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Day 1 – Avignon

Arrive at Marseille International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Avignon.

Day 2 – Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour OR Tarascon walking discovery tour

Arles has a number of sites associated with Vincent van Gogh and some fascinating ancient Roman monuments to explore. Or visit Tarascon and its medieval church, beautiful Renaissance palace, and museum devoted to the region’s distinctive textiles. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Avignon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes visit OR exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Enjoy a tour of Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before venturing inside the grand Palace of the Popes. Or explore a different side of the city on a tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Another alternative is a guided kayak ride that ventures beneath the Pont du Gard, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May–September departure dates.

Day 4 – Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Village Day” “Intimate Viviers through Music” tour

Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm, with narrow lanes and historic structures. See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, you may enter the cathedral to enjoy a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.

Day 5 – Tournon, Tain l'Hermitage

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain I’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

You'll have an opportunity to experience this famous wine district in one of two ways. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or choose a guided hike through the Hermitage vineyards and a tasting of local wines.

Day 6 – Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour

Delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a tour of Lyon’s famous food market, or opt for a tour of the Quartier St. Jean, where you'll meet an artisan who specializes in silk weaving. For something more active, do your sightseeing by bicycle. This evening, enjoy a special "Illuminations” tour of the city.

Day 7 – Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Beaune, Hospices de Beaune, and open-air food market visit

Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. You’ll also have a chance to browse the stalls of Beaune’s expansive open-air market. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Arles on the reverse direction cruise (Lyon to Avignon).

Day 8 – Depart Lyon

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to Paris.

Day 1 – Lyon (embark)

Arrive at the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Beaune and Hospices de Beaune

Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome and Gala Dinner.


Day 3 – Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour
Delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a guided tour of Les Halles, Lyon’s world-famous food market, taking in a tantalizing array of elaborate food stalls, bars and restaurants. As an alternative, you can choose a walking discovery tour of the city’s old Quartier St. Jean, where you'll meet an artisan who will demonstrate the refined art of silk weaving. For something more active, you can opt to do your sightseeing by bicycle. This evening, enjoy a extra special "Illuminations” tour of the city.

Day 4 – Tournon, Tain l'Hermitage

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain I’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting
You'll have an opportunity to experience this famous wine district in one of two ways today. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or, you can choose a guided hike through the verdant Hermitage vineyards, followed by a tasting of distinctive local wines.

Day 5 – Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Village Day” “Intimate Viviers through Music” tour
Founded in the fifth century, Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm, with narrow lanes and historic structures, such as the Maison des Chevaliers (House of Knights). See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, you can go inside the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.

Day 6 – Avignon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes visit OR exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Enjoy a guided walking discovery tour of picturesque Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before venturing inside the grand Palace of the Popes. Or, you can choose to explore a different side of the city on a guided tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Yet another alternative is to “Go Active” with a guided kayak ride on the tranquil Gardon River. You'll glide under the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO-designated site that was built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May–September departure dates.

Day 7 – Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour and open-air food market visit OR Tarascon walking discovery tour

On today’s walking discovery tour of Arles, you’ll see a number of sites associated with Vincent van Gogh, as well as some fascinating ancient Roman monuments. You can also explore the city's expansive open-air food market, where you’ll find plenty of local delicacies, including Burgundian and Jura cheeses, heirloom vegetables, honey, and sausages. Or, you can choose to explore the historic heart of Tarascon, with its medieval church, beautiful Renaissance palace and Souleiado Museum devoted to the region’s distinctive textiles. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Beaune on the onward direction cruise (Avignon to Lyon).


Day 8 – Avignon (disembark), transfer to Marseille Airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.