Picturesque Provence & the Rhone + Lyon (by Air)
A serene journey through glorious countryside visiting the beautiful medieval towns and natural wonders of Provence and its surrounds.
After your cruise, spend two nights in Lyon, France's second city.
On day 8, transfer to your hotel in Lyon for two nights. Enjoy free time to discover this historic city and all it has to offer. On day 10, you will be taken back to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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Fly to Lyon where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Includes Dinner
After breakfast, why not join the optional guided tour of Lyon? France's second city is positioned on the Rhône and Saône rivers and has a UNESCO-listed medieval centre, impressive Roman ruins and basilica. After lunch, set sail for Mâcon and admire views of the Burgundy countryside on the way. This evening, enjoy entertainment and dancing after dinner on board your ship. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, enjoy an optional excursion to the famous Abbey at Cluny. Founded in 910, this Benedictine Abbey was the nerve-centre of monastic reform in the Middle Ages and boasts a church that remained the world's largest until the 16th century. After lunch back on board, cruise towards Vienne. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overlooking the Rhône, the town of Vienne was once Rome's major wine port. 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
After breakfast, explore Arles on an optional tour. This stunning town has a spectacular Roman arena and associations with Van Gogh. 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
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. Why not round off today with an optional tour, exploring the maze-like streets and enjoying views over the river? Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, arrive in Tournon and either join an included wine tasting experience or see the attractions of the town on an audio-tour by sightseeing train, visit the Castle Museum, and sample the famous locally produced wines and delicacies. Later, return to your ship for a gala dinner. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to your hotel in Lyon for two nights. Includes Breakfast
Enjoy free time to explore France's second city. Includes Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
Note: The 15, 26 July, 27 August and 15 September departures will be operated by MS Camargue. The 19 October departure will be operated by MS Mistral. Facilities are similar and they are of the same standard. For full details please see our website.