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A serene journey through glorious countryside visiting the beautiful medieval towns and natural wonders of Provence and its surrounds on board on of CroisiEurope's comfortable river cruise ships.
A discounted package of excursions may be pre-purchased at time of booking
After breakfast, take the day at leisure or join an optional guided tour of Lyon, France's delicious gastronomic capital, positioned on the Rhône and Saône rivers, with a UNESCO-listed medieval centre and impressive Roman ruins. Lyon's charm lies in its colourful riverfront buildings and impressive 2,000 years of history reflected in its centre. Discover medieval and renaissance architecture, take advantage of the superb shopping opportunities and sample some of the adventurous food that the city has to offer. After lunch, set sail for Mâcon and admire views of the charming Burgundy countryside. This evening, enjoy entertainment and dancing after dinner on board your ship.
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Today, enjoy an optional excursion to the famous Abbey of Cluny. The Benedictine Abbey was the nerve-centre of monastic reform in the Middle Ages and was the world's largest until St Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in Rome in the 16th-century. Although most of the Abbey stands in ruins, you still get a great sense of the size and glory of the Abbey. After lunch back on board, cruise towards Vienne.
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Overlooking the Rhône, the town of Vienne was once Rome's major wine port. With visible Gallo-Roman heritage and spectacular Roman ruins, this divine riverfront city is full of photo opportunities. This morning, enjoy free time to explore the Roman monuments and medieval churches or join the optional tour, to see the Romanesque Cathedral of St Maurice. This afternoon, take the opportunity to relax on board as you cruise along the Rhône towards Arles and continue the journey through the night.
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After breakfast, explore Arles on an optional tour. This stunning town has a spectacular Roman arena and is know to have inspired the painter, Van Gogh, with its enchanting light. Stroll the winding streets and see the 20,000-seater Les Arenes stadium which once hosted chariot and gladiator contests. From here, head into the Provençal countryside to learn how the region's prized olive oil is produced. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion into the Camargue, the river delta of the Rhône. This nature reserve is host to the famous Camargue ponies and an incredible array of birdlife. Enjoy free time in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. After dinner on board, there is a colourful Provençal folklore show.
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Set sail early this morning towards Avignon. A stunning medieval town once the home of Popes, Avignon is famed for its arched bridge immortalised in the well-known song. An optional sightseeing tour takes in the mighty City of Popes citadel, whose court once attracted Europe's artists and intellectuals, and the famous bridge, standing in its shadow. After lunch cruise towards Viviers, built on a hillside, the quaint town is a jumble of cobbled lanes and stone houses built around a 12th-century cathedral. Enjoy an optional tour exploring the maze-like streets and the views over the river.
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Today, arrive in the attractive village of Tournon, with its castle, monuments and spectacular views. Perhaps join an optional city tour before a tasting of local wine and regional delicacies. Later, return to your ship for a gala dinner.
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This river cruise is operated by CroisiEurope, a family owned French business oprerating a fleet of 27 ships on Europe's rivers. The MS Camargue was fully overhauled for 2015 with larger cabins, upper deck French balconies and improved public areas. Certain dates may be operated on other CroisiEurope vessels which may not have been renovated. Standards of service and inclusions are identical however cabains tend to be smaller and may not have French balconies on the upper deck, please ask us for details.
Facilities on board include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sun deck with deckchairs, gift shop, 220V electricity and air-conditioning.
Cabins feature twin/double beds, private en suite facilities, radio, TV, hairdryer and safe. Main deck cabins have on large panoramic window and one smaller one those on the Upper deck have floor to ceiling sliding glass doors.
Your cruise is full board, with fine French cuisine and complimentary drinks available all day. The dining room is large enough to accommodate all guests at one sitting. Breakfasts are buffet style, while lunch and dinner have set menus, usually including a choice of regional specialities and traditional favourites. Aperitifs, coffee and digestifs are available in the lounge bar.
Vegetarian meals and any special dietary requirements should be requested at the time of booking. There is an evening programme of entertainment and a welcome cocktail on the first night. While on board you will be looked after by the ship's hostess and purser.
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|Apr 9||MS Camargue||£1495|
|Apr 16||MS Mistral||£1265|
|May 6||MS Camargue||£1547|
|May 22||MS Camargue||£1600|
|Jun 17||MS Camargue||£1620|
|Jul 19||MS Camargue||£1482|
|Aug 20||MS Camargue||£1526|
|Oct 7||MS Camargue||£1430|
Prices include return flights from London and ship transfers. Regional flights or Rail options available on request, supplements apply.
The following optional excursion package may be purchased at the time of booking and includes
LYON Day 2 - City tour
CLUNY Day 3 - Visit to the Abbey
VIENNE Day 4 - City tour
AVIGNON Day 5 - City visit and the Palace of the Popes tour
CAMARGUE Day 5 - Excursion including a visit to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
ARLES Day 6 - City tour
VIVIERS Day 7 - City tour
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.
£232 per person
Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.
Single Occupancy Supplements: On request
Please note: The MS Mistral has not yet been refurbished, the cabin size and ship decor differs from that shown for the MS Camargue. Please ask for details.
Why not extend your stay with a few days in Lyon and further explore what this hidden French gem have to offer.
Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.
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