From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)

locationLyon - Macon - Vienne - Avignon - Arles - Thecamargue - Viviers - Tournon - Lyon
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
From Burgundy to the Camargue along the Saône and the Rhône Rivers (port-to-port cruise)
FromAUD $1,793
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Duration

8 days

Trip code

LSR_PP

Operator

CroisiEurope Cruises

Overview

History and authenticity will be on the program throughout your cruise on the Rhone. You will discover cities with rich historical and cultural pasts such as Lyon with its famous 'traboules' - secret passages. Visit the Cluny Abbey, which has had an exceptional political, artistic and religious influence on Europe, then admire the castle of Tournon which stands upright on its majestic rock in the heart of the town and houses a museum labeled "Museum of France" since 1927.

Highlights

  • Extensive discovery of the region and its terroir
  • Optional excursions:Tastings of local specialties in TournonLyon and its peculiar "traboules"The highly spiritual Cluny AbbeyDiscovery in jeeps through the wild CamargueAvignon and the Papal Palace with its private apartments
  • Tastings of local specialties in Tournon
  • Lyon and its peculiar "traboules"
  • The highly spiritual Cluny Abbey
  • Discovery in jeeps through the wild Camargue
  • Avignon and the Papal Palace with its private apartments
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

What's Included



    Itinerary



    Shore Excursions

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    You will leave by coach with your guide to the Cluny Abbey. Founded in 910 by William the Pious, the abbey was under the direct protection of Rome and its abbot was granted the role of mediator between the political leaders and the pope. This ancient Benedictine abbey extended a widespread influence on all of medieval Europe. Its church was the largest in all of West Christianity until the Saint Peter's basilica was built in Rome. In 1798, the abbey was sold as a national asset and thus dismantled, while its church was almost completely destroyed. Today, you can still admire their vestiges which bear witness to the past splendour of Cluny. Return on board in Macon.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_ABBAYE

    Pre-paid: $111

    On-board: $124

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    You will leave by coach with your guide to the Cluny Abbey. Founded in 910 by William the Pious, the abbey was under the direct protection of Rome and its abbot was granted the role of mediator between the political leaders and the pope. This ancient Benedictine abbey extended a widespread influence on all of medieval Europe. Its church was the largest in all of West Christianity until the Saint Peter's basilica was built in Rome. In 1798, the abbey was sold as a national asset and thus dismantled, while its church was almost completely destroyed. Today, you can still admire their vestiges which bear witness to the past splendour of Cluny. Return on board in Macon.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_ABBAYE

    Pre-paid: $120

    On-board: $133

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Depart by foot for the guided tour of Arles. For two thousand years Arles has maintained an outstanding architectural heritage making it a genuine open-air museum. Welcome to this tourist and cultural mecca. During this tour you will see the Roman Amphitheatre (the Arena), the Roman Theatre, St Trophimus square with its cloister and church on the Arles route; one of three routes leading to Santiago de Compostela. We will continue our tour through the Place du Forum, and finally, the Roman baths of Constantine. Then, depart by coach towards Tarascon. You will visit a domain producing the famous Provencal olive oil at the foot of Montagnette in an 18th C. Provençal country house where the estate owners have planted a large orchard of 150,000 trees. You will visit the estate sitting on straw bales in trailers pulled by tractors. The owners will explain the cultivation and production of the yellow gold of Provence, olive oil. After this discovery, you will have the opportunity to taste the products of the estate. Return to Arles by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_ARLOLI

    Pre-paid: $115

    On-board: $127

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Depart by foot for the guided tour of Arles. For two thousand years Arles has maintained an outstanding architectural heritage making it a genuine open-air museum. Welcome to this tourist and cultural mecca. During this tour you will see the Roman Amphitheatre (the Arena), the Roman Theatre, St Trophimus square with its cloister and church on the Arles route; one of three routes leading to Santiago de Compostela. We will continue our tour through the Place du Forum, and finally, the Roman baths of Constantine. Then, depart by coach towards Tarascon. You will visit a domain producing the famous Provencal olive oil at the foot of Montagnette in an 18th C. Provençal country house where the estate owners have planted a large orchard of 150,000 trees. You will visit the estate sitting on straw bales in trailers pulled by tractors. The owners will explain the cultivation and production of the yellow gold of Provence, olive oil. After this discovery, you will have the opportunity to taste the products of the estate. Return to Arles by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_ARLOLI

