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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Burgundy and Provence

See the rich history, fine cuisine and picturesque lavender fields as you journey through the heart of Burgundy and Provence visiting the famous Hospices de Beaune and the fortified city of Avignon. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1929pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Lyon
  • Hospices de Beaune, Burgundy
  • Lyon
  • Palace of the Popes, Avignon

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


Save up to 30% plus exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Savings apply to selected departures. Prices shown include discount. Book by 31 Mar 2018

No single supplement! Excludes all Apr; May; 3, 10 Jun and 2, 9,16, 30 Sep 2018 departures. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Subject to availability

Burgundy and Provence Rhone River Cruise Special Offer

Discover superb cuisine, fine wine and rich history on this cruise from Chalon sur Saone through the heart of Burgundy and Provence.

Explore the famous Hospices de Beaune, an architectural jewel, marvel at the Basilique Notre Dame de Fouviere and the Opera House in Lyon and visit the twin cities of Touron and Tain L'Hermitage nestled among famous vineyards.

See the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral in the village of Viviers, discover the spectacular Palais des Papes in the fortified city of Avignon and visit the impressive Roman Amphitheatre and St Trophime Cathedral in Arles.

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Burgundy and Provence Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Lyon (France)

Fly from the UK to Lyon and transfer to the ship to embark SS Catherine. (D)

Day 2 - Beaune

Enjoy a tour of the famous Hospices de Beaune, a architectural jewel that has become the symbol of Burgundy. Founded in the 15th century, the Hospices were given some vineyards so they could make wine to auction off to support charities. This custom continues today. Captains welcome dinner this evening. (B,D)

Day 3 - Lyon

Today stroll through Lyon’s world-famous food market or explore the city’s old Quartier St. Jean, as you follow in the steps of the great silk weavers. Discover impressive medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the Cour des Loges and La Tour Rose, before meeting a modern-day silk weaver. Alternately, if you’re feeling active, take advantage of the city’s extensive network of bike paths on a guided cycle tour. This evening there is an evening tour of the city's illuminated buildings. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Tournon - Tain L'Hermitage - Viviers

The twin cities of Touron and Tain L'Hermitage nestled among famous vineyards. They provide the perfect setting for those who are true connoisseurs of wine and chocolate. Sample some of the excellent Cote du Rhone wines on a village stroll with wine tasting or join the guided hike through the world-famous vineyards followed by a wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Viviers

Viviers retains much of its historic charm and was once an important regional capital, with stone houses dating to the Middle Ages, still lining the tiny lanes. You’ll walk through its charming Old Town, seeing a mix of medieval and Renaissance structures, before climbing Rue du Château to reach St. Vincent Cathedral. After enjoying the stunning views, you’ll be welcomed into the 12th century cathedral for a lovely recital of music composed by Puccini, Bach, and Handel. Then enjoy a demonstration of clay pot making followed by an aperitif of local delicacies, or enjoy the aperitif at a private mansion. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Avignon

Visit the fortified city of Avignon, often referred to as the "City of Popes", where you can see the magnificent Palais des Papes. Enjoy a walking tour with highlights including the Clocktower Square and the Pope's Palace Square. Alternatively, go off the beaten track with a walk through parks, orchards and secret squares. Or perhaps enjoy a kayak ride on the Gardon River (only available on May-Sep departures). (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Enjoy a walking tour of Arles with highlights including the Ampitheatre and the Baths of Constantine. Alternatively, explore the heart of Tarascon with its Provencal architecture. Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Avignon - Marseille - UK

Disembark SS Catherine and transfer to Marseilles Airport for return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on SS Catherine
  • Return flights from the UK or Eurostar and overseas transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water, plus many premium wines and spirits
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary (subject to change)
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Epicurean Adventurer Programme
  • State-of-the-art 'Quietvox' portable audio headset systems for all excursions and complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi on board
  • All airport taxes, security charges and UK Air passenger Duty, port charges, airline imposed fuel surcharge

Special Features

  • Please note: On 15 Apr, 13 May, 10 Jun, 22 Jul and 19 Aug 2018 departures*, the Connoisseur Collection is available. *Operating from Lyon to Avignon.

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Lyon to Avignon

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
SS Catherine
Apr 01£2699£2649
Apr 15£3799£3749
Apr 29£3699£2969
May 13£4099£4049
May 27£3799£3749
Jun 10£4099£4049
Jun 24; Jul 08, 22; Aug 05, 19£3699£2629
Sep 02£3699£2969
Sep 16, 30£3899£3849
Oct 14£3699£3649
Oct 28£3199£3049

Avignon to Lyon

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
SS Catherine
Mar 25£2699£1929
Apr 08£3299£3249
Apr 22£3199£2569
May 06£3699£3649
May 20£3899£3849
Jun 03, 17£3699£3649
Jul 01£3699£2629
Jul 15£3699£3649
Jul 29; Aug 12, 26£3699£2629
Sep 09, 23; Oct 07£3899£3849
Oct 21£3699£3649
Nov 04£2699£2649

Price Information

  • Please note: On 15 Apr, 13 May, 10 Jun, 22 Jul and 19 Aug 2018 departures*, the Connoisseur Collection is available. *Operating from Lyon to Avignon.
  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat 5 cabin
  • Cabin upgrade supplements are available - please contact us for details
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