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Oenological Cruise: Discover the Fabulous World of Vines and Wine

6 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1: Lyon - MARTIGUES(1)
We'll meet up in Lyon in front of the Brasserie Georges at 1:30 p.m. for our departure by coach towards Martigues. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6.00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll spend tonight's dinner and evening on board.
Departure by coach towards the Cassis area, famous for its dry white wine. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the best local producers’ before returning on board and cruising towards Avignon. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
DAY 3: AVIGNON - CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - VIVIERS (Côtes du Vivarais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Arrival in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We'll take a tour of this village which produces the most prestigious name in Mediterranean wine. Take this opportunity to taste some wine at one of the best local producers'. We'll return on board in St Etienne des Sorts. This afternoon, we'll set off through the Ardèche Gorges towards Vivarais, which is set on the St Remèze and Orgnac l’Aven plateau. Taste some of the exceptional vintages of red and rosé wine whose bouquet is refreshing and refined. We'll board our ship again in Viviers and enjoy an evening of dancing.
DAY 4: VIVIERS - TAIN L’HERMITAGE (Les Côtes du Rhône)
We'll spend this morning cruising along the Rhône Valley. An expert in oenology will give a talk and refresh your memories on wine-making before a game is organized. The winner will be elected Bacchus of the cruise and will win a gastronomic cruise (valid for 1 person) on the Rhine. This afternoon, we'll reach Tain l’Hermitage whose Coteau de l’Hermitage, the best known slope, is crowned with a chapel which seems to guard the entrance to the valley. You will take part in a wine-tasting session at one of the best producers' in the region. Afterwards, we'll continue cruising along the Rhône Valley, passing such famous vineyards as Côtes Rôties, Condrieu, Château Grillet and St Joseph. Our ship will sail through the night.
DAY 5: MACON - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - (Burgundy - Beaujolais)
Depart by coach from Trévoux to visit the Beaujolais vineyards, whose name originates from the lords of Beaujeu who owned these vineyards up until 1400. We'll visit the famous Georges Duboeuf “Hameau du Vin" (wine village) to learn more about the art of wine-making. Afterwards, we'll return on board in Mâcon. Our coach will then take us through the Burgundy vineyards: Meursault, Volnay and Pommard. Visit one of the best wine-growers in the area to taste some of the vintages. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to Tournus where we will board it again before sailing towards Chalon-sur-Saône. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Coach transfer back to Lyon. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Tastings at local producers'
  • Onboard lectures by professionals from the wine world
  • Discover the great vineyards: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Vivarais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Cassis
All This Included
  • All meals included 
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Mistral
  • For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
  • (1) Depending on the availabilities of the mooring port, the stopover in Martigues might be replaced by Port Saint Louis du Rhône. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information. 
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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