    Pre-paid: $120

    On-board: $133

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    You will set out on foot for the guided tour of the old town of Avignon. With the Pope's Palace, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO and a testimony to the city's past when it was known as the capital of Christianity back in the Middle-Ages, Avignon offers an impressive array of monuments. Along the Passage de l'Oratoire, you'll be able to admire the exteriors of the chapel, classified as a historic monument, where many events take place during the famous Avignon Festival. We'll move on to St Agricol street where you'll get to see the diocesan Church, the oldest in the city. We'll then stop by the Place de l'Horloge, which has always been the beating heart of Avignon. Cafés and restaurant terraces are now spread out where the Roman forum once stood. Right across, you will see the walls of the Town Hall and the theater that was built in the 19th century. We'll continue to the Place du Palais. This square is roughly 800 ft long and 160 ft wide. To the East stands the Pope's Palace which faces the baroque sculptures of the Papal mint. A large golden Virgin seems to be watching the Notre Dame des Doms cathedral while the elegant Renaissance inspiration on the outside walls of the Petit Palais are showing further back. Then, discover the Pope's Palace, the most important monument in the city. It's made of two parts: the old Palais of Pope Benedict XII (1334 - 1342), and the new Palais of his successor Pope Clement VI (1342 - 1352). Our visit will take you through the staterooms where numerous ceremonies and feasts took place, the chapels, the Pope's private apartments and the terraces which offer a wonderful panorama on Avignon and the Rhône river. Return on board on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • It is forbidden to take pictures inside the Pope's Palace.
    • It is necessary to climb up 500 steps inside the Pope's Palace.
    • Bags would be left in the luggage office.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_AVIGN

    Pre-paid: $61

    On-board: $68

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    You will set out on foot for the guided tour of the old town of Avignon. With the Pope's Palace, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO and a testimony to the city's past when it was known as the capital of Christianity back in the Middle-Ages, Avignon offers an impressive array of monuments. Along the Passage de l'Oratoire, you'll be able to admire the exteriors of the chapel, classified as a historic monument, where many events take place during the famous Avignon Festival. We'll move on to St Agricol street where you'll get to see the diocesan Church, the oldest in the city. We'll then stop by the Place de l'Horloge, which has always been the beating heart of Avignon. Cafés and restaurant terraces are now spread out where the Roman forum once stood. Right across, you will see the walls of the Town Hall and the theater that was built in the 19th century. We'll continue to the Place du Palais. This square is roughly 800 ft long and 160 ft wide. To the East stands the Pope's Palace which faces the baroque sculptures of the Papal mint. A large golden Virgin seems to be watching the Notre Dame des Doms cathedral while the elegant Renaissance inspiration on the outside walls of the Petit Palais are showing further back. Then, discover the Pope's Palace, the most important monument in the city. It's made of two parts: the old Palais of Pope Benedict XII (1334 - 1342), and the new Palais of his successor Pope Clement VI (1342 - 1352). Our visit will take you through the staterooms where numerous ceremonies and feasts took place, the chapels, the Pope's private apartments and the terraces which offer a wonderful panorama on Avignon and the Rhône river. Return on board on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • It is forbidden to take pictures inside the Pope's Palace.
    • It is necessary to climb up 500 steps inside the Pope's Palace.
    • Bags would be left in the luggage office.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_AVIGN

    Pre-paid: $63

    On-board: $70

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides who will share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. You'll cross the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, a nationally designated protected area with ponds and marshes that are home to waders, pink flamingos, egrets, herons, etc. Join us for another way to get up and close to nature.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE, STURDY SHOES AND APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ACCORDING TO THE WEATHER.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_CAMAR4

    Pre-paid: $191

    On-board: $213

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Far from the tourist traps, discover the Petite and Grande Camargue from the back of a jeep with local guides who will share their enthusiasm for this legendary area. You'll cross the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, a nationally designated protected area with ponds and marshes that are home to waders, pink flamingos, egrets, herons, etc. Join us for another way to get up and close to nature.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE, STURDY SHOES AND APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ACCORDING TO THE WEATHER.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_CAMAR4

    Pre-paid: $191

    On-board: $213

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the Camargue. Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamingoes, black bulls and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses. Discover the salt and rice fields that make the area so well known. We'll visit a manade (bull breeding farm) and learn about the work of a manadier as we watch a demonstration of how they work with the animals they raise. Our visit will include a cocktail on the patio. At the end of our visit, we'll return to the ship.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_CAMARG

