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Cruise the Rhone river in charming Lyon

The tip of Provence to Lyon on the Rhone and Saone River

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Discover Provence, one of France's most beautiful, magnificent, and fascinating regions, on this seven-day river cruise onboard the MS Rhone Princess. Nature and ancient traditions have been carefully conserved in Avignon. Next, travel on to Lyon and its strategic doorways. Head to the wine region of Beaujolais, which is close to Lyon and Burgundy's vineyards in the city's main streets.
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Highlights
  • Discover the Vercors Massif and enjoy a tasting of local sparkling wine
  • Admire the scenery and traditions of the Camargue
  • Visit Avignon and the imposing Papal Palace
  • Explore Beaujolais and taste of some of the local products.
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Day 1: Martigues | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 2: The Camargue | Marseille

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join us for an excursion:

CLASSIC package: Tour the Camargue. We’ll visit a manade to enjoy a horse show.
DISCOVERY package: Safari in the Camargue in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Set out on an exciting jaunt into the heart of the wild Camargue.
Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamencos, black bulls, and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses. Whether on the edge of the sea or inland, each spot is an immersion in the wonders nature has to offer in France. This afternoon, join us for an excursion for both packages: A guided tour of Marseille. We’ll take you to the main sites, including La Canebière, the Old Port, and the impressive white basilica.

Day 3: Arles | Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions for both packages:

The morning will be dedicated to a visit to Arles and a local olive oil production workshop. Tourists love to visit Arles for two reasons: Its Roman ruins and its ties to Van Gogh. The city oozes Provençal charm, and every corner seems packed with something to see or taste. And speaking of taste, no trip to the south of France would be complete without a visit to a local olive oil manufacturer. Join us this afternoon for a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. Avignon has had quite a past. The city’s historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included in this area is the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe and the city’s most famous attraction. Our ship will cruise this evening.

Day 4: The Vercors Massif | Tain L'Hermitage | Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join us on an excursion for both packages: Discover the Vercors Massif and enjoy a tasting of local sparkling wine (Clairette de Die).* The Vercors Massif contains impressive sites and breathtaking views. We’ll discover many of these on a trip through its natural park. Peaks, trails, rushing streams, steep cliffs, and rolling mountain pastures await. The Vercors Massif was also a strategic location for the French Resistance during World War II. We’ll visit the quaint town of Die—known for its delicious sparkling wine—and enjoy a tasting. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Lyon, arriving during the evening.

Day 5: Macon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC package: Join us for a panoramic tour of Lyon and learn about the discrete and strategic doorways leading to shortcuts, known as traboules, that go from street to street.
DISCOVERY packageExplore Lyon by bike and see its historic monuments and neighborhoods from the saddle before enjoying a tasting in the heart of the Old Town.

Lyon is a remarkably green city and a pleasure to visit, especially on a bike. Its history spans over 2,000 years. The Romans left their footprint in the form of a forum and artifacts. Splendid churches from all eras dot the city hills. The streets are lined with boutiques to poke around in and restaurants waiting to serve their delights.
We'll spend the afternoon cruising the Saône to Mâcon, arriving during the evening.

Day 6: Belleville Trevoux | Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC package: A guided tour of Mâcon. With its colored facades, Mâcon feels like it should be part of Provence. Learn more about this Burgundy city on a tour highlighting its major sites.
DISCOVERY package: A food lover’s tour of Mâcon. Join us for a walking tour of the capital of the Beaujolais wine region and have a taste of some of the local products.
This afternoon, join us for an excursion for both packages: The Beaujolais vineyards. The Beaujolais Discover Provence, one of France's most beautiful, magnificent, and fascinating places, on this seven-day river cruise onboard the MS Rhone Princess. Nature and ancient traditions have been carefully conserved in Avignon. Next, travel on to Lyon and its strategic doorways. Head to the wine region of Beaujolais, which is close to Lyon and Burgundy's vineyards in the city's main streets. Wines range from the young Beaujolais Nouveau to high-quality crus. Red wines are made mostly from Gamay grapes that create a vibrant, fruity taste. Light and fresh white wines come predominantly from Chardonnay varieties. Tonight is our 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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  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
  • Tips paid in full to the local staff of the country of destination
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
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  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Tips for the Boat and Lodge staff

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