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Lyon and Provence

Travel through picturesque Burgundy and Provence in the south of France and explore the historic towns of Vienne and Avignon. Includes excursions and travel from the UK

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1645pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Avignon
  • Burgundy Vineyards
  • Lyon
  • Vienne
  • Lavender fields
  • Vienne
  • Chateauneuf du Pape, Avignon

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Viking River Cruises

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Lyon and Provence Special Offer

Explore the beautiful wine regions of Burgundy as you cruise along the River Rhone, visiting historic towns with opportunities to sample the local wines.

See the sights of Lyon including the Basilica of Notre Dame and the Palace of Justice and enjoy a drive through the stunning hills of the Beaujolais for a wine tasting. Explore the historic town of Vienne, with its Roman architecture and traditional cobblestone streets.

Enjoy a ride on the Train de L'Ardeche through the breathtaking deep gorges of the Ardeche plateau during your time in Tournon before exploring the magnificent Papal Palace at Avignon, the City of the Popes, and the historic town of Arles.

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Forward Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Lyon (France)

Fly from the UK to Lyon and embark your ship. Relax or explore this vibrant and exciting city.

Day 2 - Lyon

After breakfast, take a tour of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with a drive to the top of Fourviere Hill for exquisite views then visit the Basilica of Notre Dame driving through town past the breath-taking St Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Continue with a walking tour through the traditional cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town) making time to sample Lyon's famous french cuisine and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Lyon

Once breakfast is over take a peaceful drive through the traditional rolling hills of Beaujolais. Visit the legendary Moulin-a-Vent, a windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region. Learn the skills of wine making in a small museum then head to one of Beaujolais's famous cellars for luxurious wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienne - Tournon

After breakfast take a memorable walking tour of Vienne and learn about its ancient Roman past. Visit the Temple of Augustus and Livia, the Roman amphitheater and the Gothic Cathedral of St Maurice. When the walking tour has finished there is time to explore this riverside town on your own. During the afternoon enjoy the pleasant rolling vine-clad banks of the river as you elegantly sail through its wide meanders to Tournon. After dinner take time to enjoy a leisurely walk along the river bank taking in your beautiful surroundings. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Tournon - Viviers

Hop aboard the Train de L'Ardeche this morning for an exciting ride through the deep gorges of the Ardeche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You will then return to your ship to enjoy lunch aboard as we cruise to Vivers, an intriguing small town in a mountainous setting. After dinner, you will be met by your Program Director for an evening stroll through Old Town for a closer look at its medieval and Renaissance buildings. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Avignon

This morning head out on a guided walk of Avignon, which gained its nickname 'City of Popes' as it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Take a stroll through its historic centre taking time to stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de L'Horloge. Continue to the Palace of Popes for a guided tour through its maze of Gothic architecture which served as papal residence, fortress,church and palace. You can take part in the optional tour to Chateauneuf-du-Pape which includes visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Arles

After breakfast disembark and take a walking tour of Arles to view its diverse architectural highlights. Visit the impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arenes, an arena that is still in use today and holds an impressive 20,000 people and the Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trophime, completed in the 15th century. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Avignon - UK

Once breakfast is over, disembark and head to the Marseille airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Itinerary is subject to change.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Avignon (France)

Fly to Marseille and transfer to Avignon to embark the ship. Enjoy time at leisure or join the welcome walk. (D)

Day 2 - Arles

After breakfast disembark and take a walking tour of Arles to view its diverse architectural highlights. Visit the impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arenes, an arena that is still in use today and holds an impressive 20,000 people and the Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trophime, completed in the 15th century. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Avignon

This morning head out on a guided walk of Avignon, which gained its nickname 'City of Popes' as it was home to seven popes from 1309 to 1377. Take a stroll through its historic centre taking time to stop at the picturesque Pont d'Avignon and walk the Place de L'Horloge. Continue to the Palace of Popes for a guided tour through its maze of Gothic architecture which served as papal residence, fortress,church and palace. You can take part in the optional tour to Chateauneuf-du-Pape which includes visiting the vineyards and tasting the famous wine. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Viviers

This morning join a walking tour of Viviers’ Old Town with its medieval and Renaissance buildings. Once a 5th-century Roman settlement, today the cobbled streets are dominated by the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. This afternoon, we set sail to Tournon. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Tournon

