Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Fly & Cruise)
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Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.
Your holiday begins with a flight to the pretty French city of Lyon where you board your ship, the excellent MS Amadeus Provence. We have time to settle into our cabins before we enjoy a cocktail as the captain and his crew are introduced. Later, we sit down to a 5-course meal before the ship sets sail for Beaune.
Arrive into Chalon sur Saone this morning and coach to Beaune. Deep in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy, Beaune is a classic French medieval town which you explore on a tour that includes a tasting of wines from the region. Docking back in Lyon on Day 3, disembark for a guided tour. After returning to the ship for lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you cruise to Tournon sur Rhône.
Early this morning, travel by coach to the railway station and board the excellent Train de l'Ardèche. Offering a memorable steam train journey through the stunning environs of the spectacular Gorges du Doux region. On Day 5 your ship continues to the 'white city' of Avignon where you enjoy a guided tour before setting sail for Arles.
Begin the day with a guided tour of pretty Arles, whose enchanting streets provided inspiration for Vincent Van Gogh. In the afternoon, you are given the choice of two different excursions; visit the beautiful Camargue Delta, where the Rhône opens out into the Mediterranean, or the iconic arches of the Pont du Gard - a ancient Roman aqueduct of astonishing size and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today, pay a visit to the stunning Ardèche Gorge, widely regarded as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe'. A tour takes you to some of the most impressive sights here, including the Pont d'Arc. Afterwards, rejoin the ship at Le Pouzin and begin the return sailing to Lyon. The following day, we disembark in Lyon head to airport for your flight back home.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Set against the backdrop of an azure sky, nothing quite prepares you for your first view of the magnificent Pont Du Gard, as it will simply take your breath away. Built in the first century AD, this 3-tiered Roman aqueduct still stands proudly perched over the River Gardon. It was constructed as part of a 50 kilometre water supply to the Roman city of Nimes, and you can marvel at this feat of Roman engineering, as you walk over the bridge. Not to be missed!
Discover the timeless elegance of France’s beautiful Rhône