Burgundy, Beaujolais and More: French Wine Cruise
FRC-858644/858632 Rhone/Saone
8 Nights from
£1,769
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • 4 selected wine tastings to first-class wineries including specialised tour by winemaker
  • Transfer from ship to wineries and back Informative and entertaining onboard talks by wine expert
  • Welcome Wine Toast, exclusive Highlight Dinner with wine paring, Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairing
  • large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Return flights from London and non-UK transfers (regional flights, rail and door-to-door pick up available on request)
  • Free-flowing quality red and white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, draft beer and soft drinks as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard

What's Not Included

  • Shore excursions - excursions packages are available to purchase per guest to allow you to tailor-make your perfect itinerary
  • Parking
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Itinerary
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Day 1
Lyon, France

Located in east-central France is the nation’s second largest city of Lyon, which is where the Rhone and Saône Rivers meet. It is particularly known for its gastronomy and La-Croix-Rousse (old silk-weaving area). The Fouviere Hill offers an opportunity to admire the entire city, which offers a fine blend of new and historic elements. The old quarter is home to the 12-15th century Cathedral of St. Jean and many elegant 15th century mansions, while the new town boasts a modern, business commercial centre and the Gerland Quarter with a marina and park.

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Day 2
Macon, France

Situated in east-central France, on the right bank of the Saône, is the small city of Mâcon. It is located near the Maconnais and Beaujolais Vineyards, where renowned wines such as Pouilly Fouisse, Julienas, and Moulin à Vent are produced. At the Maison Maconnaise de vins, you can taste a selection of fine vintage wines and sample a number of regional dishes. One of the city’s most intriguing landmarks is the ‘Maison du Bois Dore’ – a strange wooden house, which was built around 1500 and houses a bar and café, as well as an archaeological museum.

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Day 3
Chalon-Sur-Saone, France - Tournus, France

Labelled an important port since ancient times, Chalon-Sur-Saone was once the capital of the Kingdom of Burgundy and Julius Caesar even declared it as his winter headquarters. Today, it is home to a series of fine quays, which border the Saone River at its junction for the Canal du Centre. Every year, the city hosts a number carnivals and traditional festivals, with themes focussing on giant masks, street performers, and film. Within Chalon-Sur-Saone, you will find two historic churches: the former Cathedral (now church) of Saint-Vincent- which dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries, and the Church of Saint-Pierre – founded in the 17th century. More recently, it was the birthplace of Nicephore Niepce, who invented photography and there is a museum in Chalon-Sur-Saone built in his honour.

The town of Tournus is entered through a gateway comprising a medieval tower on each side. Located on the banks of the River Saone the town and its port have considerable commerce and wine and stone from the nearby quarries. Surrounded by vineyard and full of narrow streets, Tournus has the inward looking feel of a Mediterranean town. The town skyline is dominated by The Cloister of St Philibert, one of the oldest Romanesque buildings in Burgundy dating back to 900AD.

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Day 4
Lyon, France

Located in east-central France is the nation’s second largest city of Lyon, which is where the Rhone and Saône Rivers meet. It is particularly known for its gastronomy and La-Croix-Rousse (old silk-weaving area). The Fouviere Hill offers an opportunity to admire the entire city, which offers a fine blend of new and historic elements. The old quarter is home to the 12-15th century Cathedral of St. Jean and many elegant 15th century mansions, while the new town boasts a modern, business commercial centre and the Gerland Quarter with a marina and park.

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Day 5
Avignon, France

Enclosed by medieval walls, the city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region in south-eastern France. Within the medieval walls lie a series of museums, churches, palaces. The Palais des Papes was originally built as a fortress and its features include two graceful towers, large stone vaults, battlements and sluices – which were used for pouring hot oil on attackers. Elsewhere in the city, there is a lively local market where you can discover a range of fantastic local products including wine, flour, oil, leather, soap and fabrics.

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Day 6
Arles, France

Situated in south-eastern France, the city of Arles was deemed highly significant during the eras of the Ligurian tribes and the Roman Empire. Remains of an ancient roman wall surround the old town still stand today, while an amphitheatre capable of holding 20,000 spectators is one of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Many excavations have taken place in the city over years, with various works of art having been discovered including the “Venus d’Arles”, which is currently on display in the Louvre. Art is certainly a common theme within Arles, and this becomes more apparent upon learning that the city was the home of world-renowned painter Vincent Van Gogh.

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Day 7
Le Pouzin, France
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Day 8
Lyon, France

Located in east-central France is the nation’s second largest city of Lyon, which is where the Rhone and Saône Rivers meet. It is particularly known for its gastronomy and La-Croix-Rousse (old silk-weaving area). The Fouviere Hill offers an opportunity to admire the entire city, which offers a fine blend of new and historic elements. The old quarter is home to the 12-15th century Cathedral of St. Jean and many elegant 15th century mansions, while the new town boasts a modern, business commercial centre and the Gerland Quarter with a marina and park.

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