Overview

Day 1 - Martigues
Day 2 - Cassis / Côtes de Provence region / Martigues
Day 3 - Arles / Saint-Rémy-de-Provence/ Avignon
Day 4 - Tain-l'Hermitage / Lyon
Day 5 - Lyon / Mâcon
Day 6 - Beaujolais region / Lyon
Day 7 - Lyon

Spendology - Widgets

Wine & Dine on the Rhône River

A new themed cruise through some of the most prestigious winegrowing regions tasting some of the best wines in local vineyards including Cassis, Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône, Tain l’Hermitage, and Beaujolais. Only one departure with limited space!

No one would dispute the fact that the French know how to enjoy the best things in life. Indeed, they do love and take their wine seriously, with strict regulations and classifications for winemaking and production and one of the oldest systems for protected designation of origin.

With a temperate climate bringing nuanced flavours and many grape varieties, France produces between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, the equivalent of 7–8 billion bottles. Being one of the largest producers in the World, there are wines for every taste.

Embark on this oenological cruise passing renowned vineyards and beautiful countryside, including many wine tastings, refined cuisine and visits to charming villages and well-known cities with Arles and Lyon.

Embark on this unique cruise to discover the fabulous world of wines and learn to drink wine like the French!

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
New Cruise
Special Departure: Oenology Cruise
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 8 30

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Marseille. Transfer to Martigues to embark on your vessel for a 6-night cruise. Welcome cocktail and evening at leisure. (D)

Day 2 Visit Cassis, a Mediterranean fishing port known for its pebbly beaches, calanques and full-bodied white wines with fruit and pine aromas. Visit a local vineyard for a tasting. Afternoon visit of the Côtes de Provence region with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and home to a number of France’s most prestigious wines. Visit a local vineyard for a tasting. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Walking tour of Arles, an important stop along the Way of St. James pilgrimage route, with Roman ruins second only to Rome. Also home of Van Gogh in the late 19th century, where he created approximately 300 paintings and drawings during his stay. Follow his steps to the different sites where he used to set up his easel such as the Place du Forum, the Quai du Rhône and Place Lamartine. Afternoon visit of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a beautiful village and a source of inspiration for many artists where art of living is an institution. Visit a local vineyard for a tasting. Return to your vessel in Avignon. Overnight cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit Tain-l'Hermitage, famous for excellent Mediterranean wines. Visit a local vineyard for a tasting. Cruise towards Lyon. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning guided tour of Lyon. See Fourvière Basilica, the Vieux Lyon and the bouchon restaurants. Fine food tasting at Les Halles de Lyon. Afternoon cruise towards Mâcon. Demonstration and tasting contest with wine expert. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Morning excursion to the Beaujolais region. Travel past charming, wine-dominated villages before arriving at the Hameau Duboeuf, an original wine theme park. Tour of the winemaking centre and learn about traditional and modern techniques. Afternoon excursion through the “Little Tuscany”. Visit Oingt, a picturesque medieval village overlooking the Azergues Valley. Visit a local vineyard for a tasting. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark in Lyon for your return flight to London. (B)

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

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure.
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

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

Date Price
October 17 £2095

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Main Deck Single supplement (double for sole use) £525

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck (twin/double) £165
Upper Deck (single cabin) £165
Upper Deck (double for sole use) £690
Upper Deck Suite (twin/double) £325

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and 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. Drinks are not included on board.

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