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The Magic of the Provençal Rhône and the Camargue

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Discover the wild and unspoiled nature of the Camargue and experience the unique charm of the Provence region, on this 5-day cruise through Southeast France. Begin your adventure in Lyon, cruise along the landscapes of the Rhone, one of the major rivers of Europe. Stop for daily land excursions in Arles, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Avignon, Roquemaure, the Ardèche gorges, Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts, Viviers, the Vercors and Tain L'hermitage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Arles | The Camargue
Day 3 : Avignon | Viviers, The Ardèche Gorges
Day 4 : Tain L'hermitage (the Vercors)
Day 5 : Lyon | Disembark


  • Join an excursion to the Camargue, an exceptional wildlife area
  • Visit Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a festive and compact seaside resort town
  • Take part on a guided tour of Arles, a mecca for tourism and culture
  • Explore the City of Popes, a citadel over the river surrounded by ramparts


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Famous view of Lyon, France Place de la Republique, Arles Salt Pond in Camargue, Southern Provence, France Viviers Cathedral Palace of the Popes in Avignon

Day 1 Lyon | Embark

Board the MS Mistral at 4:00 p.m. in Lyon, at the Quai Claude Bernard. Settle in your cabin and attend to the crew introduction over a welcome cocktail. Enjoy a delightful dinner followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 2 Arles | The Camargue

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising through the landscapes of the south of France. Pass through Valence, with Saint Apollinaire and Montélimar, famous for its nougat. Then cruise through the Bollène lock, which raises and lowers boats 20 meters (66 feet) for navigating the Rhône River, a major civil engineering project of the 1950s. Arrive in Arles and join an excursion to the Camargue. Visit this exceptional area where the sea, wetlands and ponds are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of bird life. Enjoy some free time to visit the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. In the evening take part on a guided tour of Arles, a mecca for tourism and culture.

Day 3 Avignon | Viviers, The Ardèche Gorges

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise to Avignon for a guided tour of the City of Popes, a citadel surrounded by ramparts and perched on a rocky outcropping over the river. Then cruise to Roquemaure and join an excursion by coach to visit the Ardèche gorges and to discover the Pont d'Arc Cavern, a replica of Chauvet Cave. Get back on board in Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts and depart for Viviers. Tonight enjoy a deligfthful dinner on board. 

Day 4 Tain L'hermitage (the Vercors)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to La Voulte. In the afternoon, set off on an excursion to the Vercors and visit a wine cellar for a wine tasting of the famous Clairette de Die. Return on board at Tain l'Hermitage and enjoy your gala evening while you cruise to Lyon.

Day 5 Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before you arrive in Lyon around 9:00 a.m. and disembark.

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52 cabins (38 twins, 7 double bed, 4 triple cabins, 2 single cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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27 cabins (23 twins, 4 double) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.


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

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

(1) The stop in Arles could be replaced by a stop in Avignon, depending on the lock schedule. 

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the first day to breakfast on day 5
- 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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