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Camargue

Parc naturel de Camargue, Provence, France

The Basics

Most visitors choose to explore the Camargue on a day trip from towns like Aix-en-Provence or Avignon, or on a shore excursion from the Mediterranean port of Marseille. A Camargue tour typically takes in regional highlights such as the Camargue capital of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the medieval port town of Aigues Mortes, the seaside resort of Le Grau-du-Roi, and the Provencal village of Arles, known for its connections with Van Gogh. The UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and visitors can also enjoy a cruise along the Petit Rhône river, a canoeing excursion around the marshes, or an off-road jeep tour along the coast.

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Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
$82.63 per adult
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I had an amazing experience with this tour. Gordana was knowledgeable and show us the best of everything. She was also flexible on all our requests. Highly recommended !!!!
Takano, Feb 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Avignon

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A nice day at the camargues
Brian_C, Jul 2021
Half Day Camargue and Saintes Maries de la Mer Tour from Avignon
We had a very good time with are guide nicolas. We saw flamingos at the camargues. And he showed us a nice spot of avignon
star-5
Great Safari!
Tobias_F, Jul 2021
4x4 Camargue Safari 4h - Departure from Arles
Our guide Sandra was really well prepared and was able to answer every question about the Camargue. We enjoyed the safari! We deeply appreciate getting historical and cultural information!
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Half day Camargue
Ellen, Jul 2020
Half Day Camargue and Saintes Maries de la Mer Tour from Avignon
Excellent guide and very knowledgeble and showed us a great time! Loved the flamingos at the bird park. Saintes Mariés was very touristy though.
star-5
“Privet “ tour
Discover58589951244, Jun 2019
Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
It was very nice and interesting, Ann is a very good guide and we are saw a lot of very fascinating places that you wouldn’t normally see as a tourist without a guide.
star-5
Fascinating experience!
Dolores C, Oct 2019
a unique experience in wild and authentic Camargue, a 4x4 safari
This entire tour was given only in French. Since my own French is quite rusty, I didn't understand all that the tour guide/owner was saying. However, I really enjoyed this as he brought us to many private areas otherwise unaccessible to tourists. The tour went through bogs and narrow tracks, along dikes, etc. that really required the use of the 4WD vehicle. We drove by many vineyards, saw many Camargue horses and bulls up close, and got out of the Land Rover to see salt marshes first hand. The tour ended with a side trip to see the flamingoes. Lots of flamingoes! The guide gave us lots of opportunities to take photos as well. Highly recommended!
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Our tour guide / driver was great...
Jean G, Mar 2018
Half Day Camargue and Saintes Maries de la Mer Tour from Avignon
Our tour guide / driver was great. He was knowledgeable about the area and was able to show us this area with explanations. We did see a lot of pink flamingo's and cattle in the Camargue. It was nice to get out of the city for the afternoon. The church Les Saintes Maries de la Mer was interesting, although noting at the church was in English. I can't read French. But that was my problem. Great shopping and restaurants in the area even though we didn't stop to eat.
star-4
Excellent trip. The timing was perfect...
Paul R, May 2012
Private Provence Tour: la Camargue, Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Aigues-Mortes
Excellent trip. The timing was perfect as we were there on the day of the Gypsy Pilgrimage.
star-5
Excellent tour. We were lucky...
david c, Aug 2017
Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
Excellent tour. We were lucky enough to be on our own on our tour 3 people so we were able to choose our itinerary with the help of our wonderful guide, Giordana. We visited the ornithological park where we saw the wild flamingos. We also visited a small town which was a bit crowded but the church at the top was interesting. We saw plenty of the white horses which are now mainly used for trekking. There were also a number of the black bulls about. Giordana was very informative and made our trip worth while - thank you Giordana!
star-5
Wonderful tour
kpaaske, May 2019
Half Day Camargue and Saintes Maries de la Mer Tour from Avignon
Our guide, Terry, did everything to make this a great tour. We not only stopped at the Bird reserve and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, but he extended the trip 30 minutes to travel to an amazing fortress, Aigues Mortes from the 11th century. He also stopped for white horse photos and gave us a sunset stop at the Rhone with a great view of Avignon.
star-4
We enjoyed our trip. The...
Eric S, Oct 2017
Half Day Camargue and Saintes Maries de la Mer Tour from Avignon
We enjoyed our trip. The ornithological park was a great place for bird watchers. We would have enjoyed more time there. Les Saintes Maries de la Mer was also very interesting, but a bit commercial. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We also enjoyed the stops to see the wild horses and the bulls. This doesn't need to be a nine hour tour, but it would benefit from being longer than 5 hours.
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My son and I booked a tour with...
Marjorie M, Apr 2018
Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
My son and I booked a tour with Giordana during the Christmas holiday from Avignon and we could not have asked for a more friendly and knowledgeable guide. SInce it was pretty cold in December, we were fortunate enough to be the only ones on the tour so Giordana individualized it to our liking. Instead of visiting the city of Arles, she took us to a perched village in the hills and it was quite beautiful. We had some time to walk around and explore the sights on our own. We were then off to the Camargue where we viewed the vast marshlands and did get to see some white horses and flamingos. We did not get to view all that many animals as you would in the spring and summer, but nevertheless it was a study in nature. We then visited the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer which was pretty deserted that time of year so we had the whole village to ourselves and saw the Statue of Saint Sarah also known as the Black Madonna. We did manage to find one restaurant open where we had some sandwiches and cappuccino. Giordana successfully combined a tour that was both informative but left room for self exploration. Thank you for a wonderful tour Giordana.
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This your was excellent. It is a...
Carol V, Aug 2017
Half Day Camargue and Saintes Maries de la Mer Tour from Avignon
This your was excellent. It is a part of France I has never seen. The landscape so different from Provance, yet so close. Emanuele was charming funny and informed. The bird park was super cool. You are right next to the flamingos. Sainted Maries du Mer was like being on Spain!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring mosquito repellent—the Camargue wetlands are known for their mosquitoes, especially during in summer and fall.

  • Tourist information offices in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Aigues-Mortes provide detailed maps of the Parc Naturel de Camargue.

  • Much of the Camargue is only accessible by 4WD vehicle or on horseback.

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How to Get There

The Camargue is located along France’s Mediterranean coast between Montpellier and Marseille. Public transport to the Camargue is limited, and most visitors opt to explore the region either by private vehicle or as part of a guided tour. It’s about a one-hour drive from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, and the closest international airport is in Nîmes.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit the Camargue is between March and October, the season of the jeu taurin (non-violent bullfighting), when many area villages host traditional festivals and races. During peak summer season (July and August), temperatures can reach over 86°F (30°C) and mosquitoes can be a pain, so plan outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon, when it’s cooler.

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Wildlife Watching in the Camargue

In addition to the famous white horses and black bulls, the Camargue is home to some of France’s most diverse bird life, with more than 400 different species. At Pont de Gau Ornithological Park, a top destination for bird watching, you might also spot egrets, ibises, kingfishers, goldcrests, and birds of prey, as well as ducks, swans, and some of the region’s 10,000-plus flamingos.

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