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 The magic of the Provencal Rhone & the Camargue

LYON – AVIGNON – ARLES – AVIGNON – VIVIERS – TAIN L'HERMITAGE – VIENNE – LYON 

 

  

 A short 5-day cruise highlighting the magic of Provencal Rhone and the wild and unspoilt Camargue marshes in the South of France.  This area offers heritage, gastronomy, history & scenery in abundance. Highlights are the heritage town of Arles, the medieval town of Viviers, Avignon (City of Popes) and the world heritage site of Lyon.  Also included is a chance to savour the exceptional wines of the Cotes du Rhone.



Days
  5 days
Code
  LYL
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary
   
     
Day 1   LYON

 

Boarding at 4.00 pm in Lyon, Quai Claude Bernard. Departure of the boat at 5.00 pm. We will be sailing in a southerly direction. Settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew, welcome cocktail. Dinner followed by an evening of entertainment. Sailing at night.

     
Day 2   AVIGNON – ARLES
   

Buffet breakfast during the cruise. Morning cruising through the landscapes of the south of France: Valence, overlooked by Saint Apollinaire cathedral, Montélimar famous for its nougat. We will pass through the great lock in Bollène which, with a variation in height of 20 metres, was one of the major civil engineering project of the 1950s. Breakfast on board. Stop in Avignon and departure by coach for the excursion to the Camargue. An immense exceptional plain where sea, wetlands and pools are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of water fowl. Free time in the village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, famed for its gypsy gatherings. Boarding in Arles around 7 pm. Dinner on board. After dinner, guided tour of the town. Arles has conserved its exceptional monumental heritage which is tantamount to an open air museum, as well as being a mecca for tourism and culture. Back on board, accommodation. Overnight stopover.

     
Day 3   AVIGNON – VIVIERS
   

Breakfast on board. Departure of the boat early in the morning. Arrival in Avignon at 9.00 am. Guided tour of the City of the Popes, a veritable citadel perched on a rocky pinnacle, surrounded by its imposing ramparts. The Palace was once home to a sumptuous court where artists and scholars rubbed shoulders with each other. At its feet, the Pont d'Avignon seems a little on the narrow side "to be dancing round in circles". Back on board. Departure of the boat at noon for Viviers. Lunch on board. Afternoon sailing and time to relax on board. Listen to the song of the cicadas from the sun deck. Arrival in Viviers around 7.00 pm. Dinner on board. Followed by a guided tour on foot to explore this medieval town classed as a protected area and the seat of bishops since the 5th century. Overnight stopover. 

     
Day 4  

VIVIERS – TAIN L'HERMITAGE – THE CÔTES DU RHÔNE

   

Buffet breakfast on board and departure of the cruise around 8.00 am. Departure for excursion by coach to visit 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 construct a grandiose natural arch. "The Pont d'Arc", 34 metres high. From here, the itinerary follows the famous Route des Gorges where you can explore the harmonious meanderings of the river. Numerous panoramic viewpoints mark the way. We will stop at one of them. They are situated on the high corniche and offer breathtaking views over the Gorge. Back on board in Le Pouzin around 12.00 noon. Continuation to Tain l'Hermitage. Arrival around 4.00 pm. Explore the town on your own. You will have the opportunity to take part in tasting the famous wines of the Côtes du Rhône. Back on board. Dinner and gala evening, overnight stopover.

     
Day 5   TAIN L'HERMITAGE –LYON
   

Departure of the boat at dawn towards Lyon. Breakfast on board.  Disembarkation around 9.00 am in Lyon, Quai Claude Bernard. End of our journey.

     
   

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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