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Provence & Rhône

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Round Trip from Lyon 8 Days

MS Van Gogh
MS Camargue

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.

What's Included

  • 7-nights full board cruise on the MS Van Gogh, MS Camargue or MS Mistral
  • All inclusive drinks throghout your cruise
  • Return flights from London Heathrow or travel by rail from St Pancras
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Cruise ship porterage (one bag per person)
  • Transfers between overseas airport and cruise ship
  • All local, port and airport taxes and security charges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • ATOL Protection

Optional Excursion Package

A discounted package of excursions may be pre-purchased at time of booking

  • Lyon city tour
  • Cluny Abbey
  • Vienne tour
  • Avignon Palace of the Popes
  • Camargue tour
  • Arles city tour
  • Viviers tour

Day 1: UK - Lyon

Map of the Rhône & Saône rivers
Map of the Rhône & Saône rivers

Travel to Lyon and transfer to the MS Camargue for embarkation.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Lyon - Mâcon

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Mâcon - Vienne

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Vienne - Arles

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Arles (the Camargue)

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Arles - Avignon - Viviers

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Viviers - Tournon - Lyon

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Lyon - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or perhaps extend your stay in Lyon for a couple of extra nights.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

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MS Camargue


Overview

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.


Dining

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.


Deck Plan

CroisiEurope MS Van Gogh, MS Camargue & MS Mistrall - deck plan
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DepartShipMain DeckFrom
Apr 9MS Camargue£1495
Apr 16MS Mistral£1265
May 6MS Camargue£1547
May 22MS Camargue£1600
Jun 17MS Camargue£1620
Jul 19MS Camargue£1482
Aug 20MS Camargue£1526
Oct 7MS Camargue£1430

Prices include return flights from London and ship transfers. Regional flights or Rail options available on request, supplements apply.


Optional Excursion Package

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.

Extend Your Stay

polaroid style photo l'Université, Lyon

Why not extend your stay with a few days in Lyon and further explore what this hidden French gem have to offer.

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What our Clients say

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Mrs Hopkins, AmaWaterways - Grand Danube

I cannot fault Global River Cruising. I have never been on a cruise before so inevitably felt a little anxiety - which deck to book a cabin on, how long a cruise for a first-timer, help with alternative travel to avoid London Airports,....all these and others instilled a trust that was reassuring.

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Mr Collier, Scenic - Rhine Highlights

Simeon at GRC organised a trip for four of us a couple of years ago and was excellent. So we have asked him to do the same for us again this year and once again to our complete satisfaction.

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