Idyllic Rhone

Enjoy the cuisines & delights of France as you cruise the Rhone river. Board in Chalon-sur-Saône, where a world of wonder awaits you in the days ahead.

8 Days
Chalon-sur-Saone to Tarascon
From (GBP)
£ 3,320
£ 2,720
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2019 Chalon-sur-Saone > Tarascon

Enjoy the cuisines & delights of France as you cruise the Rhone river. Board in Chalon-sur-Saône, where a world of wonder awaits you in the days ahead.
Few regions conjure such stored nostalgia and romance as southern France, and by far the best way to experience this idyllic corner of Europe is on the languid waters of the great Rhône River. Stretching from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, this iconic French river connects towns, cities and landscapes which are as distinct and fascinating as they are classically beautiful. Traverse the lavender fields of Provence and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône as you weave towards the Mediterranean, passing such fabled towns and cities as Lyon, Avignon, Mâcon, Tournon, Tarascon and Viviers. This is your chance to savour the wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, explore the monumental Palais des Papes, and discover why Lyon is so freely dubbed the ‘gourmet capital of the world’
Tour Map
Tour Code:
FCCL
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Chalon-sur-Saone
Return City:
Tarascon

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Chalon-sur-Saône

    Fly from one of up to 15 UK airports. If you’d prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our Eurostar No Fly option at no extra cost and travel standard Premier Class from St. Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord? Your onward journey will be from Paris Gard de Lyon to Chalon-sur-Soane, where you will board your luxury Scenic Space-Ship.
    Over the next few days, this wonderful luxury cruise ship will be your home. A world of wonder awaits and you can look forward to fascinating new experiences. Arrival transfers included from Lyon airport or Chalon-sur-Saône train station. Please book your flight to arrive between 10am and 3pm if flying into Lyon.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Mâcon > Lyon

    Travel to the ‘Golden Stone’ region of Beaujolais, and enjoy a tasting of the region’s wines. Or, explore charming Cluny, built around the great Benedictine Abbey.

    While cruising this afternoon, join a lesson in French cookery in Scenic Culinaire.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lyon

    Awake today in Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France.

    Walk Lyon’s hidden traboules, and visit the Notre Dame Basilica, which offers fabulous views across the city. Alternatively, walk the cobblestone paths of yesteryear in the medieval hilltop town of Pérouges, or join a guided bike ride to Lyon’s Botanical Gardens and Zoo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienne > Tournon

    Take a walking tour in Vienne including a visit to the Roman amphitheatre and uncover the fascinating history of this quaint riverside town, once conquered by Julius Caesar. Alternatively, join your local guide for a cycling tour.

    Relax with a beverage on the terrace of the Castle of Tournon. Local guitarists will perform an acoustic set for your exclusive benefit. It’s a great soundtrack to an awe-inspiring backdrop.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers > Avignon

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of Viviers, nestled between hill and river, and visit its imposing cathedral. Scenic Culinaire will be hosting a lesson in French cuisine for those wishing to improve their skills while cruising this afternoon. Or simply soak in the panoramic vistas from
    the Sun Deck as you cruise to Avignon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Shop with a Chef at the local market before cooking up a storm in Scenic Culinaire, or explore Avignon’s architectural wonder, the Popes’ Palace. Alternatively, take an excursion to Uzès and Pont du Gard, the impressive ancient Roman aqueduct.

    This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.

    After the doors close to the general public at Avignon’s prestigious Popes’ Palace, you’ll be invited in for an exclusive concert where virtuoso musicians perform Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi within this elegant 14th century palace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Tarascon

    Relax on board as we cruise into the Provençal town of Tarascon.

    Visit Les Baux, and drop into a local olive farm, or explore Saint-Rémy and the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery. Alternatively, visit the wondrous Arles Arena on your tour of this once thriving Roman city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Tarascon > UK

    After breakfast, transfer to Marseille airport for your return journey home. Travel to one of up to 15 UK airports or by first class rialto Avignon to Lille, before Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar to St Pancras International.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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