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The Rhône between Lyon, Provence and the Camargue

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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.  
Salt Pond in Camargue, Southern Provence, FrancePalace of the Popes in AvignonLyon from aboveViviers CathedralWarm lights glow through the blue hour in LyonVisit colorful LyonBridge in AvignonLyon by night
  • 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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Lyon | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 4 p.m. Once everyone is on board, we’ll cast off to the south. After you’ve comfortably settled into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board. Our ship will cruise through the night.

Day 2: The Camargue

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll spend the morning cruising through the gorgeous French countryside, passing by Valence—dominated by its cathedral—and Montélimar, known for its famous nougat. Once we arrive in Arles, join us for an excursion to the Camargue. The epitome of traditional Provençal culture, this immense flatland is home to exceptional wildlife and plants which thrive in its marshes, ponds, and seashore. We’ll visit a manade, where bulls are raised and horses are trained, to learn about the various traditions in the area.

Feel free to take a walk around Arles this evening to take in the sites. 

Day 3: Avignon | Viviers

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Avignon. Join us for a guided tour of the Papal Palace, an imposing fortress and luxurious palace that symbolizes the power of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. It is one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in Europe and the city’s most famous attraction. Take a step back in time as you stroll through the immense halls, contemplate the beauty of the chapels, and visit the papal apartments. Or, join us for an excursion to Gordes and a tour of the Sénanque Abbey(2), located in the heart of the Provençal countryside. Gordes has been awarded the label of “One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.” Its cobblestone streets and dry-stone wall homes are typical of the region. The church and castle dominate the lush scenery in the valley.

This evening, join us for a guided tour of the city. Viviers feels like an open-air museum where the pages of history are written in stone. We’ll visit the smallest cathedral in France, the House of Knights with its superb Renaissance-style facade, Saint Michel Tower, the Great Seminary, and the overlook which gives a lovely view of Viviers at night. We’ll spend the night on board.

Day 4: Gorges De L'Ardèche | Tain L'Hermitage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out on a visit to the Gorges de l’Ardèche with us this morning. This panoramic tour from the comfortable seat of a coach will bring you to the heart of the treasures found in the area. The 18-mile canyon (30 km) was carved by turbulent waters that left behind steep cliffs, deep valleys, dense vegetation, and stunning limestone formations. We’ll see the Pont d'Arc, a natural arch almost 100-feet high carved out by the Ardèche River, and its namesake village, stopping at an overlook to take in the splendid views. After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in La Voulte and continue our cruise towards Tain-l’Hermitage

On arrival, we’ll leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat. Come and explore, smell, and taste chocolate in all of its forms at the Valrhona discovery center. Lastly, we’ll indulge in a tasting of course! Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 5: Tain L'Hermitage | Vienne | Collonges-Au-Mont-D'Or

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Vienne. Enjoy some free time on your own exploring the city, before we set out once again towards Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or.
This cruise will bring us along Lyon and all its emblematic splendor: the painted walls, Fourvière Hill and its white basilica, the modern Musée des Confluences, Vieux Lyon, and the curious Homme de la Roche statue. We’ll then join the Saône River and head towards our next port of call, Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or.

Join us for an extraordinary French gastronomic experience at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges (reservation mandatory before departure). (3) Paul Bocuse was a three-star gourmet chef who was known for his innovative approach to cuisine and his love for fresh ingredients of the highest quality. This will be a singular experience in an exceptional setting where you’ll be able to relish in out-of-this-world courses prepared by some of the most renowned chefs. At the end of our delicious evening, we’ll return on board the ship.

Day 6: Collonges-Au-Mont-D'Or | Lyon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Lyon. Enjoy some free time onboard this morning, or set out on foot to explore Lyon on your own.

In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon(4). We’ll cross through the city and go up Fourvière Hill to the white basilica, the best place to take in the view. Then we’ll head over to Vieux Lyon to have a look at its historical homes and the “bouchon” restaurants that are found throughout the district. Learn about the discrete and strategic doorways leading to shortcuts, known as traboules, that go from street to street. Don’t miss the tasting of fine food at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon, a huge, three-story, indoor market where close to 50 shops offer the finest gourmet food. We’ll enjoy a snack of local sausage and cheese, topped off with a lovely glass of wine*. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 7: Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.


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  • 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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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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