DAY 1 LYON - CHALON SUR SAONE
Meeting point in Lyon in front of "Brasserie Georges " at 3:00 p.m. Departure by coach. Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6.00 p.m. in Chalon-sur-Saône, in the heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region. Time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew during a welcome cocktail reception. Dinner and evening on board.
DAY 2 CHALON-SUR-SAONE - MACON - LYON (BURGUNDY - BEAUJOLAIS)
We'll set off by coach through the Burgundy vineyards, stopping by Meursault, Volnay, and the Pommard vineyards, run by religious communities from the Middle Ages which produce full-bodied, tannic red wine. Visit one of the best wine-growers in the area to taste some of the vintages*. This afternoon, we'll visit the Beaujolais vineyards, followed by the famous Hameau Duboeuf wine village where we'll learn more about the art of wine-making. The cruise continues on towards Lyon.
DAY 3 LYON - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIVIERS
Morning spent sailing along the Rhône valley. A conference will be given on board by a recognised expert on wine before lunch. We'll stop off in the early afternoon in 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. A wine-tasting session* will be organised at one of the best producers in the region. Return to the ship before cruising on to Viviers.
DAY 4 VIVIERS - CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - AVIGNON
We'll set off through the Ardèche gorges towards Vivarais for a wine-tasting session*. We'll return on board and cruise towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape, arriving in the afternoon. We'll depart by coach into the very heart of this famous wine growing area. We'll taste some wine* at one of the best local producers before we return on board and cruise on towards Avignon.
DAY 5 AVIGNON - MARTIGUES(1) (LES CASSIS)
Cruise towards Martigues. Onboard conference given by an expert in oenology before a game is organised. The finalists with the highest scores will then take part in a "blind” wine-tasting session*. The winner will be elected Bacchus of the cruise and will win a gastronomic cruise (valid for 1 person) on the Rhine with Marc Haeberlin, 3-star cook in the Michelin guide. We'll reach Cassis and leave by coach towards the Cassis area. Wine tasting* at one of the best local producers' and return on board in the late afternoon. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening.
DAY 6 MARTIGUES(1) - LYON
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking. End of our services.
Taste and sensory melodies await you throughout your cruise. Oenology and nature enthusiasts will discover renowned vineyards and authentic terroirs. Travel through the Cassis vineyards , a real mineral jewel in a green setting next to the blue Mediterranean sea, then the region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a nectar appreciated by the Popes, founder of AOC labelling and terroirs of exception. Visit also the Vivarais vineyards, a rustic terroir with mineral warm wines, before exploring the emblematic hillside of Tain l'Hermitage, one of the most prestigious vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône.
All meals included
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
Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
All port fees included
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