Day 1 - Lyon
Day 2 - Arles
Day 3 - Avignon / Viviers
Day 4 - Tain-l’Hermitage
Day 5 – Vienne / Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or
Day 6 - Lyon
Day 7 - Return Journey

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The Colours of Provence & Beaujolais - Solo Group Departure

By plane or train to Lyon, visit the landscapes, heritage and tastes of the Rhône, Saône, Avignon, Arles, Viviers, Tain-l’Hermitage and Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or

The waterways of France combine beautiful countryside with historic towns and villages – without the hassle of road travel! The landscapes of Provence that so inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh, and the scenery of the Rhône valley are best enjoyed from the river. The most famous of the many beautiful bridges lies, of course, in historic Avignon, the main residence of seven Popes – how amazing to find a Pope’s Palace in France, definitely adding to your knowledge of religious history and tying together threads from other visits to France, Italy and beyond. Avignon is also a charming town whilst Arles with its Roman amphitheatres will not disappoint. Lyon is more rewarding than expected whilst smaller towns include Roman Vienne, the attractive Tain L’Hermitage and the quaint Collongnes-au-Mont-d’Or, home to the late chef Paul Bocuse known for his ground-breaking approach in culinary.

Key Features

Solo Group Departure
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Lyon or travel by Eurostar/TGV. Embark at Lyon. Sail southwards. Welcome drink and crew introduction. (D)

Day 2 Morning cruising through the picturesque countryside to Arles. Afternoon free to explore this beautiful city. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sail to medieval Avignon, once inspiration for Van Gogh. Walking tour includes the Papal Palace, home of the Popes in the 14th century and one of the most important Gothic structures in Europe. Afternoon cruise to Viviers. Evening walking tour of this small fortified town. Overnight in Viviers. (B, L, D)

Day 4 A panoramic tour to the stunning Gorges of Ardèche including Pont d’Arc. Re-join the ship to cruise towards Tain-l’Hermitage.Visit the Valrohina Centre to explore, smell and taste some chocolate. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise to the Roman and medieval provincial capital of Vienne with time to explore the city. Sail on the Saône River to Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or. Optional French gastronomic dinner at the Abbaye de Collonges restaurant of Paul Bocuse, a former three-star gourmet chef known for his innovative approach to cuisine and love for fresh ingredients (£170 pre-bookable) . (B, L, D)

Day 6 Sail towards Lyon. Afternoon tour of Lyon, France’s second city and gastronomic capital, its centre a UNESCO World Heritage site between the Rhône and Saône rivers. Enjoy a snack and glass of wine at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon. Farewell Jules Verne drinks party on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark for the return journey by flight or rail. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Cabins are available from 3pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
easyJet from London Gatwick

Date Price
July 22 £1595
Early Booking Offer

For all bookings made by 30 January 2021, deduct £55 per person

Solo Group Departure

22 July 2021

Supplements per person

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £135

Flight & Rail Options

Eurostar/TGV – Standard Class £25
Eurostar/TGV – Standard Premier Class £195

Extension Options

Extension - Lyon
Le Phénix Hotel - 2 nights £265
Single supplement £165

Independent Arrival

Save £150
Arrival or departure transfer add £50

Price Includes
Air or rail travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, cruise director, guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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