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Discover the immaculate and enchanting charm of Nice and the French Riviera

Discover the enchanting allure of Nice and the French Riviera on this dazzling tour, before continuing to Lyon for an exquisite 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence.

Highlights
  • Nice
  • The Ardèche Gorge
  • Monaco
  • MS Amadeus Provence
  • Beaune
  • Lyon
  • Journey on the Train de L'Ardèche
  • Avignon
  • The Camargue Delta
  • Pont du Gard
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 8-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence
    10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners

French Riviera & Rhône Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

To France

We meet at our London St Pancras departure office before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. From here, we continue by rail to Nice and check into our hotel close to the beautiful Riviera seafront. After dinner, you may wish to head out into for a stroll along the promenade, set against the ocean.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Nice
Nice

Exploring Nice

Our French Riviera experience begins with a guided tour of Nice, France's glittering jewel on the southern coast of the country. This magnificent city has always been a choice destination for travellers of repute and distinction, as it sits overlooking the Mediterranean coastline. We walk through the enchanting streets, seeing the famously affluent mansions of Mont Boron, the historical Old Town, and the chequered floor of the Place d'Opera. We also discover the history of the city, from the days of Greek settlers who founded Nice, to the modern day. If you would rather spend your time independently however, perhaps head to the beach and soak in the views and sun.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 Monaco
Monaco

Monaco

Today we pay a visit to the glamorous city-state of Monaco, famous as a retreat for the rich and famous. Taking a coach, we begin our day in the luxurious district of Monte Carlo, where we stop at the entrance of the iconic casino to admire its palm tree-lined fountains. From here we embark on a guided tour, seeing the fantastic flowers of the Jardin Exotique, the grand windows of the Place de l'Opera, and the beautiful Old Town. On our return to Nice, we pay a visit the elegant Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, seaside home of the Rothschild banking family.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Lyon
Lyon

To our ship

After a free morning to relax on the beach perhaps, we board our train to Lyon, bidding farewell to the south of France.

Arriving into this colourful old town, we board your luxurious ship, the excellent MS Amadeus Provence. We have time to settle into our cabins before we enjoy a welcome cocktail, which you might like to enjoy on the sun deck as we admire Lyon's colourful townhouses and lively streets. Later, we sit down to a splendid 5-course meal before setting sail for Beaune.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Beaune
Beaune

Beaune and wine tasting

We arrive into Beaune this morning. Deep in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy, Beaune is a classic French medieval town with impressive town walls, terracotta roofs and fascinating historical buildings. We embark on a sightseeing tour, discovering the sights as we wander the enchanting streets. We enjoy a tasting of some delectable wines which make this town, and the Burgundy region so famous. Back on board later, we enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising back to Lyon.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Lyon
Lyon

Lyon on a guided tour

Arriving in Lyon this morning, we disembark for a guided tour. One of France's iconic cities, Lyon sits on the meeting point of the Rhône and the Saône rivers. The beautiful pinks, oranges, reds and whites of the buildings populating Lyon's riverfront give some indication of the city's elegance. Our tour takes us along the streets and over the bridges to explore some of the fantastic highlights and the extensive history here. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and many of the small shops and traditional businesses lend a truly French fl air to our surroundings.

After returning to the ship for lunch, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure as we cruise to Tournon sur Rhône. This is one of the most scenic and panoramic sections of the river, and it's well worth taking the time to admire the scenery from the spacious sun deck. Rolling hills, dotted with verdant vineyards rise and fall away under the gaze of various châteaux and stately homes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Train de l'Ardèche
Train de l'Ardèche

Train de l'Ardèche

Early this morning, we travel by coach to Tournon sur Rhône's railway station to board the Train de l'Ardèche. Offering a memorable journey through the stunning environs of the spectacular Gorges du Doux region, this railway winds up the various foothills and valleys which populate the landscape. Several stone bridges criss-cross the brooks and rivers which snake under the trees, and our charming little locomotive takes us to sections of the gorges which no other form of transport can access. Later, our ship continues its course to the 'White City' of Avignon.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Avignon
Avignon

Exploring Avignon

In Avignon today, we head out on a guided tour of this city famous for being seat of the Pope for a brief period in the 14th century. Its striking white papal palaces and majestic cathedral are just some of the highlights we see walking through the boulevards and squares of Avignon's historic centre, which earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995. Afterwards we enter the Pope's Palace, admiring its spectacular interiors and the range of holy and religious artefacts collected here. You are then free until early evening to discover the city at your own pace. After dinner tonight, our ship sets sail for Arles.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Pont Du Gard
Pont Du Gard

The Camargue Delta or the Pont du Gard

We begin the day with a guided tour of pretty Arles, whose enchanting streets provided the inspiration for many of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. In the afternoon, you have the choice of 2 excursions. Your first option is a visit to the beautiful Camargue Delta, where the Rhône opens out into the Mediterranean. This is a true treat for nature lovers, as the wetlands and park area are home to nearly 400 species of bird species, including an instantly- recognisable flock of pink flamingos. Also of note are the wild horses which roam freely, including a breed which can only be found in this part of the world - the famous Camarguais. Your second option takes you to the iconic arches of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct of astonishing size which spans the Gardon river. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pont du Gard is a sight to behold, measuring at least 160 feet, a real feat of engineering considering its age. Later, we return to the ship which sets sail for Chateauneuf du Rhône.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10-11 Ardeche
Ardeche

The Ardèche Gorge and home

Today we pay a visit to the stunning Ardèche Gorge, widely regarded as the Grand Canyon of Europe. Nearly 19 miles in length and made up of snaking rivers and gorges, this natural monum the natural world. Sheer cliff faces rise over waterways of striking ent is a striking reminder of the enormity of emerald and forests of deep green. Our tour takes us to some of the most impressive sights here, including the Pont d'Arc. Afterwards, we rejoin the ship at Le Pouzin, beginning our return sailing to Lyon. We sit down to the captain's gala dinner this evening. On Day 11, passengers either board their flight home or travel by rail to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we board the Eurostar service back to London.

Includes:
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, lunch, dinne
  • Day 11 - Breakfast

Please note

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on board the ship.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras.
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour

Comfortable accommodation

  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Aston la Scala in Nice
  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence

Delicious meals included

  • 25 meals, including 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tour of Nice
  • Time at leisure in Nice to explore
  • Excursion to the Ardèche Gorge
  • Guided tours of Lyon, Beaune and Avignon
  • Journey on the Train de l'Ardèche
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Visit to the Camargue Delta or a visit to the Pont du Gard
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Helen
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