Overview

Day 1 - Lyon 
Day 2 - Saône / Mâcon
Day 3 - Cluny
Day 4 - Vienne
Day 5 - Arles / Camargue
Day 6 - Avignon / Viviers
Day 7 - Tournon
Day 8 - Return Journey 

The Colours of Provence & Beaujolais

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

3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
‘No Flying’ Option
No Single Supplement
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. (D)

Day 2 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. Sail on the Saône past the vineyards of Mâcon for overnight in this regional capital. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tour of the ancient Benedictine Abbey at Cluny, founded in 910 by William the Pious. Return to Mâcon and sail on the Rhône to Vienne. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning walking tour of Vienne, a Roman and medieval provincial capital. Cruise southwards. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Arrive in Arles for a morning walking tour including the Roman amphitheatre. Continue to an olive oil producing estate with an included tasting. Optional afternoon tour by 4x4 of the Petite and Grande Camargue nature reserve (£95) or enjoy free time in Arles. Cruise northwards. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Arrive in medieval and elegant 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 7 Morning cruising. Arrival in Tournon, across the river from Tain L’Hermitage. Afternoon tour including the Rhône Château Museum and a wine tasting. Farewell Jules Verne drinks party and Gala dinner. Cruise to Lyon overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Disembark for the return journey from Lyon by either flight or rail. (B)

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

Notes

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.

2019

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

Date Price
May 4 £1995
June 1 £2045
July 20 £1995
September 22 £2045
October 8 £2045
October 12 £1845
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all bookings made by 28th February 2019, deduct £60 per person.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on this date:
Oct 12

Single supplement £575
(Jun 22 & Oct 12 £495)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £195

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 £165

Independent Arrival

Save £150
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer add £50

Price Includes
Air or rail travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-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.

Notes
October 12 cruises on the MS Rhone Princess.

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