Portraits of the Rhône

Resort: Portraits of the Rhône
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1599.00

Overview

Verdant vineyards, fragrant fields of lavender, honey-stone towns glowing in the sun – summertime in the South of France is glorious. This delightful week-long cruise takes us along the Saône and Rhône rivers, through Burgundys wine country and the lavender-scented hills of Provence. Along the way, well stop off to explore Mâcons café-lined squares, Avignons city palaces and Arles Roman remains. Well finish with an optional trip to the Valley of the Ardèche, where limestone cliffs tower hundreds of feet above the river.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights cruise on A-ROSA STELLA
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or easyJet from London Gatwick or Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 6 lunches (days 2-7) 7 dinners (days 1-7)

5 excursions and visits

  • Walking tours of Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Lyon, Arles, and Avignon
  • Entrance to the Palais des Papes

Plus

  • Onboard all inclusive drinks package throughout the day, including local soft drinks, beer, wine, sparkling wine, cocktails and spirits
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Porterage

Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Lyon

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lyon. On arrival, well transfer to embark our ship. During dinner we set sail through Lyons Old Town and on towards Chalon-sur-Saône.

Day 2 Chalon-sur-Sane

We arrive around lunchtime in Chalon-sur-Saône, where there is an included walking tour through the old town and the city, considered the birthplace of photography. From Chalon-sur-Saône theres an optional visit available too, taking you on the Route des Grands Crus through rolling vineyards to Dijon The Capital of the Dukes of Burgundy.

Day 3 Mcon – Trvoux – Lyon

Arrive early in Mâcon, located in a beautiful landscape on the river Saône in the south of Burgundy. Disembark for an included walking tour of this vibrant town. The oldest building in Mâcon, located on the Place aux Herbes, is a house almost entirely covered by unique woodland sceneries.
This afternoon we sail for Trévoux, a small town tucked away on the banks of the Saône and then onwards to Lyon, arriving late evening.

Day 4 Lyon

Today therell be an included tour of this stunning city, located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. Well take a walk through the UNESCO-listed old town Vieux Lyon – with twisting alleyways, courtyards, gardens and impressive squares. There are also Italian Renaissance-style houses, the Roman theatre and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
Well sail onwards this afternoon.

Day 5 Chteauneuf-du-Pape – Avignon

Well call briefly in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, before arriving early afternoon in Avignon, one of the greatest surviving walled cities in the world. Well dock here overnight, so therell be plenty of time to stroll its leafy squares or sample superb French cuisine in one of the local restaurants.

Day 6 Avignon – Arles

Our morning in Avignon is filled with a city walking tour. Through small alleys, passing numerous small city palaces, chapels and churches, this excursion will lead you to the famous Palais des Papes, which youre free to explore. Continue your walk to the viewing point of Rocher des Domes, from where you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the Rhône valley.
Afterwards, we sail into Arles for an included walking tour of this sun-drenched city of terracotta-tiled rooftops. It occupies a broad bend in the River Rhône and youre sure to recognise it, as Vincent van Gogh painted Arles in 187 of his works and a few of his motifs have today been restored to their original state.

Day 7 Viviers – La Voulte-sur- Rhne

We arrive in Viviers, where you can take an optional visit to the Ardèche Gorges, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe with spectacular limestone cliffs towering up to 1,000ft over the river far below. Drive to one of the numerous grottos of the area, such as the Grottes des Madeleines, which consists of more than 25 subterranean halls. Continue to one of the lavender producers in the Ardèche area. Well then make our final voyage to Lyon, with a brief stop in La Voulte-sur- Rhône.

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