Welcome to Camargue

Forget all about time in this hauntingly beautiful part of Provence, roamed by black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos. This is slow-go country, a timeless wetland chequered with silver salt pans, waterlogged rice paddies and traditional gardians ('cowboys'). But birds are perhaps the delta's greatest feature – flamingos are the obvious star attraction, but there are countless other species to spot.

The main town of the region, diminutive Arles, is a show-stopper. Wander the narrow golden-hued streets, the same ones that famously inspired Van Gogh, to find the town's lovely restored Roman amphitheatre, top-notch art and history museums, and world-class restaurants.

The Camargue's two largest towns are the seaside pilgrim's outpost Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer and, to the northwest, the walled town of Aigues-Mortes.

Top experiences in Camargue

Camargue activities

$126.77 Day Trips & Excursions

Arles, Camargue, and Aigues-Mortes Full-Day Tour from Avignon

Enjoy a convenient morning pickup from your Avignon hotel, then meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan for the drive out into the Camargue countryside. Home to ancient settlements and a huge variety of wildlife including over 400 different species of birds, the Camargue is widely considered among the most beautiful corners of the country. First, travel to the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes, one of the finest examples of 13th-century military architecture in Europe. Wander along the cobbled streets with your guide, learn of the city’s fascinating past and see top sights such as the Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons. Hop aboard a train and head out onto the salt marshes outside the city, where salt has been harvested since the 8th century. During your 1-hour train trip through the marshes, listen as your guide explains how the salt is harvested and gain insight into why the seawater here is a peculiar shade of pink. Back in Aigues-Mortes, enjoy free time for lunch at one of the traditional cafés or restaurants (own expense) then cross the Petit Rhône River by cable-ferry on your way to the seaside village of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. Explore Les Saintes Maries de la Mer at your leisure and don’t forget to visit its impressive church, a popular pilgrimage site for centuries. Perhaps take the opportunity to climb up to the ramparts encircling the church’s roof (own expense) and admire panoramic views out over the Camargue plain. If that sounds like a little too much effort, simply spend your free time relaxing on the beach or bathing in the cool Mediterranean Sea. Continue on through the Camargue to the UNESCO-listed town of Arles, by the banks of the mighty Rhône River. Admire diverse birdlife such as egrets, grey herons, swans and pink flamingos on route, and wildlife like black bulls and white horses. In Arles, make the most of the free time to explore at your leisure. Discover a wealth of important Roman remnants including the 1st-century Arles Amphitheatre (own expense) or simply sit in the sunshine and soak up the atmosphere. Choose also to visit the Musée de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique or Eglise St-Trophime. Entrance fees are all at your own expense.When the time comes, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to Avignon, where your day trip concludes.

$80.67 Day Trips & Excursions

Aix-en-Provence to Camargue Region Half-Day Guided Tour

Leave central Aix-en-Provence, and travel west, passing through the Roman town of Arles, toward the Camargue. A rugged stretch of wild wetlands, the area is officially known as Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue – a protected site to conserve its rich abundance of flora and fauna. Look out for black bulls and wild horses roaming freely as you head away from the beaten Provencal tourist trail, and then stop in the pretty coastal town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. Explore this sleepy capital of the Camargue, soaking up its uniquely Mediterranean ambiance, illustrated by its white-washed houses and paella cooking on the streets. Head inside the town’s medieval church – Église des Saintes Maries – and hear about Ste Sarah, the town’s much revered patron saint.After a tour, enjoy some free time to do as much (or as little!) as you like. Bring your bathing suit and go for a swim in the sea, or arrange with your guide to visit Pont de Gau Ornithological Park to see the region’s famous pink flamingos (own expense).Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and return to Aix in the comfort of your air-conditioned minibus. Your tour finishes in the early evening at the start point.

$92.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Camargue and Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Tour from Avignon

In the heart of the Camargue natural park, you will witness an amazing sight of wild animals and wild landscapes; pink flamingos, bulls and the famous white horses of Camargue. You will also visit the capital of the regional park, Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, a city of Spanish and gipsy traditions. Head to the rooftop of the town's church and admire the view of the Mediterranean sea before visiting the Ornithological park "Pont de Gau" with flamingos, egrets and many more in their nests. At the end of your trip to the Camargue, head back to Avignon where your tour will finish.

$80.67 Tours & Sightseeing

Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon

Meet your guide in the morning or in the afternoon in Avignon. You will start with a walking tour in Arles and learn more with your guide about art and history. It is a charming, typical town which gives you the opportunity to discover amazing roman's monuments and also to follow the steps of Van Gogh who lived in Arles with his friend Gauguin. Arles is a gateway to Camargue. Then explore the wild and untouched landscape of Camargue where you can admire the typical white horses, pink flamingos, black bulls and more than 250 other species of resident birds or migratory - it is a true paradise of birds.Further, you will visit the charming village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - the capital of Camargue - a place full of tradition and pilgrimage.There, you will discover the beautiful church and its saint: Saint Sarah and some beautiful sandy beaches.It is definitely a tour for nature and history lovers. At the end of your tour, your guide will take you back to Avignon.

$74.91 Day Trips & Excursions

Arles to Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence Roman Sites Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Gard, OccitanieRemains of the Roman acqueductDuration: 1 hourStop At: Les Baux-de-Provence - Office de TourismeMuseum of Santons, Hotel des Porcelets, Saint Vincent Church....Duration: 1 hourStop At: Les Antiques, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'AzurPhoto stop at the Triumphal arch and the mausoleumDuration: 15 minutes

$80.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-Day Van Gogh Tour of Provence from Avignon

Meet your guide in the morning or in the afternoon in Avignon.Provence provided inspiration for Van Gogh and through this tour you will be guided through the wonderful marriage of art and history.You will start with a walking tour in Arles. It is a charming, typical town which gives you the opportunity to discover amazing roman's monuments and also to follow the steps of Van Gogh who lived here with his friend Gauguin. Arles is a gateway to the Camargue.Then you will explore the incredible perched village, Les Baux de Provence, one of the most visited destinations in France. You will able to admire incredible views of the mountain range Les Alpilles as well as olive trees and vineyards.You will finish with the sanatorium in Saint Remy de Provence where Van Gogh used to stay and painted part of his paintings.Please note that the entry to Saint Paul de Mausole is not included in price.