- Lavender fields
Have your camera ready to capture the beauty of lavender fields with their stunning colour and captivating perfume.
- Ardeche Gorges
Capture images of this beautiful area with its rolling lavender fields.
- Vieux Lyon
Cruise through the Renaissance-style old town of the French culinary capital, Lyon.
- Beautiful Camargue
Visit this unique area, home to the famous white horses and black bulls.
Explore charming Arles, home of Vincent van Gogh from 1888-89.
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Capture images of this beautiful part of France
On this special photography holiday, have your camera ready to capture the essence of the picturesque streets of pretty Chalon-sur-Saône and the stately UNESCO World Heritage site of Lyon city, in the company of your expert photography host. You’ll also visit the famous Bridge of Avignon, the beautiful lavender fields of Ardeche and the unique landscape of the Carmargue, all offering a host of photo opportunities.
Your expert photography host will be on hand to offer guidance and advice during your holiday, plus you can look forward to two photography talks and five included excursions. There will also be an evening photography group walk in Avignon, providing an opportunity to experiment with photographing in the fading light at the end of the day. On the last evening of your holiday look forward to an evening cocktail party with the chance to showcase your best pictures from the holiday!
22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
- Free bar open 12 hours a day†
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return Eurostar travel and transfers
- Saga Cruise Host
- Expert Photography Host Jason Dodd
- Two photography talks from your host
- Saga cocktail party and photo showcase on your last evening
- Evening photography walk in Avignon
- Visit to the Photography Museum in Chalon-sur-Saone
- Tour of Lyon city
- Visit to the Carmargue
- Visit the Lavender Fields
Professional photographer Jason Dodd is a member of the British Press Photographers Association and an associate lecturer at the University of Kent. He works in both the UK and Europe, and was the official photographer for the Tour De France 2007 and the Chelsea Flower Show 2008. Jason has exhibited in London and the southeast and has contributed to national magazines and newspapers including The Times and The Guardian. His work relating to Canterbury Cathedral is the subject of a book, while his work as an automotive photographer appears in specialist magazines ‘Fast Ford’ and ‘Performance Mini’. Jason also runs car photography courses at Brooklands Car Museum.
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Lyon, where you will transfer to your ship, A-ROSA STELLA.
Look forward to meeting your photography host, Jason Dodds, and your fellow passengers. You’ll also be able to 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 to Chalon-sur-Saône.
Start the day with an introduction from your expert host, Jason – a great opportunity to discuss the week ahead.
Before lunch arrive in the historic town of Chalon-sur-Saône, an important trading post in Roman and medieval times and boasting an attractive medieval quarter of half-timbered houses surrounding the church of St Vincent. This afternoon visit the Musée Nicéphore Niépce - a photography museum named after the inventor of photography. The museum traces the history of photography from its earliest days to current digital photography. With some three million photographs and artefacts in the museum’s collections, (including the first camera), plus interactive exhibits, it offers a fascinating insight into the world through the lens.
Set sail after dinner bound for Mâcon.
After arriving in the early hours, enjoy the morning at leisure in 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' with its fascinating carved exterior. Alternatively, treat yourself to a visit to the Cloister of Cluny with its beautiful architecture. Depart early this afternoon for Lyon.
During the afternoon take you seats for a photography talk from Jason.
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 on included guided tour of the Roman 'City of Light' when you’ll view the ruins of the ancient Roman theatre of Fourviere, built in 15BC with its stepped seating that by 120AD could hold up to 10,700 people, plus the smaller nearby odeon. You’ll also see the Basilica of Notre-Dame with its pinnacled towers and stately entrance, offering some great photo opportunities. Keep your camera close to hand as you continue to the popular old town, known as Vieux Lyon, and enjoy a walking tour of its cobbled streets and hidden passages called 'traboules'. You'll also pay a visit to an old silk-printing shop to discover more about the French silk industry, before setting sail again this afternoon.
Look forward to a second photography talk from your host first thing this morning, with the rest of the day at leisure.
Avignon is set within its own great walls, the medieval city 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! This evening, step out in the company of Jason, your expert host, on a group walk into the centre of Avignon as evening falls. Look forward to the opportunity to take some photographs of the historic town after closing time, with Jason on hand to offer helpful tips and advice on taking pictures as darkness arrives.
Your ship A-ROSA STELLA will moor here overnight.
Enjoy this morning at leisure to explore further independently or to just relax. Your ship will 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, concerts and bullfights. Many of Van Gogh's works were based on vistas of Arles and there's a museum here dedicated to his work.
Later this afternoon join your expert host as you set off for an included excursion to the Camargue and Saintes-Maries de-la-Mer. Around 5,000 lamingos make their home in the lagoons of the Carmargue Nature Reserve, plus the park is the official residence of the famous white Camargue horses and jet black Camargue bulls. Keep your camera to hand in the hope of capturing some images of these beautiful animals. The Nature Reserve is made up of fresh and saltwater wetlands which cover some 820 square kilometres of the most isolated terrain in Europe and besides the flamingos that reside here, there are around 400 species of birds known to visit throughout the year, including storks, herons and various birds of prey.
Afterwards, visit the historic capital of the Carmargue, Saintes Marie de la Mer, where the delta of the Rhône meets the Mediterranean. This pilgrimage site is home to the fortified church of Notre Dame de la Mer, built between the 9th and 12th centuries. Within the church are housed the relics of Marie-Salome and Marie-Jacobe, followers of Jesus who fled and ultimately found their way to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, as well as those of Sara-la-Kali – a special saint for the Romany gypsy communities of the region. Enjoy a short walk here before returning to your ship. Set sail again later tonight.
03/07/2020 Viviers-La Voulte-sur-Rhone
This morning sail to Viviers from where you’ll join your expert host for a visit to the Ardeche Gorges and Lavender Fields. Travel through beautiful and dramatic countryside, passing fairytale grottos such as the underground Grottes des Madeleines, with its vast underground chamber. Next you’ll visit a local lavender producer to learn about the different types, species and uses of this popular plant. Have your camera ready to capture the beauty of these lavender fields with their stunning colour and captivating perfume, set amidst rolling countryside. Afterwards, your ship continues to La Voulte-sur-Rhone. This evening look forward to a cocktail party with your host and fellow photographers, plus the chance to showcase some of your best photographs from your holiday.
After breakfast, disembark A-ROSA STELLA and travel to the railway station for your return Eurostar journey to the UK, via Lille.
The cloister of Cluny III was the largest Christian church until the completion of St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Visit the remains of the five-naved church and discover the world of the medieval monks. The present complex is home to a Museum of Art and Archaeology surrounded by pleasant gardens, set within a medieval town rich in Romanesque and Gothic buildings.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
To take part in this photography holiday you will need to bring:
- a digital camera (DSLR preferable)
- if you wish to take part in the evening/night time photography walk, you are advised to also bring a tripod
- battery charger
You may also wish to bring:
- a wide-angle, and zoom, lens in addition to a standard kit lens
- a spare battery
- spare memory card
- a light
This special photography tour is an active holiday involving quite a lot of walking.
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.