Treasures of Burgundy and Provence - 8 days
From Lyon to Lyon
Enjoy the fascination of a cruise on the French rivers Rhone and Saone through one of Europe's most beautiful Countryside with almost innumerable highlights: world famous wine-growing regions such as Cote d' Or, unique Landscapes such as that of Burgundy, the splendid view on the historic towns and monuments. The cruise on your floating hotel is without doubt the best way to savor the matchless French savoir vivre by exploring Provence,a very special corner of Europe.
|1 Lyon||22:00||Check-in from 16:00
|2 Macon||08:00||19:00||Maconnais excursion with visit to a wine museum in the morning
Visit to Cluny Abbey in the afternoon
|3 Chalon sur Saone||08:00||14:30||Burgundy excursion to Beaune with wine tasting in the morning
Excursion to Brancion and Cormatin in the afternoon (by bus from Chalon sur Saone/ to Tournus)
|3 Tournus||17:30||19:30||Leisure time/ rejoin the ship|
|4 Lyon||06:00||12:00||City tour Lyon|
|5 Avignon||09:00||Walking tour of Avignon with Pope palace in the morning|
|6 Avignon||05:00||Excursion to Pont du Gard and Uzes in the afternoon|
|6 Arles||08:00||18:30||Walking tour of Arles in the morning
Excursion to Camargue Nature Park in the afternoon
|7 Viviers||04:30||08:30||Excursion to the Ardeche Gorge (by bus from Viviers/ to Le Pouzin)|
|7 Le Pouzin||12:00||14:00||Leisure time/ rejoin the ship
Captain's Gala Dinner (incl.)
|8 Lyon||08:00||Disembarkation after breakfast|
|We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.|
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY LYON TO LYON
DAY 1 LYON
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2 MACON
This morning the vessel arrives in the town of Macon, located in southern Burgundy. This wine-producing region produces some of the most expensive wines in the world.
Spend the morning exploring the city, and perhaps visit the wine museum, dedicated to the history and production of Burgundy wines. Near the city of Macon is the Cluny Abbey, dedicated to St. Peter. This afternoon offers the opportunity to visit the spiritual heart of medieval Europe. Founded in 910 by Guillaume de Aquitaine, the abbey is comprised of three abbey churches. At its height, it was home to over 10,000 monks.
DAY 3 CHALON-SUR-SAONE - TOURNUS
Continue to explore the wine region with a stop in the town of Chalon sur Saone. Halftimbered houses overlook the square, and it offers art galleries, specialty shops as well as a museum dedicated to photography. The countryside is filled with famous vineyards such as Pommard and Puligny, a wine lover's delight. This afternoon enjoy the scenery as the vessel continues its way along the Saone, or perhaps choose to explore the medieval towns of Brancion and Cormatin and rejoin the vessel in Tournus.
DAY 4 LYON
At the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone rivers, sits the third-largest city in France. This UNESCO World Heritage city is known for its cuisine as well as historical and architectural landmarks such as the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere and the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) which is the Renaissance area along the bank of the Saone.
Relax this afternoon as the vessel sails through the picturesque countryside.
DAY 5 AVIGNON
The Provencal city of Avignon is home to the Papal Palace, once the seat of Western Christianity in the 14th century. The Papal Palace, was home to six papal conclaves but became obsolete when the papacy decided to return to Rome. The area of Provence is also home to the Pont du Gard, a three-level aqueduct constructed over 2000 years ago by the Romans and is one of the architectural masterpieces of the ancient world.
Your vessel remains in Avignon this evening.
DAY 6 AVIGNON - ARLES
Arles captured the imagination of the brilliant Impressionist painter, Van Gogh. Walking through the town, many of the settings may
seem familiar as some of Van Gogh's best known pieces reflect the beauty of the town.
Outside of Arles, the Camargue Nature Park is located. The Park covers 86,000 hectares and is known for its unique flora and fauna as well as semiwild bulls and white Camargue horses.
DAY 7 VIVIERS - LE POUZIN
This morning offers the opportunity to view the Ardeche Gorge, another natural wonder of the area. Visit the "Grand Canyon of Europe"
and rejoin the vessel in time for lunch.
Alternately spend the day onboard relaxing.
This evening is the Captain's Gala Dinner.
DAY 8 LYON
We bid you farewell after breakfast. We hope to welcome you again soon!
2017 Rates in US Dollars
|Departure||Ship||Haydn-Deck C-4||Haydn-Deck C-1||Strauss-Deck B-4||Strauss-Deck B-1||Mozart-Deck A-1||Mozart-Suite|
|Lyon to Lyon|
|Maconnais excursion with visit to a wine museum||76 US$ p.P.|
|Visit to Cluny Abbey||64 US$ p.P.|
|Beaune and the Burgundy including wine tasting||76 US$ p.P.|
|Medieval Brancion and Cormatin||64 US$ p.P.|
|City tour Lyon||42 US$ p.P.|
|City walk Avignon with Pope palace||42 US$ p.P.|
|Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and Uzes||52 US$ p.P.|
|Nature Reserve Camargue||50 US$ p.P.|
|City Walk Arles||31 US$ p.P.|
|Valley of the Ardeche||50 US$ p.P.|
|Total:||266 US$||400 US$||546 US$|
|Packages booked in advance with 15% discount:||227 US$||340 US$||464 US$|
|Airport - Port $68|
|Train station - Port $47|