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Camargue: Safari from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

1. Camargue: Safari from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Depart from the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and head out on a 2-hour safari around the scenic Camargue, southern France. Headed by a designated driver and guide, your group will discover the blossoming flora and fauna unique to this bucolic region.  See the famous white Camargue horses roaming freely in the fields from the heights of the convertible 4x4 motor. Snap shots of flamingos and different bird species flying around the edge of the ponds and bodies of water found in this serene area while listening to the story of the Camargue.  Travel to a bull farm where you will encounter black bulls and learn about the bull farming life from your informative guide.

From Avignon: Wild Landscapes of the Camargue

2. From Avignon: Wild Landscapes of the Camargue

Travel in a comfortable minivan through the wild landscapes of Camargue, listening to your guide's insightful commentary while looking out for flamingos, black bulls, and wild horses. See the local salt marshes and rice fields before visiting Pont de Gau's Ornithological Park, which hosts several species of birds including pink flamingoes all year round. Then, drive to Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer, which is an important pilgrimage destination for traveller communities. Afterwards, you can opt for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea or a stroll along the lively streets of the village and a visit to its fortified church. You will have some free time for lunch there. Finally, visit Aigues Mortes and travel back to the Middle Ages in this wonderful fortified town, surrounded by warmly colored salt pans.

Aigues Mortes: Medieval Ramparts Entry Ticket

3. Aigues Mortes: Medieval Ramparts Entry Ticket

Step back in time and discover the thrilling world of medieval France at the Aigues Mortes Ramparts. With their use dating back to 1278, the ramparts stand as a historical record of architectural strategies used in medieval warfare, as well as the centuries-long struggle between Catholics and Protestants. Built to protect the Mediterranean port of Aigues Mortes, the fortifications comprise 20 towers and nearly a mile of stone wall. Amble past the multiple entrances to the wall, including the Gardette Door, and gaze up at the Tower of Constance, one of the most well-preserved examples of medieval towers — used in the 19th century as a prison for Protestant dissidents. Keep your eyes peeled for traces of the projectiles fired at the ramparts during the many conflicts that occurred along the walls, each a priceless account of over 700 years of French military history.

From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

4. From Avignon: Half-Day Van Gogh & Carrières de Lumières Tour

Follow in the tracks of Vincent van Gogh in Provence on this 5-hour tour. Begin in Arles, a city that fascinated the artist. Then, set off to discover the city through the history of the artist during this fascinating city tour. First, visit the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” which hosts extraordinary multimedia shows, unique in the world with Dali and Gaudi. Finish with St Paul de Mausole, the famous psychiatric hospital, where Van Gogh spent 1 very creative year.

From Saintes Maries de la Mer: Safari and Canoeing

5. From Saintes Maries de la Mer: Safari and Canoeing

Depart from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and head out on a safari around the scenic Camargue region of southern France. With a designated driver and guide, you will discover the blossoming flora and fauna unique to the region.  See the famous white Camargue horses roaming freely in the fields from the heights of a convertible 4x4 motor. Snap shots of flamingos and different bird species flying around the edge of the ponds and bodies of water found in this serene area whilst listening to the story of the Camargue.  Following the safari, stop on the shore of the Rhône river to enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by a caterer with regional products. In the afternoon, you can sail at your own pace on a canoe, taking time to discover the natural beauty of the delta. At the end of the tour, the driver will bring you back to the starting point.

From Marseille: Arles, Les Baux and Saint Rémy de Provence

6. From Marseille: Arles, Les Baux and Saint Rémy de Provence

Through the Crau Plain, this full-day tour will take you to the Grand Rhône River bank, where the ancient city of Arles is located. Following the footsteps of Van Gogh, you will discover the Roman vestiges with the coliseum and the ancient theatre, the 12th century Saint Trophime Church, the Forum Square where the statue of the provincial poet Frédéric Mistral stands, as well as Van Gogh's bridge, Hotel Dieu, and Van Gogh’s Café. Later, on the road that leads you to Les Baux-de-Provence, you will make a stopover at the 10th century Montmajour Abbey and at the Mill of Daudet, the famous place where Alphonse Daudet found inspiration to write his letters. Enjoy lunch on your own, in the perched village of Les Baux-de-Provence. In the afternoon, you will visit an olive property in the Baux valley well known for its olive trees before continuing through the Alpilles mountains to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to discover its antique Roman monuments. From March to December, it is possible to attend the sound and light show about Vincent Van Gogh in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village.

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4.3 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Guide was very polite and explained our activities well. Also gave us good references for restaurants and shops in the villages we visited. Very considered of our interests, we made several unplanned stops for photo shooting of horses and bulls. Very nice tour with a good pace of activities, not too much not too few, right exact amount.

We had a wonderful guide who told us a lot about the landscape, the bulls, the horses, the Flamigos and the Camarque. There was a lot to see. In particular, we also saw many birds of the Camarque. insanity

Loved the safari. We saw amazing birds. We had to cut the excursion short due to one of our party experiencing a migraine. Paul was extremely patient and kind during the ordeal.

a big thank you to Francis for all these explanations, life, nature, culture of the Camargue.

very interesting perhaps to be redone in autumn to admire the flamingos more closely