Cruises to Arles

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Arles (Photo:goory/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to 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. When you book a cruise to France with Arles on the itinerary, you may wish you had a few extra days to spend in the city.

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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More about Arles

Why Cruise 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.


Arles Cruise Reviews
I absolutely loved Arles and the rich Roman history the city has. Arles is the foundation of Vincent Van Gogh and if you are a Van Gogh buff such as I am, you will love Arles! The architecture was incredible and awe Read More
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lyftmom3
Ship dock spot was a Great base for a walking tour of Arles. We did our own tour of places / scenes where Van Gogh painted. We had to go to the Tourist Info place to get a brochure (small fee) or we could have justRead More
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ABI1
Arles was the final port on our cruise and we knew very little about it before hand. We had booked an extra night stay at a hotel in Arles to coincide with return travel plans; I’m so pleased we did. Arles was one Read More
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TrevorN
We chose this cruise in order to explore some of Provence and Burgundy. Arles was charming and amazing. So much Roman history especially in its astonishing Amphitheater. We were shown the location of Van Gogh's yeRead More
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