- Vieux Lyon
Cruise through the Renaissance-style old town of the French culinary capital, Lyon.
- Burgundy Beaujolais
An optional excursion visits the birthplace of Beaujolais in Beaune, and Burgundy.
- Art in Arles
Arles was once the home of Vincent van Gogh – discover the streets which inspired his work.
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Discover the highlights of the Rhône, including Lyon, Burgundy's wine regions, Avignon and Arles…
Sail along the Rhône and uncover the secrets of Burgundy's wine regions, see Roman architecture in Avignon and Arles, and wander the cobbled streets of medieval Chalon-sur-Saône and Lyon.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
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Plus all this…
- Drinks reception
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Activities on the ship
- Entertainment and activities
- Return Eurostar travel and transfers
- Luggage collection and delivery service
- Chalon-Sur-Soane walking tour
- Tour Avignon and visit Popes Palace
†Free bar includes beer, wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, spirits and soft drinks.
Day 1 UK to Lyon
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras via Lille to Lyon, where you will transfer to your ship, A-ROSA STELLA. Soak up the evening ambience of Lyon as you cruise past the Renaissance houses of the charming old town, known as 'Vieux Lyon'. After dinner on board this evening, the ship will cruise overnight.
Day 2 Chalon-sur-Saône
Enjoy an included walking tour of the historic town of 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. Your ship departs.
Day 3 Mâcon
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.
Day 4 Lyon
Lyon, the culinary heart of France and the capital of silk weaving, keeps many of its best secrets hidden. Explore the nooks and crannies of this ancient city during an optional excursion that heads to the city centre and visits the indoor market.
Set sail again this afternoon.
Day 5 Avignon
Enjoy a guided exploration of medieval Avignon, located within impressive walls. Avignon was the centre of western Christianity throughout the 13th century and, as such, it was known as the ‘City of Popes. Visit the Palace of the Popes and admire this grand papal residence.
Day 6 Avignon to Arles
Depart Avignon at lunchtime and sail to Arles, arriving mid-afternoon. Its chief attraction is the astoundingly well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, now a venue for festivals and concerts. Many of Van Gogh's works were based on vistas of Arles and there's a museum here dedicated to his work.
An optional excursions to Camargue Nature Reserve is also available.
Set sail again later tonight.
Day 7 At leisure
Spend the morning cruising the Rhône, enjoying the facilities on board the ship. Pause briefly in Viviers - and perhaps join an optional excursion to the Ardeche Gorges and lavender fields - before sailing overnight to Lyon.
Day 8 Lyon to UK (via Lille)
After breakfast, disembark A-ROSA STELLA and travel to the railway station for your return Eurostar journey to the UK, via Lille.
The Camargue Nature Reserve
Around 5,000 pink flamingos make their home in the lagoons of Carmargue Nature Reserve, plus the park is the official residence of white Carmargue horses and jet black Carmargue bulls. After the park, visit the historic capital of the Carmargue, Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, where the delta of the Rhone meets the Mediterranean.
Optional on 7 Nights itinerary
Lyon guided tour
During this guided tour of the Roman 'City of Light', you'll view the ruins of the ancient theatre and odeon before reaching the Basilica of Notre-Dame. Then continue by coach downhill to the two main squares – Place Bellecour being one of the largest town squares in France. Continue to Vieux-Lyon and enjoy a walking tour of its cobbled streets and hidden passages known as traboules.
Optional on 7 Nights itinerary
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.