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Picturesque Provence & the Rhône Cruise - by rail

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Picturesque Provence & the Rhône Cruise - by rail

Discover glorious countryside, beautiful medieval towns and impressive natural wonders on this journey along the River Rhone. Soak in the landscapes and picture-perfect beaches on one of France’s major rivers and the sun-kissed hills of Provence. From the gastronomic capital, Lyon, to the medieval town of Tournon and the quaint town of Vienne, once Rome’s major wine port.

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8 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 16/04/2017 from St Pancras Rail Station

View Dates
  • Provencal sunflowers - an inspiration to Van Gogh Provencal sunflowers - an inspiration to Van Gogh
  • Lyon Lyon
  • View of Notre Dame de Fourviere from the Rhône, Lyon View of Notre Dame de Fourviere from the Rhône, Lyon
  • Vineyards, Mâcon Vineyards, Mâcon
  • Cluny Abbey, Mâcon Cluny Abbey, Mâcon
  • Pont Saint-Bénézet, Avignon Pont Saint-Bénézet, Avignon
  • Papal Palace, Avignon Papal Palace, Avignon
  • Roman amphitheatre ruins, Arles Roman amphitheatre ruins, Arles
  • Wild horses on the Camargue Wild horses on the Camargue
  • Flamingos over Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Camargue Flamingos over Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Camargue
  • Join the optional trip to the Ardèche Valley Join the optional trip to the Ardèche Valley
  • Gorges de l'Ardèche Gorges de l'Ardèche
  • Pont d'Arc, Gorges de l'Ardèche Pont d'Arc, Gorges de l'Ardèche
  • Tain l'Hermitage Tain l'Hermitage

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Lyon.

Take the Eurostar to Lille and continue by train to Lyon. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Lyon - Mâcon.

After breakfast, take the day at leisure or join an optional guided tour of Lyon, France’s delicious gastronomic capital, positioned on the Rhône and Saône rivers, with a UNESCO-listed medieval centre and impressive Roman ruins. Lyon’s charm lies in its colourful riverfront buildings and impressive 2,000 years of history reflected in its centre. Discover medieval and renaissance architecture, take advantage of the superb shopping opportunities and sample some of the adventurous food that the city has to offer. After lunch, set sail for Mâcon and admire views of the charming Burgundy countryside. This evening, enjoy entertainment and dancing after dinner on board your ship. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Mâcon - Vienne.

Today, enjoy an optional excursion to the famous Abbey of Cluny. The Benedictine Abbey was the nerve-centre of monastic reform in the Middle Ages and was the world's largest until St Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in Rome in the 16th-century. Although most of the Abbey stands in ruins, you still get a great sense of the size and glory of the Abbey. After lunch back on board, cruise towards Vienne. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Vienne - Arles.

Overlooking the Rhône, the town of Vienne was once Rome's major wine port. With visible Gallo-Roman heritage and spectacular Roman ruins, this divine riverfront city is full of photo opportunities. This morning, enjoy free time to explore the Roman monuments and medieval churches or join the optional tour, to see the Romanesque Cathedral of St Maurice. This afternoon, take the opportunity to relax on board as you cruise along the Rhône towards Arles and continue the journey through the night. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Arles - The Camargue.

After breakfast, explore Arles on an optional tour. This stunning town has a spectacular Roman arena and is know to have inspired the painter, Van Gogh, with its enchanting light. Stroll the winding streets and see the 20,000-seater Les Arenes stadium which once hosted chariot and gladiator contests. From here, head into the Provençal countryside to learn how the region's prized olive oil is produced. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion into the Camargue, the river delta of the Rhône. This nature reserve is host to the famous Camargue ponies and an incredible array of birdlife. Enjoy free time in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. After dinner on board, there is a colourful Provençal folklore show. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Arles - Avignon - Viviers.

Set sail early this morning towards Avignon. A stunning medieval town once the home of Popes, Avignon is famed for its arched bridge immortalised in the well-known song. An optional sightseeing tour takes in the mighty City of Popes citadel, whose court once attracted Europe's artists and intellectuals, and the famous bridge, standing in its shadow. After lunch cruise towards Viviers, built on a hillside, the quaint town is a jumble of cobbled lanes and stone houses built around a 12th-century cathedral. Enjoy an optional tour exploring the maze-like streets and the views over the river. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Viviers - Tournon - Lyon.

This morning, arrive in the attractive village of Tournon, with its castle, monuments and spectacular views. Join an included wine tasting experience or take an audio tour of the village by sightseeing train, and take in the pleasant sights of Tournon including the Castle and Museum and sample the famous locally produced wines and delicacies. Later, return to your ship for a gala dinner. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Lyon - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the station for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Lyon with a two-night stay at the Hotel Globe et Cecil. Includes Breakfast


The 16th April 2017 departure will be operated by MS Mistral (3*).

Excursion Package

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £232 per person and includes:


Day 2: City tour


Day 3: Visit to Cluny Abbey


Day 4: Visit to Romanesque Cathedral of St Maurice


Day 5: City tour


Day 5: Excursion including a visit to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer


Day 6: City tour and the Palace of the Popes tour


Day 6: City tour


Day 7: City tour and wine tasting

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

What's Included

  • Eurostar/Rail St Pancras - Lyon - St Pancras
  • Accommodation Outside lower deck cabin
  • 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All Inclusive Drinks throughout the cruise
  • Individual audio system on all excursions
  • Transfers
  • All local and port taxes
  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)

Cruise Highlights

  • Lyon
  • Macon
  • Vienne
  • Avignon
  • Arles
  • Viviers
  • Tournon

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