmosphere. There is also a lounge which is tastefully decorated, it’s a quiet place where you can spend time with your friends and family. Equipped with sofa and a bar you can relax before and after dinner, serving complimentary drinks. The top deck features a sun deck/ Terrace with tables, chairs and loungers and roof top Jacuzzi.
10 comfortable cabins 86 ft², 1 adapted Double cabin 118 ft² Standard cabins are around 86ft² in size with picture windows and feature twin beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, climate-controlled air conditioning and an in-room safe.
Single supplement of £1200 for sole use of a twin cabin. VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice). *The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.
Titan Travel is the only escorted tour river cruise operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan Travel are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan Travel now charter their own river cruise ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveller do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travellers on board with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability. As a long-established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan Travel have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4-star river cruising. Your fellow travellers onboard will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan Travel and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish. Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.