Day 1 - Lyon 
Day 2 - Arles / Camargue
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

By plane or train to Lyon, visit the landscapes, heritage and tastes of the Rhône, Saône, Avignon, Arles and the Camargue

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 and the attractive Tain L’Hermitage and Tournon. The delta of the Rhône, France’s greatest river, has created the Camargue, one of Europe’s best nature reserves with 350,000 acres of wetlands, dunes and salt flats, home to its famous white horses.

Key Features

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

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

Day 2 Morning cruising to Arles. Optional afternoon tour by 4x4 of the Petite and Grande Camargue nature reserve (bookable locally) or enjoy free time in Arles. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise in the early morning towards medieval and elegant Avignon. Arrive in Avignon, once inspiration for Van Gogh. Walking tour includes the Papal Palace, home of the Popes in the 14th century. Cruise to Viviers. Evening walking tour up to this small fortified town. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit the Ardèches Gorges. Return on board in La Voulte and cruise towards Tain L’Hermitage and visit the Cité du Chocolat with an included tasting. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise in the morning to Vienne for time at leisure. Continue cruising on the Saône to Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or passing Lyon. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning cruising to Lyon. Afternoon tour of Lyon, France’s second city and gastronomic capital of France, its centre a UNESCO World Heritage site lying in part between the Rhône and Saône rivers. Farewell Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

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

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


Cabins are available from 5pm 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.


2022: May 8, Jun 8 & Jun 29 will cruise on the MS Van Gogh.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
April 4 £1695
May 8 £1945
June 8 £1995
June 29 £1995
August 11 £1895
September 9 £1995
October 5 £1945
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For 2022 bookings made by 31 December 2021, deduct £50 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
April 4 & Aug 11

Single supplement £525

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £165

Flight & Rail Options

British Airways Club Europe from £295
Eurostar/TGV – Standard Class £25
Eurostar/TGV – Standard Premier Class £195

Extension Options

Extension - Lyon
Le Phénix Hotel - 2 nights £265
Single supplement £135

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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