This afternoon, hop aboard the Train de L'Ardeche for an exciting ride through the deep gorges of the Ardeche plateau, cut by the Doux River. You will then return to your ship to enjoy dinner aboard as we cruise to Vienne between France’s Burgundy and Beaujolais regions. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Lyon

After breakfast, take a tour of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with a drive to the top of Fourviere Hill for exquisite views then visit the Basilica of Notre Dame driving through town past the breath-taking St Jean Cathedral and the Palace of Justice. Continue with a walking tour through the traditional cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town) making time to sample Lyon's famous french cuisine and shop for souvenirs. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Lyon

Once breakfast is over take a peaceful drive through the traditional rolling hills of Beaujolais. Visit the legendary Moulin-a-Vent, a windmill that gives its name to one of the most prestigious wines of the region. Learn the skills of wine making in a small museum then head to one of Beaujolais's famous cellars for luxurious wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Lyon - UK

Once breakfast is over, disembark and head to airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

The captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board cruise on board a Viking Longship
  • Return economy class flights from London or selected regional airports
  • Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Guided excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All port and airport taxes
  • Transfers as stated

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Cruise Extensions

  • French Riviera Extension Enjoy a 3-night stay at Le Meridien Nice or similar - from £529pp.
  • Paris Extension Enjoy a 3-night stay at Le Meridien Etoile Paris or similar - from £489pp.
  • Dijon Extension Enjoy a 3-night stay at the Mercure Dijon Centre Clemenceau Hotel or similar - from £729pp.

Special Features

  • No regional flight supplements from selected airports
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Lyon to Avignon

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Apr 22, 25£2695£2695
May 02, 06, 09, 16, 20, 23, 30; Jun 03, 06, 13, 17, 20, 27£2995£2995
Jul 01, 04, 11, 15, 29; Aug 01, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26£2795£2795
Sep 05, 09, 12, 19, 23, 26; Oct 03, 07£2995£2995
Oct 17, 21, 31£2695£2695
Nov 04, 14£2395£2395

Avignon to Lyon

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Apr 25, 29£2695£2695
May 02, 09, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30; Jun 06, 10, 13, 20, 24, 27£2995£2995
Jul 04, 08, 18, 22; Aug 01, 05, 08, 15, 22, 29£2795£2795
Sep 02, 12, 16, 19, 26, 30; Oct 10£2995£2995
Oct 14, 24, 28£2695£2695
Nov 21£2395£2395

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Lyon to Avignon

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 24; Apr 02, 07£2645£1645
Apr 16, 21, 30£2945£1945
May 05, 14, 19, 28; Jun 02, 11, 16, 25, 30£3295£2295
Jul 09, 14, 23, 28; Aug 06, 11, 20, 25£3045£2045
Sep 03, 08, 17, 22; Oct 01, 06£3295£2295
Oct 15, 20, 29£2945£1945
Nov 03, 12£2645£1645

Avignon to Lyon

Departure Date Brochure Price Blue Water Price
Viking Longships
Mar 26, 31; Apr 09£2645£1645
Apr 14, 23, 28£2945£1945
May 07, 12, 21, 26; Jun 04, 09, 18, 23£3295£2295
Jul 02, 07, 16, 21, 30; Aug 04, 13, 18, 27£3045£2045
Sep 01, 10, 15, 24, 29; Oct 08£3295£2295
Oct 13, 22, 27£2945£1945
Nov 05, 19£2645£1645

Price Information

  • All prices shown above are per person based on double occupancy in a Cat F cabin. Single supplements available on request
  • 2018 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £150pp
  • Cat D - £500pp
  • Cat C - £700pp
  • Cat B - from £750pp to £850pp
  • Cat A - from £900pp to £1050pp
  • Cat AA - from £1350pp to £2250pp
  • Cat ES - from £1800pp to £4150pp
  • 2019 Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £150pp
  • Cat D - £400pp
  • Cat C - £600pp
  • Cat B - from £700pp to £750pp
  • Cat A - from £850pp to £950pp
  • Cat AA - from £1300pp to £2250pp
  • Cat ES - from £1800pp to £4250pp
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