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Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise

Embark on an exhilarating journey through the mesmerising Rhône and Saône rivers and delve into the fascinating history of France aboard your luxury cruise.

Visit Avignon and be awestruck by the magnificent Popes’ Palace. Unearth UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Arles and stop at the captivating Tarascon castle. See the breathtaking Ardèche Gorges and soak up the provincial charm of Tournon. Immerse yourself in the wine culture of Burgundy’s charming villages, or get lost in the mediaeval allure of Beaune.

Embrace this once-in-a-lifetime cruise through one of the most romantic countries in the world and experience adventure in its purest form on your Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Lord Byron + 1 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Sep - Oct & Apr - Oct
£2,099pp
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Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence Cruise Itinerary

Embark on an exhilarating 8-day adventure across France and explore Avignon’s history, discover UNESCO sites, and journey through the Ardèche Gorges. Revel in vineyard views and explore Vienne. Taste delectable cuisine onboard and off-board your ship and partake in guided tours of the paragons of French architecture while your river cruise weaves you through an intricate tapestry of culture, beauty and history.

Day 1

Avignon

Transfer by coach to the ship in Avignon where the English-speaking crew will help you to your cabin. Settle into the ship and explore the decks as you please.

Day 2

Avignon

Enjoy breakfast with a stunning view of Avignon’s red-roofed skyline before embarking on a guided tour of Avignon. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore your surroundings.

Day 3

Arles / Pont Du Gard

Explore Arles on a guided tour. After lunch, visit the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct. Cruise along the Rhône and pass the 15th-century Tarascon castle during dinner.

Day 4

Ardèche Gorges / Tournon

Explore Ardèche Gorges. Return to the ship in Le Pouzin. Relax on board in the afternoon before arriving in Tournon. Enjoy dinner aboard the ship.

Day 5

Vienne

Go on a guided tour of Vienne complete with free time for exploration. Enjoy a ballroom dancing performance with a chance to learn French madison line dance steps.

Day 6

Beaune / Burgundy

Enjoy a tour of Chalon, the gateway to Burgundy. Visit mediaeval Beaune. Embark on a tour and wine tasting at a traditional winemaker’s cellar.

Day 7

Lyon

Go on a guided tour of Lyon. Enjoy a free afternoon of further exploration or relaxation on the ship before having the Captain’s Dinner. After, enjoy a local pianist playing French songs.

Day 8

Return home

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport or to the train station for your return journey.

Day 1

Lyon

Transfer by coach to the ship in Lyon where the English-speaking crew will help you to your cabin. Settle into the ship and explore the decks as you please.

Day 2

Lyon

Go on a guided tour of Lyon. Enjoy a free afternoon of further exploration or relaxation on the ship before having the Captain’s Dinner. After, enjoy a local pianist playing French songs.

Day 3

Beaune / Burgundy

Enjoy a tour of Chalon, the gateway to Burgundy. Visit mediaeval Beaune. Embark on a tour and wine tasting at a traditional winemaker’s cellar.

Day 4

Vienne

Go on a guided tour of Vienne complete with free time for exploration. Enjoy a ballroom dancing performance with a chance to learn French madison line dance steps.

Day 5

Ardèche Gorges / Tournon

Explore Ardèche Gorges. Return to the ship in Le Pouzin. Relax on board in the afternoon before arriving in Tournon. Enjoy dinner aboard the ship.

Day 6

Arles / Pont Du Gard

Explore Arles on a guided tour. After lunch, visit the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct. Cruise along the Rhône and pass the 15th-century Tarascon castle during dinner.

Day 7

Avignon

Enjoy breakfast with a stunning view of Avignon’s red-roofed skyline before embarking on a guided tour of Avignon. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore your surroundings.

Day 8

Return home

After breakfast, disembark the ship before transferring to the airport for your return flight or to Avignon for your high-speed rail journey home.

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Ride the River Rhône with Crui.se

7 Nights
Apr Oct

Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise

  • Avignon
  • Arles / Pont Du Gard
  • Ardèche Gorges / Tournon
  • Vienne
  • Beaune / Burgundy
  • Lyon
  • Return Home
£2,099pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Lord Byron & MS William Shakespeare  

Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence Cruise Review

“Our Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise was absolutely incredible! It was a journey filled with history, culture, and some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. We loved seeing the Popes’ Palace in Avignon, which was unlike anything we’ve ever seen, as well as the visit to the monumental Ardèche Gorges. The ship itself was also marvellous and provided on every front from cuisine to service. Our cabin was also delightful and very comfortable, we almost didn’t want to leave! 10/10 will be booking with Riviera Travel again.”

Mitchell and Isabella Thompson, Brighton, East Sussex

Burgundy, the River Rhône and Provence River Cruise FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Is Wi-Fi available on the ship?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available aboard the ship.

What type of shore excursions are offered?

On this cruise, a wide variety of tours and explorations are available, alongside a wealth of free time wherein you can explore your surroundings further if you wish.

What is included in the cruise package?

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant.
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

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