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Cruises to Arles

Arles (Photo:goory/Shutterstock)
Arles (Photo:goory/Shutterstock)

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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DAY 1: Lyon

7 Night
Cruise to Arles

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DAY 1: Marseille

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Port St. Louis-du-Rhone
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DAY 1: Paris

9 Night
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Paris
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Emerald Waterways
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Arles
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7 Night
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Avignon
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7 Night
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Lyon
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14 Night
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Paris
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10 Night
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Nice
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14 Night
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Porto
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Amsterdam
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Paris
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Avignon
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Why go to Arles?

Pros:

Scenes from Vincent van Gogh paintings, such as "Cafe Terrace at Night," can be spotted throughout town

Cons:

Shops selling authentic, locally made products are hard to find

Bottom Line:

The city of Arles is massive, but the walkable Old Town area feels like its own little village

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Euros are the main currency. ATMs are scarce in Arles' Old Town. If you need to take out cash, stop by one of the ATMs in Place Lamartine, a square situated right outside the Old Town entrance.

Language?

French is the official language.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2017 Top-Rated European River Destinations

Arles Cruise Reviews

S.S. Catherine
verydisgruntled
Sail Date: Aug 2018
I took the Uniworld excursion bus into Arles but upon arrival decided to set off on my own. I visited the usual tourist sites: the Arles Ampitheatre (Roman Arena) and the busy Place de la Republique. It was a market... Read More
Viking Heimdal
kenjwinter
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Experience the celebrated city of Arles (pronounced “Arl”), where remarkable Roman ruins, vibrant colors and a striking quality of light have inspired artists. Ann our guide for the 10-person EASY walking group... Read More
Viking Delling
nedtraveler
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The walking tour was OK. But the various groups got held up at the amphitheater by inadequate toilet facilities. We looked through the bars at the theater, then passed city hall. Even the leisure tour got to be a... Read More
Viking Delling
idmtman
Sail Date: Apr 2019
One of the highlights of the trip, Arles is a must-see excursion.... Read More
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