Dramatic Roman ruins and UNESCO-listed medieval quarters dominate elegant riverside ports on this stimulating journey through striking Provence countryside. Visit the setting of gladiator contests in Arles, the Pope’s Palace of Avignon, and sample the delicious wines and olive oil of Tournon.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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Travel to Lyon and transfer to the MS Camargue for embarkation. After setting into your cabin, the crew will be introduced at a welcome cocktail. After dinner, an evening of entertainment awaits.
After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional guided tour of Lyon, France's delicious gastronomic capital, positioned on the Rhône and Saône rivers, with a UNESCO-listed medieval centre and impressive Roman ruins. Lyon's charm lies in its colourful riverfront buildings and impressive 2,000 years of history reflected in its centre. Discover medieval and renaissance architecture, take advantage of the superb shopping opportunities and sample some of the adventurous food that the city has to offer. After lunch, set sail for Mâcon and admire views of the charming Burgundy countryside. This evening, enjoy entertainment and dancing after dinner on board your ship.
Today, enjoy an optional excursion to the famous Abbey of Cluny. The Benedictine Abbey was the nerve-centre of monastic reform in the Middle Ages and was the world's largest until St Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in Rome in the 16th-century. Although most of the Abbey stands in ruins, you still get a great sense of the size and glory of the Abbey. After lunch back on board, cruise towards Vienne.
Overlooking the Rhône, the town of Vienne was once Rome's major wine port. With visible Gallo-Roman heritage and spectacular Roman ruins, this divine riverfront city is full of photo opportunities. This morning, enjoy free time to explore the Roman monuments and medieval churches or join the optional sightseeing tour. This afternoon, take the opportunity to relax on board as you cruise along the Rhône towards Arles and continue the journey through the night.
After breakfast, explore Arles on an optional tour. This stunning town has a spectacular Roman arena and is know to have inspired the painter, Van Gogh, with its enchanting light. Stroll the winding streets and see the 20,000-seater Les Arenes stadium which once hosted chariot and gladiator contests. From here, head into the Provençal countryside to learn how the region's prized olive oil is produced. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion into the Camargue, the river delta of the Rhône. This nature reserve is host to the famous Camargue ponies and an incredible array of birdlife. An evening of traditional Provençal entertainment awaits you onboard tonight.
Set sail early this morning towards Avignon. A stunning medieval town once the home of Popes, Avignon is famed for its arched bridge immortalised in the well-known song. An optional sightseeing tour takes in the mighty City of Popes citadel, whose court once attracted Europe's artists and intellectuals, and the famous bridge, standing in its shadow. After lunch cruise towards Viviers, built on a hillside, the quaint town is a jumble of cobbled lanes and stone houses built around a 12th-century cathedral. Enjoy an optional tour exploring the maze-like streets and the views over the river.
Admire the views as you cruise today. In the afternoon you'll arrive in the attractive village of Tournon, with its castle, monuments and spectacular views. An optional guided tour takes in the Castle-Museum of Tournon-sur-Rhône followed by a tasting of local wines and regional delicacies. Later, return to your ship for a gala dinner and evening. The ship will cruise through the night to Lyon.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport or station for your return to the UK.
The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £238 per person and includes:
Day 2: City tour
Day 3: Visit to Cluny Abbey
Day 4: Guided tour
Day 5: City tour
Day 5: Visit to the Camargue
Day 6: City tour and the Palace of the Popes tour
Day 7: Guided tour and wine tasting
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate. Please note that the optional excursion package can only be booked up to 35 days prior to departure.
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