A houseboat and bicycle river cruise to discover the Camargue Park in Southern France, aboard a large and spacious boat. Sail with all the family or friends to make beautiful tours along the placid Rhone at a time of these itineraries immersed in nature. We will take you to visit those locations that you are usually used to seeing in documentaries, including flamingos, horses, bulls immersed in their natural habitat. We will also take the opportunity to taste the cuisine and the renowned local wine. We will visit places that are difficult to reach except with the houseboat and bicycles that can be easily embarked. Sail along the Rhone to discover Southern France on a houseboat where you can be the captain (no skipper needed)!
|DEPARTURE BASE||St. Gilles, France|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||Check-in at 2:00 pm on Saturday - Check-out at 9:00 am on the following Saturday|
|NOT INCLUDED SERVICES||
From €2.705 per houseboat.
|CRUISE AND MINI-CRUISE TIPS||
Beaucaire - Sète - Mèze - Beaucaire
St Gilles - Port Cassafières
St Gilles - Aigues Mortes - Palavas les Flots - St Gilles
|Language||International crew and guests.|
Day 1: Check-in
Check-in available on Saturday afternoon from 14.00 at the departure bases of Port Cassafiéres, west towards the Canal du Midi or St. Gilles, east on the Rhone Delta side, from which you can plan your holiday according to your interests and your curiosity. In the evening, after taking a seat in your houseboat and doing the galley, you will have the opportunity to visit the French town and to dinner in one of the many restaurants, before ending the evening in one of the many bars in the city.
Breakfast on board and first maneuvers to leave the mooring. Starting from Port Cassafières you will encounter two magnificent hydraulic engineering achievements made at the time of the construction of the Canal du Midi, towards the end of the 17th century. Observe carefully these works of inland navigation unique in the world: the crossing of the Libron stream, a structure that allows the floods of the stream to flow transversely to the waterway and the round lock of Agde that sorted the traffic of the canal and regulated the levels with the access road to the city. The stop near this basin allows a visit to the ancient city of Agde, full of things to see including the Éphèbe museum where you can admire the treasures of the city.
We sail towards the Étang de Thau which welcomes boats like a sea, where shellfish farms are the first thing you will notice. In the port of Marseillan you will have the opportunity to immediately experience the local cuisine based on fish and shellfish in which the typical flavors of the Mediterranean dominate.
In the large lagoon of Étang de Thau you can find moorings in Meze, Balaruc les Bains, Bouzigues, where you will not forget to taste the famous oysters from the famous local farms accompanied by wines from Languedoc-Roussillon.
The navigation will continue on the Canal de Rhône in Sète nicknamed “The Venice of the Languedoc” thanks to its canals, then passing through the center of Frontignan, world famous for its Moscato DOC. In Villenueve de Maguelone, an islet located on the dune belt, there is an important archaeological site where Etruscan, Roman and Visigothic remains have been found. The 11th century Cathedral of St. Pierre de Maguelone can now be visited, surrounded by vineyards and fish farms.
Recommended stops are Palavas les Flots tourist center for lovers of water sports or those who prefer just to get a tan, La Grande Motte where architecture and nature meet, and Carnon a lively resort overlooking the sea. Absolutely not to be missed is the fortified medieval city of Aigues Mortes, once by the sea, now due to the sedimentation of the Rhone it is about 5 kilometers away. Do not miss an excursion on its walls from which you can enjoy an incomparable view of the salt flats and as far as the eye can see on the marshes where you can spot flocks of pink flamingos and groups of white Camargue horses.
In the surroundings of Gallician, a village with ancient gypsy traditions, you will see herds of bulls in the wild controlled by knights who train them for their rodeos. You will have the opportunity to buy many local specialties. Do not miss the opportunity of a carriage ride in the enchanting village of Saint-Gilles and a walk in Bellegarde or "the city of water" with its wonderful fountains, canals, rivers. It is already time to return to the starting point of Port Cassafières.
Day 8: Check-out
Check-out is scheduled in the morning by 9:00 am.
The itinerary may be subject to variations based on weather conditions, safety and the technical assessments of the captain of the boat. This program is intended as indicative and not binding.
CLASS: HOUSEBOAT - MAGNIFIQUE
Double rooms and two rooms with single beds convertible in double. All beds are longer than 200cm and all mattresses have been improved in quality and thickness. USB and domestic electric plugs available at every time to recharge your devices or use a hairdryer. Three en suite bathrooms with electrical WC, water basin and shower.
Spacious living room with wide sofa easily convertible in double bed thanks to the gas pneumatic table legs. Improved visibility from the saloon due to new windows design, and easy access to Fly bridge due to a new stairs and layers design. The full kitchen/galley includes a large microwave, an electric kitchen, a domestic size refrigerator, and for the first time on board on our fleet, a huge washing machine and a kettle. Fly deck is wide and flat, with fix table and seats with led lights.
|Cabins||4 double + dinette|
|Berths||8 + 2 dinette|
|Water tank||1.000 lt|
CLASS: HOUSEBOAT - MINUETTO 6+
This modern boat is ideal for 6 persons but thanks to the convertible dinette can comfortably take up to 8 persons on board. It’s a great boat with a lot of outstanding space to relax and take sun. There’s a fully equipped L-shaped kitchen, a gorgeous saloon with radio/CD player, and a huge elevated sundeck big enough for everyone aboard to relax. Available for wheelchairs (on request).
|Cabins||3 double + dinette|
|Berths||6 + 2 dinette|
|Water tank||920 lt|
|Extra||Available for wheelchairs (on request)|
BeBlue reserves the right to substitute the boat presented in the catalog ( or not included in the catalog ) with another boat of similar class and characteristics.