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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

Vincent van Gogh found inspiration in Arles and you will, too. Under the spell of the Provençal light and the vivid colors of nature, he spent a period of impassioned work under these bright sunny skies. As you explore the capital of the Camargue region with your local expert, see Van Gogh’s Arles, as well as a fascinating wealth of Roman monuments, such as the Amphitheatre and Constantine’s baths. For those who wish to discover another wonderful town along the Rhône, visit Tarascon, home to the oldest producer of French-made indiennes, Souleiado, established in 1806. In the evening, enjoy a festive Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Optional Excursions:
Olive Farm & Les Baux de Provence

Olive Farm & Les Baux de Provence

  • Duration: 4
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $60.50

Provence has been one of the world’s finest olive-growing regions for more than 2,500 years. Learn about traditional olive horticulture and sample the fruits of the groves at an olive farm, then explore the entrancing cobblestone streets, winding alleyways and artists’ shops of the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence.

Day 3: Avignon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Avignon walking discovery tour with choice of Palace of the Popes OR Pont du Gard OR choice of exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour, and exclusive guided “Let's Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is endlessly inviting; cafés and boutiques line tree-shaded squares enlivened with street performers. Discover the city built by the Avignon papacy with your guide, including the vast Palace of the Popes, or visit the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. If you prefer to see a different side of the city, join a local expert to venture “off the beaten path.” Discover the city’s picturesque hidden alleys and secret squares, strolling from enchanting Place Crillon to the Jewish quarter, and end at Place Pie, in the old city center, home to Avignon’s famous market hall. Here you’ll want to stroll through, as there is a treasure trove of Provençal delicacies on display. Later in the day, you can also “Let's Go” by paddling a kayak on the tranquil Gardon River. Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May through September departure dates.
Optional Excursions:
Chateauneuf du Pape Wine tasting

Chateauneuf du Pape Wine tasting

  • Duration: 2
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $64.90

Celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. As you arrive at one of the wonderful vineyards in this district, the owner will greet you and introduce you to the wines produced here, which you will have a chance to sample after a tour of the cellar.

Cooking lesson La Mirande

Cooking lesson La Mirande

  • Duration: 5.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $181.50

Truffle farm and lavender fields

Truffle farm and lavender fields

  • Duration: 4.25
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $75.90

Day 4: Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

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 can go inside the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel. Before returning to the ship, spend time enjoying some local activities. You have a choice to learn the art of clay pot making at a demonstration, and then be treated to an aperitif of the local favorites, such as olives, rosé wine and apricot juice, or you can enjoy your aperitif at a private mansion in the village.

Day 5: Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain-I’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for wine connoisseurs. 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. If you prefer to explore the Hermitage vineyards more actively, then take a guided hike through the steepest vineyards on the Rhône, where the world-famous wines are produced. After you’ve seen how the grapes are grown, taste the fruit that has been transformed by the vintners’ craft into legendary wine.

Day 6: Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. You have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts. Foodies will want to 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. In addition to being known for its culinary heritage, Lyon is also known for its history with silk—at one time, almost a third of the city’s population were silk weavers—so for those who enjoy this dignified fabric, you’ll be delighted to discover its heritage, and you’ll even have a chance to see a Jacquard loom in use. For a more active exploration of the city, pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind. Cap the day off on an evening tour showcasing the best way to see the city’s architectural heritage, with over 100 sites illuminated.
Optional Excursions:
Chef´s table lunch at Institut Paul Bocuse

Chef´s table lunch at Institut Paul Bocuse

  • Duration: 2.5
  • Easy:
  • Price: $119.90

Paul Bocuse, the father of nouvelle cuisine, revolutionized French cooking and now teaches students from around the world eager to learn his techniques. Observe a cooking demonstration and enjoy lunch at this legendary center of gastronomic learning.

Day 7: Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Beaune, Hospices de Beaune and open-air food market visit

Beaune may not be a large town, but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. You’ll recognize the Hospices de Beaune immediately by its fabulous multicolored tile roof—it’s a symbol of Burgundy. Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion here, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. Afterwards, check out the farmers’ market, which spills from street to street in the Old Town. Cheeses, fruits, vegetables, local sausages, breads—all are on colorful display here. Celebrate the evening at the 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).
Optional Excursions:
Southern Burgundy delights - Chateau de Rully Wine tasting & Lunch

Southern Burgundy delights - Chateau de Rully Wine tasting & Lunch

  • Duration: 7.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $93.50

Drive through picturesque hamlets and pristine vineyards to a Burgundy wine estate, where you’ll meet the owners and indulge in a lunch showcasing regional specialties. You’ll also enjoy a tasting that will bring to life the delicate flavors of southern Burgundy wine and illuminate the passion behind local winemaking traditions.

