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Enjoy the choice, comforts and casual atmosphere of cruising, A-ROSA style, as you explore this delightful region of Southern France.
Step aboard in Lyon to cruise north into the Saone, to lively, Burgundian Macon with its cafe-lined riverbank and brightly painted half-timbered houses. Sail on to historic Chalon, gateway to the Cote d’Or wine region, stop briefly in Tournus, which shelters on the riverbank beneath the remains of its Romanesque abbey, then cruise gently back to Lyon.
Travel 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.
You’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 the day shopping, relaxing with a drink or explore the city’s cultural highlights such as the Museum of Fine Arts or Macon Cathedral. In the mid-evening, A-ROSA STELLA leaves Macon and continues her voyage north.
Before dawn you will arrive 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.
At dawn you’ll arrive in Lyon, where the Rhone turns south towards the Mediterranean. An included city tour will bring 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.
Around 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 this evening to discover the city as night falls, and don’t miss the crumbling remains of the Pont St-Benezet or the “pont d’Avignon” from the famous French folk song.
Spend 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.
Enjoy 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.
Say farewell to A-ROSA STELLA, the crew and your fellow passengers as you disembark and begin your journey home.
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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