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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

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Arles and Camargue Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
$83.85 per adult
Wonderful
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
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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
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!

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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