- Duration: -1 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TRIVRHONE18/AP8R
- Travel Type: Eurostar
Winding through the sun-kissed vineyards of Burgundy and the lavender scented countryside of Provence, this relaxing cruise reveals a melting pot of scenery and culture made easily accessible by the MS Amadeus Provence, a brand new premier ship. When you’re not enjoying life on the water, with the professional crew taking care of everything, you can step ashore to explore our ports of call or join a variety of optional excursions that ensure you get the most out of your cruise experience: follow one of the most scenic wine routes in France, explore the world capital of gastronomy, enter the walls of the magical kingdom known as the ‘city of the popes’, discover the wild beauty of the Camargue as we go in search of white horses and pink flamingos – there is so much to see along the banks of these fabled rivers.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return Eurostar from London to Lille
- Connecting rail journeys
- Coach transfers to and from the ship
- Welcome drink
- En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Amadeus Provence
- Full board during your cruise
- Captain’s dinner
- Entertainment every night of your cruise
- Visits to Lyon, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Vienne, Avignon, Viviers & La Pouzin
- Services of our Tour Manager
Day 1: London – Lyon
We travel to Lyon and board our ship for a relaxing evening, as we begin cruising along the Saône river towards Mâcon.
Day 2: Mâcon
Today you have the option of joining three different excursions which explore the beautiful region of Burgundy. The first visits Cluny Abbey, which was once the seat of the greatest medieval monastic order in the west. Next you can join a walking tour of Mâcon and enjoy the distinctly Mediterranean feel of this little town with its colourful buildings. You can then end the day with a scenic tour along the Beaujolais wine route, which is lined with endless rows of vineyards and estates.
Day 3: Chalon sur Saône
Wake up in Chalon sur Saône in the middle of wine country and join an optional walking tour which reveals the highlights of this lively market town. You can then join another optional excursion visiting the town of Beaune, one of the best places in France to taste wine. We return to our ship in Tournus, where you can join an optional stroll through the town.
Day 4: Lyon – Vienne
We cruise back to Lyon where you can join an optional city tour to see the main sights of this beautiful destination. Around midday we join the Rhône river and cruise to Vienne, one of the oldest cities in the Rhône-Alpes region, where you can join an optional walk through the town centre. Later in the day we continue along the Rhône on our way to Avignon.
Day 5: Avignon
Enjoy a relaxing morning onboard our ship before we reach Avignon. This graceful city is best known for the Palais des Papes, the largest gothic palace in the world where Pope Clement V took up permanent residence in the 14th century. The city walls are accessed by one of seven doors, which lead you into a beautiful web of papal architecture, charming streets and attractive courtyards. You can spend your time here at leisure or join an optional city tour to ensure you miss none of the highlights.
Day 6: Avignon
Today you can join an optional excursion which takes you by coach through the vast and beautiful Camargue nature reserve in search of the iconic wildlife, which includes white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos. After lunch you can join another optional excursion which takes you around Arles. This quaint little city is widely regarded as the heart of Provence and was where Vincent van Gogh produced some of his most famous paintings. Later in the day we continue cruising towards Viviers.
Day 7: Viviers – La Pouzin
We reach the town of Viviers where you can join an optional excursion to see the spectacular Ardèche gorges, hailed as the Grand Canyon of Europe with cliffs towering up to 1,000 feet above the meandering river. The most striking feature is the Pont d’Arc, a natural stone arch standing over 200 feet high with a span of 110 feet. We return to our ship in Le Pouzin, where the afternoon is free to relax onboard as we cruise back to Lyon.
Day 8: Lyon – London
After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts and set off on the return journey to London.
ms Amadeus Provence
The MS Amadeus Provence is the newest premium vessel of the Amadeus fleet which is owned and operated by Luftner Cruises. It offers custom-designed luxury and features a unique combination of modern elegance and superb amenities, including a pool deck, outdoor river terrace, panorama lounge bar and large restaurant, along with all the facilities that make an Amadeus ship so popular. The cabins are stylish and spacious with everything you need for your stay, including an outside view, en suite, TV, safe and hairdryer.