Cruise on the Rhône River

  • From Lyon
  • History
  • Gastronomy
  • Nature

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1 – LYON

Arrival at LYON airport.

City Tour of LYON including a walking tour in the Traboules.

Dinner at a traditional “Bouchon”restaurant.

Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 2 – LYON / PEROUGES / CRUISE DEPARTURE

Breakfast

City Tour of LYON.

Drive to PEROUGES.

Walking and city Tour of PEROUGES, medieval city.

Proceed to ANNECY.

City Tour of ANNECY.

Transfer to the Rhone’s pier for embarkation and a 4 day/3 night cruise.

 

Day 3 – ARLES / THE CAMARGUE

Enjoy breakfast during our morning cruise through the landscapes of the south of France:

  • Valence, with the Saint Apollinaire Cathedral soaring over the city.
  • Montélimar, famous for its nougat.
  • The Bollène Lock, which raises and lowers boats 20 meters (66 feet) for navigating the Rhône River, a major civil engineering project of the 1950s.
  • Stop in Arles and optional excursion to the Camargue, an area where the sea, wetlands and ponds are inhabited by an extraordinary variety of bird life.
  • Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, which is famous for its gypsy gatherings.

Back on board for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4 – AVIGNON / VIVIERS / THE ARDÈCHE GORGES

Breakfast

Arrival in Avignon : Enjoy an optional guided tour of the City of Popes, a citadel surrounded by ramparts and perched on a rocky outcropping over the river.

Return on board and depart for Roquemaure.

Optional excursion to visit the Ardèche Gorges : Bourg Saint Andéol, the “Plateau des Gras”, Vallon Pont d’Arc.

Back on board at Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts and depart for Viviers

Dinner on board and overnight.

 

Day 5 – VIVIERS – TAIN L’HERMITAGE (THE VERCORS)

Breakfast during our morning cruise

Arrival at La Voulte.

Optional excursion in the Vercors : Die (visit a wine cellar and taste the famous Clairette de Die), the route of the Rousset Mountain Pass (wonderful panoramic view over the Vercors plateau), Vassieux en Vercours, la Chapelle en Vercours, and Pont en Royans, famous for its suspended houses.

Back on board at Tain l’Hermitage.

Gala dinner and evening on board, and departure for Lyon.

 

Day 6 – LYON / BOURGOGNE

Breakfast on board

Disembarkation.

Drive to FONTENAY ABBEY.

Visit the FONTENAY ABBEY.

Proceed to VEZELAY.

City tour of VEZELAY.

Visit of a wine cellar in the area and enjoy a wine tasting.

Overnight in CHATEAU DE LA BERCHERE at Nuit St Georges (or a similar hotel).

 

Day 7 – BOURGOGNE

Breakfast

Drive to BEAUNE.

Visit the Beaune Hospice.

Proceed to MACON.

Walking visit to the Rock of Solutre.

Visit the museum of Rock Solutré.

Gastronomic dinner ( including wine ).

Overnight in CHATEAUX DE LA BERCHERE at Nuit St Georges (or a similar hotel).

 

Day 8 – LYON / BACK TO HOME

Breakfast

Drive to LYON.

Free time in LYON PART-DIEU.

Transfer to the airport.

Check-in and take off.