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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:
    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 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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    Viking Delling Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Viking Delling draws its name from Norse mythology; the god Delling is the "father of the day."...

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    Peachgracie
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Sewage smell in Bathroom
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    Peak14kCruisers
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    French wine estravaganza
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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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    dedham1970
    Sail Date May 2019
    Rhône River & Post Paris extension
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Marseille
    Visiting:
    Arles, Avignon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    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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    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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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Arles
    Visiting:
    Nice, Arles ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Arles
    • Day 1
      Nice
    • Day 2
      Arles
    • Day 3
      Avignon
    • Day 4
      Viviers
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Lyon
    • Day 7
      Beaune
    • Day 7
      Burgundy
    • Day 8
      Lyon
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    Emerald Liberte - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Wonderful crew, good food and wine, and a mix of international passengers

    Cons

    Small, uninspired cabins and uncomfortable pillows

    Bottom Line

    Excellent service and ample inclusions for a more affordable price

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    Emerald Liberte Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Built in 2017, this sleek and shiny ship is operated by Australia's Evergreen Tours, known in o...

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    Jocruiseraddict
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Excellent cruise!
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    Shelwais
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Fantastic
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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

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    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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    elcraig
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Behold the French
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    Gail Buchanan
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Would Recommend Viking to Anyone
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

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

    Excursions and wine with dinner are part of the fare

    All cabins are river view, most with French balconies

    Cruise directors are affable, knowledgeable, helpful

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    AmaCello Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.0
    Service3.0
    Value5.0

    Gliding slowly through the Amsterdam-Rhine canal -- we were, of course, obeying the canal's sto...

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    grandmaR
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Speaking French
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    Jimbola
    Sail Date May 2019
    Fantastic French Fun
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Arles Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 4
      Rhine Gorge
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • 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 Expression - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Features 64 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    0.0/5

    Avalon Expression joined Avalon Waterways in May 2013.Itineraries focus on the Danube River wit...

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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Avalon Romantic Rhine Review
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    2019 Avalon River Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Arles
    Visiting:
    Avignon, Viviers ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Arles Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Arles
    • Day 2
      Avignon
    • Day 3
      Avignon
    • Day 4
      Viviers
    • Day 5
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 6
      Vienne
    • Day 7
      Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or
    • Day 8
      Lyon
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    AmaCello - AmaWaterways

    Excursions and wine with dinner are part of the fare

    All cabins are river view, most with French balconies

    Cruise directors are affable, knowledgeable, helpful

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    AmaCello Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.0
    Service3.0
    Value5.0

    Gliding slowly through the Amsterdam-Rhine canal -- we were, of course, obeying the canal's sto...

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    shalanda817
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Wonderful trip
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    It would have been Five Stars but....
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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Arles

    Leaving:
    Paris
    Visiting:
    Paris, Lyon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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