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This wonderful, sun-kissed, summertime river cruise from the great city of Lyon sails south to the Mediterranean port of Saint-Louis. Travel through one of France’s most delightful regions, and experience outdoor life aboard your A-ROSA ship.
Call first at medieval Viviers, in its mountain-backed setting, and then enjoy a day in Avignon, where an included guided tour will bring this historic city to life. An overnight stay in former Roman stronghold Arles is followed by a cruise through the marshland of the Camargue to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, where the river flows out into the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Turning upstream, you’ll call at Tournon, opposite the vineyard-clad slopes of Tain l’Hermitage, before spending a final day in Lyon.
Travel to Lyon or Geneva and board included transfers down to the river and your comfortable, contemporary A-ROSA ship. Settle into your cabin and perhaps enjoy your first meal on board before the ship sails in the late evening. Alternatively, make your own way from home to the ship, in your own time, in time to embark.
After a lovely morning cruise down the Rhone, you’ll stop in the exquisite town of Viviers. Stroll through its enchanting jumble of crumbling, narrow streets past quaint shops and coffee houses, all set against a stunning mountain backdrop, before your A-ROSA ship sails again in the evening.
You’ll dock in Avignon just after midnight. The ‘City of the Popes’ is one of Europe’s best-preserved fortified medieval cities. The monumental Palais des Papes is a sight to behold, while local life revolves around the Place de l’Horloge, where you’ll find the city’s famous astronomical clock and cafe terraces just perfect for watching the world go by. Don’t miss the remains of the Pont Saint-Benezet, the “Pont d’Avignon” made famous by the French folk song.
You’ll reach stunning Arles at dawn. The city reveals its Roman past through superbly preserved ruins – an amphitheatre, baths, a chariot racetrack and the famed Les Arenes amphitheatre. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several museums add extra glamour to this city that inspired both Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Away from the city you’ll have the chance to explore the windswept but beautiful landscape of the Camargue. This vast region of lagoons and tiny islands is home to wild white horses, black bulls and flocks of flamingos, and is patrolled by the iconic French ‘cowboys’, the Gardians.
Leaving Arles in the morning, you’ll begin a superb cruise down the lowest reaches of the Rhone through the unspoiled marshlands of the Camargue. Take in the sights from the top deck as you drift down to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone. Stroll along the pale sands of Plage Napoleon, cool off with a dip in the Med or relax in one of the town’s quiet cafes and bars.
After a lovely day relaxing on board A-ROSA STELLA, you’ll arrive in beautiful Tournon. Idyllically located opposite the vineyard-clad slopes of Tain-l’Hermitage, and set beneath the towers of its ancient castle, Tournon is a wonderful place to visit. Why not sample some of region’s celebrated wines or spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in a quaint cafe?
This morning you’ll arrive back in Lyon, France’s great second city. Step ashore to explore this former centre of the silk trade, and discover Vieux Lyon and the Presqu’ile peninsula on an included guided walking tour. Cultural highlights include the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, Notre Dame Basilica and the stunning Roman amphitheatre – the Theatres Romains de Fourviere.
After enjoying your last night on-board A-ROSA STELLA, say goodbye to your friends and the crew as you disembark to 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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