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The Camargue and The Gateway to Provence

Martigues to Chalon-sur-saone - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Van Gogh
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Discover the Beaujolais vineyards, the unspoiled Arles, Avignon, Viviers and Tain L’hermitage on this 7-day cruise. Journey through the sparkling waterways of the Saone and Rhone River aboard the comfortable and intimate MS Van Gogh. Discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides that share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. Join a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe and explore the charming city of Vienne on a Segway!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Martigues | Embark
Day 2 : Port Saint Louis | Arles | Avignon
Day 3 : Avignon | Viviers
Day 4 : Viviers | Tain L’hermitage
Day 5 : Tain L'hermitage | Vienne | Lyon
Day 6 : Tournus | Chalon-sur-saone
Day 7 : Chalon-sur-saone | Disembark

Highlights

  • Join an optional excursion through Lyon, the second largest city in France
  • Admire the rivers and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses
  • Visit a wine cellar and taste the famous Clairette de Die
  • Take a guided tour on foot of Vienne—once the capital of a Roman province

Ship

MS Van Gogh

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Vineyards of France Pristine towns line the canals of France Famous view of Lyon, France Experience the beautiful architecture of France Wine cellar

Day 1 Martigues | Embark

Passengers are welcomed onboard the ship in Martigues in the evening. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Enjoy dinner followed by free time in this typically Mediterranean town. Remain in port overnight.

Day 2 Port Saint Louis | Arles | Avignon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning start cruising towards Port-Saint-Louis. Arrive and join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Excursion to the Camargue—an immense plain where the sea, wetlands, and pools are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of waterfowl. Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamencos, black bulls and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses.

DISCOVERY as a supplement: Safari in the Camargue. Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides that share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. Cross the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue.

Afternoon excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Walking tour of Arles.

DISCOVERY as a supplement: Take a coach to the starting point of a hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the legendary village and the surrounding valley.

After your tours, continue cruising to Avignon. Remain in port overnight.

Day 3 Avignon | Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in the charming city of Avignon and join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.

DISCOVERY as a supplement: Leave by coach for the Pont du Gard, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. Hike along the aqueduct trail, a 2-mile walk through the site with numerous viewing points. At the end of our trek, visit the museum.

Spend the afternoon cruising, arrive in Viviers in the evening. Join a guided tour on foot of the city. Remain in port overnight.

Day 4 Viviers | Tain L’hermitage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a panoramic view of the impressive deep valleys, dense vegetation and granite and volcanic rocks that line the Gorges de l’Ardèche. Return to the ship in La Voulte. In the afternoon, excursion to the Vercors Massif, leave by coach towards Loriol-sur-Drôme and Die, visit a wine cellar and taste the famous Clairette de Die. Return on board in Tain-l'Hermitage. Remain in port overnight.

Day 5 Tain L'hermitage | Vienne | Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise towards Vienne this morning.

Proposed Excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour on foot of Vienne—once the capital of a Roman province. Numerous Roman vestiges are still visible in modern Vienne.

DISCOVERY as a supplement: Explore Vienne on a Segway! After familiarizing yourself with your Segway, you'll set off on an original tour of this charming “Gallo-Roman” city known for its art and history.

Then cruise towards Lyon. Proposed Excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of the city. Discover the second largest city in France, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône.

DISCOVERY as a supplement: Discover all of Lyon's touristic highlights in only 2.5 hours and with little effort! Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the lake in the Parc de la Tête d'Or and on the banks of the Rhône River. Don't miss the tasting of local products and delicacies in the heart of Vieux Lyon!

Return on board, and depart at nightfall to admire the city lights at night. Arrive in Trevoux and remain in port overnight.

Day 6 Tournus | Chalon-sur-saone

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning start cruising towards Tournus. Visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, whose facade is today regarded as a superior example of Northern Renaissance civic architecture. Continue along the Burgundy Wine Route and through villages with names that evoke the great French wines. Then return on board in Chalon-sur-Saône at the end of the afternoon. Tonight is your exclusive gala evening. 

Day 7 Chalon-sur-saone | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking in Chalon-sur-Saône.
 

MS Van Gogh

Per person starting at
$2,794
Main Deck-Van Gogh
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Main Deck
34 cabins (31 double cabins, 3 single cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 118 sq. ft.
Upper Deck-Van Gogh
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Upper Deck
20 cabins (19 double cabins, 1 cabin for people with reduced mobility) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 118 sq. ft.

Notes

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

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. (1) Depending on mooring's availabilities, the stopover in Martigues may be replaced by Port Saint Louis du Rhône. 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first day to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-Onboard entertainment
-The CLASSIC excursions mentioned in the program
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-The supplement for the DISCOVERY package
-Personal expenses.

Formalities
valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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