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(Tour code: LRR19)

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.

  • MS Amadeus Provence
  • Mâcon
  • Chalon-sur-Saône
  • Lyon
  • Avignon
  • The Camargue & Arles
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Selected Excursions
    MS Amadeus Provence
    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Five-Star Rhone Cruise 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Lyon

London to Lyon

We meet at our exclusive St Pancras Departure Office, and join the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Lyon. Here we join the splendid Amadeus Provence.

(Please note - some departures take the Eurostar direct to Lyon without stopping in Paris)

  • Dinner
Day 2 Mâcon


We arrive in Mâcon before breakfast this morning. Enjoying an attractive location near the Beaujolais hills. 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.

This afternoon there is an included visit to the Benedictine monastery at Cluny, where we admire the grand abbey. This Romanesque masterpiece was built from the 4th century to the 12th, and is made up of three separate churches.

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


In the early hours of the morning we moor in Chalon-sur-Saône. Today there is an optional excursion to picturesque Beaune. Explore the medieval centre and sample regional wines on this delicious optional tour. Beaune itself is a charming old French town, with incomparable architecture harking back to the days of rustic French architecture. The medieval hospices here remain an important French monument. They are delightful to look at, with beautiful diamond patterns set into the room, and a wide airy courtyard. We return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail again.

In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to Cormatin. A typical rural village, Cormatin is home to a magnificent chateau with immaculate gardens and a classic exterior inspired by the Chalon citadel. The insides are made up of fantastic rooms of pillars and gilded gold.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Lyon

Exploring 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Avignon

Avignon, the City of the Popes

This morning we sail into charming Avignon, where we take an included walking tour of the UNESCOlisted city. Notable for its history as the home of the Pope during the Papacy's move from Rome to France, Avignon's ecumenical heritage is instantly apparent through the grand churches spread across the town. 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.

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

The Camargue and Arles

Today we cruise along the Rhône to Arles, arriving early this morning. The scenery here is stunning, as we pass rural villages and tranquil green countryside. On arrival, you may opt to join a walking tour of Arles in the morning or perhaps enjoy an excursion to the Camargue river in the afternoon.

Arles as a city is notable for a number of things. The first sight on any visitors list ought to be the superbly well-maintained Roman Amphitheatre, which has stood the test of time admirably. Arles was also famously the home of Vincent Van Gogh for a period, and much of his finest paintings can be found in Arles' Vincent Van Gogh Foundation.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Ardeche

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.' Winding through sandy beaches and dusky forests, under natural rock bridges and past leaning white cliffs, the natural beauty of this area is breathtaking and well worth experiencing.

On Day 8 we arrive back in Lyon, where we disembark the ship and travel by rail to Paris. Here we join the Eurostar to London. Upon arrival, your tour concludes.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 8 - 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 start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation

  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence

Delicious meals included

  • 20 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Free time in Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône & Arles
  • Included visit to Cluny Abbey
  • Included guided walking tours of Lyon and Avignon

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your cabin from £245pp for benefits including larger suites, balconies and an enviable higher deck position on the ship
  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys from £85 per person per journey

Not Included

  • 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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