River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1: LYON
Boarding at 6:00 p.m. in Lyon, at the Quai Claude Bernard. Crew presentation and welcome drink. Presentation of our hiking program. Dinner followed by an evening of entertainment on board.
DAY 2: LYON - CHAVANAY
Full board on board. Morning spent cruising to Chavanay. Cruise through the magical Rhône Valley, and pass through Givors, Vienne and Condrieu, at the foot of the Côte-Rôtie vineyards. Arriving in Chavanay at 2:00 p.m. Hikers' Program: Hiking in the Pilat Mountain Range. You'll discover amazing vistas from the granite ledge set high above the Rhône River and facing the Alps as we hike through this beautiful mountain range. (Duration 2 hours 45 minutes, 7 km (4.4 miles), with around 200 m (656 feet) of elevation gain) Or Non-Hikers' Program: Visit of Chavanay, a medieval market town with narrow streets from the Middle Ages. Free evening. Overnight.
DAY 3: CHAVANAY - AVIGNON
Full board on board. Morning spent cruising. We'll pass through the Bollène lock, which raises and lowers boats 23 meters (75 feet) for navigating the Rhône River, a major civil engineering project of the 1950s. Arriving in Avignon around 3:00 p.m. Ancient Hellenistic and Roman city, it became the twelfth century the city of the Popes. Cultural jewel of Provence, the city is as much for its heritage for its rich artistic life. Guided walking visit of the city of the Pope. Provençal folk entertainment. Overnight.
DAY 4: AVIGNON - ARLES - VIVIERS
Full board on board. Cruise to Arles and arriving around 8:00 a.m. Hikers' Program: Hiking in the Alpilles and Les Baux-de-Provence. The Alpilles are a small chain of limestone mountains, probably the most famous and the most visited in Provence. (Duration 2 to 2½ hours, distance of 5 km (3 miles), with about 150 m (492 feet) of elevation gain). Or Non-hikers' Program: Visit of Les Baux-de-Provence. The village of Les Baux-de-Provence has a spectacular position in the heart of the Alpilles at an altitude of 245 m (804 feet), the village is classified as “one of the most beautiful villages in France.” The afternoon, excursion by coach through the Camargue, where we'll discover the villages of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and typical landscapes with wild horses, pink flamingos, rice paddy fields and salt marshes. Cruise to Viviers. Gala evening.
DAY 5: VIVIERS
Full board on board. Arriving in Viviers around 8:00 a.m. Hikers' Program: Hiking in the Ardèche Gorges nature reserve. Lovers of the great outdoors will surely fall under the spell of the Ardèche Gorges, with their unique and wondrous scenery, combined with amazing, breathtaking views. (Duration 2 hours, 6 km (3.75 miles), with around 250 m (656 feet) of elevation gain) Or Non-hikers' Program: Visit to the Pont d'Arc Cavern, a replica of Chauvet Cave, which will plunge you at the heart of the prehistoric rock art. Guided walking tour of Viviers, medieval city classified protected area of ??the Rhône-Alpes region, the former residence of the bishops. Cruise to Vienne. Evening of entertainment.
DAY 6: VIENNE - LYON
Buffet breakfast as we cruise. Arriving in Vienne around 9:00 a.m. Guided walking tour of the town. It was the capital of the “Viennoise” Roman province and a religious capital until the 15th century. Cruise to Lyon, having, lunch on board. Arriving in Lyon around 3:00 p.m. End of our services.
River Cruise Highlights
Hikes in the Pilat Mountain Range, the Alpilles, and the Ardèche Gorges with a qualified mountain guide
Visits in Chavannay, Avignon and the Palace of the Popes, Les Baux-de-Provence, the Camargue, the Madeleine Cave, Viviers and Vienne
Enjoy a Provençal folk evening on board
All This Included
Your cruise with all meals from dinner D1 to lunch D6
Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
Coach transfers mentioned in the program
Visits and hikes specified in the program
Services of a qualified mountain guide
Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
The gala dinner and evening
Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
All port fees
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard MS Van Gogh
For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.