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 From the Saone to the Rhone
cruising through Burgundy and Provence

 

LYON - MACON - VIENNE - AVIGNON - ARLES - VIVIERS - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - LYON

    

 

Discover the Cotes Du Rhone and the Camargue on this 8 day cruise through contrasting landscapes.  Highlights include Avignon - the city of the Popes; the wild marshlands of the Carmague; the medieval city of Viviers; Vienne and its archaeological treasures; captivating Lyon, the wine regions of Cotes Du Rhone and Beaujolais and a provencal folklore evening.

Days: 8 Days
Code -  LSR
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1   LYON

 

Boarding around 6.00pm in Lyon, meet the crew over a welcome cocktail before dinner.  

     
Day 2   LYON - MACON
   

After breakfast on board, we set off by coach for this morning's excursion – a guided visit of Lyon. Here we have the chance to learn about France's second city, wonderfully situated at the confluence of the Rhone and Saône rivers. We return on board for lunch as the boat sets off towards Macon. This afternoon is an ideal opportunity to relax on board and admire the scenery as we cruise through the beautiful Burgundy countryside. We have dinner as we cruise, followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment. We reach Macon during the evening and moor here for the night.

     
Day 3   MACON - VIENNE
   

After breakfast on board, we set off by coach for our excursion to visit the Abbey at Cluny. The Benedictine Abbey extended its influence throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The church here was the largest in all of western Christendom. We return on board in time for lunch and set sail again, heading for Vienne. We have dinner and an evening of entertainment on board as we cruise, arriving in Vienne towards the end of the evening. We moor for the night.

     
Day 4   VIENNE - AVIGNON
   

After breakfast on board, we set off for our visit of Vienne. The history of Vienne dates back some 2000 years and we are lucky enough to see the relics left by the Romans as well as the cathedral of St Maurice, all listed Historic Monuments. We return on board for lunch and the boat sets off again to Avignon. This afternoon is yet another opportunity to relax on board and admire the scenery as we cruise down the Rhone, or take part in the fun and games proposed by our on-board entertainments crew. We have dinner and an evening of entertainment on board as we cruise, continuing our journey through the night.

     
Day 5   AVIGNON - ARLES
   

We arrive early morning in Avignon and have breakfast on board. This morning's excursion is a visit of the City of the Popes and the Papal Palace, a true fortress set high on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by city walls. The palace is a major feat of Gothic architecture dating from the 14th century and the formal residence of the sovereign pontiffs. We return on board for lunch as we set sail again on the short journey to Arles, where we arrive early afternoon. We set off this afternoon on an excursion through the Camargue, this huge nature reserve where the sea and marshland are inhabited by an amazing array of water fowl and birds. We have free time in the delightful town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a remarkable twice-yearly pilgrimage centre for gypsies from all over Europe, with an interesting fortified church. We return on board for dinner, after which we are treated to a Provençal Folklore evening on board. We moor for the night.

     
Day 6   ARLES - VIVIERS

 

After breakfast on board, we set off for our  visit of Arles. With its Roman treasures and artistic legacy, Arles has a glorious heritage. After our visit, we head into the country or arrière pays where we learn about how Provençal olive oil is made. We return on board for lunch as we set sail again in the direction of Viviers. We spend the afternoon afloat, before we have dinner on board. This evening we are entertained by the crew before arriving in Viviers. We moor for the night.

     
Day 7   VIVIERS - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - LYON
   

After breakfast on board, we set off for our visit of Viviers and discover this open-air museum – a medieval city which also happens to be home to the smallest cathedral in France. We return on board for lunch and the boat sets sail again. We spend the afternoon cruising, arriving in Tain l'Hermitage late afternoon. We have the opportunity to join a wine tasting in one of the fine wine cellars, where we can taste some of the famous Côtes du Rhone wines. We return on board after our visit. This evening we have a Gala Dinner on board, followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment. We moor for most of the night.

     
Day 8   LYON
   

A very early start as we cruise towards Lyon, having breakfast before arriving in the city around 9.00am. We disembark here in Lyon. End of our services

     
   

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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