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 EXCURSIONS:

Beaune, Hospices de Beaune

Beaune may not be a large town, but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. You’ll recognize the Hospices de Beaune immediately by its fabulous multicolored tile roof—it’s a symbol of Burgundy. Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion here, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Optional Excursions:
Olive Farm & Les Baux de Provence

Olive Farm & Les Baux de Provence

  • Duration: 4
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $60.50

Provence has been one of the world’s finest olive-growing regions for more than 2,500 years. Learn about traditional olive horticulture and sample the fruits of the groves at an olive farm, then explore the entrancing cobblestone streets, winding alleyways and artists’ shops of the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence.

Day 3: Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. You have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts. Foodies will want to 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. In addition to being known for its culinary heritage, Lyon is also known for its history with silk—at one time, almost a third of the city’s population were silk weavers—so for those who enjoy this dignified fabric, you’ll be delighted to discover its heritage, and you’ll even have a chance to see a Jacquard loom in use. For a more active exploration of the city, pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind. Cap the day off on an evening tour showcasing the best way to see the city’s architectural heritage, with over 100 sites illuminated.
Optional Excursions:
Chateauneuf du Pape Wine tasting

Chateauneuf du Pape Wine tasting

  • Duration: 2
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $64.90

Celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. As you arrive at one of the wonderful vineyards in this district, the owner will greet you and introduce you to the wines produced here, which you will have a chance to sample after a tour of the cellar.

Cooking lesson La Mirande

Cooking lesson La Mirande

  • Duration: 5.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $181.50

Truffle farm and lavender fields

Truffle farm and lavender fields

  • Duration: 4.25
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $75.90

Day 4: Tournon, Tain l'Hermitage

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Tournon and Tain-I’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for wine connoisseurs. 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. If you prefer to explore the Hermitage vineyards more actively, then take a guided hike through the steepest vineyards on the Rhône, where the world-famous wines are produced. After you’ve seen how the grapes are grown, taste the fruit that has been transformed by the vintners’ craft into legendary wine.

Day 5: Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

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 can go inside the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel. Before returning to the ship, spend time enjoying some local activities. You have a choice to learn the art of clay pot making at a demonstration, and then be treated to an aperitif of the local favorites, such as olives, rosé wine and apricot juice, or you can enjoy your aperitif at a private mansion in the village.

Day 6: Avignon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Avignon walking discovery tour with choice of Palace of the Popes OR Pont du Gard OR choice of exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour, and exclusive guided “Let's Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is endlessly inviting; cafés and boutiques line tree-shaded squares enlivened with street performers. Discover the city built by the Avignon papacy with your guide, including the vast Palace of the Popes, or visit the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. If you prefer to see a different side of the city, join a local expert to venture “off the beaten path.” Discover the city’s picturesque hidden alleys and secret squares, strolling from enchanting Place Crillon to the Jewish quarter, and end at Place Pie, in the old city center, home to Avignon’s famous market hall. Here you’ll want to stroll through, as there is a treasure trove of Provençal delicacies on display. Later in the day, you can also “Let's Go” by paddling a kayak on the tranquil Gardon River. Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May through September departure dates.
Optional Excursions:
Chef´s table lunch at Institut Paul Bocuse

Chef´s table lunch at Institut Paul Bocuse

  • Duration: 2.5
  • Easy:
  • Price: $119.90

Paul Bocuse, the father of nouvelle cuisine, revolutionized French cooking and now teaches students from around the world eager to learn his techniques. Observe a cooking demonstration and enjoy lunch at this legendary center of gastronomic learning.

Day 7: Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Arles walking discovery tour OR Tarascon walking discovery tour

Vincent van Gogh found inspiration in Arles and you will, too. Under the spell of the Provençal light and the vivid colors of nature, he spent a period of impassioned work under these bright sunny skies. As you explore the capital of the Camargue region with your local expert, see Van Gogh’s Arles, as well as a fascinating wealth of Roman monuments, such as the Amphitheatre and Constantine’s baths. You can also explore the city's expansive open-air food market, where you will find plenty of local delicacies, including Burgundian and Jura cheeses, heirloom vegetables, honey, and sausages. For those who wish to discover another wonderful town along the Rhône, visit Tarascon, home to the oldest producer of French-made indiennes, Souleiado, established in 1806. In the evening, enjoy a festive 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).
Optional Excursions:
Southern Burgundy delights - Chateau de Rully Wine tasting & Lunch

Southern Burgundy delights - Chateau de Rully Wine tasting & Lunch

  • Duration: 7.5
  • Intermediate:
  • Transportation:
  • Price: $93.50

Drive through picturesque hamlets and pristine vineyards to a Burgundy wine estate, where you’ll meet the owners and indulge in a lunch showcasing regional specialties. You’ll also enjoy a tasting that will bring to life the delicate flavors of southern Burgundy wine and illuminate the passion behind local winemaking traditions.

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

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