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From the Saône to the Rhône

Lyon Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Van Gogh
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Experience the luxury of cruising as you travel the beautiful scenic routes of France. Discover the many faces of this stunning region. Visiting some of the most charming French towns and villages and enjoy the traditional production of Provençal culinary delights. Visit Arles, a unique place that still maintains an outstanding architectural heritage, making it a genuine open-air museum. Or stroll across Viviers, the third largest protected sector in the Rhône Alpes region.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Embark
Day 2 : Lyon | Mâcon
Day 3 : Mâcon | Vienne
Day 4 : Vienne | Arles
Day 5 : Arles, The Camargue
Day 6 : Arles | Avignon | Viviers
Day 7 : Viviers | Tournon | Lyon
Day 8 : Lyon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the Fourvière Basilica and the beautiful old town of Lyon
  • Enjoy a traditional Provençal folk evening on board
  • Experience a guided tour of the City of Popes and its Palace
  • Visit Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, famed for its gypsy gatherings

Ship

MS Van Gogh

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The architectures of Lyon Wander the quaint streets of Europe Cruise through the banks of the Rhone River Arles overview Overview of Tournon, France

Day 1 Lyon | Embark

Board your ship in the evening. After comfortably settling into your cabin, be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner tonight is followed by an evening of entertainment.

Day 2 Lyon | Mâcon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Lyon where you can discover its famous "traboules", types of passageways that are typical of the city. 

**DISCOVERY: Bike through the main monuments and districts of Lyon followed by a tasting of local products in the heart of the old town. 

Return on board and spend the afternoon cruising to Mâcon. Enjoy dinner and an evening of dancing.

Day 3 Mâcon | Vienne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today proposed excursions include:

CLASSIC: Visit the Abbey ruins in Cluny. 

**DISCOVERY: Guided tour on foot of Mâcon, capital of the Beaujolais, followed by a tasting of local products. 

Return on board and spend the afternoon cruising to Vienne. Enjoy an evening of entertainment. Reach Vienne later this evening.

Day 4 Vienne | Arles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Vienne and join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Vienne. 

**DISCOVERY: Explore Vienne on a Segway for an original tour of this charming “Gallo-Roman” city known for its art and history. 

Return on board and spend the afternoon cruising. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 5 Arles, The Camargue

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start this morning with a visit to Arles and local olive oil producers. In the afternoon, join one of the proposed excursions:

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.

Return on board for dinner and an evening of traditional Provençal entertainment.

Day 6 Arles | Avignon | Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Avignon with one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace.

**DISCOVERY: Hike along the Pont du Gard and visit the museum. 

Return on board and spend the afternoon cruising towards Viviers, enjoy a guided tour of the city. 

Day 7 Viviers | Tournon | Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising towards Tournon. Join one of the proposed excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Tournon. Visit the imposing Castle-Museum of Tournon-sur-Rhône followed by a tasting of local wines and regional delicacies.

**DISCOVERY: 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.

Then return on board. Tonight’s your gala dinner and evening. 

Day 8 Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking.

MS Van Gogh

Per person starting at
$2,810
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 the passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. 

This offer includes :
-All meals from dinner the first day to breakfast on the last 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
-The CLASSIC excursions mentioned in the program
-Onboard entertainment
-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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