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Itinerary - River Rhone

During this cruise we visit one port  a day and you can explore small villages off the beaten track. The barge will dock when possible in the heart of town. Experience ever-changing riverside scenery and landscapes.

Cruise Route:
River Rhone

Highlights: Avignon - Pope's Palace, Chateauneuf du Pape, Orange - classical theatre, Chateau de Grignan, Valence


Pope's Palace in Avignon
 

Sunday afternoon: You will be met at the location of your choice in Avignon, which is easily accessible by TGV train from Paris or by rental car. We will escort you to the barge, moored in Vallabregues, a charming little Provencal village just South of Avignon. A champagne reception welcomes you and you will be able to meet the crew, followed by the first special evening dinner.

 

Monday: In the morning we cruise to Avignon. After lunch we visit the ancient town of Avignon where we can tour the Palais du Pape. We will wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls, visiting the many little shops where French treasures await you - from provencal fabrics to lavender potpourri to local pottery.

Tuesday: This morning starts with a visit to Chateauneuf du Pape, where we we have a wine tasting before returning to the barge for lunch. The afternoon cruise will bring us to St Etienne du Sorts.

 

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Wednesday: We start our day with a visit to Orange, an important roman city dating back to 100 BC. We will tour the remarkable classical theatre which remains one of the most impressive monuments of antiquity.  Our afternoon cruise continues to the medieval town of Viviers. Dinner will be served on the barge.

Riverside of Lyon

Thursday: We start our day with a walking tour of Viviers. Lunch will be served during the cruise to Ancone, where we will arrive early enough togo on a tour to the Chateau de Grignan. It is in this chateau, the daughter of Madame de Sévigné resided.

Friday: A morning cruise to Valence, lunch will be served while cruising. The late afternoon excursion can include a visit to the Old Valence with her picturesque sloping streets. This thriving town is facing the Ardèche cliffs. The Cathedral of St Apollinaire in Valence was founded in 1095 and rebuilt during the 1700’s. The town's museum of beaux arts contains a collection of late 18th century chalk drawings of Rome.

 

Saturday:  After breakfast we will say ‘au revoir’ and take you to the Valence TGV train station.

Le Palais Ideal

 

Itinerary - River Rhone

During this cruise we visit one port  a day and you can explore small villages off the beaten track. The barge will dock when possible in the heart of town. Experience ever-changing riverside scenery and landscapes.

Cruise Route:
River Rhone

Highlights: Valence, vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, Palais Idéal in Hauterives, Cotes Rotie vineyards, Vienne, le vieux Lyon

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Sunday afternoon: You will be met at the location of your choice in Valence, which is easily accessible by TGV train from Paris or by rental car. We will escort you to the barge, moored on walking distance of the towncenter. A champagne reception welcomes you and you will be able to meet the crew, followed by the first special evening dinner.

Monday: A morning cruise to Tournon. After lunch we drive to the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone and visit Tain l'Hermitage and Tournon.

Tuesday: In the morning we will cruise to Andance, an ancient fortified riverside town on the river Rhone - passing beneath the elegant Marc Seguin bridge. The afernoon we visit ‘Le Palais Idéal.’ This creation by ‘le facteur Cheval,’ a postman, took 33 years to build. An exotic, fanciful and wonderful stone monument to man’s eccentricity and inventiveness.

Wednesday: The orning cruise brings us to Les Roches Condrieu. After lunch we can go for a walking tour along with a a wine tasting in Condrieu, renowned for the Cotes Rotie vintages and the noble viognier grape.

Thursday: Today we will cruise past the Cote du Rhone vineyards to Vienne. The afternoon visit of the town includes the 12-16th Century Cathedrale St Maurice and the Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia.

Friday: A morning cruise to Lyon. After lunch we cross the Saone River and start our walking tour of  Lyon. ‘Le Vieux Lyon’, the oldest renaissance district in France is known as a cultural, historic and gastronomic center. A festive farewell dinner will be served on board

Saturday:  After breakfast we will say ‘au revoir’ and take you to the Lyon TGV train station.

Our sightseeing schedule is flexible and can be customized to reflect your interests. Occasionally an itinerary will be changed due to canal closures or inclement weather. The Captain will substitute an equally interesting route. Change in itinerary will not be accepted as a cause for cancelling your cruise.

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