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Five-Star Rhône Cruise

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(Tour code: LRR19)

Explore the scenery of the Rhône

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.

  • Lyon
  • Mâcon
  • Chalon sur Saône
  • Avignon, The City of the Popes
  • Arles
  • The Ardèche Gorge
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • 7-night cruise on the A-Rosa Stella

Five-Star Rhône Cruise 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Lyon

London to Lyon

We meet at our exclusive St Pancras Departure Office, and join the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Lyon. Here we join the splendid Amadeus Provence.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Days 2-4 Mâcon

Mâcon and Lyon

We arrive in Mâcon before breakfast this morning. Enjoying an attractive location near the Beaujolais hills. You may choose to join an optional shore excursion of a tour of the Mâconnais and Beaujolais vineyards. This afternoon there is an included visit to the Benedictine monastery at Cluny.

In the early hours of Day 3, we moor in Chalonsur- Saône. Today there is an optional excursion to picturesque Beaune. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to Cormatin. On Day 4, we moor in Lyon. We explore this wonderful city on an included guided tour.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Days 5-6 Avignon

Avignon and The Camargue

This morning we sail into charming Avignon, where we take an included walking tour of the UNESCO listed city. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion to Pont du Gard, the remains of an incredible Roman aqueduct, and then to Uzès, a delightful medieval town.

On Day 6, we cruise along the Rhône to Arles, arriving early this morning. On arrival, you may opt to join a walking tour of Arles in the morning or perhaps enjoy an excursion to the Camargue river in the afternoon.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Customers

The Ardèche Gorge and home

This morning you can join an optional excursion to the incredible Ardèche Gorge, sometimes known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe.' Winding through sandy beaches and dusky forests, under natural rock bridges and past leaning white cliffs, the natural beauty of this area is breathtaking and well worth experiencing.

On Day 8 we arrive back in Lyon, where we disembark the ship and travel by Standard Class rail to Paris. Here we join the Eurostar to London. Upon arrival, your tour concludes

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Shore Excursions

Palais des Papes

The spectacular Palace of the Popes is Avignon's most important landmark and was the former seat of the Papacy during the 14th century.

The Camargue

This optional excursion travels to one of France's most ecologically diverse region. Here, over 400 bird species including flamingoes make their home and can be watched from one of the many hides.

Southern Ardèche

Join this optional excursion and tour the beautiful area, dotted with many grottoes and extravagant cave networks. Later, continue to a local lavender producer and learn about the production process on these fragrant farms.

Departure Times

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.

What’s included
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 7-night cruise on board the MS Amadeus Provence
  • Free time in Mâcon, Chalon-sur- Saône and Arles
  • Included visit to Cluny Abbey
  • Guided walking tours of Lyon and Avignon

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Paul MacDermott

Tour Manager recommendation

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!

Paul MacDermott
Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Five-Star Rhône Cruise

Explore the scenery of the Rhône


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