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

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From Lyon to Martigues via Tain l'Hermitage, Avignon, Arles, and the Camargue, go on an unforgettable cruise. Discover Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage city, which retales 2,000 years of history through its old cobbled streets. 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.
Palace of the Popes in AvignonPlace de la Republique, ArlesLyon from aboveCruise through the banks of the Rhone RiverLyon by night
  • Join an optional excursion through Lyon, the second largest city in France
  • Admire the rivers and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses
  • See Avignon and the Papal Palace with its private apartments
  • Enjoy an exceptional cruise on the Saône to the mouth of the Rhône River
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Lyon | Chalon-sur-Saône | Embark

Meet up in Lyon at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Brasserie Georges for your departure by coach towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail.

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

Day 2: Mâcon | Beaujolais vineyards | Lyon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy some free time on your own in the heart of Mâcon. Afterwards, join the excursion for both packages: Tour of the Beaujolais vineyards. Tonight, join the cruise through Lyon by night to admire the city lights.

Day 3: Lyon | Valley of the Côtes du Rhône

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning's excursions are:

Classic: Panoramic tour of Lyon and 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue cruising this morning. 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join 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: The Camargue | Martigues

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:

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 | Lyon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking in Martigues at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon, stopping for lunch along the way. Arrive in Lyon early in the afternoon.


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52 cabins (38 twins, 7 double bed, 4 triple cabins, 2 single cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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27 cabins (23 twins, 4 double) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.


For the safety of the 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
-On board entertainment
-Assistance from the on board multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees
 -Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

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

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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