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About Arles

Arles is one of the southernmost ports on France's Rhone River, not far the Mediterranean Sea. The city is massive, but the Old Town area feels like its own little village and is quite walkable.

Once inside the heart of the city, it's easy (and we encourage you) to get lost in the plethora of winding cobblestone alleyways. You might even get a sense of deja vu. A number of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings feature scenes from Arles -- most notably, the Cafe Van Gogh from "Cafe Terrace at Night," which is nestled in a lively square among shops and other eateries.

Perhaps the city's most well-known feature, however, is its collection of some of the earliest Roman monuments. The arena, theater and cryptoporticus all date back to the 1st century BC The arena is still in use today.

The city is approximately a five-minute walk from the pier. On days when Arles' pier is overcrowded, riverboats dock at the nearby village of Tarascon and take a 20-minute shuttle ride to the city.

A number of river lines use Arles as either an embarkation or disembarkation point for their cruises, as the city is also within close proximity to Marseille (the nearest, major international airport).


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Marseille
    Visiting:
    Arles, Avignon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    Cruise Itinerary

    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Marseille
    • Day 2
      Arles
    • Day 3
      Avignon
    • Day 4
      Viviers
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Lyon
    • Day 7
      St. Jean de Losne
    • Day 8
      Lyon
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    Avalon Poetry II - Avalon Waterways

    Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

    Top-deck BBQ and bistro fare

    Silent Drive System offers smoother ride

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    Avalon Poetry II Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0

    Avalon Poetry II is one of the smallest of Avalon Waterways' suite ships. The 128-passenger ves...

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    Daffy42
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Amazing
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    tdriscollmail
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Cruising the Rhone Northbound
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Paris
    Visiting:
    Vernon, Caudebec ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Paris
    • Day 2
      Vernon
    • Day 3
      Caudebec
    • Day 4
      Caudebec
    • Day 5
      Rouen
    • Day 6
      Conflans Ste. Honorine
    • Day 7
      Paris
    • Day 8
      Beaune
    • Day 8
      Dijon
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Lyon
    • Day 11
      Lyon
    • Day 12
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 13
      Avignon
    • Day 14
      Arles
    • Day 15
      Marseille
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    Avalon Tapestry II - Avalon Waterways

    Pros

    Clever design of river-facing beds and panoramic windows

    Cons

    Limited evening entertainment; some drinks are not included in the fare

    Bottom Line

    Good value and a relaxing way to see France

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    Avalon Tapestry II Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    8grammy8
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Our Dream Cruise - Seven Days on the Seine
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Positively wonderful trip!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Marseille
    Visiting:
    Arles, Avignon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Marseille
    • Day 2
      Arles
    • Day 3
      Avignon
    • Day 4
      Viviers
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Lyon
    • Day 7
      St. Jean de Losne
    • Day 8
      Beaune
    • Day 9
      Breisach
    • Day 10
      Strasbourg
    • Day 11
      Ludwigshafen
    • Day 12
      Rudesheim
    • Day 13
      Cologne
    • Day 14
      Amsterdam
    • Day 15
      Amsterdam
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    Avalon Poetry II - Avalon Waterways

    Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

    Top-deck BBQ and bistro fare

    Silent Drive System offers smoother ride

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0

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    trek_doc
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    8 days to travel 300 miles!
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    France
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Lyon
    Visiting:
    Lyon, Tournon-sur-Rhone ... see more
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    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Lyon
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Lyon
    • Day 4
      Lyon
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Avignon
    • Day 7
      Arles
    • Day 8
      Marseille
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    Avalon Poetry II - Avalon Waterways

    Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

    Top-deck BBQ and bistro fare

    Silent Drive System offers smoother ride

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    Avalon Poetry II Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0

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    Louise Kenitzer
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    The enchanting cruise up the Rhone!!
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    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Enjoyable autumn trip down the Rhone
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Avignon
    Visiting:
    Arles, Avignon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Avignon
    • Day 2
      Arles
    • Day 3
      Avignon
    • Day 4
      Viviers
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Lyon
    • Day 7
      Lyon
    • Day 8
      Lyon
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    Viking Heimdal - Viking River Cruises

    Pros

    Exceptional service, fine dining and comfortable accommodations

    Cons

    Some docks far from attractions, requiring busing; water levels can vary, changing plans

    Bottom Line

    Great way to explore southern France – history, food, culture -- without hotel-hopping

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    Viking Heimdal Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    From fields of sunflowers, bottles of fine French wines, fresh Provencal herbs and lavender soa...

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    kenjwinter
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    August 2019, Pre trip in Nice then transfer to Avignon to Viking Heimdal on Rhone
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Rhône River & Post Paris extension
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Lyon
    Visiting:
    Lyon, Vienne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lyon
    • Day 2
      Lyon
    • Day 3
      Lyon
    • Day 4
      Vienne
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Avignon
    • Day 7
      Arles
    • Day 8
      Avignon
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    Viking Delling - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    JR3
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Amazing experience!
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Very nice onboard experience but little cruising
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Lyon
    Visiting:
    Lyon, Vienne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lyon
    • Day 2
      Lyon
    • Day 3
      Lyon
    • Day 4
      Vienne
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Avignon
    • Day 7
      Arles
    • Day 8
      Avignon
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    Viking Buri - Viking River Cruises

    Pros

    Alfresco dining space offers some of the best views onboard

    Cons

    Lack of entertainment leads to early nights

    Bottom Line

    Simple yet elegant vessel that "forces" you to relax

    Reviews

    Viking Buri Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Every night after dinner, passengers on this boat make their way to the Viking Lounge to schmoo...

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    North Port Pat
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Seven days, seven or more cathedrals with Viking Buri
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    jepetray
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Second Cruise with Viking
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Lyon
    Visiting:
    Lyon, Chalon-sur-Saone ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Riviera Travel
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Riviera Travel)
    • Day 1
      Lyon
    • Day 2
      Lyon
    • Day 3
      Chalon-sur-Saone
    • Day 4
      Vienne
    • Day 5
      Valence
    • Day 5
      Viviers
    • Day 6
      Arles
    • Day 7
      Avignon
    • Day 8
      Avignon
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    William Shakespeare - Riviera Travel

    Designed and built by one of Europe's most experienced luxury ship builders.

    Chef's personal signature dishes for evening meals - no extra charge

    Large sun deck that caters for sun bathing and view watching

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    0.0/5

    Riviera Travel, which operates river cruises throughout Europe and on the Mekong River in South...

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    silverswimmer
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Excellent i every way
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    I Provided A Night's Entertainment and Prizes
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Lyon
    Visiting:
    Lyon, Vienne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lyon
    • Day 2
      Lyon
    • Day 3
      Lyon
    • Day 4
      Vienne
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Avignon
    • Day 7
      Arles
    • Day 8
      Avignon
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    Viking Heimdal - Viking River Cruises

    Pros

    Exceptional service, fine dining and comfortable accommodations

    Cons

    Some docks far from attractions, requiring busing; water levels can vary, changing plans

    Bottom Line

    Great way to explore southern France – history, food, culture -- without hotel-hopping

    Reviews

    Viking Heimdal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    From fields of sunflowers, bottles of fine French wines, fresh Provencal herbs and lavender soa...

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    MaVtMdFl
    Sail Date May 2019
    Our First, but Not Our Last
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    Southern France
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Lyon
    Visiting:
    Lyon, Vienne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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