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Famous view of Lyon, France

The Camargue and the Gateway to Provence: Chalon-Sur-Saone to Martigues

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Discover the Beaujolais vineyards, the unspoiled Ardèche Gorges, Avignon and the Camargue. Discover the treasures of the Saone and Rhone Rivers on this 7-day cruise from Chalon-Sur-Saone to Martigues. Enjoy the amenities of the MS Van Gogh as you experience a unique river cruise voyage through France. Walk in the old town of Macon, join a coach tour to the Beaujolais vineyards, discover the city of Lyon, visit the Ardèche Gorges, discover the Pont d’Arc Cavern, and much more!
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  • Visit the Hameau du Vin, a unique European wine museum
  • Discover Lyon at night, with its unique illuminations in the old quarters
  • Observe the harmonious meanderings of the famous “route des gorges”
  • Explore the Pont d’Arc Cavern, a replica of Chauvet Cave
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Chalon-Sur-Saone | Embark

Board the MS Van Gogh in the evening. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce your crew at a welcome cocktail.

Day 2: Macon | Beaujolais Vineyads | Lyon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast on board, have the chance to take a walk in the old town of Mâcon. Reboard the ship as it leaves Mâcon and stops after lunch in Montmerle. Join an optional coach tour of the Beaujolais Vineyards, followed by a visit to the Hameau du Vin, a wine museum which is unique in Europe. Go back to the boat for dinner and sail to Lyon. Cruise to discover Lyon by night, with the illuminations in the old quarters of Lyon, a unique spectacle. 

Day 3: Lyon | Tain L'Hermitage | Valley of the Côtes du Rhône

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the excursions proposed: 
CLASSIC: Panoramic tour of Lyon where you'll discover its famous "traboules", types of passageways that are typical of the city.
DISCOVERY: Bike ride through the main monuments and districts of Lyon. Finish up your tour with a tasting of local products in the heart of the old town.
Spend the afternoon cruising towards Tain-l'Hermitage, arriving in the evening.

Day 4: Tain L'Hermitage | The Ardèche gorges | Avignon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent cruising. Discover the Pont d'Arc Cavern, a replica of the famous Chauvet Cave (only available through pre-reservation with your travel agency before your departure). Start cruising to Avignon.

Day 5: Avignon | Arles

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace.  Depart for Arles. Enjoy some free time in the old section of this highly cultural city, enriched with vestiges of the Roman Empire.

Day 6: Arles | The Camargue | Martigues

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the excursions proposed: 
CLASSIC: Discover the Camargue. Visit a "manade" (horse breeding farm) and learn about how a manadier works with the animals.
DISCOVERY: Safari in jeeps through the Camargue for an original immersion in the wilderness.
Continue cruising towards Martigues. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening.

Day 7: Martigues | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast, disembark in Martigues and start your return home.


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34 cabins (31 double cabins, 3 single cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 118 sq. ft.
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Upper Deck- Cat A
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.


20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions included in the package selected
  • All port fees
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance



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