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Le Phenicien

Provence & Camargue

Le Phénicien BargeCrew © Le PhenicienDining room © Le Phenicien







Cruise the Rhône rivers & the Camargue canals


Share our French “Art de vivre” for a while, forget the land, just relax you are now aboard Le Phenicien! Sip fine wines and enjoy our gourmet Provencal cuisine cooked by our French Chef, learn about history and traditions of this land, remember the roman times, discover our local cow-boys on their superb white horses, have a cool bike ride in the back-country and enjoy being pampered by our crew.

Individual travelers, family groups, corporate managers you are knocking at the right door. Provence and Camargue, Rhône river and canal cruise, Golf cruise, Bike cruise, Wine cruise, tailor-made cruise, it is all there. You will discover from an unusual point of view Avignon and its monumental Palace of the Popes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, the Roman aqueduct of Le Pont du Gard, the Medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, the famous city of Arles, wildlife and ranches of the Camargue and the walled city of Aigues-Mortes. Like Queens, Kings and Nobles of the Middle Ages, travel with us in luxury and style on the waterways of southern France through space and time. Welcome aboard!



Le Phenicien is a different barge, spaciousluminous and very comfortable. All common areas are on the main deck.  Through the large panoramic windows, the sun of Provence will gently warm you up as you have a little nap or sip a drink in the vast lounge. Moving further in a modern Provencal decor with fine local art lining the walls, you will reach the bar and the dinning room. A restroom is also available on the main deck, a feature that most barges of similar size lack to offer.

  • Size of barge: 38.7m x 5m (127 ft x 16.5 ft)
  • Number of Passengers: 18
  • Crew: 5 – Bertrand, Claudette, Michel, Marc and Thierry
  • Cabins: 9 cabins on the lower deck – fully refurbished in 2009 – separated in 3 cells of 3 cabins each that you can reach by independent staircases. 6 of them are queen-bedded cabins and 3 others twin-bedded cabins. All cabins feature the same comfortable equipment, ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning with individual control, superior bedding, etc.
  • Deck: Teak sundeck with director chairs and leather benches surrounding the pilot bridge.
  • Bicycles: All-terrain bicycles provided.


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Sample Itinerary

Le Phenicien – Avignon to Aigues-Mortes


Avignon in Provence © Le Phenicien

Avignon in Provence





Sunday – Day 1 – Avignon


Transfer from a defined picking point to Le Phenicien which is moored close to the Avignon ramparts. It is time for a little nap or a free visit of the city. Our first dinner on board gives an indication of the high standard of cuisine that will be served during the cruise and the accompanying wines have been specially chosen from top-notch local vineyards.



Palais des Papes © Le Phenicien

Palais des Papes


Monday – Day 2 – Avignon / Châteauneuf-du-Pape / Villeneuve-lès-Avignon


History and wines are our centers of interest today. We first take a guided tour to learn about the religious and artistic importance of the city’s prestigious past with the Palace of the Popes visit. Then a first nice lunch cruise takes us closer to one of the best cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where we have a guided visit followed by a wine tasting. This evening we sail to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon where we will stay overnight. The wines tasted in the morning are back on the table at dinner!


Pont du Gard © Le Phenicien

Pont du Gard


Tuesday – Day 3 – Le Pont du Gard / Vallabrègues


This morning the gigantic Roman aqueduct “Le Pont du Gard”, its recently made-up site and its modern museum are waiting for you. After this intriguing guided visit we get back to the barge and sail down to Vallabrègues a quiet and charming little port where it is good to rest, have a bike ride or play the pétanque under the plane trees.



Les Baux de Provence © Le Phenicien

Les Baux de Provence


 Wednesday – Day 4 – Les Baux de Provence / Arles


Spots of legend are many in the surroundings and after breakfast, we will visit the charming medieval village of Les Baux de Provence and take some time to shop around! Back to the barge we pass through the huge 36 feet high lock of Beaucaire and sail down to Arles, the open-air Museum of Provence.




Flamingoes © Le Phenicien




Thursday – Day 5 – Arles / Camargue – Gallician


Our guided visit in Arles this morning will delve deep into antiquity and, at the same time, unravel the joys and despair of Van Gogh who painted 300 canvases during his year here in 1888. The most impressive navigation is for today heading for the Camargue! We cruise the Rhône river, the petit Rhône and the canal to reach the quiet and typical village of Gallician.




"Manade" in Camargue © Le Phenicien

“Manade” in Camargue



Friday – Day 6 – Camargue – Aigues-Mortes


For our last day of excursion, what would you say about a nice trip to visit the wild Camargue? There we reach a manade, a typical ranch, where the gardians à cheval, the local authentic cowboys, show us how they tend the herds of bulls on their superb white horses. Our final destination is Aigues-Mortes, a 14th century walled city rising from a flat landscape from which St Louis set sail on his Holly Crusades. The Camargue never fails to surprise and welcomes us for our farewell dinner!



Aigues Mortes © Le Phenicien

Aigues Mortes




Saturday – Day 7 – Transfer from Aigues-Mortes


After breakfast, morning departure to the defined transfer point.

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Cruise Fares

Le Phénicien cruise fares for 2017:


 Private charter – Full board: from €2,340 per person based on 18 passengers
 Open week – Full board – Twin/double cabin: from €2,600 per person
• Single supplement: from +€1,000

Included in the fare:

– Six nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef
– All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board bicycles, library and sound system




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