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Cruise the Rhone river in charming Lyon

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

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Rhone Princess
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Discover the authentic Provence combining style and refinement in this 7-day river cruise aboard MS Rhone Princess. Throughout this cruise, you will be able to admire the beautiful Rhone landscapes. Discover Provence, one of the most beautiful, majestic, and exotic villages in France, and plunge into the heart of an extraordinary setting whose charm and fragrance will captivate you. Visit the Avignon where nature and authentic traditions have been carefully preserved.
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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.
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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 wine region is tucked in between Lyon and Burgundy. 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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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, you'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.

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