Note: Giverny will be closed during the March 13 and 20 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.
Note: Sailing on this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be taken to your destination via motorcoach.
Cruise the Garonne to Pauillac, gateway to the fabled Médoc wine route. You’ll have a panoramic tour of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine-growing region and taste wines at a local winery. Or, opt to experience the local terroir in a different way, with a wine tasting and guided bike ride through Médoc vineyards.
Head ashore for a wonderfully scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Later, you’ll have a guided walk through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Learn about Burgundy’s wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. You’ll also have a chance to browse the stalls of Beaune’s 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).
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.
Founded in the fifth century, Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm. See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, enter the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.
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.
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 Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.