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    Historic Avignon
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    Explore Camargue Nature Park
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    Explore France's second city

Into the Heart of Provence

French Waterways

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Discover a region of fine wine, culture and medieval heritage

Experience wine tasting in the heart of Beaujolais or discover Lyon on this seven-night cruise. After a day exploring Avignon you'll also get the opportunity to explore the Camargue Nature Park and the Ardèche Valley.


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Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

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Day 1 UK to Lyon


Travel by rail to Lyon-Part-Dieu station (via Lille). The transfer to your ship, Amadeus Provence, is a distance of three miles and should take around 30 minutes. Please note: There is no porterage of luggage provided during your rail journey. If using the included Baggageman service your luggage will be delivered to the ship.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board before the ship begins cruising along the River Saône. During your cruise, you'll travel along two of France's mightiest rivers, the Saône and the Rhône, into the heart of Provence, one of Europe's oldest inhabited regions with a fascinating Celtic, Greek and Roman heritage.

Lyon Rhone France Europe

Day 2 Mâcon

View of the city of Macon with Saone river in Burgundy

During breakfast this morning, your ship will arrive in Mâcon, which is famous for its wines and pastel-painted buildings. Optional excursions available include a visit to the world’s first Wine Theme Park. This afternoon you can join an optional visit to Cluny Abbey. Your ship departs early this evening and sails to Chalon-sur-Saone. 

Macon Burgundy France Europe

Day 3 Chalon-sur-Saône to Tournus

St Vincent cathedral of Chalon-sur-Saone

Spend the morning at leisure in historic Chalon-sur-Saône. It has an attractive old quarter of medieval half-timbered houses that surround the church of St Vincent.

Optional excursions include the ancient walled city of Beaune this morning, and an afternoon excursion to medieval Brancion and the castle of Cormatin. Sail from Chalon-sur-Saône after lunch and pause briefly in the town of Tournus to allow excursion participants to rejoin the ship. Sail overnight to Lyon.

Tournus Burgundy France Europe

Day 4 Lyon


Arrive in Lyon before breakfast to spend the morning in Lyon, which not only marks the meeting of the Saône and Rhône Rivers, but is also the gastronomic capital of France. Find out more on an optional sightseeing tour this morning. 

During lunch the ship will depart for Avignon, cruising throughout the afternoon and overnight. 

Lyon Rhone France Europe

Day 5 Avignon


Your next destination is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon. You can experience the city’s highlights on an optional morning walking tour or later this afternoon you may like to join an optional excursion to see the Pont du Gard, the Roman stone-built aqueduct. As Amadeus Provence moors here overnight, there will be time after dinner to wander the narrow streets of the city’s old quarter.

Avignon Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France Europe

Day 6 Avignon to Arles


Arrive in Arles early this morning, an attractive town which captures the true charm of Provence and which you can explore on an optional walk. Perhaps join an optional excursion to Camargue Nature Park this afternoon, a magnificent reserve, home to some 400 species of bird including flamingos.

Arles Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur France Europe

Day 7 Viviers to Le Pouzin


Amadeus Provence pauses briefly in Châteauneuf-du-Rhone this morning to enable you to join an optional excursion to the Ardèche Valley. The ship continues to Le Pouzin, arriving at midday, where excursion participants will rejoin in time for lunch. This afternoon is spent at leisure on board as you sail towards Lyon. Later, enjoy the Captain’s gala dinner and entertainment to celebrate your final night on board.

Le Pouzin Rhone France Europe

Day 8 Lyon to the UK

Amadeus Provence arrives in Lyon early this morning. You’ll disembark after breakfast on board and travel to Lyon Part-Dieu station for your return journey home.

Lyon Rhone France Europe
Into the Heart of Provence

French Waterways