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Cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône.
Board your cruise in Lyon. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship moors overnight.
Discover dynamic Lyon, starting in Fourviere Hill, part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to the old town of Lyon, followed by a guided walk through the St. Jean district, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules”.
Travel to the Beaujolais wine region—known as the Pays d’Or or “land of the golden stones.” Indulge in a wine tasting at a traditional winery and learn about the history and techniques of their vineyard. After rejoining the ship, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before sailing to Vienne.
Situated between the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône lies Vienne with a Roman past that can be seen in its marvelously preserved ruins. Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a walking tour to see the amazingly well-preserved Augustus and Livia Temple, the Saint Maurice Cathedral, a Gothic church that took more than 500 years to build, and St. Pierre Abbey—one of the oldest surviving churches in France, and now an Archaeological Museum. For those wishing to be more active, you can either take a guided bike tour along a portion of the ViaRhôna bike route or a guided hike from the ship to the Monastery at Mount Pipet.
You have a choice of three excursions. Take a train ride past magnificent landscape carved along the Gorge du Doux, stopping at the charming little station of Colombier le Vieux-Saint Barthelemy le Plain. Alternatively, lovers of wine and chocolate will want to visit Le Chateau de Tournon for a presentation and tasting of the pairing on red wine and chocolate. For a more active adventure, cycle through the French countryside or take hike through the vineyards.
Depending on your interests, you have three choices of excursions. Discover the history of Avignon on a guided walking tour that includes Papal Palace. Or, if you prefer, visit three venues around Avignon to taste regional specialties including macarons, cheese and wine. During the afternoon, you can enjoy free time in Avignon, go on a bike tour, or go to the magnificent hilltop village of Grignan.
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, Arles enchants. For art lovers, you’ll want to visit Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum, where Vincent van Gough once lived and painted.
Disembark your ship in Arles.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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