    Pre-paid: $133

    On-board: $147

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the Camargue. Sit back and admire the rivers, marshes, ponds, pink flamingoes, black bulls and the famous, indigenous Camargue horses. Discover the salt and rice fields that make the area so well known. We'll visit a manade (bull breeding farm) and learn about the work of a manadier as we watch a demonstration of how they work with the animals they raise. Our visit will include a cocktail on the patio. At the end of our visit, we'll return to the ship.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_CAMARG

    Pre-paid: $140

    On-board: $156

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    This winkling city will reveal itself to you during a guided visit by coach and on foot. Our excursion will start with a stop at the Fourvière Basilica. You'll first take in the breathtaking views from the heights of the Basilica before entering it. In 1168, a chapel was built in Fourvière by Olivier de Chavannes, the Saint Jean canon, over the ruins of the old roman forum. The small chapel that was first dedicated to Saint Thomas and then to the Virgin Mary has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Its current known form dates back to 1740 and its most recent renovation was in 2008. After our visit we'll return to the coach and move on to Lyon's Old Town. You will take a walking tour with our guide and discover the "traboules”, types of passageways that are typical of the city. The first traboules are thought to have been built in the 4th century. There was a water shortage in Lugdunum (the Gallo-Roman name that was given to Lyon at the time) that led its inhabitants to settle in the "lower city” on the banks of the Saône, at the foot of the hills of Fourvière. The traboules were thus used to reach the river quickly. You'll enjoy some free time in the Saint Jean district, in the heart of the Old Town. Return on board for lunch.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Please dress appropriately to enter the Basilica.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_LYON

    Pre-paid: $86

    On-board: $95

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    This winkling city will reveal itself to you during a guided visit by coach and on foot. Our excursion will start with a stop at the Fourvière Basilica. You'll first take in the breathtaking views from the heights of the Basilica before entering it. In 1168, a chapel was built in Fourvière by Olivier de Chavannes, the Saint Jean canon, over the ruins of the old roman forum. The small chapel that was first dedicated to Saint Thomas and then to the Virgin Mary has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Its current known form dates back to 1740 and its most recent renovation was in 2008. After our visit we'll return to the coach and move on to Lyon's Old Town. You will take a walking tour with our guide and discover the "traboules”, types of passageways that are typical of the city. The first traboules are thought to have been built in the 4th century. There was a water shortage in Lugdunum (the Gallo-Roman name that was given to Lyon at the time) that led its inhabitants to settle in the "lower city” on the banks of the Saône, at the foot of the hills of Fourvière. The traboules were thus used to reach the river quickly. You'll enjoy some free time in the Saint Jean district, in the heart of the Old Town. Return on board for lunch.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Please dress appropriately to enter the Basilica.
    • Good walking shoes are recommended.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_LYON

    Pre-paid: $90

    On-board: $100

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Join us for a guided tour on foot within the heart of Lyon, known as the Presqu’île. What makes this tour unique are the stops at several eateries to have a bite of the local cuisine. The sweet pink praline and savory cold cuts are the stars of this show. We’ll discover the multitude of candies and pastries made with pink praline, a local confection you just can't say no to. For those with a savory tooth, our next stop will be a tasting of regional charcuterie. During this tour, your guide will also talk about renowned local chefs for a complete understanding of the "Gastronomic Capital of the World."

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_LYON8

    Pre-paid: $129

    On-board: $143

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Join us for a guided tour on foot within the heart of Lyon, known as the Presqu’île. What makes this tour unique are the stops at several eateries to have a bite of the local cuisine. The sweet pink praline and savory cold cuts are the stars of this show. We’ll discover the multitude of candies and pastries made with pink praline, a local confection you just can't say no to. For those with a savory tooth, our next stop will be a tasting of regional charcuterie. During this tour, your guide will also talk about renowned local chefs for a complete understanding of the "Gastronomic Capital of the World."

