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

French Savoir Vivre

Explore the famous wine-growing region of Burgundy along the Saone and discover the historical architectural highlights of Provence along the beautiful Rhone river from Lyon with a choice of superb value optional excursions

Exclusive Blue Water Package
7 nights from £1329pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Lyon
  • Burgundy Vineyards
  • Avignon
  • Arles arena
  • Beaune

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

Amadeus River Cruises

Special flight inclusive package prices - save up to £420pp! Prices shown include discounts. Subject to availability

Special solo traveller flight inclusive package price from £1479! Applies to 29 Mar departure. Subject to availability

French Savoir Vivre - Saone and Rhone River Cruise Special Offer

Explore the beautiful Burgundy, Provence and Camargue regions on this roundtrip from Lyon. Venture north along the Saone from Lyon to some of France's best wine-growing regions before Amadeus Provence cruises south along the Rhone towards the sun-drenched Mediterranean.

Discover the wine-growing region of Burgundy along the Saone. See the picturesque region of Maconnais, known for its Mediterranean charm and Chardonnay wines, and sample Burgundy's local specialities at one of Beaune's famous wine cellars.

Visit Lyon, gastronomic capital, before your luxurious ship continues along the Rhone river. You can visit the renowned Palace of the Popes which was once a papal residence on a tour of Avignon and stroll through historic Arles with its famous amphitheatre. There is a chance to see the Valley of the Ardeche with its magnificent limestone cliffs over the river before returning to Lyon.

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French Savoir Vivre Itinerary

Day 1 - Lyon (France)

Embark your ship in Lyon. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with fellow guests followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 - Macon

Macon is the southernmost city in the Burgundy region which lies along the River Saone. This wine-growing region is known for its Mediterranean flair and Chardonnay wines. Join the optional excursion of the Maconnais region, visiting a regional wine museum for a tour. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, there is an optional guided tour of the ruins of Cluny Abbey, once an influential religious centre.

Day 3 - Chalon sur Saone - Tournus

Explore Chalon sur Saone at leisure or you can take a scenic drive along Burgundy's wine route to Beaune, the capital of this wine region, where you can sample a drop or two. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the medieval town of Brancion and castle Cormatin before rejoining the ship in Tournus.

Day 4 - Lyon

Explore the gastronomic capital of Lyon on an optional guided city tour visiting the old town of Vieux Lyon and the Notre-Dame-de-Fourviere basilica. This afternoon enjoy leisurely cruising along the Rhone towards Avignon.

Day 5 - Avignon

Today there is the chance to explore Avignon on a guided walking tour and see the renowned Palace of the Popes, one of the largest medieval gothic buildings which served as a papal residence during the 14th century. You will also see the famous Pont d'Avignon. This afternoon you can join an optional tour to the famous roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and visit the picturesque village of Uzes.

Day 6 - Arles

This morning, you can explore Arles on an optional guided walking tour including its famous amphitheatre 'Les Arenes'. Later, join the optional excursion to the Camargue Nature Park which is famous for its black bulls and white horses and home to more than 400 species of birds.

Day 7 - Chateauneuf du Rhone - Le Pouzin

From Chateauneuf-du-Rhone take the optional excursion to the Valley of the Ardeche. The valley has a particularly scenic stretch known as the Ardeche Gorges with limestone cliffs up to 300m high. The most famous feature is the natural Pont d'Arc. Rejoin the ship in Le Pouzin and enjoy a captain's gala dinner this evening.

Day 8 - Lyon

Disembark your ship after breakfast.

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

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Amadeus Provence
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary wine, draft beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • Complimentary bottled water in cabin replenished daily
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Wireless AMADEUS Audio System for all excursions
  • Cocktail reception, welcome dinner and gala dinner
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Optional excursions:
  • Maconnais and wine museum: £54pp
  • Cluny Abbey - £46pp
  • Beaune with wine tasting: £54pp
  • Brancion and Cormatin - £46pp
  • Lyon city tour: £30pp
  • Avignon walking tour with Pope palace: £30pp
  • Pont du Gard and Uzes: £37pp
  • Camargue Nature Reserve: £36pp
  • Arles walking tour: £22pp
  • Ardeche Gorge: £36pp
  • Save 15% with excursion packages - from £162pp

Special Features

  • Wine Themed Cruise:
  • It is possible to enjoy a wine-themed itinerary on 1 Nov 2018 departure. Includes a village tasting of Southern Burgundy wines, winery visit to taste the wines of the Maconnais, winery visit to a Northern Rhone village and winery visit to a Southern Rhone village.
  • Prices start from £1699pp including full-board cruise, wine-themed excursions, return flights from London, overseas transfers and port charges

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Cruise Only from Exclusive Blue Water Package from
Amadeus Provence
Mar 29£1087£1329
Apr 05£1194£1552
May 24, 31; Jun 14, 21£1910£2268
Jul 26; Aug 02, 16£1811£2169
Aug 30£1910£2268
Oct 04, 11, 18£1482£1840
Nov 01£988£1346

Price Information

  • Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a C-4 River View cabin (29 March price is based on C1 cabin). Single supplements are also available on request
  • Cabin upgrade supplements available on request
  • Wine itinerary available on 1 Nov departure. Please see Price Includes section for more details.
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