The Rhone, Burgundy And Provence
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: All Inclusive
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20874
- Travel Type: Air
7 nights. June 2023 - September 2024. From £2449.00.
Use code RIVER400 to save £400pp. Book before Friday, 31 March to secure a journey of a lifetime.
Enjoy the choice, comforts and casual atmosphere of cruising, A-ROSA style, as you explore this delightful region of Southern France.Your premium All-Inclusive cruise is the perfect way to experience the Rhone. Watch the world slip by on the top deck, head to the gym for a workout or take advantage of great discounts on treatments in the on-board SPA-ROSA. Later, why not organise an early evening meal with friends, make new ones at the bar or book a special meal in the ship's reserved dining area?Step aboard in Lyon to cruise north into the Saone to historic Chalon, gateway to the Cote d'Or wine region and then to lively, Burgundian Macon with its cafe-lined riverbank and brightly painted half-timbered houses. Cruise gently back to Lyon then sail south into the Rhône where you’ll stay overnight in glorious Avignon, with its famed ‘pont’ and Palace of the Popes, and enjoy a guided tour. The cruise completes with calls in exquisite former Roman stronghold Arles and charming Voulte-sur-Rhône, before a last cruise back to Lyon. Taste the Destination A-ROSA offers widest choice of international dishes compared to most other river cruise operators, plus you can enjoy local dishes exploring France from a culinary perspective, including: La Flûte de Chaud Pain - a warm baguette with ham and cheese, ideal for a light lunch Bourride - a shellfish chowder with a rouille sauce is a culinary speciality of Provence, based on seafood, vegetables, and served with aioli and olive oil. Bouillabaisse - a traditional Provencal fish originating from Marseille. Boeuf Bourguignon - a classic French beef stew, using wines from Burgundy. Éclair - cream puff swans filled with delicious chocolate mousse.
What's IncludedSeven nights' Premium All-Inclusive cruise accommodation
Return travel from the UK to France or Switzerland (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Included coach transfers to the ship (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Free Wi-Fi on board
On-board activities and entertainment
Gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations
A FREE unlimited Premium All-Inclusive drinks package including water, soft drinks, speciality teas and coffees, beer, wine, spirits and cocktails throughout the day and evening
Occasional regional treats and specialities to complement your destination that day
Afternoon tea with freshly prepared cakes and pastries
15 per cent off on a range of beauty and wellness treatments in the on-board spa, SPA-ROSA
The services of a Cruise Director and experienced English-speaking crew
All port taxes and surcharges
Holiday HighlightsSeven ports of call
Two included excursions
Special Provincial cuisine evening in Avignon
Sailing north into the Saone to Macon and Chalon
Overnight stays in Lyon and Avignon
Included guided tour of Avignon
Calls in Roman Arles and La-Voute-sur-Rhone
Saint-Philibert de Tournus - all that remains of the town's Benedictine abbey
Embark A-ROSA STELLA in Lyon
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Travel to Lyon or Geneva, and transfer to the dock to board A-ROSA STELLA. Your Rhone river cruise begins tonight, leaving you free to spend your time getting to know the ship and enjoying your first dinner on board. Alternatively, make your own way from home to the ship, in your own time, in time to embark.
Day 2A full day is spent in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. This historic Cote d'Or town has a beautiful medieval quarter, a fascinating wine museum and a museum dedicated to local hero Joseph Niepce, now generally considered the true inventor of photography.A-ROSA STELLA leaves Chalon in the evening, continuing south overnight.
Day 3You'll arrive in Macon in the early morning. This famed wine-producing town on the banks of the Saone boasts a lively, cafe-lined promenade. Spend time shopping, relaxing with a drink or explore the city's cultural highlights such as the Museum of Fine Arts or Macon Cathedral. In the afternoon A-ROSA STELLA leaves Macon and continues her voyage south, returning to Lyon for an overnight stay.
Day 4Wake up in Lyon, where the Rhone turns south towards the Mediterranean. Enjoy France's UNESCO-listed 'second city' to life. A prosperous gateway to both the Alps and sun-kissed Provence, for centuries this city was the wealthy centre of the silk trade. After enjoying Lyon, you'll head out again in the afternoon and begin a pleasant, scenic cruise down the Rhone.
Day 5Around lunchtime today you'll arrive at Avignon, the historic City of the Popes. One of Europe's best-preserved medieval strongholds, Avignon is dominated by the monumental Palais des Papes. The engaging, bustling city is centred on the Place d'Horloge, which is lined with cafes and market stalls -perfect for watching the world go by. Join a guided tour to discover the city, and don't miss the crumbling remains of the Pont St-Benezet or the "pont d'Avignon" from the famous French folk song.
Day 6Spend the morning pottering around the streets of Avignon and finishing the remainder of your sightseeing. A-ROSA STELLA departs at noon, and cruises still further south to Arles. Once the capital of Roman Gaul, Arles is home to some superb ancient ruins. See the painstakingly unearthed baths, chariot racetrack and the elegant skeleton of Les Arenes amphitheatre. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several fascinating museums add to the attraction of this city that so inspired both Van Gogh and Gauguin.Your river cruiser will depart tonight, and begin the long, gentle journey back upriver.
Day 7Enjoy a final day on-board A-ROSA STELLA relaxing on the sun-deck (weather permitting) or in the pool, and enjoying the benefits of your Premium All-inclusive package. Around lunchtime you'll make a brief stop in La Voulte-sur-Rhone before continuing your voyage back to Lyon in the afternoon and overnight.
Day 8Say farewell to A-ROSA STELLA, the crew and your fellow passengers as you disembark and begin your journey home. Back to top
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Optional shore excursionsOptional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
TippingTipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. At the end of the cruise you will find a tip box for the entire crew at the reception and the suggested amount is five Euros per guest per day. Of course, you are free to tip individual crew members at any time, should you wish.
Disabled guests and guests in need of assistanceAll ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility. Wheelchairs cannot be used on board.
Dress codeThe dress code on board and ashore is comfortable and casual; we recommend that you bring sturdy footwear for excursions. For the restaurant we recommend smart casual dress. Please remember to bring warmer clothes for evenings out on deck.
Wi-FiWi-Fi is provided free of charge in accordance with A-ROSA's conditions of use. You can request a login and password from reception. Internet reception is limited and will vary from location to location.
LuggageWhere possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
PoolA heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
Cabin facilitiesIn your cabin you will find a safe installed in the wardrobe, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, insect screens and pool towels. The power supply in your cabin is 220 V/50 Hz. All sockets are European two-pin, meaning you will need to bring an adaptor.
Air-conditioningAll A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
Drinking waterThe water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
Itinerary changesOn rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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Terms and conditionsSave up to £800pp discount offer applies to new bookings only on selected A-ROSA river cruises booked between 1 February and 31 March 2023. The £800pp money off discount applies to 14-nights Splendours of the Majestic Danube river cruise departing on 21 May 2023 only, with select cruises valid for £300pp and £400pp off discounts. Exclusions apply. The offers do not apply to Douro Explorer and Danube Christmas Market cruises, holidays with late availability pricing and cannot be combined with any other concession. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount which will be applied to your booking once the promo code RIVER300, RIVER400 & RIVER800 has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding holiday insurance) at the time of booking. The offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top