Alpilles and Camargue
Day By Day Itinerary

The itinerary has been planned as a first night of Tuesday and final night of Monday in order to ensure you can visit the best of the markets and local events which are held on specific days of the week. We can arrange an alternative day of week to start your holiday but in this case the day by day itinerary may change slightly according to your choice of holiday dates.

This holiday can be taken at any time between the months of April to October although our advice would

be to plan a holiday for the spring, early summer or autumn when the weather is ideal for touring.

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Day 1

For the first four nights of your holiday you will be staying in the lovely old market town of St. Remy with its pretty squares and charming shops. Arrive in time for a stroll in town and perhaps an aperitif before dinner.

Day 2

Explore the lovely old market town of St. Remy with its pretty squares and charming shops. Its market day in town this morning so enjoy all the colours and scents of provence on your stroll through the town centre. There is a wide choice of cafes for lunch in St. Rémy then this afternoon visit the dramatic fortress village of Les Baux perched high in the Alpilles mountains where a visit to the Citadel is highly recommended. If you wish also include a visit to the sound and light show at the Carrieres de Lumiere nearby.

Day 3

An excursion today to visit the superb UNESCO world heritage sight of the Pont du Gard. This Roman acqueduct spanning the river Gardon was built to carry water to Nimes and is an amazing technical achievement. From here drive the short distance through the garrigue countyrside to the charming medieval town of Uzes this afternoon. Wander the pretty streets and little squares of this pretty town before returning to St. Remy.

Day 4

A leisurely driving excursion today following the 'Olive Route' of the Alpilles - an 'Apellation d'Origine Controlé' olive growing area. A picturesque drive through the Alpilles mountains including an exploration of the old village of Eygalières. If you wish visit the pretty Alchimists Garden nearby. Time permitting, complete the day with a visit to the 10th century Abbaye de Montmajour with its imposing ruins giving magnificent views across the whole plain of the Camargue.

Day 5

Depart St. Remy this morning and drive on to the Camargue for your next three nights stay. Visit en route the lovely old town of Arles rich in medieval and Roman history then drive on through the Camargue countryside taking time to stop and explore the interesting Camargue Museum before continuing on to your hotel near Sainte Marie de la Mer.

Day 6

Explore nearby Saint Marie de la Mer is a bustling seaside town with sandy beaches and a good choice of cafes and restaurants. It is best known for its annual festival in May when the gypsies converge on the town to ask favours from the patron saint. Climb the church tower for a great view across the Camargue.

Then continue your day with a visit to the Pont du Gau ornithological park where you can stroll through the marais and view the famous flamingos and other birdlife inherent to this area.

Day 7

A day excursion visiting a different part of the Camargue. Drive to the striking walled medieval town of Aigues Mortes sitting on the flat marshes of the Petite Camargue and which was originally a small hamlet of fishermen and salt gatherers. Take a walk around the ramparts for an excellent view of the medieval street grid system. From the marina there are regular departures on boat trips through the Camargue.

To appreciate the importance of salt production, visit the salt marshes of the Salins du Midi, a short drive beyond the town ramparts.

Day 8

Depart this morning after breakfast or if you are taking one of our Extension Options, depart the Camargue and drive on to Avignon or Nimes to continue your holiday.

Visits & Excursions

Recommended visits and excursions are planned into your holiday to make sure that you make your most of the time in the area. Please note that whilst we do our best to ensure that pre-planned visits are possible on the specific days indicated, variations in opening times and guided visits can sometimes require a slight alteration to the day by day itinerary.

Occasionally a guided visit may be conducted only in French but we try to ensure that an English explanation (usually in the form of a leaflet) is also available.

Accommodation

We have planned the itinerary with accommodation in the specific hotels described below. However the final choice of accommodation will be determined by availability according to your choice of holiday dates. If we cannot secure accommodation for you in our chosen hotels, we will let you know immediately and suggest an alternative, and advise you of any supplement which may apply.

There are many charming hotels in the area all of which we have visited personally and have selected for the comfort of their rooms, their friendly and welcoming ambience and of course for their excellent provencal food.

3* Le Mas des Carassins, St Remy

In the countryside just on the outskirts of town, this charming old stone farmhouse has a delightful garden and swimming pool. Dinner is available on several evenings and the restaurants of St. Rémy are just a short stroll into town.

Mas des Carassins
4* Hotel Mangio Fanjo, Sainte Marie

Located in the Camargue countryside a short drive from Sainte Maries de la Mer, this comfortable hotel is a superb place just to relax and a good base from which to explore the Camargue.

The hotel has a heated swimming pool, spa and good restaurant.

Hotel Manjio Fango
The best of French Food

The hotels and restaurants we have chosen all offer the best of provencal food so you can be sure to enjoy a delicious three or four course meal every evening. Where lunch is taken at a restaurant or café of your choice, we have planned your itinerary with suggested

lunchtime locations offering a choice of cafes and restaurants to ensure you can sample all the delights of the local cuisine. On some days you may choose to have a lunchtime picnic choosing from the superb range of produce in the local markets.


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