Cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent much of his life.
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Complimentary bicycles
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Visit the Beaujolais ine region
- Steam train ride in Tournon
- Les Baux and olive farm excursion
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc.
- Beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu
- Governmental or local taxes/ fees and fuel surcharges
- Airfare and overseas transfers
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.
Vienne is located along France’s Rhone River at the point where it’s joined by the Gère. The town boasts many roman buildings such as the Roman temple, which became a Christian church in the 5th century, and the ruined Roman theatre. Of the many churches in Vienne, the former Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre is one of the oldest Christian churches in France. It now houses a museum of Roman sculptures and other antiquities.
The nearest major city is Lyon, which sits about 20 miles upstream.
The town of Tournon lies on the banks of the Rhone River in the Ardèche region of France. The surrounding countryside is dotted with 16th century castles, Roman ruins and bountiful vineyards. The main attraction of Tournon is a feudal castle built into the rock overlooking the town and river. The castle dates back to the 10th century, also has a section built during the Renaissance which houses the town museum. Other sights in Tournon include the Collegiate Church of Saint Julien and the Lycée Gabriel Faur, a school founded in 1536 and thought to be the oldest lycee in 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.
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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