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All the Must-See Sites on the Rhône Between Lyon, Provence, and the Camargue

7 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 LYON
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 4 p.m. Once everyone is on board, we’ll cast off to the south. After you’ve comfortably settled into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board. Our ship will cruise through the night.
 
DAY 2 ARLES(2) - THE CAMARGUE
We’ll spend the morning cruising through the gorgeous French countryside. Once we arrive in Arles, join us for an excursion to the Camargue. We’ll visit a manade, where bulls are raised and horses are trained, to learn about the various traditions in the area.
 
Feel free to take a walk around Arles this evening to take in the sites. 
 
DAY 3 ARLES(2) - AVIGNON - VIVIERS
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Avignon. Join us for a guided tour of the Papal Palace. Take a step back in time as you stroll through the immense halls, contemplate the beauty of the chapels, and visit the papal apartments.
 
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Join us for an excursion to Gordes and a tour of the Sénanque Abbey. A community of Cistercian monks has been living in the Sénanque Abbey since 1148. They follow the Rule of Saint Benedict in the purest tradition, dedicating their lives to prayer and labor.
 
We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising to Viviers. This evening, join us for a guided tour of the city. We’ll spend the night on board.
 
DAY 4 VIVIERS - GORGES DE L'ARDÈCHE - TAIN L'HERMITAGE
Set out on a visit to the Gorges de l’Ardèche with us this morning. This panoramic tour from the comfortable seat of a coach will bring you to the heart of the treasures found in the area. After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in La Voulte and continue our cruise towards Tain-l’Hermitage,
 
On arrival, we’ll leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat where we’ll indulge in a tasting of course! Tonight is our festive gala evening.
 
DAY 5 TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIENNE - COLLONGES-AU-MONT-D'OR
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Vienne. Enjoy some free time on your own exploring the city, before we set out once again towards Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or.
 
Join us for an optional extraordinary French gastronomic experience at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges (reservation mandatory before departure).(3) This will be a singular experience in an exceptional setting where you’ll be able to relish in out-of-this-world courses prepared by some of the most renowned chefs. At the end of our delicious evening, we’ll return on board the ship.
 
DAY 6 COLLONGES-AU-MONT-D'OR - LYON
We’ll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Lyon. Enjoy some free time this morning.
 
In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon. We’ll cross through the city and go up Fourvière Hill to the white basilica, the best place to take in the view. Then we’ll head over to Vieux Lyon. We’ll then stop off at Paul Bocuse's Les Halles de Lyon to enjoy a snack of local sausage and cheese, topped off with a lovely glass of wine*. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 7 LYON
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Colorful Provence
  • The scenery and traditions of the Camargue
  • The Luberon Region and its hilltop villages
  • Optional dinner at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges Restaurant (1-3)
  • The Camargue and its customs
  • Avignon and the imposing Papal Palace
  • The village of Gordes and the Sénanque Abbey
  • The Gorges de l’Ardèche, the most beautiful canyon in Europe
  • The Cité du Chocolat in Tain l’Hermitage
  • Lyon and a tasting of fine food at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon
All This Included
Discover the authentic Provence combining style and refinement, a cruise brimming with splendid scenery and great food as well as a once-in-a-lifetime evening at a Paul Bocuse restaurant.
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • 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 Rhone Princess
Notes
  • For navigational reasons and passenger, the company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary.
  • (1) Optional excursion.
  • (2) The stopover in Arles can be replaced by a stopover in Avignon depending on passage through the locks.
  • (3) Dinner at the Abbaye de Collonges or in a Paul Bocuse restaurant depending of the number of participants.
  • 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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