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_LYON8

    Pre-paid: $129

    On-board: $143

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Welcome to Tournon! Located in the heart of the Rhone Valley, at the gates of Provence, this city will enchant you with its heady perfumes. We'll begin our visit on foot passing all the main tourist attractions of the town, including the historic monuments and shopping areas.
    We'll stop at the Château Museum where we'll get the opportunity to discover the permanent collection tracing the history of navigation on the Rhone river. This imposing castle was built on a high granite rock overlooking the town and was the domain of the barony of the Counts of Tournon. At the foot of the castle, enjoy a pleasant walk along the streets and alleys of the historic center which will take you back to the Middle Ages. Our visit will end with a tasting* of regional products and wines. Return on foot to the boat at our own pace.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
    EXC_TOURNO

    Pre-paid: $88

    On-board: $97

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Welcome to Tournon! Located in the heart of the Rhone Valley, at the gates of Provence, this city will enchant you with its heady perfumes. We'll begin our visit on foot passing all the main tourist attractions of the town, including the historic monuments and shopping areas.
    We'll stop at the Château Museum where we'll get the opportunity to discover the permanent collection tracing the history of navigation on the Rhone river. This imposing castle was built on a high granite rock overlooking the town and was the domain of the barony of the Counts of Tournon. At the foot of the castle, enjoy a pleasant walk along the streets and alleys of the historic center which will take you back to the Middle Ages. Our visit will end with a tasting* of regional products and wines. Return on foot to the boat at our own pace.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
    EXC_TOURNO

    Pre-paid: $90

    On-board: $100

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Meet up with the guides for a walking tour of Vienne, during which you will discover this Roman city rich in vestiges. The history of Vienne goes back more than 2000 years. The city is indivisible from the Rhône river and the surrounding hills. The Allobrogi people are thought to have made it their capital, but it was in the Roman era that the city began to prosper on both banks. You will see the Antique Theatre; built roughly between 40 and 50 AD, it is considered one of the largest in the Roman empire, with its 130m diameter and 13,000 spectators capacity. Restored in 1938, it was returned to its original function and is now a venue for artistic events. The tour will continue with the Temple of Augustus and Livia (exteriors only). This temple dedicated to Rome and Augustus stood in a sacred area on the forum and has carried this name since the end of the 18th century. Its construction began about 20-10 BC; it was later transformed at the beginning of the Middle Ages into a church, and was finally restored in the second half of the 19th century thanks to the intervention of Prosper Mérimée. Finally, to complete the tour, you will see the Cathedral of St Maurice (exteriors only), which has been listed as a historic monument since 1840. Return to the boat on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_VIENNE

    Pre-paid: $34

    On-board: $38

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Meet up with the guides for a walking tour of Vienne, during which you will discover this Roman city rich in vestiges. The history of Vienne goes back more than 2000 years. The city is indivisible from the Rhône river and the surrounding hills. The Allobrogi people are thought to have made it their capital, but it was in the Roman era that the city began to prosper on both banks. You will see the Antique Theatre; built roughly between 40 and 50 AD, it is considered one of the largest in the Roman empire, with its 130m diameter and 13,000 spectators capacity. Restored in 1938, it was returned to its original function and is now a venue for artistic events. The tour will continue with the Temple of Augustus and Livia (exteriors only). This temple dedicated to Rome and Augustus stood in a sacred area on the forum and has carried this name since the end of the 18th century. Its construction began about 20-10 BC; it was later transformed at the beginning of the Middle Ages into a church, and was finally restored in the second half of the 19th century thanks to the intervention of Prosper Mérimée. Finally, to complete the tour, you will see the Cathedral of St Maurice (exteriors only), which has been listed as a historic monument since 1840. Return to the boat on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_VIENNE

    Pre-paid: $34

    On-board: $38

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    You will leave the boat on foot for a guided tour of Viviers. The third largest protected sector in the Rhône Alpes regions, residence of bishops since the 5th century, Viviers, a small town with a population of 3,500 is like an open-air museum, where every stone contains a page of history. You will be able to admire France's smallest Cathedral in this sumptuous medieval town. Among other things you will see the House of Knights with its superb Renaissance facade, the Tower of St Michel, the great seminary and the Belvedere with an unobstructed view of Viviers at night. Return to the boat on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • An effort is required to go up to the Belvedere.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_VIVIER

    Pre-paid: $42

    On-board: $47

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    You will leave the boat on foot for a guided tour of Viviers. The third largest protected sector in the Rhône Alpes regions, residence of bishops since the 5th century, Viviers, a small town with a population of 3,500 is like an open-air museum, where every stone contains a page of history. You will be able to admire France's smallest Cathedral in this sumptuous medieval town. Among other things you will see the House of Knights with its superb Renaissance facade, the Tower of St Michel, the great seminary and the Belvedere with an unobstructed view of Viviers at night. Return to the boat on foot.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • An effort is required to go up to the Belvedere.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_VIVIER

    Pre-paid: $42

    On-board: $47



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