Duration: 8 Days
Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. Indulge in the legendary cuisine of France on this culinary focused cruise through Burgundy and Provence. With a Master of Wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese-and-chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class.
Embark your ship in Port St. Louis, France, and sail to Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards.
Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (D)
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights
Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
ACTIVE - Get your daily dose of exercise through Nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR:
DISCOVERY - Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR:
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer. Take free time to stop in Le Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, before sailing to Avignon.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard Wine Tasting hosted by your Master of Wine.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.
Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)
World History in a Charming French Country Village
Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy an onboard Chocolate and Wine Tasting hosted by your Master of Wine.
ACTIVE - Walk your way up to Vivier's hilltop Cathedral with your Adventure Host, OR:
DISCOVERY - Explore the charms of Viviers on this extraordinary guided walk through the Old Town with an included tasting of the local culinary delights.
In the afternoon, you may want to join one of the Optional Excursion on offer.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
ACTIVE - Bike along the Rhone river with your Adventure Host, OR:
CLASSIC - Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
In the late morning, cruise to Vienne.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy a pastry demonstration hosted by a French chef on board your ship.
VIENNE: Roman and Middle Age History
ACTIVE - See Vienne from atop, hike up to a viewpoint with your Adventure Host, OR:
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
La Vie En Rose in Lyon
DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Furthermore, discover what makes Lyon's cuisine so famous around the world.
Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.
DISCOVERY - This evening, join an onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.
Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Tournus.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS (B,L,D)
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saone River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.
DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese and Wine Tasting hosted by your Master of Wine.
Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (B,L,D)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Lyon airport before Noon. (B)