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Christmas in Provence and the Rhône Valley

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard MS Van Gogh
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Board on MS Van Gogh for a 4-day cruise on the Rhône this Christmas and discover beautiful cities such as Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage town with over 2,000 years of history to share, but also the radiant city of Avignon, the Capital of Vaucluse and Côtes du Rhône as well as the city of the Popes, art, and museums. Get ready to be charmed away by a cruise full of surprise!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Viviers
Day 3 : Avignon
Day 4 : Avignon | Disembark


  • Experience Christmas church services in Avignon, the Papal City
  • Explore Lyon during the night on a cruise
  • Visit Viviers, a protected area and a true open-air museum
  • Enjoy the Christmas Eve dinner with wine


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Enjoy a cozy Christmas market with loved ones Lyon from above Palace of the Popes in Avignon Viviers Cathedral Lyon by night

Day 1 Lyon | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. Tonight, enjoy a cruise through the illuminated districts of the old Lyon.

Day 2 Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend all morning cruising on the Rhône River all the way to Viviers. In the afternoon, set out on a tour on foot of charming Viviers and Montélimar. Viviers is a true open-air museum with exceptional architecture, a living testimony to French history. You'll get to admire its cathedral, the smallest in France before you head to Montélimar. This town has been famous the world over for its nougat ever since the 17th century. Visit a nougat confectioner, an occasion to learn more about how this special treat is made. Return to Viviers by coach. Tonight's your gala dinner and evening.

Day 3 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will spend all morning cruising to Avignon, passing through the Bollène lock. This afternoon, join the tour of the city which has kept an exceptional historical heritage, a large section of it being listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour will take you through the city center with its Place de l'Horloge where you'll get to admire the Town Hall as well as a 19th-century theater. You'll then continue on to the Place du Palais for a visit to the Papal Palace, the most important monument of the town. There, you will discover the staterooms where numerous ceremonies and feasts took place, the chapels, the Pope’s private apartments and the terraces which offer a wonderful panorama on Avignon and the Rhône River. This evening, revel in your festive Christmas Eve dinner and evening. Christmas services will be celebrated in one of the city's churches according to availability. 

Day 4 Avignon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 10 a.m in Avignon. 

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34 cabins (31 double cabins, 3 single cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 118 sq. ft.
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Upper Deck
20 cabins (19 double cabins, 1 cabin for people with reduced mobility) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 118 sq. ft.


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

This offer includes
- Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
- Assistance from the onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Onboard activities
- Christmas gift
- Christmas Eve dinner with drinks included
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees.

This offer does not include
- Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
- Transport for Christmas services
- Additional onboard meals not in the initial package
- Personal expenses.

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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