Rhone Route Classic

Offer

Price per person
from £1,426

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any European holiday before 30 November and we will include free airport lounge passes for your party, so you can relax and start your holiday in style.

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  • 8 days

  • France

  • River cruise

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.
Rhone Route Classique 2017

What's included

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

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Lyon

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Macon

Day
2

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

Chalon-sur-Saone

Day
3

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

Lyon

Day
4

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

Avignon

Day
5

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

Avignon - Arles

Day
6

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

Viviers - La Voulte

Day
7

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

Lyon

Day
8

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

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.

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

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

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

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

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 on board

Age Restriction

All guests under the age of 18 are to be in a cabin with an adult, and must remain supervised at all times, and their safety is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s). Children 2 to 15 years old sail free when using the existing bedding in the cabin and are accompanied by at least 1 adult. If the accompanying adult is not a parent or legal guardian, written permission from the parent or legal guardian is required. Please be aware that cabins with French Balconies/Full Balconies may be unsafe for small children if left unsupervised and are not recommended for children under the age of 7. By confirming the reservation with payment, the guest/travel agent acknowledges that they are aware and will comply with these terms and conditions.

Disabled Facilities

Please take notice and be aware that A-ROSA vessels do not have elevators and that this should be taken into account when making your choice. If you have a disability and reasonable accommodation may enable you to use the services, please let them know how you believe they can help. You must inform them in writing, at or immediately after making the reservation, but in any event as early as possible, of any mobility impairment or other condition, whether physical, emotional or mental, which may require accommodation or use of an assistive device during the travel. If the impairment or condition first arises after making the reservation, you must inform them in writing as early as possible. They may consider, and may confer with you, the cruise operator, airlines, hotels and other service providers regarding possible accommodations. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate special needs, but A-ROSA advise they are not responsible for denial of service by carriers, hotels, or other independent suppliers. A participant, who, due to impairment, is not self-sufficient, may be required to travel with a companion who shall take responsibility for assistance needed during the travel and in case of emergency. An individual with a disability that would result in a direct threat to the health and safety of others or to that individual may be excluded, if it is determined there is a significant risk that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodations, policies, practices, procedures assistive devices or services. If you fail to timely inform us of any impairment or condition, and it is determined based on information that you should have provided, that participation poses a safety risk to you or direct health or safety threat to others, you may be excluded from parts or all of the travel. A-ROSA advise they shall have no liability to you relating to any condition, treatment, failure to inform us of an impairment, or resulting exclusion. With regards to pregnancy: For the safety of parent and child, and depending on various circumstances, passengers who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 6 months) may be subject to restrictions or exclusion concerning their ability to travel and/or board a ship. Please inform them immediately, so they can assess your personal circumstances and possible accommodation. 

Dress Code

On board and during the shore excursions, A-ROSA advises guests can wear what they like. Dress code is comfortable and casual. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings out on deck. For the shore excursions, they recommend you bring sturdy shoes. For the restaurant they recommend to dress smart-casually.

Special Dietary Requirements

If you are following a special diet, please contact the restaurant chef at the start of your trip. Please notify them of any food allergies/intolerances prior to the start of your trip.

Gymnasium

If walking the town wasn’t enough exercise, you can continue in the well-equipped gymnasium with modern cardio equipment. If desired, you can also work out with a personal trainer who can put together an individual training plan for you.

Heated Swimming Pool

The ship's top deck features a rectangular swimming pool, complete with a shower and a large sunbathing area with loungers. 

SPA-ROSA

After a busy morning of touring, take some time to think about yourself and indulge in the fabled SPA-ROSA . Because guests have very different ideas when it comes to perfect pampering, A-ROSA offers a wide range of choices to make your spa day-dreams come true. A-ROSA’s expert spa and beauty team is waiting to greet you: treat yourself to a Lomi Lomi Nui massage, attend the yoga class or warm your muscles in the sauna with a panoramic view of the landscape. 

Sports & Games Area

Time may fly during an exciting shuffleboard or giant chess game or even practice your putting game. What really matters is that you take all the time in the world to do whatever you want.

Sun Deck

Time on the sun deck can be measured in sunsets, laps in the pool, glasses of wine or the number of new friends you’ve made. But for most, time just stands still as you take in Europe’s fabled towns and picturesque countryside from your chaise lounge. 

The motto topside on the sun deck is “anything is possible, but nothing is required… just enjoy.”

The Market Restaurant

The Market Restaurant is the ship’s Dining Room (no table reservations needed). It has an open kitchen and Buffet station. The A-ROSA Stella’s dining room menu features low-calorie, itinerary-based (regional) specialties and traditional Mediterranean dishes. Food on board is prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and products.

Dining is a truly un-regimented affair – unlike other river vessels, the dining room opens its welcoming arms when you are ready, rather than at a specified time. A lavish buffet with a la minute cookery stations entices you with fresh ingredients and plenty of choice. In addition, a speciality waiter service restaurant offers an alternative option, with a new menu every night and the opportunity to dine here up to three times during the week. Weather permitting, you can choose to dine al fresco around pool as you watch the beautiful scenery pass by.

On some evenings, served onboard will be a themed 3-course-dinner in a reserved part of the restaurant. A-ROSA advises guests to sign up for this evening at the reception or with the Maître as seats are limited. On these evenings, the buffet restaurant is also open as usual.

The themed evenings are at an extra charge.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Massage/Beauty
  • Gym
  • Steam Sauna/Organic Sauna
  • Finnish Sauna
  • Relaxation Room
  • Category A Cabins

Deck 2

  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Dance Floor/Stage
  • Day Lounge/Wine Bar
  • Buffet
  • Market Restaurant
  • Reception
  • Lobby
  • Category C Cabins
  • Category S Cabins

Deck 3

  • Wheelhouse
  • Light Dome
  • Awnings
  • Grill Buffet
  • Drinks and Beverages Buffet
  • Category D Cabins

Deck 4

  • Swimming Pool
  • Giant Chess Board
  • Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Shovelboard

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