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Riviera Travel Gardens and Natural Beauty of the Rhône

Riviera Travel Gardens and Natural Beauty of the Rhône

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Embark on a captivating cruise through the enchanting landscapes of France, from the vine-covered hills of Burgundy to the vibrant floral scenes and aromatic lavender fields of Provence. The journey along the Rhône River, bathed in sunlight, takes you from Lyon to Avignon. Explore meticulously restored historic gardens, revel in the inspiring landscapes that fuelled Van Gogh’s creativity, and traverse the charming cities of Lyon, Vienne, and Beaune with a knowledgeable local guide.

As you sail past terraced vineyards, savor the Provencal lavender fragrance, marvel at the Ardèche Gorge and its suspended gardens, all while indulging in the finest wines of Burgundy.

  • Marvel at the breathtaking Gorges de l’Ardèche and visit a lavender museum.
  • Enjoy city parks like Parc de la Tête d’Or in Lyon, Jardin des Villes in Vienne, and Rocher des Doms in Avignon.
  • Experience the charm of Burgundy’s vineyards while savoring superb wines.
  • Explore the enchanting Eden Gardens and admire Tournon’s views from the verdant terraces.
  • Tour historic Arles with a guide and discover the meticulous landscape garden, L’Escape Van Gogh.
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 7nts on board a 5* ship
  • Full Board Dining inc. complimentary onboard tea & coffee
  • 9 tours and visits
  • Services of an expert cruise director and concierge

Day 1 – Arrival in Lyon

Fly to Lyon or take the Eurostar. On arrival, transfer to the cruise ship

Day 2 – Lyon

Enjoy breakfast on board, followed by a guided tour of Lyon, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Explore the vast Parc de la Tête d’Or, known for its extensive rose gardens and botanical treasures.

After lunch on board, cruise towards Chalon-sur-Saône, passing the picturesque Beaujolais hills and glimpses of charming villages. As evening approaches, relax with a refreshing drink in the lounge before savoring a delightful dinner prepared by our exceptional chef.

Day 3 – Beaune

After a night of steady travel, we wake up in Chalon, the gateway to Burgundy and the birthplace of photography by Nicéphore Niépce. En route to our destination, Beaune, we pass through charming wine-producing villages like Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, and Gevrey-Chambertin. In medieval Beaune, surrounded by centuries-old vineyards, embark on a short walking tour and a wine tasting at a local cellar. The region, known for its well-drained soils and hot summers, produces some of the world’s finest wines. After a tour and tasting at a traditional winemaker’s cellars, return to the ship for lunch, followed by a leisurely afternoon and evening cruise toward Vienne, taking advantage of the ship’s five-star facilities.

Day 4 – Vienne and Tournon

As the ship gently cruises downstream overnight, enjoy breakfast in Vienne and explore the picturesque town, including the vibrant Jardin de Ville central park. Admire colorful flower beds, manicured lawns, and serene pools with Roman remnants. The ship will dock then dock in Tournon providing a view of the imposing castle and vine-covered hillsides of Hermitage. Visit the Garden of Eden for a guided tour, exploring botanical spaces and terraces with panoramic valley views. Conclude the day with an exquisite dinner overlooking the scenic surroundings.

Day 5 – Ardèche Gorges

This morning, effortlessly cruise downstream, witnessing the transition from the lush greenery to the ochres and magentas of the Mediterranean-style landscape near Valence. After a relaxing afternoon of reading or sunbathing, explore the impressive Ardèche Gorges, marveling at the sheer limestone cliffs, the Pont d’Arc, and captivating natural formations.

A visit to a local lavender museum offers insights into the plant’s history and production of essential oils. Returning to the Rhône Valley, moor in the medieval town of Viviers, near the famous Bollène lock, and enjoy dinner onboard, concluding the day with a ballroom dancing performance.

Day 6 – Arles & Pont du Gard

Wake up under Provence’s azure skies in Arles, a city with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a rich Roman history. Explore its well-preserved amphitheatre, Augustus-era theatre, and the ancient necropolis Alyscamps during our guided tour. Delve into the artistic legacy of Van Gogh, who found inspiration in Arles, as seen in his famous painting “Hospital in Arles.”

The L’Escape Van Gogh courtyard reflects the same timeless beauty with its lush flowers. After lunch, witness the awe-inspiring Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, a 2,000-year-old marvel that spans over 900 feet and stands almost 160 feet high without using mortar in its construction. Cruising along the Rhône during dinner, pass the Tarascon castle, a 15th-century sentinel on the riverbank. Conclude the day with the sumptuous Captain’s Dinner, featuring specialties from the regions visited, as the ship sails towards Avignon.

Day 7 – Avignon

Today, explore the captivating city of Avignon on a guided tour, where the 14th-century relocation of the Pope’s court led to a century of prosperity and ambitious building projects. Immaculately preserved within its 14th-century walls, Avignon boasts remarkable monuments, churches, and the imposing Pope’s Palace, the world’s largest Gothic palace. Adorned with priceless frescoes and sculptures, its interior offers a medieval architectural masterpiece. Imagine the grandeur of papal Avignon during the Middle Ages as you stroll through its halls and corridors.

After the tour, ascend the Rocher De Doms for panoramic views of the French countryside and explore the 19th-century landscaped gardens. Return to the ship’s luxurious surroundings to reflect on the day’s wonders. Enjoy dinner on board and unwind with the sounds of a local pianist performing French songs.

Day 8 – Return home

Transfer back to the airport or train station for your journey home

MS Lord Byron

MS Thomas Hardy

  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight Time: Approx. 1 hr 50 mins to 2 hrs
  • Eurostar & TGV Journey Time: Approx. 6 hrs (outbound), 6 hrs 30 mins (inbound)
  • Language: French
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Country: France

*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic


Arrival airport Transfer time
Marseille Airport 3hrs 30 mins including comfort stop
Montpellier Airport 3hrs 30 mins including comfort stop
Lyon Airport 45mins
Geneva Airport 1hr 30mins
Lyon Station 45mins


Departure airport Transfer time
Marseille Airport 1hr 30 mins
Montpellier Airport 1hr 30 mins
Lyon Airport 3hrs 30 mins including comfort stop
Nice Airport 3hrs including comfort stop
Avignon Station 45 mins


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8 Days

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