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Salt Pond in Camargue, Southern Provence, France

From the Saône to the Rhône

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Embark on what is sure to be a vacation like no other you have taken before. Experience the luxury of cruising as you travel the beautiful scenic routes of France. Discover some of the most charming towns and villages of the region and enjoy the traditional production of Provençal culinary delights. Visit Arles, a unique place that still maintains an outstanding architectural heritage, making it a genuine open-air museum. Or stroll across Viviers, the third largest protected sector in the Rhône Alpes region.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon, France | Embark
Day 2 : Lyon
Day 3 : Mâcon
Day 4 : Vienne
Day 5 : Arles | The Camargue | Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Day 6 : Avignon | Viviers
Day 7 : Viviers | Tournon
Day 8 : Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the Fourvière Basilica and the beautiful old town of Lyon
  • Visit Viviers and observe the smallest cathedral in France
  • Enjoy a traditional Provençal folk evening on board
  • Join a guided tour of the City of Popes and its Palace

Ship

MS Camargue

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Salt Pond in Camargue, Southern Provence, France Lyon by night Famous view of Lyon, France A flock of flamingos creates a pink reflection on the water Pristine towns line the canals of France

Day 1 Lyon, France | Embark

Board at 6:00 p.m. in the charming city of Lyon, at the Quai Claude Bernard. Join a crew presentation and welcome drink. Before settling into your cabin, enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment in the lounge bar. 

Day 2 Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Lyon where you'll discover its famous "traboules", types of passageways that are typical of the city. 
DISCOVERY: a Bike ride through the main monuments and districts of Lyon followed by a tasting of local products in the heart of the old town. 
You’ll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising to Mâcon. Enjoy dinner and an evening of dancing.

Day 3 Mâcon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Visit the Abbey ruins in Cluny. 
DISCOVERY: Guided tour on foot of Mâcon, capital of the Beaujolais, followed by a tasting of local products. 
You’ll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising to Vienne. Enjoy an evening of entertainment. You'll reach Vienne later this evening.

Day 4 Vienne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Vienne. 
DISCOVERY: Explore Vienne on a Segway for an original tour of this charming “Gallo-Roman” city known for its art and history. 
You’ll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 5 Arles | The Camargue | Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Arles and a local olive oil producer.  In the afternoon, excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Discover the Camargue. You’ll visit a "manade" (horse breeding farm) and learn about how a manadier works with the animals.
DISCOVERY: Safari in jeeps through the Camargue for an original immersion in the wilderness.
You'll return on board for dinner and an evening of traditional Provençal entertainment.

Day 6 Avignon | Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace.  You'll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising. Take a guided tour of Viviers.

Day 7 Viviers | Tournon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising. Take a guided tour of Tournon. You'll visit the imposing Castle-Museum of Tournon-sur-Rhône followed by a tasting of local wines* and regional delicacies. You'll then return on board. Tonight's your gala dinner and evening. The ship will cruise towards Lyon during the night.

Day 8 Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a buffet breakfast on board. Arrive in the city around 9:00 a.m. then disembark.

MS Camargue

Per person starting at
$2,733
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Main Deck
34 cabins (31 twins, 1 Suite, 2 single) equipped with generous closets, hair dryer, climate control, private bathroom with shower and bath products, flat screen TV and radio, telephone.
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Upper Deck
20 cabins (17 twins, 1 Suite, 2 single) equipped with generous closets, hair dryer, climate control, private bathroom with shower and bath products, flat screen TV and radio, telephone.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first day to breakfast on the last day
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served  during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees. 
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Personal expenses. 

Formalities
valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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