Colours of Provence with guest chef John Burton-Race
FRC-898373/898362 Rhone/Saone
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What's Included

  • 7 nights' luxury accommodation
  • Return UK flights
  • Fine dining including wine, beer & soft drinks with lunch & dinner
  • Choice of guided tours & excursions in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Cooking demonstrations and masterclasses with guest John Burton-Race
  • Exclusive excursions to local markets, truffle and olive farms with guest John Burton-Race

What's Not Included

Itinerary
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Day 1
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 2
Arles, France - Avignon, 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.

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 3
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 4
Viviers, France

Dating back to the 5th century, Viviers is located on France’s Rhone River. It has a two-tiered system, with a lower town once being home to the tradesmen and an upper town where the higher classes once lived. The latter is walled and features an attractive warren of narrow cobbled streets with Renaissance stone houses, a Romanesque cathedral, and a castle terrace where fantastic views of the rooftops and river below can be found.

The Ardeche region, of which Viviers is part, is famous for the Pont d'Arc, the largest natural arch in Europe, and its truffle farms. From Viviers you can visit Nyons to see a working lavender distillery and tour an ancient XVIII century olive mill.

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Day 5
Tournon sur Rhone, France

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.

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Day 6
Vienne, France - Lyon, France

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.

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 7
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 8
Lyon - Disembarkation
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