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Canal boat holidays in the heart of Camargue’s nature

One week
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196 KM
from 882 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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Description of
the boating holiday

Vineyards, wild horses and flamingos

This one-week boating holiday itinerary in the Camargue will take you as far as the town of Mèze on the vast lake of the Etang de Thau. On route your crew should be on the look out for herds of wild bulls and horses and water birds such as the ibis and flamingo. This particular boating holiday itinerary is great for those new to boating holidays as there is no locks.

Departure base

From the Nicols base at Bellegarde you can travel by canal boat the entire length of the Canal du Rhône à Sète, meandering through the heart of the beautiful Camargue and alongside the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean.

Places to see and things to do

Bellegarde: makers of Clairette de Bellegarde white wine, Broussan chapel, Oil mill, Roman aqueduct

Saint Gilles:
The abbey (a UNESCO site), Museum of the Romanesque House

Horse-drawn carriage rides in the heart of Camargue, meet manadiers (wild horse herders) and learn about their work

vineyards and wine cellars, Scamander Nature Reserve, raised trail for walks across the marshes

walk around the 13th century ramparts and five towers, Museum of history and archaeology, Church of Notre-Dame

Palavas les Flots:
Albert Dubout comedy museum, steam train museum, Festivals in the summer, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting, casino

9km of beaches, scenic tourist train route, Abbey of Maguelonne, Roman cathedral, Old streets

walks through the surrounding vineyards, 7km of beaches, St Paul fortified church, Museum of local history

Richelieu citadel, International Museum of Modest Arts, Espace Georges-Brassens, Audio-guided tours in the city, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting

Penitents chapel, Château de Girard, Visit of oyster bed by boat, beaches, le Dinosaures Parc museum

After cruising as far as Mèze on the Canal du Rhône à Sète it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Bellegarde.

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A magical cruise in the Camargue
Spotting herds of wild bulls and horses, exploring the ramparts of Aigues Mortes, swimming in the warm waters of Villeneuve-les-Maguelone and the Etang de Thau, and enjoying aperitifs on the deck of our canal boat at sunset. These are just a few of the memories that I’ll keep from a magical boating holiday in the beautiful Camargue.

Sylvie, Château-Thierry