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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

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7 nights from £2049pp

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

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Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Save up to 30% applies to 14 Apr; 28 Jul and 4, 11, 18, 25 Aug 2019 departures, excluding suites. Exclusive £50pp discount applies to all departures. Subject to availability. Book by 31 Dec 2018

Burgundy and Provence 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 2018 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. In 2019, there is also a Macon walking discovery tour. (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 (2018 only). (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

In 2018, 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. In 2019, guests on Connoisseur Collection cruises will enjoy a truffle hunting experience. (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, in 2018 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). In 2019, the alternative tour is a visit to the Pont du Gard Aqueduct or perhaps choose from two optional excursions - cooking lesson at a hotel or regional wine tasting at Chateauneuf-du-Pape. (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
  • 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 13 May, 10 Jun, 22 Jul and 19 Aug 2018 departures*, the Connoisseur Collection is available. *Operating from Lyon to Avignon.
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 24th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2449 Brochure Price from: £3199 Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £5299 Brochure Price from: £6899
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3249 Blue Water Price from: £3549 Blue Water Price from: £5349 Blue Water Price from: £6949
    • Mar 31st - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2449 Brochure Price from: £3199 Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £5299 Brochure Price from: £6899
      Blue Water Price from: £2499 Blue Water Price from: £3249 Blue Water Price from: £3549 Blue Water Price from: £5349 Blue Water Price from: £6949
  • April
    • Apr 14th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2049
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2999 Brochure Price from: £3749 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £5849 Brochure Price from: £7449
      Blue Water Price from: £2049 Blue Water Price from: £2574 Blue Water Price from: £2784 Blue Water Price from: £5799 Blue Water Price from: £7399
    • Apr 21st - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2949
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2999 Brochure Price from: £3749 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £5849 Brochure Price from: £7449
      Blue Water Price from: £2949 Blue Water Price from: £3699 Blue Water Price from: £3999 Blue Water Price from: £5799 Blue Water Price from: £7399
  • May
    • May 12th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • May 19th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Jun 9th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Jun 16th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Jun 23rd - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
    • Jun 30th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
  • July
    • Jul 7th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Jul 14th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Jul 21st - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
    • Jul 28th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2399
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £2399 Blue Water Price from: £2924 Blue Water Price from: £3134 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
  • August
    • Aug 4th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2399
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £2399 Blue Water Price from: £2924 Blue Water Price from: £3134 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Aug 11th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2399
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £2399 Blue Water Price from: £2924 Blue Water Price from: £3134 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Aug 18th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2749
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £2749 Blue Water Price from: £3349 Blue Water Price from: £3589 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Aug 25th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3069
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3899 Brochure Price from: £4649 Brochure Price from: £4949 Brochure Price from: £6749 Brochure Price from: £8349
      Blue Water Price from: £3069 Blue Water Price from: £3669 Blue Water Price from: £3909 Blue Water Price from: £6699 Blue Water Price from: £8299
  • September
    • Sep 8th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
    • Sep 15th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
    • Sep 22nd - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
    • Sep 29th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
  • October
    • Oct 6th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3649
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3699 Brochure Price from: £4449 Brochure Price from: £4749 Brochure Price from: £6549 Brochure Price from: £8149
      Blue Water Price from: £3649 Blue Water Price from: £4399 Blue Water Price from: £4699 Blue Water Price from: £6499 Blue Water Price from: £8099
    • Oct 13th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Oct 20th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £3449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3499 Brochure Price from: £4249 Brochure Price from: £4549 Brochure Price from: £6349 Brochure Price from: £7949
      Blue Water Price from: £3449 Blue Water Price from: £4199 Blue Water Price from: £4499 Blue Water Price from: £6299 Blue Water Price from: £7899
    • Oct 27th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2949
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2999 Brochure Price from: £3749 Brochure Price from: £4049 Brochure Price from: £5849 Brochure Price from: £7449
      Blue Water Price from: £2949 Blue Water Price from: £3699 Blue Water Price from: £3999 Blue Water Price from: £5799 Blue Water Price from: £7399
  • November
    • Nov 3rd - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: SS Catherine From: £2449
      Classic French Balcony Deluxe Balcony Suite Grand Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2499 Brochure Price from: £3249 Brochure Price from: £3549 Brochure Price from: £5349 Brochure Price from: £6949
      Blue Water Price from: £2449 Blue Water Price from: £3199 Blue Water Price from: £3499 Blue Water Price from: £5299 Blue Water Price from: £6899

Price Information

  • Flight supplement may apply in peak season.
Map for Burgundy and Provence