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Salt Pond in Camargue, Southern Provence, France

The Gateway to Provence, the Camargue, the Rhône and the Saône

Martigues-Lyon via Arles - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Van Gogh
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From Martigues to Lyon via Arles, the Camargue, Avignon and Tain l'Hermitage, go on an unforgettable cruise. Visit The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave which contains some of the best-preserved figurative cave paintings in the world, as well as other evidence of Upper Paleolithic life. In the coolness and the humidity it offers, you can be fully immersed through sound and olfactory worlds. Discover Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage city, which holds 2,000 years of history through its old cobbled streets.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lyon | Martigues | Embark
Day 2 : Port Saint Louis | Arles
Day 3 : Avignon | Viviers
Day 4 : Tain L'Hermitage
Day 5 : Vienne | Lyon
Day 6 : Tournus | Chalon-Sur-Saône
Day 7 : Chalon-Sur-Saône | Lyon | Disembark


  • Admire the rivers and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses
  • Join an optional excursion through Lyon, the second largest city in France
  • Enjoy an exceptional cruise on the Saône to the mouth of the Rhône River
  • See Avignon and the Papal Palace with its private apartments


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Salt Pond in Camargue, Southern Provence, France Palace of the Popes in Avignon Lyon from above Viviers Cathedral Place de la Republique, Arles

Day 1 Lyon | Martigues | Embark

Meet up in Lyon at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Brasserie Georges for your departure by coach towards Martigues. Passengers are welcome to board the ship in Martigues at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into the cabins, enjoy the welcome cocktail that the crew prepared for all the guests!

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

Day 2 Port Saint Louis | Arles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise towards Port-Saint-Louis. Today's excursions are:

Classic: Discover the Camargue. Visit a "manade" and learn about how a manadier works with the animals.
Discovery: Safari in jeeps through the Camargue for an original immersion in the wilderness.

This afternoon's excursions are:

Classic: Guided tour of Arles, a highly cultural town enriched with vestiges from the Roman Empire.
Discovery: Hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence.

Cruise to Avignon.

Day 3 Avignon | Viviers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace. The afternoon will be spent cruising to Viviers. Join again a guided tour on foot of the city.

Day 4 Tain L'Hermitage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tour of the Ardèche Gorges. Then return to the ship in La Voulte. In the afternoon, discover the Vercors and taste the famous Clairette de Die. Return on board in Tain-l'Hermitage.

Day 5 Vienne | Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise towards Vienne this morning. Today's excursions are:

Classic: Guided tour of Vienne, a city rich with Roman vestiges.
Discovery: Explore Vienne on a Segway for an original tour of this charming "Gallo-Roman¿ city.

You'll then cruise towards Lyon. This afternoon's excursions are:

Classic: Guided 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.

Return on board, and depart at nightfall to admire the city lights in Lyon.

Day 6 Tournus | Chalon-Sur-Saône

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

Day 7 Chalon-Sur-Saône | Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon.

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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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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

  • Transfers by coach from Lyon to Martigues on D1 and from Chalon-sur-Saone to Lyon on D7
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day 
  • On board drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
  • Double occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions included in the package selected
  • Assistance from our on board multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Welcome Cocktail, Gala Dinner and on-board entertainment
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees 
  • Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers 
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
  • Personal expenses 
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