Portraits of the Rhône
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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.
5 excursions and visits
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.
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.
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.
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.