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Mont Blanc Express and Rhône Cruise

River Cruise

Discover Swiss gems from luxurious Montreux, then explore delightful Provence on a 7-night cruise.

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11 days From £3,495 per person

2024 Tour code: FMR24

About the tour

Discover the gems of southwest Switzerland, staying in 5-Star luxury in Montreux, then continue to Lyon for an idyllic 7-night cruise. Discover castles and wineries, sail across Lake Geneva, experience the Camargue Delta, the lovely Ardèche Gorge and ride the Mont Blanc Express.


What’s included


Day 1 – London and Montreux

We meet at London St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Paris, for a First Class journey by rail to Montreux, in Switzerland. On arrival, we check into the 5-Star Fairmont Le Montreux Palace for three nights.

Day 2 – Château de Chillon and Lake Geneva

After a morning at leisure, after lunch we visit the elegant Château de Chillon. The castle rises dramatically from Lake Geneva against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. Crossing the wooden drawbridge, we meet our guide for a tour of this 13th-century château. We then take a scenic steam boat cruise across Lake Geneva and back to Montreux. The rest of your day is free. You could take a lakeside walk along the palm tree lined promenade, which links Montreux with neighbouring Vevey.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - The Mont Blanc Express

Today we take the train to Martigny where we join the fabulous Mont Blanc Express, and ride the length of this spectacular line across the French border up to Chamonix. The route meanders through rows of vineyards before entering France. Passing through the magical Trient Valley, the train climbs high into the mountains, among sparkling snow-capped peaks before reaching the Trient Gorge. On our approach to the Chamonix Valley, we're welcomed by glistening glaciers and majestic Mont Blanc. You're free to enjoy lunch in Chamonix with an afternoon to explore before our return journey. We dine at our hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Montreux and Lyon

This morning we board our train in Montreux, travelling in standard class to Geneva then on to Lyon, France's third largest city. On arrival in this elegant city, we are transferred by coach to board our luxurious ship, the excellent MS Amadeus Provence. We have time to settle in with a welcome cocktail, which you might like to take on the sun deck, overlooking Lyon's colourful townhouses and lively streets. Later, we enjoy a 5-course dinner before setting sail for Beaune.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Beaune and wine tasting

We arrive into the attractive city of Chalon-sur-Saône this morning where we moor this morning. We take a coach excursion to Beaune, deep in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy. Beaune is a classic French medieval town with impressive walls, terracotta roofs and fascinating historical buildings. We take a sightseeing tour, discovering the sights of the enchanting streets. Before lunch we enjoy a tasting of some local wines which make this town, and the Burgundy region, famous. We return to our ship for lunch, then spend a leisurely afternoon cruising back to Lyon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Lyon on a guided tour

Arriving in Lyon during the night, we disembark after breakfast 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 elegant buildings are reflected on Lyon's riverfront. Our tour explores some of the city's fantastic highlights and history. The Old Town is a World Heritage site, and the small shops and traditional businesses lend a truly French flair. 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 our ship's spacious sun deck. Rolling hills and verdant vineyards rise and fall, overlooked by lovely châteaux and stately homes. We return to our ship for lunch and set sail for Tournon.

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

Early this morning, we travel by coach to Tournon sur Rhône's railway station to board the historic Train de l'Ardèche. This historic steam train takes us on a panoramic journey through the stunning Gorges du Doux region, winding up foothills and into valleys which populate the landscape. Several stone bridges criss-cross the brooks and rivers which snake under the trees, and our charming locomotive takes us to sections of the gorges which no other form of transport can access. Later, we rejoin our ship for lunch and continue sailing to the Provençal city of Avignon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Exploring Avignon

Today we explore the impressive medieval city of Avignon, on a guided tour. We visit the impressive Gothic Palais des Papes, which was the seat of the Pope during the 14th century. Inside, we see its spectacular interiors and religious artefacts, then we experience other highlights of the city as we walk through the boulevards and squares of Avignon's historic centre. After lunch you're free until early evening to discover the city at your own pace. After dinner tonight, our ship sets sail for Arles.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - The Camargue Delta or the Pont du Gard

We begin our day with a guided tour of pretty Arles, whose enchanting streets were the inspiration for many of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. In the afternoon, you have the choice of two 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 pink flamingos. Also of note are the wild horses which roam freely, the Camarguais. Your second excursion 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 considered a feat of engineering. Later, we return to our ship which sets sail before dinner for an overnight sailing to Chateauneuf du Rhône.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10 - The Ardèche Gorge

Our ship moors in Chateauneuf du Rhône this morning, and we set out on an excursion to the stunning Ardèche Gorge, regarded as the European Grand Canyon. Nearly 19 miles in length and made up of a series of breathtaking gorges, emerald rivers and deep green forests. On our tour we see many lovely sights including the beautiful natural arch of the Pont d'Arc. We rejoin our ship at Le Pouzin for lunch, then begin our return sailing to Lyon. This evening is our final night onboard, marked by a gala dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - London

This morning we are transferred to the station and travel by first class rail to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, we board the Eurostar service back to London.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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