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Explore the wonderful city of Lyon, France's second largest city wonderfully situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, on this exclusive round-trip voyage. Visit the ancient Benedictine abbey, a church with uncommon dimensions in terms of Romanesque art, completed under the abbacy of Pierre the Venerable and consecrated in 1130. Discover the Abbay at Cluny and sample wine at Tain l'Hermitage. In Tournon, observe the château-museum's historical permanent collection.

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


  • Discover this region's culture & enjoy a Provençal folk evening on board  
  • Observe from up close the production of Provençal olive oil
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the City of Popes and its Palace
  • Visit Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, famed for its gypsy gatherings


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Lyon, France Personal tours of vineyards Gothic cathedral entrance Palace of the Popes in Avignon Place de la Republique, Arles

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 evening of entertainment in the lounge bar. 

Day 2 Lyon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Be a part of a fantastic guided visit of Lyon, France's second largest city wonderfully situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Before your visit spend your afternoon cruising to Mâcon. Enjoy an evening of dancing on board.

Day 3 Mâcon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take an excursion to visit the abbey at Cluny. This Benedictine abbey's influence spanned across Europe in the Middle Ages. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board while you cruise to Vienne. 

Day 4 Vienne

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an exclusive guided visit of Vienne, a Roman city. Spend the afternoon cruising to Arles. Be part of an evening full of entertainment provided by the crew. Cruise through the night.

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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving in Arles, join a guided visit of the city with its Roman treasures and artistic legacy - Arles has a glorious heritage. Discover Provençal olive oil production. In the afternoon take an excursion through the Camargue, an exceptional area where the sea, wetlands and ponds are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of bird life. Enjoy free time in the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Enjoy an evening of Provençal folk entertainment on board. 

Day 6 Avignon | Viviers

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Avignon and take a guided tour of the City of Popes and its Palace, a citadel surrounded by ramparts and perched on a rocky outcropping over the river. Spend the afternoon cruising to Viviers. Join a guided visit of Viviers and discover the smallest cathedral in France. 

Day 7 Viviers | Tournon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise to Tournon. Take a panoramic tour of the city, stopping at the château-museum to see the permanent collection that traces the history of navigation on the Rhône River. Taste some of the regional products and wines. Return on board by foot for the traditional gala evening. 

Day 8 Lyon | Disembark

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

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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:
- 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
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees

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. 

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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