Rhone Route Classic

  • 8 Days

  • France

Enjoy experiences that you'll look forward to retelling as you cruise through France along one of Europe's oldest rivers; sample locally-produced wine in Macon and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Lyon.

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Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 13th October 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Enjoy experiences that you'll look forward to retelling as you cruise through France along one of Europe's oldest rivers; sample locally-produced wine in Macon and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Lyon.

At a glance

  • Macon Admire the half-timbered houses along the Heritage Trail and sample local wine.
  • Chalon-sur-Saone Wander the town stopping at the Chalon Cathedral.
  • Lyon Get lost in the labyrinthine alleys of this old merchant city.
  • Avignon See the famous medieval bridge and Papal Palace as you wander the city.
  • Arles Admire the city's Roman amphitheatre.

Day 1

UK - Lyon

Travel to Lyon and transfer to the A-ROSA STELLA for embarkation.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Macon

Arrive in the beautiful town of Macon today, an important wine region and a gateway to the well renowned Beaujolais vineyards. Perhaps take a walk along the Heritage Trail and admire the half-timbered houses and Soufflot Chapel or even try a selection of local wines tasting display.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Chalon-sur-Saone

Chalon is located upriver where the Saône becomes more shallow, and so it is the point where modern ships must turn about. The docking location is very close to the heart of the town. A pretty stroll will take you directly from the ship to everything that’s worth seeing, such as Chalon Cathedral and a museum documenting the birth of photography here in Chalon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lyon

This old silk-trading city amazes visitors with its labyrinth of covered passageways called “traboules”. These were originally created to ensure that the silk was kept dry as it was being transported. Today, you’ll experience a world that’s simultaneously old and modern, as Lyon’s residents go about their daily lives surrounded by centuries-old architecture. Even beyond Vieux Lyon, there are great places to shop and go out in France’s third-largest city. And after all that, you can take a breather amid the greenery of Parc de La Tête d’Or, discover Lyon’s rich cultural offerings, or climb to the top of the basilica to enjoy the view and the rich mosaics decorating the walls. Getting hungry? Lyon is famous for its simple but exquisite cuisine focusing on regional products, which has earned Lyon the nickname “la ville de gueule” (“the city of the mouth”).

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Avignon

You've probably heard of the famous bridge in the song "Sur le pont d'Avignon". This bridge actually exists, or at least part of it does; wars and floods reduced the bridge's original 22 arches to four. In 1660, after yet another flood, the bridge was abandoned. Aside from the bridge, you're likely to be most delighted by Avignon's palaces, wines and culture. The Papal Palace is monumentally impressive, particularly in the evening when it is illuminated by a light show. Rue des Teinturiers, the former textile dyers' street, is one of the most beautiful streets in Avignon. By a small stream with old water wheels, you'll find numerous charming cafés to relax, watch the world go by and quietly hum the old children's song.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Avignon - Arles

Today leave Avignon for Arles. A pretty 15-minute walk takes you from the dock to the ancient amphitheatre, where you can relax and watch the torero. The bullfights here (called “course camarguaise”) are not bloody affairs. The bullfighter simply tries to snatch the tassel that’s wrapped around the animal’s horns. The bulls come from the Camargue, and after the fight they return to their fields there. In Arles, past and present are one. The city features a mixture of modern urban development and historical buildings. If you dig deep enough, you end up in the sixth century. Or even in the second. You can see the discoveries unearthed during numerous excavations in the archaeological museum. Next to the amphitheatre, the Foundation Vincent van Gogh preserves the heritage of the Dutch artist, for whom Arles was like a second home. Information panels mark the locations where van Gogh created his works. We recommend that you simply sit down and try seeing the intense colours of Provence with his eyes.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Viviers - La Voulte

Located in the stunning Ardeche, Viviers is a small walled city that sits on the banks the Rhône and is home to the historic Cathedral of Saint-Vincent, which is in the centre of the old town. The city retains much of its medieval character and charms.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Lyon

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Lyon Airport for your return flight to the UK or extend your stay in Lyon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

A-ROSA STELLA

Sailing along the Rhône and Saône, A-ROSA STELLA can accommodate up to 174 guests in her 86 outside cabins, some with Juliette Balcony, featuring twin beds, or double, as well as all the amenities a passenger could need. The ship features putting green and a game area, as well as a swimming pool on the sun deck. There is also a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, as well as an open bar, perfect to enjoy lively conversations with your fellow guests.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of cabins: 86
  • Number of large cabins: 2
  • Capacity: 174 passengers
  • Main language on board: de+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 125.8
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2005
Available cabins on this cruise
Outside Cabin with Juliette Balcony (Categories D & C)

These Outside Cabins with a Juliette Balcony all include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended. 

Details

  • 156 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Twin Beds Outside Cabin (Category A)

These Twin Beds Outside Cabins all include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.

Details

  • 156 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Outside Cabin with Extra Bed (Category S)

These cabins are Twin Bed Outside Cabins with an extra bed. All include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.

Details

  • 156 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2-3

Life onboard

Sailing along the Rhône and Saône, A-ROSA STELLA can accommodate up to 174 guests in her 86 outside cabins, some with Juliette Balcony, featuring twin beds, or double, as well as all the amenities a passenger could need. 

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