By plane or train to Lyon, visit the landscapes, heritage and tastes of the Rhône, Saône, Avignon, Arles and the Camargue
For 2022 bookings made by 31 December 2021, deduct £50 per person
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
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.
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)
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.
A Premium vessel launched in 1995 and rebuilt in 2015 to a high standard. The MS Camargue is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel does not usually sail at night. Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, large sun deck and WiFi (free/limited). 54 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 18 twin/double cabins (170 sq. ft.) and two single cabins on the Upper Deck with picture window and 32 twin/double cabins (170 sq. ft.) and two single cabins with picture window on the Main Deck.
A Premium vessel launched in 1999 and refurbished in 2018 to a high standard. The MS Van Gogh is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family.
All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, sun deck and WiFi (free/limited). 54 air-conditioned cabins over two decks with private facilities, safe, satellite TV and picture windows. 20 twin/double cabins (160 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck and 34 twin/double cabins (160 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck.
2022: May 8, Jun 8 & Jun 29 will cruise on the MS Van Gogh.
Two nights with breakfast at the charming 3-star Le Phénix Hotel, a 16th century building in Old Lyon, on the Saône, within walking distance to explore the famous Terreaux Square, shops, bars and restaurants.
A city tax is payable locally, currently €1.65 per person per night.
Day 1 Disembark the vessel and transfer to the 3-star Le Phénix Hotel for two nights. (B)
Day 2 At leisure. (B)
Day 3 Return flight. (B)
Previously an ancient Renaissance house, now a Florentine hotel located in Old Lyon, on the Saône riverbank, within walking distance to explore the famous Terreaux Square, shops, bars and restaurants. 36 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and WiFi (free).
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
For 2022 bookings made by 31 December 2021, deduct £50 per person
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
April 4 & Aug 11
Single supplement £525
Upper Deck £165
Flight & Rail Options
British Airways Club Europe from £295
Eurostar/TGV – Standard Class £25
Eurostar/TGV – Standard Premier Class £195
Extension - Lyon
Le Phénix Hotel - 2 nights £265
Single supplement £135
Arrival or departure transfer add £50
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.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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