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Provence and The Elegant Rhône

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Take advantage of up to £100 off selected cabin upgrades on selected 2020 cruise departures when you book selected cabins on or before 15th October 2019.

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(Tour code: LRZ20)

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.

Highlights
  • MS Amadeus Provence
  • Beaune
  • Lyon
  • Journey on the Train de L'Ardèche
  • Avignon
  • The Camargue Delta
  • Pont du Gard
  • The Ardèche Gorge
What’s Included
  • Journey on the Train de l'Ardèche
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • 8-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence
    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Provence and The Elegant Rhône 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Lyon
Lyon

London to Lyon

Your holiday begins with a flight to the pretty French city of Lyon. Here we board your luxurious ship, the excellent MS Amadeus Provence. We have time to settle into our cabins before we enjoy a welcome cocktail, which you might like to enjoy on the sun deck as we admire Lyon's colourful townhouses and lively streets. Later, we sit down to a splendid 5-course meal before setting sail for Beaune.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Beaune
Beaune

Beaune

We arrive into Beaune this morning. Deep in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy, Beaune is a classic French medieval town with impressive town walls, terracotta roofs and fascinating historical buildings. We embark on a sightseeing tour, discovering the sights as we wander the enchanting streets. We enjoy a tasting of some delectable wines which make this town, and the Burgundy region so famous. Back on board later, we enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising back to Lyon.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Lyon
Lyon

Lyon

Arriving in Lyon this morning, we disembark for a guided tour. One of France's iconic cities, Lyon sits on the meeting point of the Rhône and the Saône rivers. The beautiful pinks, oranges, reds and whites of the buildings populating Lyon's riverfront give some indication of the city's elegance. Our tour takes us along the streets and over the bridges to explore some of the fantastic highlights and the extensive history here. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and many of the small shops and traditional businesses lend a truly French fl air to our surroundings.

After returning to the ship for lunch, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure as we cruise to Tournon sur Rhône. This is one of the most scenic and panoramic sections of the river, and it's well worth taking the time to admire the scenery from the spacious sun deck. Rolling hills, dotted with verdant vineyards rise and fall away under the gaze of various châteaux and stately homes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Train de l'Ardèche
Train de l'Ardèche

Train de l'Ardèche

Early this morning, we travel by coach to Tournon sur Rhône's railway station to board the Train de l'Ardèche. Offering a memorable journey through the stunning environs of the spectacular Gorges du Doux region, this railway winds up the various foothills and valleys which populate the landscape. Several stone bridges criss-cross the brooks and rivers which snake under the trees, and our charming little locomotive takes us to sections of the gorges which no other form of transport can access. Later, our ship continues its course to the 'White City' of Avignon.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Avignon
Avignon

Exploring Avignon

In Avignon today, we head out on a guided tour of this city famous for being seat of the Pope for a brief period in the 14th century. Its striking white papal palaces and majestic cathedral are just some of the highlights we see walking through the boulevards and squares of Avignon's historic centre, which earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995. Afterwards we enter the Pope's Palace, admiring its spectacular interiors and the range of holy and religious artefacts collected here. You are then free until early evening to discover the city at your own pace. After dinner tonight, our ship sets sail for Arles.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Pont Du Gard
Pont Du Gard

The Camargue Delta or the Pont du Gard

We begin the day with a guided tour of pretty Arles, whose enchanting streets provided the inspiration for many of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. In the afternoon, you have the choice of 2 excursions. Your first option is a visit to the beautiful Camargue Delta, where the Rhône opens out into the Mediterranean. This is a true treat for nature lovers, as the wetlands and park area are home to nearly 400 species of bird species, including an instantly- recognisable flock of pink flamingos. Also of note are the wild horses which roam freely, including a breed which can only be found in this part of the world - the famous Camarguais. Your second option takes you to the iconic arches of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct of astonishing size which spans the Gardon river. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pont du Gard is a sight to behold, measuring at least 160 feet, a real feat of engineering considering its age. Later, we return to the ship which sets sail for Chateauneuf du Rhône.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Ardeche
Ardeche

The Ardèche Gorge and home

Today we pay a visit to the stunning Ardèche Gorge, widely regarded as the Grand Canyon of Europe. Nearly 19 miles in length and made up of snaking rivers and gorges, this natural monument is a striking reminder of the enormity of the natural world. Sheer cliff faces rise over waterways of striking emerald and forests of deep green. Our tour takes us to some of the most impressive sights here, including the Pont d'Arc. Afterwards, we rejoin the ship at Le Pouzin, beginning our return sailing to Lyon. We sit down to the captain's gala dinner this evening. On Day 8, passengers will board their flight home.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Please note

Please note

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on board the ship.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise arrival and departure times.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an on board Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Return flights from London to Lyon, with return transfers from the airport to your ship

Comfortable accommodation

  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence
  • On board live music every night
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

Delicious meals included

  • 20 meals, including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursion to the Ardèche Gorge
  • Guided tours of Lyon, Beaune and Avignon
  • Journey on the Train de l'Ardèche
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Visit to the Camargue Delta or a visit to the Pont du Gard
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost

 

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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