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The Rhône between Lyon, Provence, and the Camargue

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Rhone Princess
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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. Cross through the city and go up Fourvière Hill to the white basilica, the best place to take in the view. Explore, smell, and taste chocolate in all of its forms at the Valrhona discovery center in Tain L’Hermitage. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Lyon | Colloges-au-Mont-d’Or
Day 3 : Tain L'Hermitage | Avignon
Day 4 : Avignon | Arles
Day 5 : Arles | Viviers
Day 6 : Viviers | La Voulte
Day 7 : Lyon | Disembark


  • Discover the spectacular Luberon Region and its hilltop villages
  • Visit the famous and tasty Cité du Chocolat in Tain l’Hermitage
  • Explore the village of and the Sénanque Abbey
  • Admire the Gorges de l’Ardèche, the most beautiful canyon in Europe


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Day 1 Lyon | Embark

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

Day 2 Lyon | Colloges-au-Mont-d’Or

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, 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 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*.
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 your delicious evening, return on board the ship and start sailing.

Day 3 Tain L'Hermitage | Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat in Tain L’Hermitage. Come and explore, smell, and taste chocolate in all of its forms at the Valrhona discovery center. Lastly, indulge in a tasting of course!
You’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Avignon, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

Day 4 Avignon | Arles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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.
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.
Start sailing towards Arles. Enjoy some free time before returning on board for an evening of entertainment.

Day 5 Arles | Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join 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.
Spend the afternoon cruising through the gorgeous French countryside, passing by Valence—dominated by its cathedral—and Montélimar, known for its famous nougat.

Day 6 Viviers | La Voulte

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join a guided tour of Viviers. This city feels like an open-air museum where the pages of history are written in stone. 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 Viviers. Set out on a visit to the Gorges de l’Ardèche with us this afternoon. 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.

Return on board the ship in La Voulte and start sailing towards Lyon. Tonight is your festive gala evening.

Day 7 Lyon | Disembark

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

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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 our 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.

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

For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.
(1) Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is closed on Sundays and Mondays. In this instance, arrangements will be made so as to maintain the tasting of local products.
(2) Optional excursion.
(3) Dinner at the Abbaye de Collonges or in a Paul Bocuse restaurant depending on the number of participants.
(4) The stopover in Arles can be replaced by a stopover in Avignon depending on passage through the locks.
(5) If the Abbey is closed, you'll visit the Lavender Museum instead.
*Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation. Valid information for the year 2019
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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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