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Journey through the South of France and taste the outstanding delicacies in Lyon, the food capital of France, see the iconic sights of Avignon and admire the beauty of Arles on this 10-night all-inclusive cruise along the beautiful Saone and Rhone rivers

River Cruise Holiday
Arles Pont du Gard
Avignon Old Town
Palais des Pape, Avignon
Roman Amphitheatre, Lyon

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Join your luxury ship in Lyon and set sail on this 10-night adventure through the sun-drenched South of France. Take the opportunity to visit the magnificent Chateau de Cormatin from Tournus or taste delicious French truffles in a quaint nearby village before cruising to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Enjoy a guided tour of Beaune with a visit to the prestigious Les Hospices de Beaune or opt for a wine tasting at the estate of Chateau Meursault. In Tournon, join a guided walk through the renowned wine growing centre of Tain L'Hermitage and sample Valrhona chocolates before heading to Avignon for an overnight stop.

Perhaps take an excursion to Uzes including a visit to the Pont du Gard and enjoy an exclusive classical concert at Avignon's impressive Palais-des-Papes; one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Discover the artistic heritage of Arles during a guided tour and explore the medieval charm of Tarascon.

Be treated to a special organ recital as you tour Viviers and take the opportunity to canoe through one of Europe's largest natural canyons before cruising on to Lyon, the gastronomical capital of France and your final port of call. Visit the spectacular Notre Dame Basilica, and enjoy a special acapella choir performance at Trinity Chapel.

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Tastes of Southern France Itinerary

Day 1 - Lyon

Fly to Lyon from one of up to 16 UK regional airports. If you'd prefer not to fly, why not take advantage of our No-Fly option at no extra cost? Travel Standard Premier Class from St. Pancras International to Paris, and onwards to Lyon. Welcome to Lyon. Upon arrival, transfer to the Scenic Sapphire where your crew await to welcome you on board.

Day 2 - Lyon > Tournus

Freechoice: Meet a local truffle farmer and their specially trained dog to learn the tricks and techniques of truffle farming, before enjoying a tasting of their delicious produce, or visit an organic goat cheese farm and learn about open air farming whilst enjoying a tasting. Alternatively, learn about the traditional craftsmanship of barrel making with a local cooper.Tonight, your welcome dinner will be created using regionally sourced truffles.

Day 3 - Mâcon

Freechoice: Visit the famous wine-growing region of Beaujolais and meet a local vintner to sample some of his best vintages, or visit the restaurant of the acclaimed chef, Georges Blanc for a cooking demonstration. Alternatively, Shop with a Chef on a guided visit to a local food market, before visiting Scenic Culinaire.In the evening, we’ll welcome Chef Didier Goiffon and his team on board to cook a delicious regional meal celebrating Bresse Chicken.

Day 4 - Chalon-sur-Saône

Freechoice: Explore the town of Beaune in the Burgundy region and visit a local mustard producer to learn the history of this flavourful condiment. Alternatively, take a tour of Beaune, including les Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital dating back to the Middle-Ages, or tour a prestigious Château and taste its premium wines.

Day 5 - Tain L’Hermitage

Freechoice: Surrounded by sloping vineyards, walk through this quaint town and sample local Côtes du Rhône wines, or perhaps take a guided walking tour of Tournon, with the opportunity to see the grand château up close. Alternatively, join an e-bike excursion along the banks of the Rhône.EnrichOnce the doors have closed to the public, you’re invited to an exclusive interactive workshop at the Valrhona Cité du Chocolate museum.

Day 6 - Avignon

Freechoice: Embark on a walking tour of Avignon, including the Palais des Papes, or sample the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a Côtes du Rhône vineyard. Alternatively, explore the artistic heritage of Arles, and visit the striking Arena.

Day 7 - Avignon

Freechoice: Visit the hilltop village of Gordes, home to the stunning Sénanque Abbey, or Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire. Alternatively, take an excursion to Pont du Gard, or visit a local olive farm where you will meet the owners for a cooking class featuring local Provençal recipes. Alternatively, you may chose to visit the medieval village of Les Baux for a guided tour of the castle ruins.EnrichEnjoy a truly unforgettable experience at the prestigious Palais des Papes, where the Grand Tinel Room will be the setting for an exclusive classical concert.

Day 8 - Viviers

Enjoy a walking tour of Viviers, a small town with a big history.Freechoice: Explore the Ardèche National Park and immerse yourself in the caverne du Pont-d’Arc Museum, or witness the natural beauty of the Ardèche National Park by Kayak. Alternatively, discover the beautiful Provençal town of Grignan and its incredible château, or visit a nearby Truffle nursery. 

Day 9 - Lyon

Take in the vistas of the Rhône as you sail towards Lyon. This evening you are in for a treat as a local Pâtissier comes on board to share his delicious creations with you.

Day 10 - Lyon

Freechoice: Discover Lyon’s historic significance by traversing its hidden secret passageways and visit Notre Dame Basilica, or enjoy a walking and tasting tour along the Rhône and Saône rivers. Alternatively, visit the village of Pérouges, or stay on board for a culinary photography class.Delicious and hearty Lyonnaise food is famous the world over and today you will understand why as you enjoy lunch at a traditional Bouchon restaurant.

Day 11 - Lyon

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Lyon airport for your return journey home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK regional airports or by First Class rail from Lyon to Paris Gare de Lyon, before Standard Premier Class aboard the Eurostar to St. Pancras International.This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

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

Price Includes

  • 10-night all inclusive cruise
  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water (Selected premium beverages not included)
  • Personal butler service with all cabins
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included shore excursions (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • On board entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Special Features

  • Scenic Enrich:
  • Classical concert at Palais des Papes
  • Acapella choir performance at Trinity Chapel

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