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The Rhône between Lyon, Provence, and the Camargue

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From Lyon to Camargue via Tain l'Hermitage, Avignon, Arles, and the Camargue, go on an unforgettable cruise. Discover the authentic Provence combining style and refinement, a cruise brimming with splendid scenery and great food as well as a once-in-a-lifetime evening at a Paul Bocuse restaurant. Visit The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave which contains some of the best-preserved figurative cave paintings in the world, as well as other evidence of Upper Paleolithic life. In the coolness and the humidity it offers, you can be fully immersed through sound and olfactory worlds.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Arles | The Camargue
Day 3 : Avignon | Viviers
Day 4 : Gorges de l'Ardèche | Tain-l’Hermitage
Day 5 : Vienne | Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or
Day 6 : Lyon
Day 7 : Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire the scenery and traditions of the enchanting Camargue
  • Visit Avignon and the imposing Papal Palace
  • Discover the Gorges de l’Ardèche, the most beautiful canyon in Europe
  • Explore Lyon and a tasting of fine food at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon

Ship

MS Rhone Princess

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Visit colorful Lyon Arles overview Stop in Avignon on your cruise of the Rhône river. Famous view of Lyon, France Warm lights glow through the blue hour in Lyon

Day 1 Lyon | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 4 p.m. Once everyone is on board, we’ll cast off to the south. After you’ve comfortably settled into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment onboard. Our ship will cruise through the night.

Day 2 Arles | The Camargue

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising through the gorgeous French countryside, passing by Valence—dominated by its cathedral—and Montélimar, known for its famous nougat. Once we arrive in Arles, join us for an excursion to the Camargue. The epitome of traditional Provençal culture, this immense flatland is home to exceptional wildlife and plants which thrive in its marshes, ponds, and seashore. Visit a manade, where bulls are raised and horses are trained, to learn about the various traditions in the area.

Feel free to take a walk around Arles this evening to take in the sites. 

Day 3 Avignon | Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin to cruise early in the morning towards Avignon. Join a guided tour of the Papal Palace, an imposing fortress and luxurious palace that symbolizes the power of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. It is one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe and the city’s most famous attraction. Take a step back in time as you stroll through the immense halls, contemplate the beauty of the chapels, and visit the papal apartments.
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Join an excursion to Gordes and a tour of the Sénanque Abbey, located in the heart of the Provençal countryside. Gordes has been awarded the label of “One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.” Its cobblestone streets and dry-stone wall homes are typical of the region. The church and castle dominate the lush scenery in the valley. A community of Cistercian monks has been living in the Sénanque Abbey since 1148. They follow the Rule of Saint Benedict in the purest tradition, dedicating their lives to prayer and labor. The abbey is known for its lovely lavender fields and all the products the monks produce, including lavender honey. We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising to Viviers.

This evening, join a guided tour of the city. Viviers feels like an open-air museum where the pages of history are written in stone. We’ll visit the smallest cathedral in France, the House of Knights with its superb Renaissance-style facade, Saint Michel Tower, the Great Seminary, and the overlook which gives a lovely view of Vivier's at night. Spend the night on board.

Day 4 Gorges de l'Ardèche | Tain-l’Hermitage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out on a visit to the Gorges de l’Ardèche with us this morning. This panoramic tour from the comfortable seat of a coach will bring you to the heart of the treasures found in the area. The 18-mile canyon (30 km) was carved by turbulent waters that left behind steep cliffs, deep valleys, dense vegetation, and stunning limestone formations. See the Pont d'Arc, a natural arch almost 100-feet high carved out by the Ardèche River, and its namesake village, stopping at an overlook to take in the splendid views. After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in La Volute and continue our cruise towards Tain-l’Hermitage,

On arrival, leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat. Come and explore, smell, and taste chocolate in all of its forms at the Valrhona discovery center. Lastly, indulge in a tasting of course! Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 5 Vienne | Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising to Vienne. Enjoy some free time on your own exploring the city, before we set out once again towards Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or.
This cruise will bring you along Lyon and all its emblematic splendor: the painted walls, Fourvière Hill and its white basilica, the modern Musée des Confluences, Vieux Lyon, and the curious Homme de la Roche statue. Then join the Saône River and head towards our next port of call, Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or.

Join an optional extraordinary French gastronomic experience at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges (reservation mandatory before departure). Paul Bocuse was a three-star gourmet chef who was known for his innovative approach to cuisine and his love for fresh ingredients of the highest quality. This will be a singular experience in an exceptional setting where you’ll be able to relish in out-of-this-world courses prepared by some of the most renowned chefs. At the end of our delicious evening, return on board the ship.

Day 6 Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin to cruise early in the morning towards Lyon. Enjoy some free time on board this morning, or set out on foot to explore Lyon on your own.
In the afternoon, join a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon. Cross through the city and go up Fourvière Hill to the white basilica, the best place to take in the view. Then we’ll head over to Vieux Lyon to have a look at its historical homes and the “bouchon” restaurants that are found throughout the district. Learn about the discrete and strategic doorways leading to shortcuts, known as traboules, that go from street to street. Don’t miss the tasting of fine food at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon, a huge, three-story, indoor market where close to 50 shops offer the finest gourmet food. Enjoy a snack of local sausage and cheese, topped off with a lovely glass of wine*. After your excursion, return on board the ship. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 7 Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. 

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Notes

This offer includes
Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with shower in private bathroom - excursions mentioned in the program - emergency/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 - optional dinner at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges (reservation mandatory before departure) - transfers to/from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Requirements
Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Mentions
For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.

(1) Optional excursion.

(2) The stopover in Arles can be replaced by a stopover in Avignon depending on passage through the locks.

(3) If the Abbey is closed, we'll visit the Lavender Museum instead.

(4) Dinner at the Abbaye de Collonges or in a Paul Bocuse restaurant depending of the number of participants.

(5) Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse are closed on Sundays and Mondays. In this instance, arrangements will be made so as to maintain the tasting of local products.

*Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.Valid information for year 2019
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