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

Highlights of Burgundy and Provence

A 7-night cruise from the gastronomic capital of Lyon through Burgundy and Provence along the Rhone

No Fly Cruise
7 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Beaune
  • Palace of the Popes
  • Vienne

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Explore the vineyard-lined valleys along the Rhone in the famous wine producing region of Burgundy and discover the ancient history of Provence in the South of France.

Visit the gastronomic capital of Lyon which made its wealth from silk making in the Middle Ages before cruising along the Rhone to Beaune, Burgundy's wine capital. See the recognisable Hotel Dieu with its multi-coloured tiled roof and enjoy a sample of the fine wines at a wine tasting. Discover the historic highlights of Vienne and the vine-covered hills at Tournon which produce the famous Hermitage wine.

See the Roman history at Arles in the heart of Provence including the well-preserved amphitheatre and the Pont du Gard aqueduct, and visit the impressive Pope's Palace in Avignon where this cruise comes to an end.

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Highlights of Burgundy and Provence Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Lyon (France)

Fly to Lyon, Marseille or Montpellier, or travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, where you will be met by a guide and escorted on a coach transfer to Gare de Lyon to board a high-speed TGV to Lyon. The dedicated crew will welcome you aboard your five-star floating hotel.

Day 2 - Lyon

The Rhone Valley was the route of choice for many invading armies since ancient times, and Julius Caesar made Lyon his capital, as well as it being the birthplace of Emperor Claudis, conqueror of Britain. Lyon made its wealth from silk making from the Middle Ages which funded the renaissance buildings, churches and one of the most charming town squares. Lyon is also known as France's gastronomic capital. Enjoy a guided tour of the city before cruising upstream in the afternoon catching the first glimpse of the Beaujolais hills.

Day 3 - Chalon - Beaune

Moor in Chalon, gateway to Burgundy. Enjoy a morning tour to picturesque villages including Meursault, Volnay and Pommard, the source of some of the finest wines. Nearby is medieval Beaune, Burgundy's wine capital, which is recognisable from the Hotel Dieu which was built as a hospital and has a multi-coloured tiled roof. Visit the cellars of a leading traditional winemaker for a tour and tasting before returning to the ship for lunch.

Day 4 - Vienne - Tournon

Vienne is an ancient stronghold which was established under Julius Caesar. Enjoy a guided tour round the historic highlights before cruising through the picturesque Rhone valley to Tournon, where vine-covered hillsides produce the famous Hermitage wine.

Day 5 - Ardeche Gorges

See the picturesque landscape of the Alps and cruise past terracotta-roofed houses as you reach the South of France. After lunch explore the Ardeche Gorges where steep cliffs make a thousand feet sheer drop into the river below. Caves, grottoes and natural sculptures can be seen at every bend of the road. Return to the ship in Viviers, a medieval town built around its Romanesque Cathedral.

Day 6 - Arles

Arles, in the heart of the Provence region, became the Roman road to Spain as it could be accessed by sea ships. See the Roman remains on a guided tour including the magnificent well-preserved amphitheatre and the Forum where Constantine was installed as Emperor. After lunch visit the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Day 7 - Avignon

The Pope's court was exiled from Rome to Avignon, which brought prosperity to the area. Discover historic Avignon on a guided tour through the alleys. The Pontiff commissioned grand buildings and decorated churches which are still well preserved. The most impressive building is the Pope's Palace. Explore at leisure this afternoon. Captain's dinner this evening.

Day 8 - Avignon - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flights to the UK, or transfer to Avignon train station for the TGV to Lille for the connecting Eurostar to the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Prices include return Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille and train from Lille to Lyon or return flights from the UK to Lyon, Marseille or Montpellier. Regional flights may be available at a supplement
  • Overseas transfers between the airport or station and the ship
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

Special Features

  • A drinks package including draught beer, house wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner can be purchased from £109pp
  • Riviera PLUS:
  • From 2021, guests in superior suites and top deck cabins will benefit from the following added extras:
  • - Access to a smart handset allowing unlimited calls, text messages and internet usage onboard and ashore
  • - L'Occitane en Provence toiletries in the bathroom
  • - Bottle of Prosecco on arrival
  • - Platter of fresh fruits later on in the cruise
  • - Complimentary aperitif each evening
  • Local Flavours:
  • From 2021, menus will be expanded to allow guests to experience the flavours of each destination. Every evening, the onboard chefs will offer a choice of 'Local Flavours' options inspired by the area visited.
Map for Highlights of Burgundy and Provence