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Hike through the Rhône Valley and the Provençal Rhône

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard MS Camargue
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Explore the Rhone and Saone by cruising through their beautiful landscapes. Discover magical sites such as the Alpilles, a chain of limestone hills and an enchanting natural site, or the Baux de Provence, one of the oldest villages in France nestled in an extraordinary setting. Wildlife enthusiasts will love the Madeleine Cave, a Michelin-awarded site, and its surrounding area.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon, France | Embark
Day 2 : Chavanay
Day 3 : Avignon
Day 4 : Arles
Day 5 : Viviers
Day 6 : Vienne | Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pope's Palace at Avignon
  • Admire the pink flamingos and wild horses of Camargue
  • Enjoy incredible hikes in the Pilat Mountain Range and the Ardèche Gorges

Ship

MS Camargue

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arles overview Viviers Cathedral Friends hiking during a trip together Lyon from above Lyon by night
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Day 1 Lyon, France | Embark

Board the ship in Lyon at 6.00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. Learn more about the hiking program before dinner followed by an evening of entertainment on board.

Day 2 Chavanay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, cruise through the Rhône Valley towards Chavanay, passing Givors, Vienne and Condrieu at the foot of the Côtes Rôties vineyards. Arrive in Chavanay at 2:00 p.m.

Hikers' Program: Hiking in the Pilat Mountain Range: Discover amazing vistas from the granite ledge set high above the Rhône River and facing the Alps as you hike through this beautiful mountain range. Departing from Malleval, the loop will take you from the Saut de Lorette waterfall to the Batalon gorge and along paths that border the mountains, allowing for beautiful viewpoints on the Rhône. Duration 2 hours 45 minutes, 7 km (4.4 miles), with around 200 m (656 feet) of elevation gain.

Non-hikers' program: Tour of Chavanay followed by a wine-tasting session at a cellar. Enjoy some free time in the evening to explore by yourself.

Day 3 Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent on cruising. Join the guided tour on foot of Avignon followed by free time to discover this beautiful city at your own pace. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 4 Arles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you will cruise to Arles. 

Hikers' program: Hike in the Alpilles and Les Baux de Provence. Explore the Alpilles, a small chain of limestone mountains, and probably the most famous and the most visited in Provence. Duration: 2 to 2½ hours, distance of 5 km (3 miles), with about 150 m (492 feet) of elevation gain.

Non-hikers' program: Visit the village of Les Baux-de-Provence, with its spectacular position in the heart of the Alpilles at an altitude of 245 m (804 feet). The village is classified as “one of the most beautiful villages in France.”

Take an afternoon excursion by coach through the Camargue, where you can discover the villages of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and typical landscapes with wild horses, pink flamingos, rice paddy fields, and salt marshes. Tonight's your gala evening and dinner.

Day 5 Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Viviers in the morning. 

Hikers' program: Hike in the Nature Reserve of the Ardèche Gorges. Lovers of the great outdoors surely fall under the spell of the Ardèche Gorges, with their unique and wondrous scenery, combined with amazing, breathtaking views. Duration 2 hours, 6 km (3.75 miles), with around 250 m (656 feet) of elevation gain.

Non-hikers' program: Tour of the Madeleine Cave.

Join a guided walking tour of Viviers, a medieval city classified as a protected area of the Rhône-Alpes region, the former residence of bishops. Afterward, you will cruise towards Vienne. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 6 Vienne | Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy a buffet breakfast as you cruise. Arrive in Vienne around 9:00 a.m. Join a guided walking tour of the town. It was the capital of the “Viennoise” Roman province and a religious capital until the 15th century. Cruise to Lyon, having lunch on board and arriving in Lyon around 3:00 p.m. Disembark.
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33 cabins (31 twins, 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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Main Deck Suite
1 cabin suite (double bed) spacious and comfortable cabin equipped private bathroom with shower and bath products, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and radio. Located on the main deck, it offers a panoramic view of the landscapes.
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Upper Deck
19 cabins (17 twins, 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 Suite
1 cabin suite (2 beds) equipped with French balcony, private bathroom with shower and bath products, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and radio. Located on the upper deck, its panoramic window offers a great view of the landscapes.

Notes

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

This offer includes:
  • 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
  • Tours and hiking tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Services of a certified mountain guide
  • Assistance from the onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment
  • 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
  • Personal expenses.
Requirements
Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Additional information
Hiking difficulty: level 2 (on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult))

The hikes that are proposed during this cruise are short half-day strolls (2 to 3 hrs), implying few changes in altitude (around 150 to 300 m / 490 - 985 feet). Along the hike, you'll get the chance to see and discover some natural or cultural areas which are on your cruise's program. The durations stipulated in the programs are given as a rough guide and do not take the breaks into consideration. No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

Your equipment:
Backpack:
You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen. It is important, for your comfort and pleasure during the hike, to choose a good backpack. You should take a good-sized and sturdy bag with padded braces and a strong and waterproof fabric. Please note that no porter services are provided.

Shoes:
Please note that you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise as it is important that you feel comfortable wearing them. Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, the sole should always be of a good quality that is to say that they should be well sewn-on and non-slip for wet or uneven ground. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.

Clothes
The equipment for a hike should necessarily include:

-Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike:
  • Lightweight, quick-drying pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Rain poncho or raincoat
  • Hat or cap
  • Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season
Equipment:
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Folding knife
  • Telescopic hiking poles if you are used to use them (recommend for the Douro and Croatia cruises)
First-aid kit:
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike. It is yet compulsory to bring a personal first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination but will at least include:
  • Plastic strip bandages
  • "2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
  • Pain reliever
  • If necessary, mosquito repellent
  • "Collyrium” or similar eyewash product
  • Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.
You should also bring along any of your personal prescribed medication.

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

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
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