The Saône, Rhône Valley, Camargue and the Gateway to Provence

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MARTIGUES (1) - ARLES - AVIGNON - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIENNE - CHALON-SUR-SAONE

DAY 1: MARTIGUES (1)

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: PORT-SAINT-LOUIS - ARLES - AVIGNON

We'll begin to cruise in the morning for Port-Saint-Louis. Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion to the Camargue. We’ll visit a "manade" (horse breeding farm) and learn about how a manadier works with the animals.
DISCOVERY: Safari in the Camargue. 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.
We’ll return on board in Arles. This afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Arles on foot. You’ll be amazed by its vestiges from the Roman Empire.
DISCOVERY: You'll be taken by coach to the starting point of a hike in the Alpilles Mountains to the village of Baux-de-Provence. You'll have a great view of the legendary village and the surrounding valley.
After our tour, we'll continue to cruise towards Avignon. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 3: AVIGNON - VIVIERS

Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Avignon and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe.
DISCOVERY: You'll leave by coach for the Pont du Gard, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. We'll hike along the aqueduct trail, a 2-mile walk through the site with numerous viewing points. At the end of our trek, we'll visit the museum.
The afternoon will be spent cruising towards Viviers. Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: guided tour on foot of the city. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 4: VIVIERS - TAIN L'HERMITAGE

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Enjoy a panoramic view of the impressive deep valleys, dense vegetation and granite and volcanic rocks that line the Gorges de l’Ardèche. We'll return on board in La Voulte.
In the afternoon, take part in our optional excursion for both packages: excursion to the Vercors Massif. We'll leave by coach towards Loriol-sur-Drôme and Die, where you will visit a wine cellar and taste the famous Clairette de Die. Afterwards, we’ll return on board in Tain-l'Hermitage. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 5: TAIN L'HERMITAGE - VIENNE - LYON

We'll cruise towards Vienne this morning. Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour on foot of Vienne—once the capital of a Roman province, numerous Roman vestiges are still visible in modern Vienne.
DISCOVERY: Explore Vienne on a Segway! After familiarizing yourself with your Segway, you'll set off on an original tour of this charming “Gallo-Roman” city known for its art and history.
We'll then cruise towards Lyon. Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of the city. You will discover the second largest city in France, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône.
DISCOVERY: Bike ride through Lyon. Discover all of Lyon's touristic highlights in only 2.5 hours and with little effort! Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the lake in the Parc de la Tête d'Or and on the banks of the Rhône River. Don't miss the tasting of local products and delicacies in the heart of Vieux Lyon!
We'll return on board and depart at nightfall to admire the city lights at night. We'll arrive in Trevoux and remain in port overnight.

DAY 6: TOURNUS - CHALON-SUR-SAONE

We'll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Tournus. Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: visit Beaune and its famous Hospices, whose facade is today regarded as a superior example of Northern Renaissance civic architecture. We'll continue along the Burgundy Wine Route and through villages with names that evoke the great French wines. We'll then return on board in Chalon-sur-Saône at the end of the afternoon. Tonight is our gala evening. We'll remain in port overnight.

DAY 7: CHALON-SUR-SAONE - LYON

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Please note: For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. (1) Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Martigues could be replaced by a stopover in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation. Subject to CroisiEurope terms and conditions of sale - License IM067100025
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