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(Tour code: LRR17)The River Rhône on MS Provence

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as we sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon during the cruise.

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Tour Highlights
  • MS Provence
  • Mâcon
  • Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Lyon
  • Avignon
  • The Camargue & Arles
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • All-Inclusive Board Basis
    Selected Excursions

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Lyon
Day 1

London to Lyon

We meet at our exclusive St Pancras Departure Office, and join the Eurostar to Paris in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal and drinks during the journey. In Paris we change trains and continue First Class to Lyon, France's second city. Here we join our floating hotel for seven nights, the splendid Amadeus Provence. Once on board, we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner this evening.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Mâcon
Day 2

Mâcon

Day 2 - Mâcon We arrive in Mâcon before breakfast this morning. Enjoying an attractive location near the Beaujolais hills, Mâcon is Burgundy's southernmost town and a major name in the local wine trade, thanks to the glorious expanse of nearby vineyards. You may choose to join an optional shore excursion here, exploring the region's wine-making heritage with a tour of the Mâconnais and Beaujolais vineyards, concluding in a visit the Le Hameau du Vin, a winemaking museum housed in a 19th century railway station, where you may discover the tools of vinification and enjoy a tasting of Beaujolais wines. This afternoon there is an included visit to the Benedictine monastery at Cluny, where we admire the grand abbey that stands on the site, and discover the remains of the great medieval buildings.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Châlon-sur-Saône
Day 3

Châlon-sur-Saône

In the early hours of the morning we moor in Chalon-sur-Saône, which shot to fame in 1827, when the world's first durable photograph was produced here. From our docking site you can join an optional excursion through Burgundy's wine towns to picturesque Beaune. Explore the medieval centre and sample regional wines on this delicious optional tour. Otherwise you may wish to simply explore Chalonsur- Saône. The beautiful town has much to recommend it; not only its attractive clutch of authentic, half-timbered houses, but also the mighty neo-classical Cathedral of St Vincent, which dominates the town's skyline. We return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail again. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to Cormatin. After pausing en-route at picturesque Brançion for a photo stop, the excursion continues to Cormatin, where we discover its imposing castle - one of the best in Burgundy.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lyon
Day 4

Lyon

Today we moor in Lyon, an important port and a vital gateway between the north and south of France since ancient times. As the centre of so much commerce, Lyon has enjoyed many centuries of wealth and influence - and today the city boasts an array of beautiful architecture and cultural monuments from its vibrant past. The historic Old Town of Lyon has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Set in the heart of the city, this area of narrow alleyways is home to more than 300 lovingly restored buildings all pre-dating the 17th century, making it one of the best preserved Renaissance complexes in all of Europe. We explore more of this wonderful heritage on an included guided tour of the city.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Avignon
Day 5

Avignon, the City of the Popes

This morning we sail into charming Avignon, where we take an included walking tour of the UNESCOlisted city, admiring landmarks such as Pont St Bénezet, Avignon's famous broken bridge. The four surviving arches of the medieval structure have become an emblem of the city. We also include entrance to the spectacular Palais des Papes - Palace of the Popes - which was the seat of the Papacy for six successive Popes during the 14th century. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion to Pont du Gard, the remains of an incredible Roman aqueduct, and then to Uzès, a delightful medieval town packed with centuries of architecture.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Avignon to Arles
Day 6

The Camargue and Arles

Today we cruise along the Rhône to Arles, arriving early this morning. The city boasts a glorious Roman heritage, and with its stately Mediterranean influenced houses, Arles was the inspiration for much of Van Gogh's work. On arrival, you may opt to join an excursion to the Camargue river delta, where over 400 species of bird, including the flamingo, can be seen along with herds of white horses and black bulls. Another optional excursion this afternoon provides a walking tour of Arles, discovering the charms of its quaint streets.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ardeche
Days 7-8

The Ardèche Gorge and home

This morning you can join an optional excursion to the incredible Ardèche Gorge, sometimes known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe.' During the excursion, we see the spectacular limestone cliffs that loom over the Ardèche river, as we follow the Gorge trail that winds through this scenic area. This evening, we enjoy our final night on board with a Gala dinner. On Day 8 we arrive back in Lyon, where we disembark the ship and travel by First Class rail to Paris. Here we join the Eurostar, with a light meal and drinks served at our seats before arriving in London.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

Please note

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

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