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All the Must-See Sites on the Rhône Between Lyon, Provence, and Camargue w/ Dinner at Paul Bocuse's

7 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 LYON
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. 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.
 
DAY 2 LYON - COLLONGES-AU-MONT-D'OR
In the morning, join us for a guided tour of the city and a tasting at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon(1). We’ll cross through the city and go up Fourvière Hill to the white basilica, before heading over to Vieux Lyon. Don’t miss the tasting of fine food at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon. We’ll enjoy a snack of local sausage and cheese, topped off with a lovely glass of wine*.
 
We’ll then join the Saône River and head towards our next port of call, 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).(2-3) 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 and start sailing.
 
DAY 3 TAIN L'HERMITAGE - AVIGNON
We’ll leave on foot for the Cité du Chocolat in Tain L’Hermitage. Come and explore, smell, and taste chocolate in all of its forms at the Valrhona discovery center. Lastly, we’ll indulge in a tasting of course!
 
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Avignon, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
 
DAY 4 AVIGNON - ARLES(4)
This morning, join us for a guided tour of the Papal Palace, an imposing fortress and luxurious palace that symbolizes the power of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages.
 
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Join us for an excursion to Gordes, awarded the label of "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France", and a tour of the Sénanque Abbey(5), known for its lovely lavender fields and all the products the monks produce, including lavender honey.
 
We’ll start sailing towards Arles. Enjoy some free time before returning on board for an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 5 ARLES(4) - VIVIERS
This morning, join us for an excursion to the Camargue and a visit to a manade, where bulls are raised and horses are trained, to learn about the various traditions in the area.
 
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising through the gorgeous French countryside, passing by Valence and Montélimar.
 
DAY 6 VIVIERS - LA VOULTE
This morning, join us for a guided tour of Viviers, an open-air museum where the pages of history are written in stone.
 
Set out on a visit to the Gorges de l’Ardèche with us this afternoon. This panoramic tour will bring you to the heart of the treasures found in the area.
 
We’ll return on board the ship in La Voulte and start sailing towards Lyon. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
 
DAY 7 LYON
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
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River Cruise Highlights
CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS:
  • The Luberon Region and its hilltop villages
  • The scenery and traditions of the Camargue
  • Colorful Provence
  • Optional dinner at Paul Bocuse’s Abbaye de Collonges Restaurant (2-3)
ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
  • Lyon and a tasting of fine food at Paul Bocuse’s Les Halles de Lyon(1)
  • The Cité du Chocolat in Tain l’Hermitage
  • Avignon and the imposing Papal Palace
  • The village of Gordes and the Sénanque Abbey(5)
  • The Camargue and its customs
  • The Gorges de l’Ardèche, the most beautiful canyon in Europe
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
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.
  • (1) Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse are closed on Sundays and Mondays. In this instance, arrangements will be made so as to maintain the tasting of local products.
  • (2) Optional excursion.
  • (3) Dinner at the Abbaye de Collonges or in a Paul Bocuse restaurant depending of the number of participants.
  • (4) The stopover in Arles can be replaced by a stopover in Avignon depending on passage through the locks.
  • (5) If the Abbey is closed, we'll visit the Lavender Museum instead.
  • 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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