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(Tour code: FIR20)

Discover the immaculate and enchanting charm of Nice and the French Riviera

Discover the immaculate and enchanting charm of Nice and the French Riviera on this dazzling tour before continuing to Lyon for an exquisite 7-night cruise, uncovering the majesty of the Rhône River. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

  • Nice
  • The Ardèche Gorge
  • Monaco
  • MS Amadeus Provence
  • Beaune
  • Lyon
  • Journey on the Train de L'Ardèche
  • Avignon
  • The Camargue Delta
  • Pont du Gard
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 7-night cruise on the MS Amadeus Provence
    10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners

French Riviera & Rhône Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar

To France

From London St Pancras, travel by Eurostar train to Paris. From here, continue by high-speed rail to Nice. On arrival you'll check into our hotel near to the beautiful Riviera seafront before dinner later on tonight.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Nice

Exploring Nice

Your French Riviera experience begins with a guided tour of Nice, France's glittering jewel on the southern coast of the country. This magnificent city has always been a choice destination for travellers of repute and distinction, as it sits overlooking the glittering coastline. You will be taken through the enchanting streets, seeing the famously affluent mansions of Mont Boron, the historical Old Town and the chequered floor of the Place d'Opera. You'll also discover the history of the city, from the days of the Greek settlers who founded Nice, to the present day. Afterwards you are free. Perhaps head to the beach and soak in the views and the sun, or discover some classic French cuisine at a nearby café.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 Monaco


Today, pay a visit to the glamorous city state of Monaco, famous as a retreat for the rich and famous of the world. Taking a coach, begin the day in the luxurious district of Monte Carlo where you stop at the entrance to the iconic casino, with its palm tree lined fountains. From here, embark on a sightseeing tour of Monaco seeing the fantastic flowers of the Jardins Exotique, the grand windows of the Place de l'Opera and the beautiful Old Town. On your return to Nice, pay a visit the elegant Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, the seaside home of the Rothschild banking family.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Lyon

To our ship

After a free morning to relax, on the beach perhaps, board your train to Lyon, bidding farewell to the south of France. On arrival into this colourful old town, transfer to your ship for a spectacular cruise on the gorgeous Rhône.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 Beaune and Lyon Beaune

Days 5-6 Beaune and Lyon

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 6, disembark for a guided tour. After returning to the ship for lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you cruise to Tournon sur Rhône.

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

Train de l’Ardèche & Avignon

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 8 your ship continues to the 'white city' of Avignon where you enjoy a guided tour before setting sail for Arles.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

The Camargue or Pont du Gard

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10-11 Ardeche Gorge
Ardeche Gorge

The Ardèche Gorge and home

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 you disembark and travel by rail to Paris. On arrival, board the Eurostar service to London.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast

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
  • Escorted by a professional UK Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel
  • 3 nights' hotel accomdation
  • 7-night cruise
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • City tour of Nice
  • Sightseeing tour of Monaco
  • Time at leisure in Nice to explore
  • Guided walking tours of Lyon and Avignon & sightseeing in Arles
  • Wine tasting in Beaune
  • Journey on the Train de L'ardeche
  • Unique flexible excursions: Visit the Pont du Gard or Carmargue Delta

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.

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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
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Luke Simpson
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