About St. Gilles

It’s worth cruising 3hrs north of St. Gilles to visit Tarascan, rich in history and home to one of the most beautiful fortresses in Europe. The main attractions of the Camargue lay to the south of the base. The walled city of Aigues-Mortes (3hrs south of St. Gilles) is not to be missed, as well as the plethora of lively beach resorts, Gardian cowboy ranches and opportunities to see the famous pink flamingos and white Camargue horses. We’d also recommend a trip to Nîmes from St. Gilles (23km by road). It has a Roman arena and a walking tour of the city is an excellent way to absorb its fascinating history.

From St. Gilles it is:

  • 17hrs (2 locks) to our base in Port Cassafières

What you get on the base

Facilities

Showers

Toilets

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Planning your adventure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.

Hotels

Du Cours Tel: +33 (0) 4 66 87 31 93

Les Cabanettes Tel: +33 (0) 4 66 87 31 53

Heraclee Tel: +33 (0) 4 66 87 44 10 

 

Restaurants

La Restanque Tel: +33 (0) 466 873 797

Le Clément IV Tel: +33 (0) 466 870 066

 

Shops

You can find all shops and services in St. Gilles – a 5-10 minute walk from the base

Fishing

A fishing license is required for all channels (Midi, Camargue and Robine). The permit can be purchased at fishing tackle shops in villages near all bases. The only place where a fishing license is not required is the Etang de Thau being located in the maritime regulatory zone.

Local Market

The market is open on Thursday and Sunday mornings.

Tourist Info

1 Place Frédéric Mistral,

30800 St. Gilles,

Tel: +33 (0) 466 87 33 75

Opening hours

Mon - Sun 8:30am - 12:30pm 2pm - 6pm

Address

Le Boat St. Gilles
Halte Nautique
F – 30800 Saint-Gilles
France

Telephone

+33 (0)4 66 87 22 66

Travel to St. Gilles

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.

 

Taxi Lupi’ (+33 (0) 699 478 269| [email protected]). 

 

Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Nîmes-Arles Airport (FNI) 32€
  • Montpellier Airport (MPL) 110€
  • Avignon Airport (AVN) 119€
  • Marsaille Airport (MRS) 153€
  • Nîmes Train Station 44€
  • Arles Train Station 44€

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.

 

Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Car transfers are bookable in advance via our sales team. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. For hire cars, you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional "unnamed" driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.

 

Please contact the sales team for prices.

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas

By Train

Closest train station(s):

Nîmes: 20 km

Arles: 20 km

By Air

Closest airport(s):

Nimes – Arles: 15 km

Montpellier: 57 km

Avignon: 58 km

Marseille: 95 km

Arrival at St. Gilles

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our UK/IRE sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your holiday as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info