Exclusive Event: This morning, test your bargain-hunting skills at the famous, 50-year-old flea market at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, often known as France’s “capital of antiques”. Your first special guest and BBC antiques expert, Hilary Kay will also attend the market and offer some advice and help as you wonder around the market at your leisure.
Exclusive Event: Back on board, find out if you really do have an eye for antiques, as Hilary Kay assesses a selection of purchases made by guests at L’Isle-sur-la- Sorgue. The best antiques buy will be awarded a prize.
After lunch on board the Emerald Liberté, you will explore the magnificent historic centre of Arles – including the ruins of the town’s Roman Amphitheatre – on a guided walking tour. Revel in the glory of the Roman Empire today during an insightful visit to Arles, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles and Arles Amphitheatre, a 2,000-year-old structure where spectators would have once gathered by the masses to watch superb chariot races. Enjoy learning about the time that Vincent van Gogh spent in the city, taking inspiration from his surroundings and using them to create many of his most iconic pieces of art, including the “Starry Night Over the Rhône”, before exploring Arles at leisure.
A Provençal dinner hosted by Chef Fabien Morreale
A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
Excursion to Camargue (extra expense)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner