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A Fortnight in Burgundy and Provence

French Waterways

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Cruise the Rhône, discovering the delights of Lyon, Avignon, Arles and the Ardèche

Explore the river Rhône from Lyon to the Mediterranean on a fantastic 14-night river cruise taking in the historic papal seat of Avignon and the Ardèche, Van Gogh’s Arles, Marseilles and Lyon…

Including...

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

†Free bar includes beer, wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks.


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02/05/2020 UK to Lyon

Lyon

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Lyon, where you transfer to your ship, A-ROSA LUNA. Enjoy a welcome drink this evening as you cruise through Lyon, passing the Renaissance houses of 'Vieux Lyon' and the illuminated grandeur of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. After dinner on board cruise north overnight.

Lyon Rhone France Europe

03/05/2020 Tournus to Chalon-sur-Saône

St Vincent cathedral of Chalon-sur-Saone

Your ship sets sail on the Saône bound for the historic town of Chalon-sur-Saône. On the way pause briefly in Tournus, where passengers can disembark to join an optional excursion exploring the important wine centre of Beaune.

Continue to Chalon-sur-Saône, an important trading post in Roman and medieval times. It has an attractive medieval quarter of half-timbered houses surrounding the church of St Vincent which you can visit independently or perhaps borrow a bike to explore further afield. Moor until the early hours.

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04/05/2020 Chalon-sur-Saône to Tournus to Mâcon

Tournus

After cruising through the early hours, arrive in Tournus before breakfast. You have the whole morning to explore, perhaps take a walk through the city and visit the church of St Philibert before sailing through the afternoon to Mâcon, where you arrive before dinner and moor overnight.

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05/05/2020 Mâcon

View of the city of Macon with Saone river in Burgundy

With a beautiful setting in the south of Burgundy, Mâcon is famous for both its wines and its pastel-painted buildings. Seek out the cathedral, church and perhaps the 'Wooden House', recognisable by a multitude of saucy statuettes.

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06/05/2020 Trèvoux

Trevoux, France

Arrive in Trèvoux in the early hours and spend the morning here. Built on the steep left bank of the Saône, medieval Trévoux offers an old parliamentary building, the Hotel du Gouvernement de Dombes, 17th-century clock tower and fortified castle with an unusual octagonal tower. Set sail before lunch and cruise south for the rest of the day.

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07/05/2020 Viviers

Viviers

Arrive in Viviers early this morning. The beautiful medieval town has a warren of cobbled streets that wind up to the 12th-century Cathedral of Saint-Vincent where a tangle of medieval homes in varying states of renovation are waiting to be discovered. Step into the cool interior of the Cathedral to view exquisite tapestried stalls or find your way down to the 2nd-century Pont Romain for fantastic views of the River Escoutay. An optional excursion visits Southern Ardèche. Sail overnight to Port St Louis.

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08/05/2020 Port St Louis

St Louis Tower

After breakfast, arrive in Port St Louis at the mouth of the Rhone. You’ll see the St Louis Tower, built using money from the taxation of salt exports in 1737, and used variously as a look-out point, safe refuge from floods and lighthouse. It offers commanding views over the largest river delta in Europe and the Carmargue. An optional excursion today visits Marseille, the oldest city in France. After some free time here, return to your ship and depart this evening for Tournon.

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09/05/2020 Port St Louis to Arles

Place de la Republique, Arles

Depart Port St Louis after breakfast and cruise through the morning to arrive in Arles before lunch. This afternoon you can discover Arles, founded by Roman legionnaires on the banks of the Rhone.

Arles Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France Europe

10/05/2020 Arles

Arles

The city retains some fine examples of Roman architecture, including a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, watermill and aqueduct. Van Gogh spent a year painting in the city and created over 300 works that have immortalised some sites in the city, including the Langlois Bridge and The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum. Trace his footsteps through the city with a themed walking map and admire a collection of his work at the Foundation Vincent Van Gogh. The Foundation also houses exhibitions of photography from the annual photo festival of Arles. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion to the unspoilt coastal landscapes of Camargue and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Here in this magical part of the Rhône estuary flamingos share brine lakes and marshland with white wild horses and black Camargue cattle. The tour includes a visit to the village of Saintes Maries de la Mer and the pilgrimage church of Notre-Dame de la Mer, dedicated to the Saint Sarah the Black, the patron saint of the Roma people. Set sail late tonight.

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11/05/2020 Avignon

Avignon

Moor in the early hours for a full day of exploration in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Avignon.

Set within its own great walls, the medieval city of Avignon was once the centre of the Papal court and, as such, is known as the 'City of Popes'. Explore the city independently and see Avignon’s renowned 12th-century Pont St Bénézet, the bridge which features in the French nursery song Sur le Pont d'Avignon, but which now stops halfway across the river! An optional walking tour of the city gives you comprehensive access to the Palais du Pape. A-ROSA LUNA will moor here overnight.

Avignon Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France Europe

12/05/2020 Avignon to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

After a morning at leisure in Avignon, look forward to arriving this evening in the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – not to be confused with the wine growing town of the same name. Set sail at dinner time and cruise overnight towards Tournon.

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13/05/2020 Tournon and Tain-L’Hermitage

Tournon

Arriving early this morning, disembark to explore the towns of Tournon and Tain-L’Hermitage in the heart of the Ardèche. Tain-L’Hermitage is a epicurian’s dream as it is both home to Hermitage and Croze Hermitage wines and world-famous Valrhona chocolate. Stock up on Valrhona in their downtown shop or tour the 45 local wine caves in the Pays de l’Hermitage to sample fine wines. Cross La Passerelle Seguin pedestrian bridge to Tournon to explore the medieval castle and old town and enjoy superb panoramas of the towns and surrounding countryside from the attractive hillside gardens. Set sail late this evening for Vienne.

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14/05/2020 Vienne

Vienne and the Rhone River, France

Cruise into the historic town of Vienne this morning. You can discover the remarkably well-preserved Roman ruins on an optional walking tour of the city.

Vienne Port Rhone France Europe

15/05/2020 Lyon

Lyon

Wake up this morning for a full-day adventure in Lyon, the culinary heart of France and the capital of silk weaving. An optional half-day excursion will reveal its UNESCO-listed old town which keeps many of its best secrets hidden: well-preserved medieval houses line narrow streets, while magnificent buildings hide behind modest facades.

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16/05/2020 Lyon to UK (via Lille)

Lyon

After breakfast, disembark A-ROSA LUNA and travel to the railway station for your return Eurostar journey to the UK, via Lille.

Please note

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently. Optional Excursions on this cruise are only bookable onboard and subject to minimum numbers.


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