This one-week boating holiday itinerary in the Camargue will take you as far as the town of Mèze on the vast lake of the Etang de Thau. On route your crew should be on the look out for herds of wild bulls and horses and water birds such as the ibis and flamingo. This particular boating holiday itinerary is great for those new to boating holidays as there is no locks.
From the Nicols base at Bellegarde you can travel by canal boat the entire length of the Canal du Rhône à Sète, meandering through the heart of the beautiful Camargue and alongside the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean.
Bellegarde: makers of Clairette de Bellegarde white wine, Broussan chapel, Oil mill, Roman aqueduct
Saint Gilles: The abbey (a UNESCO site), Museum of the Romanesque House
Franquevaux: Horse-drawn carriage rides in the heart of Camargue, meet manadiers (wild horse herders) and learn about their work
Gallician: vineyards and wine cellars, Scamander Nature Reserve, raised trail for walks across the marshes
Aigues-Mortes: walk around the 13th century ramparts and five towers, Museum of history and archaeology, Church of Notre-Dame
Palavas les Flots: Albert Dubout comedy museum, steam train museum, Festivals in the summer, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting, casino
Villeneuve-les-Maguelone: 9km of beaches, scenic tourist train route, Abbey of Maguelonne, Roman cathedral, Old streets
Frontignan: walks through the surrounding vineyards, 7km of beaches, St Paul fortified church, Museum of local history
Sète: Richelieu citadel, International Museum of Modest Arts, Espace Georges-Brassens, Audio-guided tours in the city, famous Languedoc games such as boat-jousting
Mèze: Penitents chapel, Château de Girard, Visit of oyster bed by boat, beaches, le Dinosaures Parc museum
After cruising as far as Mèze on the Canal du Rhône à Sète it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Bellegarde.
Holiday reviews from Bellegarde
A magical cruise in the Camargue
Spotting herds of wild bulls and horses, exploring the ramparts of Aigues Mortes, swimming in the warm waters of Villeneuve-les-Maguelone and the Etang de Thau, and enjoying aperitifs on the deck of our canal boat at sunset. These are just a few of the memories that I’ll keep from a magical boating holiday in the beautiful Camargue.