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The gateway to Provence,the Camargue, Rhone valley & the Saône

(LYON) - MARTIGUES – ARLES – AVIGNON – TAIN L'HERMITAGE – TOURNUS – CHALON SUR SAÔNE - (LYON)

 

  

 

Discover the Cote Du Rhone and the Camargue on this 7 day cruise.  Highlights include Avignon, the city of the Popes; the unspoiled Gorges of the Ardeche; the medieval city of Viviers; Vienne and its archaeological treasures; the captivating Lyon and Beaunne and its famous hospices.



Days
  7 days
Code
  CHA
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary
   
     
Day 1   (LYON) - MARTIGUES – THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

(Option: Coach transfers Lyon/Martigues to join cruise available if required - supplement applies)
Boarding around 6.00 pm in Martigues, presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner followed by free time in this typically Mediterranean town and overnight stopover on the coast.

     
Day 2  

PORT SAINT LOUIS – ARLES – AVIGNON (the City of the Popes) – THE CAMARGUE

   

Breakfast on board. Morning departure for Port Saint-Louis taking the Fos canal which runs alongside the Mediterranean. Arrival around 8.00 am, followed by the departure for the excursion to the Camargue, an immense exceptional plain where sea, wetlands and pools are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of water fowl. Here, bulls and horses live in the world which, along with the horsemen of the Camargue, are the soul of the country.Free time in the delightful village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Back to the boat in Arles for lunch. Afternoon time at leisure in Arles for a walking tour of Arles. Continuation in the direction of Avignon. As we sail along, discover the castles of Beaucaire and Tarascon. Arrival in Avignon around 8.30 pm. Dinner on board and overnight stopover.

     
Day 3   AVIGNON – VIVIERS – THE ARDECHE GORGE
   

Breakfast on board. Free time or guided tour of the City of the Popes and its Palace, a veritable citadel athwart an outcrop of rock, surrounded by its mighty ramparts. Free time in the city centre and back to the boat for lunch.  Departure of the boat passing through the lock in Bollène. Arrival in Viviers around 7.30 pm. Dinner on board followed by a guided tour on foot: explore this beautiful medieval town. Overnight stopover.

     
Day 4   VIVIERS – TAIN L'HERMITAGE – THE CÔTES DU RHÔNE
   

Breakfast on board. Departure for the excursion to the Ardèche Gorge. Heading towards Bourg Saint Andéol across the Plateau des Gras to reach Vallon Pont d'Arc. Here, the Ardèche has hewn through the cliff to form a great natural arch, "the Pont d'Arc", 34 m high. From here, the itinerary follows the famous Gorge Trail from where you can see the harmonious meanders of the river. Back to the boat at La Voulte. Lunch on board. Continuation of the cruise up the Rhone. Passing, Valence, dominated by the Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral, to the mouth of tributaries of the Rhone, the Isère and the Drôme. Opposite, the hanging fortress of Crussol in one of the most spectacular sites in the Rhone valley. Lunch on board. Arrival in Tain-l'Hermitage around 4.00 pm. Wine tasting* in a wine cellar.Back to the boat for dinner. Overnight stopover.

     
Day 5   TAIN L'HERMITAGE – VIENNE – LYON
   

Departure by night and breakfast on board. Arrival in Vienne around 8.30 am, where we will call in to allow you to take the guided tour on foot of Vienne, which was once the capital of the Roman province of Vienna Senatoria and, until the 15th century, a religious capital. Departure around 11.30 pm for Lyon. Lunch on board. Lyon is admirably situated at the confluence of the Rhone and the Saône. Arrival around 2.30 pm, free time or guided tour of the city. Back to the boat for dinner. Departure of the boat at nightfall up the Saône, sailing past the illuminated old neighbourhoods of Lyons, a unique spectacle. Overnight stopover in Trevoux.

     
Day 6   TOURNUS– CHALON SUR SAONE – BURGUNDY AND THE BEAUJOLAIS

 

Departure early in the morning for Tournus. Cruise on the Saône during which you will see the Beaujolais and then the Mâconnais vineyards. Lunch and stop in Tournus. Departure for the excursion to Beaune to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, a masterpiece of Burgundian-Flemish art. Continuation along the wine trail of the Côte de Beaune through villages with names which are evocative of great wines:  Wine tasting in a wine maker's cellar.Back on board in Chalon-sur-Saône at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and gala evening. Overnight stopover.

     
Day 7   CHALON-SUR-SAONE – (LYON)
   

Disembarkation after breakfast in Chalon-sur-Saône. End of our journey.
(Option: coach transfers Chalon/Lyon available if required - supplement applies).

     
   

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

     
INCLUSIONS:





 

This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers).

                      
   
EXCLUSIONS:

 

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

     
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