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Embark on a half-day excursion into the Camargue. Lined with sandbars and reed-covered marshes, the Camargue is Europe’s largest delta, a dramatic landscape caught between land and sea. The keepers of this land are its gardians, akin to our cowboys. They live here with their families, often several generations together, carving out lifestyles in sync with the land, following the ...
... fortified palaces, and churches. Your tour includes a guided exploration of the impressive Papal Palace.
Then you'll return to the ship for lunch onboard, and you'll have the afternoon to make your own discoveries in Avignon. Perhaps you'll explore the winding streets of some of the city's ancient neighborhoods, or relax at an outdoor cafe.
Visiting Arles, one of the most distinctive towns in enchanting Provence, is like journeying back to ancient Rome. The town is filled with landmarks and ruins dating from its periods of Roman domination that began in 30 BC. Here, you'll view the outside of the colossal hilltop Roman amphitheater, where 21,000 spectators thrilled to gladiator fights in the first century ...
... Nimes is sometimes referred to as the French Rome with some wonderfully preserved old Roman buildings such as Les Arenes (like a mini Colosseum), the limestone Maison Carree with its striking columns and staircase, and the pretty statue studded Jardins de la Fontaine with more Roman ruins of a temple and tower. Nimes also has an intriguing symbol of a crocodile chained to a palm tree which we found all over town – a bronze fountain in one of the main ...
It was still relatively early so I had a quick shower and then we went out for a drive to see the Sénanque Abbey, which was nearby. From there we went back to Mazan for a great meal and reflect on what a crazy day it was and what a great end to the riding it was. Tomorrow we would start the relaxing stage of our vacation with a trip to Paris and then back to Stuttgart.
Unfortunately I'm unable to add pics from this connection, so I'll have to do that later.