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Follow in the Footsteps of Van Gogh on European Waterways’ New Provence Cruise

September 12, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Hotel barging specialist, European Waterways, have announced a limited number of 2020 departures aboard its Anjodi hotel barge, cruising the culturally and historically rich Provence region in the South of France.

Sailing from Avignon to Marseillan, cruise highlights include a tour of the city of Arles, which marvellous said to have inspired hundreds of paintings by artists such as Van Gogh. Art experiences continue with a visit to the medieval city of Avignon with its spectacular Papal Palace – home to the city’s annual arts festival, which is the oldest in France. The dates for the Provence sailing are June 28, July 5, and October 25, 2020, with cabins available from €3,990 per person (approximately AUD$6,500 per person), based on double occupancy.

“The beauty of the Provence countryside is legendary. Visitors instantly recognise why it held such fascination for Van Gogh and his contemporaries,” said Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. “In addition to the natural charm of the region, there is a great deal of historical and architectural intrigue surrounding the ancient palaces, gardens and arenas of the sun-drenched cities along the way.”

The Anjodi Provence cruise will feature a visit to the medieval city of Avignon, located on the banks of the Rhône River and the former seat of Catholic popes for more than 300 years during the Middle Ages. Guests will get the opportunity to climb the steps to the famed Rocher des Doms and its picturesque, English-style public gardens that feature numerous fountains and grottos. Followed by a tour of the 14th century Palais des Papes, or the Pope’s Palace, considered one of Europe’s largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings.

For food lovers, the eight-passenger Anjodi is an attraction in itself, having appeared numerous times on Rick Stein’s French Odyssey, the popular television series that followed the famous chef on his culinary adventures through France.

“Onboard, guests can be assured of ‘Rick Stein-standard’ cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients that include fresh seafood from the nearby Mediterranean,” said Banks.

“The Anjodi cruise is the perfect way to appreciate art, be it the culinary creations served at the dining table each evening, or the marvellous Roman architecture and sweeping natural vistas that have inspired artists for centuries.”

The Anjodi cruise will fully display the culinary traditions of the Provence region with guests getting the chance to tour the famous Chateau Neuf du Pape vineyards and indulge in a private tasting at a renowned wine maker. This will be followed by a tour of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Valmagne, a former Benedictine monastery and one of the oldest vineyards in the region.

For bookings and further information on this itinerary, please call 1800 828 050 or visit europeanwaterways.com

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